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.
Lily Young thought traveling across the globe with a reawakened sun prince was a grand adventure. Now she’s about to embark on the journey of a lifetime.
When Amon and Lily part tragically, he transports himself to the Netherworld—what mortals call hell. Tormented by the loss of his one true love, he’d rather suffer in agony during Lily’s mortal years than fulfill his duty to protect humanity.
Heartbroken, Lily seeks refuge on her grandmother’s farm. Yet she can feel Amon’s pain, and she has been having dreams—dreams of Amon continually suffering.
For before he departed, Amon gave Lily something very special, an item that connects them even though they are worlds apart. Now Lily must use this object to free him, and to free their realms from darkness and utter chaos. She will do whatever it takes.
I'm such a sucker for Egyptian lore stories, so this series is seriously my jam. While RECREATED didn't sweep me away quite as much as Reawakened did, it was a very enjoyable read. There's just something magical about the style of writing and it's so easy to get sucked right into the story. The characters are phenomenal and all incredibly three-dimensional. The world behind the story was expanded even further than in the first book, and each new element be they the location, mythology, or a character were fully fleshed out as well. It truly is impressive just how well Colleen incorporates each and every element to make them all seem so realistic and full of depth.
Despite all the new elements, characters, and depth to the world, so much of the book is spent with Lily fully at the helm/focus. While Lily is a great character, I have to admit I missed the brothers a great deal, and even when they came back into focus, they really only served to confuse things. In the first book, the romance is all sweeping and consuming and I loved every bit of it. But this time around due to circumstances I won't reveal to keep from spoiling, that romance gets questioned due to other influences. To make matters worse there's hints of a love triangle that left me scratching my head. Granted there's possibly a logical reason behind it, but I still felt it lessened the epic love between Lily and Amun that sucked me in so much in the first book.
Love triangle/romance issues aside, I thoroughly enjoyed RECREATED and am dying to get my hands on the next book in the series. Hopefully this is longer than a trilogy as only three books in this amazing world will never be enough!
Delivering a rare book to a valued customer is definitely part of mild-mannered archivist Anna Winthrop's job description. You know what isn't? Protecting her precious cargo from mid-flight theft by the very pilot who is flying her to Half-Moon Hollow...while trying to appear as unappetizing as possible to the only other passenger, a vampire. Undead bookstore owner Jane Jameson could be waiting a very long time for her book. Possibly forever.
Fortunately, Anna's dashing fanged companion Finn Palmeroy helps her fend off the attack, but not before their plane crash lands in the forest hundreds of miles from civilization. Great, now she's stranded with a priceless tome and a rakish vampire whose bedtime is fast approaching. Why does everyone want this book so badly, anyway? Anna just wants to get it to Jane before Finn decides to turn her into dinner-or sweep her off her feet. Okay, the second option is really tempting. But they're not out of the woods yet...
Ah, yet another fantastic Molly Harper read. Her books are on my auto-buy shelf, I don’t even bother to read the blurb prior to adding to my shelf. I simply know each one will bring a solid block of hilarious entertainment, and WHERE THE WILD THINGS BITE is no exception. This time around the hilarious hi-jinks take off with a bang, literally, as it centers on a plane crash. When I read Molly’s dedication/acknowledgement page saying that she wrote this story about a plane crash while traveling on several flights of all things, I laughed out loud and knew I was in for a good book. You’ve gotta have a sense of humor to write about impending doom a f light while on one. And ironically, I’m writing this review while flying on a plane just to add a little more cosmic humor to the mix.
True to form, Anna was more than a bit of a quirky character. I found her anxiety and ways of coping by researching and memorizing a insane amount of facts and statistics on everything she was afraid of. And considering how much she is afraid of, it’s a staggering amount of knowledge. And of course, that knowledge, anxiety and fact repetition annoy the hero in the most hilarious way. So it was a double win as she endeared me to her and also amused me at her antics that drove Finn so very batty. Combine a grumpy vampire and a neurotic fact driven ball of anxiety human, put them through a plane crash and you’d already have an interesting story. But then have them try and survive in the middle of an enormous wilderness without killing one another with secrets on both sides abound, and you’re in for a hilarious treat of a read.
Without spoiling anything I’ll stop here. If you’re a fan of Molly’s books you’ll love this deliciously fun and hilarious romp in the wilderness in true Half-Moon Hollow style. And if you haven’t yet tried anything from this hilarious author, well what are you waiting for? If you love a whole lot of humor mixed in with serious vampire and shifter hijinks in a backwoods town, then these are the perfect books for you.
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine presents a collection of stories—including six new tales—featuring the little Texas town that’s overrun by the undead.
WELCOME TO MORGANVILLE.
YOU’LL NEVER WANT TO LEAVE.
By day, Morganville, Texas, is just a typical college town. By night, the vampires emerge and take control....
In a town where it’s not safe to be out after dark, student Claire Danvers and her friends have had their fair share of thrills. But Morganville still has a few secrets left to tell.
Now, in this collection, you can venture down the town’s strange streets, revisit all the tales you’ve come to love, and experience six new stories featuring your favorite Morganville residents—both human and vampire...
Midnight Bites by Rachel Caine is a collection of 22 short stories that revisit the characters of the Morganville Vampires series. This should be of interest to anyone reading the series for the first time as well as readers new to the books and its world. There are new stories and some that were previously published, and gathered together they fill in many of the blanks and “behind the scenes” moments in the lives of various characters. As a whole the series covered a lot of ground, but this collection definitely proves that there are still adventures to be with these characters, and readers will likely want even more stories after finishing it.
A few of the stories are summarized below.
Concerns Shane’s sister Alyssa, and is the story of how she died from Shane’s point of view, expanding on what readers already know and the reasons for both his guilt and anger.
Wrong Place, Wrong Time
This short story is told from the point of view of Richard Morrell. Monica is involved in an attempted robbery, and justice falls on the perpetrators swiftly and without mercy.
Nothing Like an Angel
The history between Myrnin and Lady Grey is explore, beginning from her rescuing him from a dungeon prison and then nursing him back to health. It’s a nice look at their relationship and how it’s lasted this long.
Again, this collection is a good way to revisit the series, or for someone who wants a bit more background on the characters, but it doesn’t stand as well alone without having previously read some, if not all of the Morganville Vampires books.
(Received a copy from the publisher)
The New York Times bestselling Elemental Assassin series continues with a new e-novella--from the point of view of Finnegan Lane, the foster brother of Gin Blanco, and a fan favorite of readers of the series.
The fallout from his disastrous “family reunion” in Bitter Bite has left Finn feeling hurt, angry, and depressed. He can barely stand to look at himself in the mirror, much less eat any of the delicious barbecue from Gin’s famed Pork Pit restaurant.
But when the funeral for a slain security guard at his bank turns into a showdown with some nasty underworld giants, Finn knows that he must act in order to protect an innocent family.
Finnegan Lane might be the most unwanted man in Ashland these days, but he’s determined to try to make amends for his past mistakes...
This was a short but surprisingly full of depth read. To be honest, while I've adored Finn throughout the series, my feelings for him drastically changed in the last book. The way he lost his head over his mother, and basically abandoned Gin despite all they've been through together as siblings over the many trials they have faced? Well it just left a sour taste in my mouth and he firmly was on my crap list. So that being said, this novella was exactly what I needed (and the characters needed) to get past those mistakes. In UNWANTED Finn is utterly wrecked at his behavior, barely eating or sleeping and overall completely miserable. He just wasn't in a good head-space at all, and that's just "sloppy" as Gin would say when you consider there's always some threat after them.
So when the widow of one of the deceased guards from his fiasco from trusting his mother runs into some pretty big trouble, Finn can't seem to help himself in needing to help her. And boy does she not make it easy, and frankly it's just what he needed to start his own healing process in forgiving himself. How can others forgive him if he's still stuck in loathing and self denial? I really enjoyed how the author showed this journey towards healing, but in true Elemental Assassin style, that healing came with a fast paced and killer (literally) plot. I also loved how she made his guilt and healing process realistic. He's still got a long way to go, but at least he's now headed on the right path.
I highly recommend this novella for fans of the series, especially those like me who need to see a bit of redemption from Mr. Finnegan Lane.
With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good.
Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.
Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.
But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, or the Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…
I'm a huge fan of the dystopian genre, so I really appreciate when a series comes along that is as unique and interesting as this one. Rachel Caine brought a truly horrify prospect to life, between the burners who destroy books, to the Library's iron fist control, and the limited content in books. Every single moment I found myself both riveted and horrified at what was happening. It really is enjoyable for a book's world to grip you as much as this one does. There's no sophomore syndrome to be found here!
Jess has really come an incredibly long way from the impetuous boy we met in the first book. It's rather impressive to be honest. Of course he still bucks against authority and goes his own way more often than not, but he takes the time to try and think through the consequences for others. He's truly admirable in his willingness to sacrifice himself for others and he's really grown/growing into a force to be reckoned with. When you add his admirable qualities to the rest of the fully three dimensional characters, particularly Glain, Khalia, Wolfe, and well frankly his entire crew to be honest, you really have a winner.
I've yet to read a Rachel Caine series that has let me down, in fact far from it, and The Great Library series is no exception. My only wish is that there winds up being more than three books as a trilogy just isn't enough. Fans of the series will be more than pleased with this new installment. I can't wait to see what happens next!
New York Times bestselling author Lilith Saintcrow returns to dark fantasy with a new series where the fairy world inhabits diners, dive bars and trailer parks.
The Seelie and unSeelie Courts are both in plague-ravaged tatters. The Wild Hunt roams unchecked, taking who and what it will, and the walls between the human world and the world of the sidhe are thinning rapidly. Gallow is the only hope of human and sidhe both.
But all Jeremy wants to do is find Robin Ragged . . . and survive. Unfortunately, everyone who meets him has other plans. Including the Ragged, who is fleeing for her life—and the King of Unwinter, whose poisoned blade has cut deep into Jeremy's flesh...
As the second book in the Gallow and Ragged series by Lilith Saintcrow, Roadside Magic is definitely not a book that stands on its own. One must have read the previous book to be caught up on the various plots set in motion by both the Seelie and unSeelie courts and the many characters caught tangled in them on both sides.
The Wild Hunt is loose and swallows up anyone it chooses while the Seelie courts suffer from the effects of a plague. This puts Jeremy Gallow in a position to be of great importance, but he is only interested in finding Robin Ragged. The Ragged is running for her life, and meanwhile Gallow is suffering from a wound inflicted by the King of Unwinter.
There are others on the Ragged’s trail, including one of Gallow’s old friends, Crenn, and Gallow is in turn being pursued by the Wild Hunt on the behalf Unwinter.
The action is somewhat slow to pick up steam as it takes almost half of the book for Gallow and the Ragged to be reunited, and it would have been nice for them to share more of the story. There are plenty of action scenes that highlight the expertise of both Gallow and Crenn, and more of the world of the Seelie is revealed, but at times the book feels like an extended chase. This may be appropriate with the Wild Hunt being involved, but for anyone expecting a more straightforward plot that can stand on its own, this book is very much about the journey as much as it is resolution of the problems facing its protagonists.
Emberly and her red hot partner, Jackson, have hit an impasse in their battle against the crazed humans infected by a plague-like virus derived from vampire blood. Their quest to unearth the leader of the group leads them into an ambush—and leaves Emberly at odds with her former lover, Sam, who’s pressuring her to join his Paranormal Investigations Team.
To make matters worse, three local witches have been kidnapped—and if their spells fall into the wrong hands, Emberly’s powers could end up smothered. With time ticking until the virus consumes the world, Emberly and Jackson must race to save the witches, find a cure, and smoke out their nemesis—or go down in a blaze of glory...
The best thing by far about this series continues to be Emberly's character and FLAMEOUT was no exception. I just simply love how she's so fierce and determined, never wavering from her cause. She's willing to sacrifice anything and everything for others at all times, and more often than not this selfless nature comes at a great cost to her. She's come so close to death more times than I can count, and her injury and scar count are countless. All this is more than admirable, and draws me to her. But what really makes me continually fall in love with her character is that despite all that strength, she's so vulnerable as well. It would have been so easy after everything she's been through and all the so many lifetimes she's endured with heartbreak for it all to have made her bitter. And yet she's not, and so selfless, and I love her for it. All this was only further proved in FLAMEOUT as other people she cared about, even if only peripherally were held over her head as blackmail, and not even for one second does she think of faltering. As I said, it makes her vulnerable, yet so strong at the same time.
The romance continues to be messy, messy, messy in this series. Of course what else could it be when phoenixes are cursed to always have heartbreak in their lives. They fall in love once per lifetime and it's always destined to end badly. That being said, since this lifetime's love, Sam isn't completely out of the picture, but acts like he hates her instead, well it makes things a bit dicey. Emberly has found comfort, but not love of course, in the arms of a fire fae named Jackson, but there were hints in this book that it won't be long term. I'm glad she's found a bit of peace, but you can still feel that insane tension between her and Sam. If you had asked me previously if there was a chance for them, I probably would have said no. However, they just keep getting thrust back towards each other and when it all boils down to it, despite his anger, Sam keeps protecting her and risking his life for hers. So I'm holding out hope that they can break the vicious phoenix heartbreak cycle and find a way to overcome their past.
As far as the plot on this one, it's funny, it felt like both a lot and yet not a whole lot actually happened. While reading, I felt everything moved at a very steady pace, and I felt fully engrossed. However after finishing the book I realized that aside from the last few chapters, nothing major actually happened. It was a bunch of investigating and more posturing and threats that build up to the ending events. That being said, considering I didn't realize the lack of real overall plot momentum until I sat down to write this review, I don't think it's a problem at all. In the moment of reading, I was fully engaged, and in the end that's all I ask for.
FIREBRAND is another strong installment in the Souls of Fire series that I thoroughly enjoyed. Keri Arthur truly is a powerhouse in the genre and I've yet to read a book of her's that I haven't loved, and FIREBRAND is no exception. Fans of the series, and Keri's works will be more than pleased.