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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

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: Elfing Around by J Morgan

Posted December 2, 2008 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 1 Comment

Tracy‘s review of Elfing Around by J Morgan.

Making the Naughty List is an Elfing good time!

It’s December 23rd and Essie is far from the North Pole. She’s an elf outta’ luck: Her equipment fails and she’s arrested by the local Barney Fife. She’s willing to risk making Santa’s Naughty List if it nabs her the sheriff of her dreams.

The only way out of trouble is through it, and Essie’s elfish mix of nice and naughty can make it happen. Love, North Pole style, would wrap this adventure up with a shiny red bow. It’ll take a holiday miracle to bless the by-the-book sheriff and a down-on-her-luck elf.

Essie, one of Santa’s Elves, gets arrested in a small town for being a a prostitute. I mean why else would she be out in an elf suit at 9:30pm??

She’s just in town to check out to make sure Santa’s Naughty & Nice list is correct when her cloaking Equipment fails. While she’s in the Sheriff’s station she meets Dalton, The Sheriff, and tries to come up with a believable story as to why she’s walking around town dressed like an elf. Dalton thinks she has nowhere to go so he tells her she can stay in his spare room for the night.

Well once they get back to Dalton’s house things heat up. Unfortunately Santa does a little interrupting, but it’s all good in the end.

This was a pretty cute, creative holiday short story. Dalton is a kind man and feels a connection to Essie immediately. Essie is having some serious naughty thoughts about Dalton but human/elf relations are strictly forbidden. Dalton and Essie have a bit too much of any instomatic love for me, but I was able to suspend belief and things all work out in the end.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

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

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Guest Review: A Pirate’s Hellion by Jaden Sinclair

Posted December 1, 2008 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 4 Comments

Tracy‘s review of A Pirate’s Hellion by Jaden Sinclair

His by the turn of a card. Hers after a turn of a heart.

Lost in a card game, Isabella’s life was a debt her father refused to pay. But for two years, Captain Dantel Le Serpente has hunted for the prize he was denied. One look at Isabella turns the heat of vengeance into searing passion.

Snake has a score to settle with the man who cheated him out of his winnings, but now that he’s claimed his booty all bets are off. Games of cards forgotten, love is a gamble a pirate and his hellion may be willing to take.

This book was like a train wreck for me. I was laughing (and more in the I can’t believe that just happened way), gasping & OMGing in a constant succession. Let me attempt to explain.

Pirate Captain Serpente, otherwise known as Snake, won Isabella in a card game. Her dad refused to pay up and took off with his then 16 year old daughter. Three years later Snake found Izzy and her father, kidnapped her and took her to his ship where he planned to do all sorts of nasty things to her.

Ok, first of all, Izzy’s father gives Snake a miniature of his daughter so that he can see what he might get if he wins the poker hand. Three years later Snake is still looking at this picture of Izzy. I know that we’re supposed to see that it’s 3 years later and that she’s now 19 (and this is a historical and they always did things younger then) but when Snake is imagining what he’s going to do to Izzy he gazing at a 16 year old. That’s just wrong IMO! Then when Snake kidnaps Izzy he gets pretty violent with her while doing the kidnapping but eventually gets her to his ship. He then forces her perform fellatio saying that if she bites him he’ll screw her on the deck, tied up while his crew watches. Niiiiiice. Did I mention while she’s performing she’s still tied up??? What a guy. When she’s untied and she tries to get away he drags her back and spanks the crap outta her (and not in an erotic way) and then can’t stand the sight of her tears because he doesn’t like to think she’s hurt. Here’s where I implant a huge OMG!

When he finally decides that it’s time to do the ultimate dirty deed and take her virginity she says she can’t because they’re not married. He’s arrogantly possessive so he takes her and makes the first mate, who just happens to also be a priest (pirate priest, that’s a new one for me) and makes him marry them. He then takes her back to his cabin and ruthlessly & sometimes painfully screws her senseless – but she strangely…feels safe. He’s thinking, I’m being ruthless but I just don’t care and then her tears, again, cut him to the quick. Insert WTF here.

The next day the ship hits land and Izzy escapes. Snake, whose real name is Dantel, finds her at her aunt and uncles house. As much as she fights she realizes that she can’t stop thinking about him and actually loves the pirate. He loves her as well and they live happily ever after. I’m sure there are people out there who might enjoy this book because they like the violent side of the erotic as well as a jerk hero and TSTL heroine, but I’m just not one of them.

In the end this book did NOT work for me at all.

Rating: 1 out of 5

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

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Guest Review: The Demon King and I by Candace Havens

Posted November 26, 2008 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 3 Comments

Tracy‘s review of The Demon King and I by Candace Havens

The Caruthers sisters are heiresses with privilege, wealth, beauty, and brains. But these party girls have something extra. As the Guardian Keys, possessors of an ancient family secret, they hold the fate of the world in their hands.

Gillian, the eldest, is a sensation in the art world – this world, that is. In her other world she’s the Assassin, a knockout who snuffs out dimension-jumpers who foul up her personal space. She never expected to join forces with one. But when a plague of murderous demons plunges the earth in darkness, she has no choice but to get a little help from a being who knows his stuff.

Gillian and her 3 sisters are rich, very powerful figures in society but they’re also these Guardians that keep Earth safe. When beings from other worlds come through a portal into our world they are alerted and the being is either ushered back to their world or they are killed. Each sister is in charge of a different world. For Gillian it is the demon world.

Gillian meets the demon king when she is summoned by him. The new king, Arath, is more human looking than any species of demon she’s ever seen. He’s extremely powerful which he proves time and again.

When a “darkness” (evil) is detected and things start going haywire on earth the sisters must work together to try to fix things. There have been murders on earth and thefts of jewels and artifacts. While they are fixing things on earth, Arath is doing his part on the demon world to try and figure out who is directing this evil. During the time all of this is happening Gillian is fighting an attraction to the new king.

So my thoughts: Yes these sisters were powerful humans fighting for justice in the universe but for a secret that was supposed to be held closely to their family too many people knew about it. Also I thought the “romance” between Gillian and Arath was kind of forced on the reader. They definitely had the attraction thing going on but they really hadn’t had that much time together – next thing you know Gillian’s in love. If they hadn’t brought up love and just made her caring for him it would have been much more believable to me.

Now I did like Arath but there wasn’t enough of him in the book for my liking – he kept popping in and out and we really didn’t get to know him well. I also liked Gillian’s brother, Bailey, but again, he wasn’t in it enough. The sisters – they were ok but I didn’t really form an attachment to them in any way. I’m not sure I’ll want to read any subsequent books.

I was really looking forward to reading this book but it just didn’t end up working for me. There were good parts of the book, but IMO, not enough.

Rating: 2.75 out of 5

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

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Guest Review: Diamond Wolf by Kat Haeske

Posted November 25, 2008 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 7 Comments

Tracy‘s review of Diamond Wolf by Kat Haeske

This was a strange yet oddly intriguing tale of Kieran, a Lupine, who was captured by a vampire, Edward. Edward tried to break him by torturing him but Kieran did not break. Edward then brought in another vampire to try to break him by sodomizing him.

The new vamp, Wulf, more or less takes Kieran’s soul out of his body into Wulf’s world. On the outside Kieran is getting beaten, among other things, but on the inside Wulf is being kind and gentle. He doesn’t take Kieran against his will, but Kieran eventually says yes.

Two years later Kieran is finally coming to terms with what happened to him and realizing that he can’t ignore the fact that Wulf is his mate any longer. So Kieran sets out to find Wulf which he does. Wulf has regained his soul and is no longer a vampire. He’d been thoroughly beaten by Edward and left to die when Kieran finds him.

What happens after that is the healing of Wulf and the poignant emotional and physical coming together of these two men.

There were a couple of things in the story that were not spoken of: how Kieran escaped Edward and how exactly Wulf got his soul back but I didn’t feel that the lack took away from the story at all. For a short story (50 pages) I felt that it packed a great punch.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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