Tag: Guest Reviews

Guest Review: Night Falls Darkly (Shadow Guard, Book 1) by Kim Lenox

Posted December 31, 2008 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 1 Comment

Genres: Paranormal Romance


Kris‘ review of Night Falls Darkly (Shadow Guard Book 1) by Kim Lenox

A cunning immortal who’s been called upon to reclaim a marked soul…

Ever since an accident took away her memory, Miss Elena Whitney can’t recall the secrets of her own past. All she knows is that with her mysterious benefactor Archer, Lord Black, returning to London at the behest of Queen Victoria, she should seize the chance to get some answers.

A member of the immortal Shadow Guard, Archer has been summoned to London to eliminate the soul of an evil demon—Jack the Ripper. Archer feels not only bound to protect the women of the night, but also his beautiful young ward, Elena, whom he spared from death two years before. But with a wave of panic spreading across London, Archer fears that Elena is his weakness—a distraction he can’t afford, especially since she’s likely to become the Ripper’s next target…

An interesting spin on the Jack the Ripper character. Jack is the villain in this book and Archer is the Guard who has been assigned to capture and eliminate him. This is a very good paranormal historical if you like those. It took me a little while to figure out exactly how different Archer and his friends. I think I was expecting some sort of heroic vampire character and they weren’t.
Archer and his coworkers are basically supernatural police/assassins. Many of our legendary villains were actually demons and they have to be stopped before they reach the next stage of their evolution or they will be impossible to stop. Enter the Shadow guard.

Archer saved Elena two years before while on another assignment and she has no memory of the time before that point. Archer makes one up from what he knows abut her and takes her in and does not see her again for two years. Elena only knows what she has been told and has no memory of Archer. So when they meet again she has no clue who he is. Now archer is trying to avoid his feelings for his ward so that she will go make a “good” marriage and forget him as well as try to out think Jack the Ripper.

Good book, I like the premise with Jack the Ripper. The characters were interesting to watch as they learned more about each other. I will look for more by this author.

I give it a 4 out of 5.

So Still The Night, Book 2, will be out May, 2009.

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This book is available from Signet Eclipse. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Guest Review: Immortal Warrior by Lisa Hendrix (And a Contest)

Posted December 30, 2008 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 6 Comments

Published by Berkley, PenguinGenres: Paranormal Romance

Tracy‘s guest review of Immortal Warrior by Lisa Hendrix

He came to England in search of treasure. Two hundred years later, he’s found her…

Ivar Graycloak is a brave warrior, a man known for his strength and integrity. He is also a man with a terrible secret. Long ago he was part of a Viking crew cursed by an evil sorceress to live for eternity as were-creatures. An eagle by day and a man by night, Ivar has lived a solitary existence for over two centuries. Then the king orders him to marry.

Lady Alaida is everything a man could want in a bride—intelligent, spirited, and beautiful—and their wedding night is a balm to Ivar’s lonely spirit. Then a seer brings him word of a dark vision, one that makes Ivar vow to stay away from his lovely wife forever. But now that Ivar has sampled Alaida’s passion, her humor and warmth, he is enthralled. His traitorous body—his very heart—longs for that which he can never possess.

Lady Alaida may surprise him yet, though, for she has a power of her own—a power that will either destroy everything they hold dear or ultimately set them free…

Ivar is a spy for King William in the year 1095. In payment for a job well done Ivar is given land and then a wife. He is very excited about both but doesn’t quite know how long it will last – he has longed for normality for so long he just doesn’t know if it will turn out the way he would like. You see, Ivar was cursed centuries ago by a sorceress and lives as a man by night, but as an eagle by day. He and two of his fellow cursed friends, Brand – who lives as a bear by day, and Ari – who is man by day and raven by night, head to Alnwick to take possession the land.

Alaida, who is the granddaughter of the former Lord of Alnwick, is a sharp-tongued lady but one who is not about to be taken over lightly. Unfortunately when Ivar comes to take his place as Lord she is forced to do the bidding of the king, no matter how much she despises the orders. She does find that Ivar is unlike how she thought he’d be and is kind and thoughtful. They have one night together in their wedding bed before Ari has a vision. Ari envisions Alaida getting pregnant and an eagle flying over a crib. The vision is interpreted as the curse will follow to children of the cursed one and the baby that Ivar and Alaida have will turn to an eagle by day. Ivar is instructed to have no more relations with his wife. This is a huge struggle for Ivar as well as Alaida. They are coming to care for each other and it is difficult to stay away from each other. It is already suspicious that the Lord of the manor leaves before dawn every day and doesn’t come back until darkness has fallen.

Despite Ivar staying away from Alaida it seems that she got pregnant on their wedding night. The baby is born and it seems that the babe does not turn into an eagle by day. Unfortunately Ivar falls asleep next to the baby one night and wakes up late. He has to turn into an eagle before he leaves his bedchamber. Alaida witnesses this transformation, as does her nurse and they flee the manor.

Matters come to a head when Ivar goes after Alaida with Brand. Some unexpected things happen that truly make the story intriguing.

I really enjoyed this book. It grabbed my attention from pretty much the first page and didn’t let go. All these questions were going through my mind as I read: Would things work out for Ivar between his curse and the fact that he loves Alaida? Would Alaida accept him when she found out his secrets? Could the curse be broken? I thought it was a great book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good paranormal romance. I can hardly wait to read the next installment in the series.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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This book is available from Berkley Sensation. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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Guest Review: The Storm by Jean Johnson

Posted December 22, 2008 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 4 Comments

Guest Review: The Storm by Jean JohnsonReviewer: Tracy
The Storm by Jean Johnson
Series: Sons of Destiny #6
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: September 2, 2008
Genres: Romance
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three-half-stars

 

Eight brothers, born in four sets of twins, two years apart to the day—they fulfill the Curse of Eight Prophecy. Though no longer trapped in exile, their growing family faces new problems. The sixthborn son must find a way to trust his Destined bride…

First, his most heavily guarded refuge is breached. And now, the worst of all crimes against Rydan of Nightfall: Rora, a pesky, privacy-invading foreigner, likes him and won’t leave him alone! Rydan knows he’s as appealing as a rosebush stripped of its blooms, so why does she persist? Any normal maiden should be seeking less thorny company than his.

But Rora isn’t normal. She alone sees the secret of what torments Rydan. And only she can persuade him to put it right before it destroys him. But Rora has her own secret as well—one of such vast power that other mages have killed in order to possess it. It once drove Rora and her sisters into exile, and, in the wrong hands, its power could annihilate their world. In the right hands, it could change her and Rydan’s fate forever.

I have to say that I enjoyed this book much more than previous books. I’ve always been curious about Rydan and what his issues were so it was nice to finally be able to read about him.

This book basically happens simultaneously with The Cat. Mara from The Cat and Rora from this book are twins who happen upon Nightfall Island. They have been running from Mages who want to steal the power that Rora has in her body.

When Rora happens upon Rydan he is in bed and has been drugged by his brother. What his brother didn’t know is that Rydan has a serious problem with emotions, both his and other peoples. His kind of drag him into a sink hole and others literally hurt him. When Rora discovers Rydan’s problem she makes it her “project” to help Rydan deal with the emotions that cause him to stay away from the rest of his family.

Rora is basically a living fountain; A source of power so great that evil mages want to take her/it and use it for evil. When Rora lands on the island she is convinced that it is a safe place and that no one will take advantage of her power. Since Rydan is a Guardian of a fountain himself he understands the need to keep others away from her.

Rydan and Rora, in their solitude, discover a caring and eventual love for each other. They seem to understand each other better than their twins understand them. I very much enjoyed reading the coming together of these two people. I loved all the touching and the hand holding they did. It was a very sexually charged story, but very sweet as well. I’d have to say this is my favorite of all the books so far and for anyone who’s been reading the stories I think they’ll enjoy it.

Rating 3.5 out of 5

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Guest Review: A Darker Trinity by Candice Gilmer

Posted December 5, 2008 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 2 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance
Tracy‘s review of A Darker Trinity by Candice Gilmer.

Passion attracts and blood binds, but hidden truths may destroy everything.

Nicole’s life is poised for change. Her co-workers throw her a going-away party that lands her in a sizzling triangle between two immortals.

Joseph and James crave Nicole, needing her to complete their mythical trinity. She is drawn into this erotic covenant where the laws of day and night, good girl and bad, are surrendered for a darker bond. The deeper she falls for the vampires, the more her fears come alive.

In this second installment of the Moonlight and Shadows series, the Templar Knights return to offer Nicole an escape from this Darker Trinity.

I originally started this story with the intention of just reading a little bit of it and then going to bed. That wasn’t exactly how it happened. I started reading and I was hooked, I couldn’t put my ereader down. I stayed up and finished the book.

Nicole meets Joseph and James and is immediately attracted to them. She goes on a date with James and then the next night gets asked out by Joseph. She doesn’t want to betray either of them but she has feelings for both men. They end up having a lovely little ménage experience and it’s wonderful.

Joseph and James are looking for the third person, a woman, to complete their Darker Trinity. Now I didn’t read the first book so I wasn’t quite sure what the whole Trinity concept was about but I went with it. Joseph and James each bite Nicole but at separate times. She cannot become a vampire unless she partakes of their blood. During a heated kiss between Joseph and James though, a fang makes one of them bleed. After kissing Nicole she then gets the blood accidentally and turns Vampire.

The Knights Templar are kind of like the police force with the supernatural crowd and they weren’t too thrilled that Nicole was turned without all the major paperwork going through first. They let the transition happen however.

Nicole decides right off that she doesn’t want to be a vampire and requests death from one of the Knights. He says that if that’s what she wants then he’ll do it but not right that second. Nicole starts to fall in love with both Joseph and James and decides that she doesn’t want to die.

During all of this romance, there’s another story going where a rogue vampire on the loose who is turning humans into vampires and building his own army to fight the Knights Templar. The Knights are trying to find out who the culprit is but not having a ton of luck.

I really liked this story. I think that the way Ms. Gilmer portrayed her characters was very realistic. These were people that you would meet on the street or at work – and end up being friends with. While I was curious about the Knights Templar and felt that I wanted more info on them in this book it is book 2. I guess I’ll just have to go back and read book one.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book (and there was only 1 which was incredible) was the end when it was right in the middle of an exciting moment and the words: “to be concluded…” were printed on the next line! aaaaaarrrrg! lol I will definitely be reading book 3 in this series, Broken Shine, as soon as it comes out which I hope is soon.

Rating: 4 out of 5

This book is available from Lyrical Press. You can buy it here in e-format.


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Guest Review: Passions by Jennifer Cole

Posted November 18, 2008 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 3 Comments

Guest Review: Passions by Jennifer ColeReviewer: Tracy
Passions by Jennifer Cole
Published by Lyrical Press
Publication Date: November 3, 2008
Genres: Romance, Erotica
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three-stars

 

The only thing more persuasive than a man pursuing the woman he wants? Two men.

Jana Michaels escapes an abusive past by taking on a housekeeping position at a resort where fraternization isn’t allowed. Tristan and Travis, however, came in search of the only woman to complete their trio, and nothing will keep them from her.

Jana is working at a Caribbean resort called Passions. Anything goes at this resort. You want to do it in the hall, go right ahead. In the pool? Be my guest. The only thing that is not allowed is socializing with the staff.

Tristan and Travis have come to Passions for the 3rd time to try and find the “one”, that one woman that will complete their family. They see Jana and they just know that she’s their woman. Problem is, they can’t get her to go out with them because she’s staff.

Tristan and Travis request that Jana be given their penthouse suite as her house keeping assignment. Once there they blindfold her and have a little hot sex (obviously policy is being ignored by all) – though Jana really has no clue who she’s having sex with. This continues for a couple of days while at the same time Tristan and Travis are courting her on her time off. The men need to get her to agree to be with them forever but Jana has serious insecurities and doesn’t feel that she is worthy to be with them.

Now, Tristan and Travis are from a different universe that doesn’t have many women so the men pair up and then find their human mate to bond with.

While Tristan and Travis are wooing Jana there are other illegal things going on in the resort that end up involving the trio and everyone ends up getting involved.

This was an interesting story. Very early in the book there were some things that happened and they were so out there that I just started laughing…one being right after T & T (I’ll abbreviate the men’s names) see Jana in a restaurant in the resort they activate their invisibility cloaking shields. What – we didn’t even know they were from a different universe at this point? Omg it was just so Star Trek I couldn’t stand it! T & T were very stiff and I just kept thinking of them as alien robots rather than men. They just weren’t comfortable in their own skin even though it was their own skin. I have to say they did seem a little more normal toward the end of the story. They knew that Jana had had a rough time with a previous boyfriend and wanted to make sure that she knew they would never hurt her. It was very nice that they wanted Jana to decide her fate rather than telling her (although Travis did a lot of that during the story).

Jana, for all her insecurities, was a likeable girl. She went about her work and was quite happy to be starting a new life. It wasn’t as difficult for her to believe that T & T were from a different universe as I felt it should be, but she felt the “pull” of her mates and fell in love so was willing to go with the flow.

Although I had some issues with the story it was entertaining overall. There was some great Ménage à trois sexorin going on, which is always enjoyable.

Rating: 3 out of 5

three-stars


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