Tag: Paranormal Romance

Review: Fated by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted June 22, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Fated by Rebecca ZanettiReviewer: Casee
Fated by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Dark Protectors #1
Published by Brava
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
Point-of-View: Third Person
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 299
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three-half-stars

Marry Me! Cara Paulsen does not give up easily. A scientist and a single mother, she's used to fighting for what she wants, keeping a cool head, and doing whatever it takes to protect her daughter Janie. But "whatever it takes" has never before included a shotgun wedding to a dangerous-looking stranger with an attitude problem.

Or Else! Sure, the mysterious Talen says that he's there to protect Cara and Janie. He also says that he's a three-hundred-year-old vampire. Of course, the way he touches her, Cara might actually believe he's had that long to practice. . .

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This was my first look into the Dark Protector series and I have no idea why I waited so long to dive into it. I’m hooked on Zanetti’s Scorpius Syndrome series, love paranormals in general, so why did I wait? I have no clue. There were a few parts of this particular book I wasn’t down with, but…shrug. I got past it.

Cara Paulson is a special type of person. She has been an empath since she was a young girl. So it makes sense that she would give birth to a very special child. She had no idea that her child would be prophesied to save a race of evil vampires. Vampires that she had no idea existed until one burst into her home to save her and Janie’s lives. Cara isn’t having any of it even when Janie tells her that Talen is the one that is going to save them. All she sees is a strange man coming into her home trying to kidnap her and her baby. Forget the fact that she has this inappropriate and completely confounding attraction to the man. Being disgusted with herself can come after she gets away from him.

Talen had no idea that Cara was his mate until he comes to her rescue. And come to her rescue he does because he can sense the Kurjans, the evil counterpart to his vampire race, coming to get them. Three hundred years of peace are broken because of Cara’s young daughter Janie. They have no idea what’s coming for them. Before he knew she was his mate, it was his job to protect Cara and Janie. Now it is is duty and honor. He can do nothing less that protect the woman he has looked for over the centuries and the little girl that is now his daughter. If only he could convince Cara that she isn’t getting away from him.

There were a lot of things that I liked about this book. I liked the instant connection between Cara and Talen. Talen was very sweet. The love between the two was very sweet. Talen really cared about how Cara felt. He knew that she had a hard time living in their headquarters below ground and made sure she had plants that she loved to help her cope. He just did little sweet things that really made me like him. Other the other hand, I really disliked how he referred to her as “mate” all the time. Like it was her name. It made her sound like a possession. I didn’t enjoy that all. As for Cara, she was a strong heroine, but made stupid fucking decisions. Including a TSTL one that almost got her killed. Just because she was mad at Talen over a BIG MISUNDERSTANDING. TSTL decisions always happen after stupid BIG MISUNDERSTANDINGS, don’t they?

Even with the things that bothered me, I did find this book enjoyable and am looking forward to continuing this series.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5.

Dark Protectors

three-half-stars


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Review: The Thief by J.R. Ward

Posted June 15, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: The Thief by J.R. WardReviewer: Casee
The Thief by J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #16
Also in this series: Lover Unbound, Lover Avenged, Lover Unleashed, Lover at Last, Lover at Last, The King, The Shadows, The Beast, Lover Enshrined, The Chosen, Lover Mine
Published by Ballantine
Publication Date: April 10, 2018
Point-of-View: Third Person
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 454
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three-half-stars

New enemies rise from the shadows in the next novel of the New York Times bestselling paranormal romance series the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

Having allied themselves with the Band of Bastards, the Brotherhood is committed now more than ever to eradicating the Lessening Society. Recovering from their most recent battle against the last of the lessers, the Brotherhood comes to realize that the fight against their enemies is far from over.

Throe, Xcor’s former second in command, is using an ancient tome to summon a new army engineered by a force more dangerous and evil than the Omega.

And now the brothers of the Black Dagger Brotherhood will be tested both at home and on the battlefield.

I don’t know where to start with this review. I read this book about six weeks ago. My intent was to let it settle in my mind for a few days, maybe a week, then review it. A week turned into one, then two, then I forgot. So I’m trying to think about what stands out in my mind about Assail and Sola, but nothing really comes to mind. They were kind of blah. Or it might be they were blah because V and Jane were so fucking hot. I mean, like, steaming hot.

After a bunch of stuff went down in The Beast (I think), Sola took her grandmother and went on the run. She ended up in Florida where she is constantly on guard. She has enemies and she is never sure if any of them will find her. She has never forgotten the man that saved her life in Caldwell. She thinks about Assail almost daily, though she hasn’t spoken to him in over a year, nor does she plan to. It is with some dismay that she finds his two cousins on her doorstep with news concerning Assail. He is sick and he needs her. Sola turns down their “invitation” to return to Caldwell. She has her grandmother to protect. They barely made it out of Caldwell alive. Then her grandmother confronts her about returning. There is little she can do after that and she soon finds herself at Assail’s bedside. She can’t believe the difference in the strong forceful man she knows compared to the shell of the man in the hospital bed. Though cancer will do that to a man.

Oh yeah, she doesn’t know vampires exist. That will be a problem.

As for V and Jane…they have big problems. Why? Because relationships aren’t all flowers and puppies. They need to be worked on. V and Jane haven’t worked on their relationship at all. They are barely roommates. V is feeling an itch to return to his old life and Jane has no idea. All she cares about is her patients. They are forced to confront their problems when Jane catches V almost cheat on her. It is so heartbreaking that I almost cried. Almost. Seeing these two find their way back to each other was the best part of this book. I loved it. These two made the book for me. Sola and Assail disappeared. It was all about V and Jane. Jane and V. V. Jane. Love.

Lassiter’s secret came out. The war escalates in a dangerous way. I found the book intriguing. When Sola found out vampires existed, I was rolling my eyes so hard I’m surprised they didn’t roll out of my head. Then I started wondering what I would have done if I found out vampires existed. My reaction probably would have been the same as hers. So I tried not to judge. But seriously, her reaction seemed a little overboard. And annoying.

V and Jane. Sigh.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Black Dagger Brotherhood

three-half-stars


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Guest Review: Wild Hunger by Suzanne Wright

Posted June 5, 2018 by Tracy in Features, Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Wild Hunger by Suzanne WrightReviewer: Tracy
Wild Hunger by Suzanne Wright
Series: The Phoenix Pack #7
Published by Montlake Romance
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 320
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four-stars

When half–wolf shifter Frankie Newman receives an e-mail from a family member she didn’t know existed, a secret is revealed: as a child, Frankie witnessed her father killing her mother…and then himself. Frankie was torn from her pack by her mother’s human relatives, and the trauma was erased from her memory. Realizing that she’s been lied to her entire life, she’s never felt more alone. Until she catches the scent of an old friend—warmly familiar and intoxicating.

Trick Hardy, enforcer of the Phoenix Pack, can sense the rush of mutual attraction when he sees Frankie again. He knows immediately that she’s his true mate. But he also knows that, given her fragile state, he needs to tread with care—no matter how fierce his surging desires.

As aroused as Frankie is by Trick’s darkly dominant air and simmering desire, her priority right now is her past—not her future, no matter how tempting. But as more secrets emerge and Frankie’s life is threatened, Trick must do everything he can to keep her close and safe. After all, it’s their destiny.

Frankie was raised by her maternal grandparents and uncle after she witnessed her father killing her mother when she was 3 years old.  She’s actually half wolf shifter and half human, but her family kept her away from her wolf family her entire life as they view them as uncivilized.  They also lied to her about who exactly her parents were and how they died.  When Frankie is contacted by her aunt Lydia she’s shocked.  Lydia wants to see her because Lydia’s mother, Frankie’s paternal grandmother, is dying and would like to see Frankie before she dies.  Needless to say, Frankie is pissed off at her human family for lying to her her entire life.

Frankie agrees to meet with Lydia but some others in the pack go along to the meeting.  One of those is Trick who knew Frankie when she was just a toddler.  When he sees her again he knows immediately that Frankie is his mate.  Trick was always open to finding his mate and knew that whenever he met her he wouldn’t fuck around.  He’d just go up to her and tell her and they’d claim each other – easy peasy.  When he realizes it’s Frankie he knows he needs to tread carefully as she’s not ready to hear that she’s his mate.  She’s already dealing with a lot by just finding out that she has other family that she knew nothing about.

Despite Trick saying that he wasn’t going to lay the whole “mate” thing on Frankie it doesn’t mean he can keep himself away from her.  He shows up at her house and as Frankie feels so comfortable with him she doesn’t have any objections about them getting close.  She soon figures out for herself what’s going on and she’s not opposed to the idea at all.

Unfortunately, as she gets more enmeshed in the Phoenix pack the more curious she is to find out about what went wrong with her parents.  When she starts to have a few dreams about what happened she doesn’t like what she starts to figure out about her mom and dad.

This was another great story in the Phoenix Pack series.  I’ve loved this pack since I started reading about them back in 2012.  Wright has a wonderful way of writing shifter romances that I just love.  They dynamics with the pack are always great to read about and adding in a new character who’s as cool as Frankie was a bonus.

Trick was perfect for Frankie.  He could take things slow with her until she got used to idea of being mates and I loved his patience.  In the past he had been with both men and women and he was up front about that with Frankie.  He didn’t want her to hear from others about the men he’d been with, especially as one of those men was in the Phoenix pack.  The fact that he’d been with men before did cause an issue at one point in the story but not between Trick and Frankie.  Once those two were together they stuck like glue, I’m happy to say.

There was also another part of the book where Trey, the Alpha of the Phoenix pack was dealing with someone who wanted to create an alliance with the pack, but Trey wasn’t having any of it.  Trick got caught up in this and it caused some issues as well.  Luckily Trick dealt with this quickly and efficiently.

Overall this was a great book and a wonderful addition to the series.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Throwback Thursday Review: Evermore by Lynn Viehl

Posted May 31, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 8 Comments

Throwback Thursday Review: Evermore by Lynn ViehlReviewer: Casee
Evermore by Lynn Viehl
Series: Darkyn #5
Published by Signet
Publication Date: January 2, 2008
Point-of-View: Third Person
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 283
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four-half-stars

The NEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling Darkyn series continues...

Jayr is proud to be the only female ever permitted to serve as seneschal to a Darkyn lord. But in her centuries of service to Master Byrne, she has fallen in love with him. Now, Byrne plans to step down and hand over the Jardin to another Kyn lord-a move that threatens not only Jayr's position, but her very life...

Every Thursday in 2018, we’ll be posting throwback reviews of our favorite and not-so-favorite books.

This review was originally posted on January 7, 2008.

Isn’t this like the most awesome Darkyn cover ever? I just love it.

Jayr has served as Byrne’s seneschal for 600 years. Though successfully hiding her feelings from him for all those centuries, she soon finds herself fighting to keep them hidden. Knowing that any relationship beyond Lord and seneschal is forbidden, Jayr works hard to keep the status quo.

What Jayr doesn’t know is that Byrne has asked to be released from service as lord of his jardin (think like mayor of a city). Fighting his own feelings for Jayr, Byrne knows that he must get away from her before he kills her. All Darkyn have an ability that comes w/ being Darkyn. Jayr can move quickly. Yep, Jayr is a speedy girl. So speedy in fact, that she catches on fire. Byrne’s ability isn’t as nice. He’s a Beserker. Though it helped in battle way back in the day, Byrne works hard to keep his Beserker side in check. His biggest fear is that he’ll turn and kill Jayr.

I really loved how Viehl brought the past and present together in this book. Though it takes place in modern Florida, the Darkyn follow traditions from the past that has shaped them as a species.

Jayr was a worthy heroine. I think she is my favorite Darkyn heroine to date. Having been turned at 17, her body looks like that of a young boy. Obviously 600 years ago, girls weren’t going through puberty at 12 years old. Though she’s been accepting of her appearance and even grateful for it, she finds herself wishing for more femine attributes. With the help of Alex Keller, she decides to try to go through puberty. While that may sound strange, it really is fascinating when you think about it. Can you imagine going through puberty when you’re over 600 years old? I mean, really.

There were cringe inducing moments as well. There were things that Jayr did for Byrne that had me thinking “Ugh”. Things such as taking off his boots, brushing his hair, helping him dress. This is perfectly acceptable for a seneschal to do, but in modern times it just seemed like too much. I loved Alex’s take on Byrne’s unwillingness to do anything for himself. She thought everything that I thought. Viehl makes up for everything, however, at the end of the book. The end was so fitting, that I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. I absolutely loved it.

What I love about this series is that Viehl makes it clear that once a h/h get their HEA, it doesn’t mean that it’s done. Alex and Michael (book 1 – If Angels Burn) continue to have obstacles thrown in their way, even though they are committed and in love. Alex brings something to the Darkyn that is much needed and I think that Viehl is brilliant in how she incorporates this modern element.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Darkyn

four-half-stars


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Guest Review: Bitten Under Fire by Heather Long

Posted May 25, 2018 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Bitten Under Fire by Heather LongReviewer: Tracy
Bitten Under Fire (Bravo Team WOLF #2) by Heather Long
Series: Bravo Team WOLF #2
Published by Entangled: Amara
Publication Date: May 28, 2018
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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four-stars

Bianca Devlin’s work is her life. Now, she’s finally taking a vacation…and guerillas hit her resort to kidnap a diplomat’s son. She does the only thing that makes sense—intervene to save the child’s life. Being dragged into the jungle with a scared kid she’s determined to protect was definitely not how she saw this trip ending.

After she returns to Texas, the last person Bianca expected to see was Sergeant Carlos “Cage” Castillo, the member of Bravo Team WOLF that helped rescue her. Nevertheless, there he is, living across the street from the house she just bought. The coincidence is alarming, but she has to admit, his presence isn’t entirely unwanted.

But there’s something off about Cage—the way he can move without a sound or the weird way his eyes seem to almost glow at times. And how can Bianca manage her growing attraction, when everything she knows about him and his reason for being there, turns out to be a lie?

Bianca is an aid worker who is taking a mandatory vacation.  Costa Rica was a good choice until she sees a small boy is being kidnapped from her resort and tries to protect him.  That ended up getting her kidnapped as well.  Bianca and the boy are saved by Bravo Team WOLF and they make it to an aircraft carrier where Bianca is treated for all of her many injuries.  The doctor mentions what looks like a dog bite and Cage Castillo, who was one of Bianca’s saviors, thinks he might have made a huge mistake. He can’t get a good look at the bite on Bianca’s arm but he’s pretty sure that in the middle of the fight between Bravo Team and the guerillas, he might have bitten Bianca and turned her into a shifter.  In order to verify this Cage follows Bianca to Austin, Texas where she’s rehabbing a home during the rest of her vacation.  Cage and Bianca don’t fight their attraction to each other for very long before they’re in bed together.  They seem to mesh with each other so seamlessly, but Bianca has no idea why Cage is really there or that she may turn into a wolf very soon.

This was a good second novel in Bravo Team WOLF series.  I really enjoyed getting to know both Bianca and Cage and their romance was very sweet.  Bianca was just a good person.  I don’t think she had a selfish bone in her whole body.  The fact that she had tried to save the boy, Colin, from being kidnapped was amazing and I admired her inner strength during her ordeal and even afterward.  Once she found out about shifters and that she might turn into a wolf she was freaked out – of course.  I loved that the author didn’t make her act like it was shocking but no big deal. She had her stewing and genuinely acting like she was about to come unglued.  I loved it because it was a totally realistic reaction.

Cage was a bit harder to get to know but he was a nice man.  He was hot as hell from the description but more than that he had a good heart.  He had felt like he had to prove himself because his father is the alpha of his pack and that put him in the spotlight.  With Bianca she wanted to get to know him but took him at face value.  He really didn’t have to prove himself as she knew that he was one of the good ones (since he saved her and all).  I loved that while he was so protective of Bianca he was also willing to give her time to herself when she asked. See? Good man.

We didn’t get as much interaction with the whole Bravo Team as we did in the first book, but we got some.  The story was such that I really didn’t mind all that much.  I love team member Silver and his sense of humor and can’t wait for his book.  Hopefully we’ll get it soon.

Overall this was a good story and so far I like the series a lot.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Bravo Team WOLF

four-stars


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