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Review: Waking the Beast by Lacey Thorn

Posted April 30, 2015 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Waking the Beast by Lacey ThornReviewer: Holly
Waking the Beast by Lacey Thorn
Series: Awakening Pride #1
Published by Resplendence Publishing
Publication Date: 3/30/14
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 190
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two-stars

The legend of the Paka Watu...

Ever since she was a young girl, Abby Lane can’t resist the allure of a catshifter tribe forced to repress their beasts. On a trip to Africa, she discovers a coveted piece of information—the name the pride leader assumed when he left his home—and she traces his lineage to his descendent.

The sleeping lion...

Utah Pearce can’t keep his gaze off the woman who slips into the bar every night. Though not his usual type, she brings out the possessive instinct in him, making him battle with himself as he tries to stay away.

Mine...

Abby’s research never prepared her for the reality in front of her. The beast is waking, and Utah is changing in ways both exciting and terrifying. He is possessive and dominant, and when he finally claims her, neither of them will ever be the same.

This was a free download.

I’ve been wanting to read more shifters lately and I like the idea of trying a series before I buy it. The premise is really great, and it started out with a bang, but it lacked in execution.

The story starts out with the legend of the Paka Watu, an African tribe blessed by the Great Spirit and given spirit guides, which end up being large jungle cats they can shift into. Abby has been obsessed with the legend her whole life, and thinks she’s finally found the descendant of the original leader of the Paka Watu, Utah Pearce, a former Marine and current bar owner.

When they’re abducted by her uncle and Utah is forced to change, her suspicions are confirmed. Except it freaks her out more than she thought it would. Dreaming about finding a race of shapeshifters is one thing, actually discovering their real is quite another. Of course, her reaction is nothing compared to Utah’s. One day he was running a bar, the next he was acting crazy possessive of Abby and rumbling a lot in his throat.

As I said, the premise was good and I liked the legend of the Paka Watu. It fell apart fairly quickly, however. Utah’s strange reaction to Abby and her involvement in his abduction was sort of touched on, then ignored. He should have been suspicious and angry, but instead he just wanted her. This is kind of a case of fated mates, and those rarely work for me.

There were a ton of plot holes and silly inconsistencies that pulled me out of the story. Not to mention the sequel baiting. I wanted to start a drinking game every time a secondary character came on page and their back story was hinted at but never revealed. Scenarios like “So-and-so finally shared her story, which shed light on Abby’s current situation” were prevalent. The stories weren’t shared with the readers, so the book felt half-formed and ended up frustrating me more than not.

I’m kind of curious about the wolvves,  so I may go back and read that story. As for this one, it could have been a stellar read but ended up leaving me feeling bored and mildly frustrated.

2 out of 5

two-stars

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#DFRAT Excerpt & Giveaway: Chronicles: Seraphin and Jack’s Dee-Light by Lacey Thorn.

Posted July 18, 2013 by Rowena in Features | 9 Comments

SerephinExcerpt from Demon Chronicles: Serephin
Copyright @ Lacey Thorn 2012

“We’re really doing this?” Serephin asked, looking between her two best friends.

“Yes,” Carami said. “We have nothing to lose.”

Just their lives, but Serephin wasn’t going to voice that thought. Brahman nodded and they were off. One of the privileges of having the appearance of a human was that, outside the queen’s inner circle, they were seen as slaves, and ignored for the most part. Soon, they were far into the chamber of catacombs and away from the heart of her mother’s realm. She prayed Carami’s memory didn’t fail them.

After almost exactly two hours, Carami finally stopped them.

“There it is,” she said and pointed.

Serephin saw nothing, just deep shadows amidst a swirling gray mist. “Where? All I see is the mist.”

“The map said it was there,” Carami insisted.

“Well, let’s go check it out,” Serephin sighed. They’d made it this far without setting off any alarms or being seen. It would serve them right if it turned out to be all for naught.

“Should I go before you, Princess?” Brahman asked her. She could tell he was unsure on where the most danger might lie, the mist before them or the possibility of discovery behind them.

“Yeah, you go first,” Carami said and pushed him ahead of them.

“Princess?” he asked, sending a hard look towards Carami.

“I’m right behind you,” Serephin said and grabbed hold of his belt. The mist was thick and looked as if it might swallow them whole.

Carami grabbed her free hand. Then Serephin felt her friend grab onto Brahman’s belt with her other one.

The mist did swallow them. Serephin couldn’t see anything around her. She could feel Brahman and Carami, but was unable to see them.

“Serephin?” Carami’s voice sounded as if it were right in her ear.

“I’m here,” Serephin said, squeezing Carami’s hand.

“It is old magic, ancient magic,” Brahman said. “This is no portal.”

“But the portal is supposed to be here,” Carami swore. “I memorized this exact location.”

“It is no portal, or at least not the kind we are thinking of,” Brahman said. “It is a summoning mist. You have only to tell it where you wish to go, and it will send you there.”

“We all wish to go to Zandova,” Carami said. “So, we’ll all wish the same and go together.”

“Will that work?” Serephin asked.

“I’m unsure of how it works, Princess,” Brahman said, and his voice sounded uneasy.

“We’ll just hold tight and all say it together,” Serephin said. She felt Brahman touch the hand she had on his belt, and he laced their fingers together before turning around. She could only assume he did the same with Carami’s hand. “All ready?”

“Yes,” Carami said.

“On your count, Princess,” Brahman said.

“On three then,” she said. “One. Two. Three. I wish to be in Zandova.”

There was a pulling sensation. Then, it was as if the earth fell from beneath her feet. She was falling, falling and unable to hold on. Carami’s fingers slipped from her grasp. She tried to fling her suddenly free hand at Brahman, to tighten her grip there, but she couldn’t. A harsh blast of air and his fingers were ripped from hers. She heard his yell, echoed it with one of her own, and continued to fall.

“I will find you, Princess,” Brahman yelled.

They were the last words she heard before the darkness sucked her in.

jacksdeelight_msrExcerpt from Jack’s Dee-Light
Copyright @ Lacey Thorn 2012

“Forget asshat,” Mischa said. “You were friends, you had sex, he moved on. You can still be friends or you can move on completely. Either way, you really don’t have feelings for him. You just thought you did, or wanted to.”

“How can you say that?”

“Because, you don’t get the look when you talk about him,” Jacey said and Mischa nodded.

“What look?” Dee wanted to know.

“Jack,” Jacey said.

“That look,” Mischa laughed.

Dee looked appalled. “I get a look when you say Jack’s name?”

“Honey, you have since we were twelve and you saw him in a towel.”

“The best memory of my life,” Dee agreed and picked up the napkin to fan herself. “God, he is so hot.”

“So do something about it,” Jacey said.

“Like what?” Dee asked shaking her head. “I’m not you, Jacey. I don’t have the balls to just walk up to a guy and talk that way.”

Jacey snorted. “What way?”

“About sex and stuff.”

“So just pretend for a minute then,” Jacey urged.

“Jacey,” Mischa warned but Jacey shook her head and focused on Dee again.

“Just pretend that Jack is here in front of you…”

“Behind you,” Mischa murmured.

“Wherever,” Jacey glared at Mischa. “If you could say anything to him, what would you say?”

“I’d ask how he was doing? How he felt about not being in the Marines anymore.”

Mischa laughed.

Jacey snorted. “Good grief, Dee. Would you admit how much you want him or not?”

“Hello, this is me remember,” Dee shook her head. “Maybe with a few more drinks I could.”

“What would you tell him?” Jacey encouraged. “If you had enough liquid courage in your veins.”

Dee laughed.

“What?” Jacey asked.

“I was just picturing your brother’s face if I went up to him and said what I’ve wanted to for years. ‘Jack, I’ve wanted you forever. Take me home and fuck me until neither one of us has the strength to move.’”

“How did you picture his face?” Mischa asked softly.

“Appalled,” Dee snorted another laugh.

“Maybe you should look then,” Mischa said and nodded over Dee’s shoulder.

Dee’s eyes were huge and her face lost all color before a blush rose from the collar of her shirt, up her neck, to spread over her face.

“So my place or yours?” Jack asked as he took the fourth chair at the table and grinned at Dee.

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Guest Review: Burning Dante by Lacey Thorn

Posted August 2, 2010 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments


Judith’s review of Burning Dante by Lacey Thorn.

Phoebe has been in love with Dante Marquetti since before she lost her virginity to the man. She can’t recall a time when he wasn’t the star of all her sexual fantasies. Now Dante is heading back home and she is determined to have him one more time. She wants to make Dante burn the way she has all these years.

Dante arrives at his new apartment and is greeted by his neighbor out in the hall—naked. Welcome home!! When he realizes it is Phoebe, he decides there’s only one thing to do: he wants her in his bed–and tonight isn’t soon enough.

Dante Marquetti was the oldest in a close-knit, loving, raucous family of seven and still single. His siblings were marrying and yet Dante was uncommitted. After 10 years in the Marines and two years as a city cop, he was coming home to be a police officer in his home town. The same town where Phoebe lives, the girl he seduced and then from whom he walked away without a backward glance.

Now Phoebe knows that Dante doesn’t care and twelve years later she is one stunning chick. But she isn’t handing her heart over to a man who has proven to be unappreciative. “She’d take what she could get and maybe this time she would be able to move on from him when it was over.” The most interesting aspect of this story is, however, that Dante’s younger brother is Phoebe’s best and closest friend and the person with whom she shares an apartment. There is no love relationship between them; Chris knows that Phoebe still loves Dante. But he was the one who held her as she grieved through the years, the friend and confidant to whom she entrusted her deepest feelings and hopes.

So we have a novella that is filled with laughter and family, overflowing with sibling rivalry (in the best sense of the word), and two people who really have to find a direction for their lives, whether that be together or not remains to be seen.

This is really a delightful story in many ways. The women are strong and gutsy–especially Phoebe who has matured and has come to some kind of acceptance with her ongoing love for Dante, whether he wants hers or not will not kill her or deter her from becoming the best of herself. Dante’s mom and sisters are funny, ribald, honest, outspoken, and obviously holding their own with brothers and other men in general. Their friendship with their siblings is heart-warming. The back story in this novella is, in many ways, as interesting and engaging as Dante & Phoebe’s story.

This is a love story in the best sense of the word. There is sizzle, to be sure. Dante is very committed to re-igniting his affair with Phoebe. But he faces a challenge with her that was not present 12 years earlier: she has learned to guard her heart. And through it all, Dante learns some important lessons about himself. No matter what, the experiences that each takes away from this affair are not wasted.

So, romance fans, enjoy this book! It is not overly long, it is fun and filled with fun people. I give this book a 3.75 out of 5.

You can read more from Judith at Dr. J’s Book Place.

This book is available from Ellora’s Cave. You can buy it here in e-format.

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