Tag: contemporary paranormal

Guest Review: Dragon Adventure by Mell Eight

Posted May 30, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Dragon Adventure by Mell EightReviewer: Tracy
Dragon Adventure by Mell Eight
Series: Supernatural Consultant #5.1
Also in this series: Dragon Consultant, Dragon Deception, Dragon Dilemma, Dragon Detective, Dragon Soldier
Published by Less Than Three Press
Publication Date: May 17th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal
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three-stars

Aqua and Rios are bored, which is always a recipe for disaster. They decide that taking a trip to visit Nickel would be a ton of fun, so they hop on a boat and go sailing down the river. Niagara Falls separates the two kits from their destination, not that they're aware of that fact, and their fun adventure quickly turns into a desperate fight for survival.

Aqua and Rios are water dragons, approximately 15 years old, and are the foster sons of William Armistead.  They are at the North American Territory Leader’s Conference in Canada and since their “Uncle” Willy controls all of Canada he brought them with him so that they could understand what’s going on – he’d been teaching them about his duties. Of course they’re bored out of their minds and as their Uncle Dane didn’t bring his son Nickel with him they have no one to play with.

When they’re dismissed they decide that they’re just going to go visit Nickel. They get out a map and figure it won’t take long at all to get to Nickel as it’s only a few inches of map space – by river…in a rowboat. Obviously it takes longer than expected even with their supernatural powers and they end up getting to shore so they can sleep that night.  Rios is awoken by a sound and finds a Nix, a water shape-shifter, who’s trying to save the waterways from drug dealers. Rios gets attached to the Nix – who he names Nixie – very quickly and decides to help.  The pair get into some trouble but Uncle Willy is there to save the day in more ways than one.

This was a very short but very cute read.  It’s set in the world of the other Supernatural Consultant books, and Dane is in it, but none of Dane’s dragon kits are in it.  Aqua and Rios were adorably rambunctious and I enjoyed reading about their antics.  The story is told with the thought that Rios and Nix will eventually mate but that’s just kind of implied.  They’re too young at the moment to go that far. 🙂  The only reason this story got a lower rating was because of length.   I just couldn’t get too into it all as it was super short.

If you’ve read and enjoyed all of the Supernatural Consultant books so far then I think you’ll enjoy this one as well.

Rating: 3 out of 5

three-stars

Guest Review: Drawn to the Wolves by Shari Mikels

Posted May 22, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Drawn to the Wolves by Shari MikelsReviewer: Tracy
Drawn to the Wolves by Shari Mikels
Published by Carina Press
Publication Date: May 22nd 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal, Shapeshifters
Pages: 105
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three-stars

The pack's alpha has finally found his fated mate…and she's terrified of wolves.

Wolf shifter Callan Mohan has a powerful connection to his pack. As alpha, he can sense if something is wrong—and when he feels panic coming from an unknown source, his instincts tell him she's someone to be protected at all costs.

Rescuing a stranger from an unexpected confrontation with two wolf shifters is easy. Helping her move from fear to acceptance of the animals—and him—is a challenge.

Kate Ballard's attraction to her mysterious rescuer is instant. That she falls for Callan so quickly isn't surprising—his strong, confident presence puts her at ease, and the strange connection she has to him makes her feel safe almost immediately. He's the man she didn't know she was waiting for.

It's only a matter of time before Callan has to tell Kate the truth. And find out, once and for all, if her love for him is enough to overcome her fear.

Kate Ballard has worked for the Atlanta PD for the past 10 years.  She has empathic abilities and after 10 years of drawing human monsters she just couldn’t do it any longer.  She’s now taking a much needed rest and she’s in Whiskey Grove, Tennessee on the advice of her best friend.  She plans on relaxing and sketching wildlife to her hearts content.

The first afternoon she’s out sketching, however, she runs into trouble.  She was told to stay of a certain plot of land but after chasing an eagle she finds herself facing the barrel of a gun.  The man wants to shoot her and she’s terrified of the humongous wolves the man has at his sides.

Kate is rescued by Callan.  He calms the gun holder enough to get Kate out of there.  From the first moment that he sees Kate, and feels her in his head, he knows that she’s his mate.  The problem is that Kate has an unbelievable fear of wolves and telling her that he’s a shifter might just make her run from him instead of to him.

This was a sweet little novella.  I liked Kate and Callan both and though they were good for each other.  Their relationship started off pretty quickly but since he knew that she was his fated mate he didn’t waste any time.  Before you know it she’s practically living with him which was fast but again, fated mates.

I found myself entrenched in the book when Kate was being held at gunpoint and was excited to go from there.  Unfortunately I didn’t care for the way Kate handled her fear and the shifter issue.  The way the author wrote her I got the feeling that she would have handled it differently but she ran.  I was happy to read that that part of it wasn’t drawn out too long and Kate and Callan got their HEA.

If you’re looking for a quick, easy paranormal story to read this would be a good one.

Rating: 3 out of 5

three-stars

Guest Review: Dating the Undead by Juliet Lyons

Posted May 5, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Dating the Undead by Juliet LyonsReviewer: Tracy
Dating the Undead by Juliet Lyons
Series: V-Date.com #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: May 2nd 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Paranormal, Vampires
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four-stars

When Silver Harris kisses sexy Irish vampire Logan Byrne on New Year's Eve, she knows other humans just won't suffice. Convinced she'll never see him again, she joins the uber-popular vampire dating site, VDate.com.

What Silver doesn't know is that the site is more dangerous than she could ever imagined, and soon she's in over her head. When Logan returns, sparks fly and attraction sizzles, but they'll have to escape some very real demons if they have any chance of lasting forever.

Silver gets kicked out of a New Year’s Eve party when she dumps a drink on the woman she catches kissing her date – and kicks her date in the balls.  Apparently that doesn’t make for a good party.  Out of the street she meets a beautiful man who ends up walking her home.  They get along great and end up sharing a midnight kiss to ring in the new year.  She knows he’s a vampire but she doesn’t care, it was the best kiss of her life.  She especially liked it when he bit her.

Silver tells her step-sister Jess about it the next day and Jess tells her about V-Date, an online dating site where you can date vampires.  Silver joins the site hoping that the sexy vampire she kissed will be part of it.  She doesn’t know how to contact him as he didn’t even give her his name.  He’s not on there but Silver starts to set up dates with vampires anyway.  Unfortunately she finds herself incredibly bored.  Yes, the vamps are hot but she’s not connecting with any of them.

Meanwhile Logan, the vampire that Silver kissed, is directed by his “boss” to track down women who are part of V-Date.  Apparently the police are using the women on the site to get information about vampires as they’re such a mystery.  Logan is to track down the women and then put a glamour on them so they will have no interest in vampires ever again.  Of course the first person he’s to glamour is Silver but he can’t bring himself to do it as that means she’ll have no interest in him.  He knows he’s ignoring his boss which can have serious repercussions but he’s so into Silver he doesn’t care.

Silver is approached by the police to get info about vampires and they promise to open up her mother’s case again.  Her mother disappeared when Silver was 9 years old and they never found out what happened to her.  With Silver working with the police and Logan ignoring his bosses wishes, things get tense.  That doesn’t stop the couple from falling in love.  Of course Logan’s old sire returns to town and is determined to get him back no matter what the cost.

When I read the blurb for Dating the Undead it sounded like a fun book and I’m happy to say, it was!  Silver had a great sense of humor and was pretty snarky.  Both Silver and Logan could laugh at themselves and I loved that about them.  They worked together really well and I thought the author did a great job writing their romance.  She wrote Logan so that he was a guy who had pretty much maintained his humanity and that’s what made him so appealing to me.

I did have a couple of issues with the book.  One was the fact that Logan’s boss was written as this scary “ancient” that you never crossed.  When he was crossed however, nothing happened.   Not that I wanted him to harm Logan but it was a bit anti-climactic.  The other thing was Logan’s old sire.  She was determined to get Logan back or harm him in some way for not being the murderer she wanted him to be.  I understand why she was written into the book as the villain but she was so over the top it didn’t fit in with the book, imho.

Despite those issues I liked the story a lot.  I got a little burned out on vampire romances a while back so I haven’t read many lately.  Dating the Undead was a good book to read to jump back into the genre.

Rating: 3.75/4 out of 5  

four-stars

Guest Review: Elemental Ride by Mell Eight

Posted January 10, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Elemental Ride by Mell EightReviewer: Tracy
Elemental Ride by Mell Eight
Published by Less Than Three Press
Publication Date: November 8th 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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three-stars

Rawley isn't the type to crush hard and fast on anyone, but he's somehow helpless when it comes to the new mailman. Even his bikes and his job as enforcer for a local motorcycle gang, the center of his world, don't compare to his interest in Reign. Unfortunately, Reign doesn't seem to be as interested—but secrets and magic have a way of turning everything upside down.

Rawley has a thing for his new mailman, Reign, but he’s not quite sure what to make of him.  The first time he sees him his nametag says Reign and he had blue eyes.  The next day his nametag said Leif and he has green eyes.  Weird.  Rawley figures, after talking to the president of his MC that Reign probably has Sprite poisoning and that’s why his eyes turn color.

Rawley, unfortunately, can’t spend all of his time thinking about Reign/Leif.  His MC needs to find a new neighborhood to live in that they can all afford and still stay centrally located to each other.  The place they live currently is one step up from a shithole and they’re sick of it. On top of that one of his customers is dead and there’s a weird preppy dude walking around asking questions and something’s just not right. Luckily he has Reign/Leif to make him smile.

The world that Rawley lives in is a strange one.  The humans have sprites living in their bodies and these sprites give the humans powers.  The sprites can’t live on their own until they mature so they’re injected into those who purchase them and keep them for ten years.  It certainly was an interesting twist to an otherwise pretty normal world.  I would have liked to have gotten into that a little more but hopefully we’ll get more info in future books.

Reign/Leif was an interesting character.  I’m not going to tell you about him too much because reading about him is half the fun of the book.  I really liked him, though, and was enjoying seeing him and Rawley starting on their first steps to a relationship.

The book was good but I just needed more.  Fifty-six pages was just not long enough for me.  I was just starting to really get into things and…it was over.  Hopefully Mell Eight will write more in this world and more about Rawley and Reign/Leif.  If she does I’ll cross my fingers that the next story will be longer. 🙂

Rating: 3 out of 5

three-stars

Guest Review: Dragon Detective by Mell Eight

Posted October 19, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Dragon Detective by Mell EightReviewer: Tracy
Dragon Detective by Mell Eight
Series: Supernatural Consultant #4
Also in this series: Dragon Consultant, Dragon Deception, Dragon Dilemma, Dragon Soldier, Dragon Adventure
Published by Less Than Three Press
Publication Date: October 19th 2016
Genres: Contemporary
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four-stars

Nickel might be a water elemental dragon, but even he has limits—and the sudden rain storms, hail, and snow in mid-summer are way over the line. Luckily, he works for Dane's Supernatural Consulting firm and can use those resources to figure out who keeps mucking with the weather and get them to stop.

It doesn't take long for Nickel to realize he isn't the only one searching for the weather worker: the enemy he has been hunting for ten years has finally reappeared, and it's a race to see which of them will reach the weather worker first. Nickel isn't certain he'll win, or even survive, the attempt, but he'll do whatever it takes to save the dragons.

This book takes place a significant distance in time from the last novella.  Nickel is now 18 and is working with Dane at his Supernatural Consulting firm.  He decides that he’s going to find out what’s with the freak storms that are happening in town – it snowed in July! – and it leads him to believe that it’s a man that’s been seen around town who is about Nickel’s age with long white hair.  Unfortunately Nickel doesn’t find the man he’s looking for.  Then Dane gets a call from the SuperFeds with a lead on the evil scientists that do experiments on dragons and Nickel gets sucked into that case as well.

Platinum is a dragon who has been kept in a cell most of his life.  When he wakes up one day from the experimentation table and no one’s around he escapes.  He spends weeks going from town to town trying to stay off the radar and finding odd jobs to feed himself.  He finally decides it’s time to move on – as he’s in the same territory as the Supernatural Consulting firm and they’ve been asking about him – but before he can the bad guys catch up to him.

I know I say this every time but this was another great addition to the story.  Unfortunately I felt that I was left hanging at the end of the book and I wanted more!

This is definitely not a romantic story but I feel one brewing.  Though we see Dane and Mercury from the previous books it’s really Nickel and Platinum’s story – though they don’t actually meet.  I can’t explain it without giving too much away so I guess you’ll have to read it to find out. 🙂

I have to say I love this dragon family.  Dane and Mercury as well as all of their adopted dragon kits are just such a wonderful family and I love how they look out for each other no matter what.  Their bonds are so strong even though they’re not of the same blood and I adore that about these stories.

Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for the next story because I really need to know what happens with Nickel and Platinum! 🙂

Rating: 4 out of 5

four-stars