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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

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Guest Review: Chains of Darkness by Caris Roane

Posted May 13, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Chains of Darkness by Caris RoaneReviewer: Tracy
Chains of Darkness by Caris Roane
Series: Men in Chains #2
Also in this series: Born in Chains
Published by Macmillan
Publication Date: July 1st 2014
Genres: Paranormal
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one-star

A VAMPIRE BOUNDFor countless days and nights, the vampire Lucian has been chained, starved, and tortured in a Himalayan cavern. Prisoner and pawn of his powerful Ancestral father, Lucian has all but given up any hope of escape. Until a beautiful stranger risks her life to save him...

A WOMAN SET FREETwo years ago, Claire and her friend Zoey were kidnapped by vampires and sold as human slaves. Claire managed to escape, tracking her missing friend through the vampire underworld—and stumbling upon the only man who could help her. A dangerously captivating vampire in chains...

A LOVE EVERLASTINGBinding herself to a creature she doesn't trust, Claire frees the vampire from his nightmare prison. But now he needs Claire's blood and body to regain his strength. To defeat his father. And to sustain his deepest, darkest needs. Can Claire give herself to this seductive creature...without becoming a slave to desire?

Tracy’s review of Chains of Darkness (Men in Chains #2) by Caris Roane

Claire was abducted by vampires two years ago along with her friend Zoey and was held prisoner at the home of Daniel – the evil bastard trying to take over the world. She didn’t have it so bad, however, as she was nanny to a little boy (Josh from book #1). She was rescued and now wants to find her friend Zoey, if she’s still alive. She needs the help of Lucian who is a vampire and also Daniel’s son. She’ll even try to help Lucian find the extinction weapon that Daniel wants in exchange for his help, but only so Lucian can destroy it.

After reading book one in this series I was actually looking forward to reading the second book. Unfortunately this book has little to recommend it. I found myself first rolling my eyes when Lucian is rescued by Claire. He’s been a prisoner for a year in a cave and chained to a wall. She gets him to safety and does he bathe? No, he gets dressed and goes clubbing. What?

Then the book went on and I soon got very bored as the H/h seemed to be doing the same thing over and over: Meet, fuck. Save someone, fuck. Battle the evil guy, fuck. Rinse, repeat and fuck. God!  Let’s do as little as possible and then fly to some secret home and screw our brains out – cuz that seems like a good idea when people are trying to kill you, right? There was also a lot of multiple orgasms, that apparently only a vampire can give you, with lots of blood drinking. They managed to fall in love through all of it but by that time I truly didn’t care.

I have the third book right here but I’m debating on taking my chances. Will it be good like book 1 or horrible like book 2? IDK, what do you think? sigh Decisions, decisions.

Rating: 1 out of 5

This title is available from St. Martin’s Paperbacks. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

one-star

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Review: Bound by Night by Larissa Ione

Posted November 7, 2014 by Holly in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Bound by Night by Larissa IoneReviewer: Holly
Bound by Night by Larissa Ione
Series: MoonBound Clan Vampires #1
Also in this series: Bound by Night, Chained by Night
Published by Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: September 24th 2013
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, General
Pages: 400
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four-stars

The first installment in a sexy new paranormal romance series by Larissa Ione, author of the bestselling Demonica series!
Nicole Martin was only eight years old when she narrowly survived a massacre: her family’s vampire slaves rebelled and killed everyone in her household. Twenty years later, Nicole now dedicates herself to finding a vaccine against vampirism…and eradicating the gruesome memories that give her nightmares.
Riker, a member of the wild vampire Moon Clan, is haunted by his own demons—his wife Lorraine had been captured and enslaved by the Martin family. It was during a botched escape attempt that she was killed, along with their unborn child. Still wracked with grief and anger, Riker is now fueled solely by the desire to rescue vampire slaves…and slaughter their owners.
When Riker stumbles upon Nicole in a chance meeting, he immediately recognizes her as a member of the Martin family that once enslaved his wife—and she recognizes him as the wild vampire she saw kissing a pregnant slave in the moments before her violent death—an image that has haunted her dreams for years.
When Riker kidnaps Nicole and they spend a night together in a cave on the way back to his clan, suddenly they begin to realize that they aren’t as different from one another as they may have thought—and they’re finding themselves drawn to one another…

Let me preface this review by stating I dislike vampires. I think I burned out on them in the early mid 2000’s when they were super popular and I’ve never really gone back. I have kind of a mental wall up about them, to be honest. I see “Vampire” and I turn away. I’m sure I’ve missed out on some greats reads because of this, but that’s a post for another day. I’m glad I read this one. It turned out to be an excellent read.

In this world, vampires were discovered by humans and turned into slaves. They were defanged, collared and sold to the highest bidder. One of the companies responsible for the inhumane treatment of them is Daedalus. Nicole Martin’s family has owned Daedalus for generations. When her parents were slaughtered in a vampire rebellion when she was a child, the company came to her. Twenty years later, she’s a respected Vampire Physiologist. Per the terms of her parent’s will, she’s just taken over as CEO. She wants to sell off many of the branches of the company and focus strictly on the scientific aspects of their research, but the board and her half-brother are against the idea. She’s facing more resistance than she expected, which makes an incident at one of their training labs even harder to deal with. Her signature is on a kill order for more than a dozen vampires, but she knows she didn’t sign it.

Vampires have a hard time conceiving, which means their numbers are very low. When the MoonBound clan is told a midwife they borrowed from another clan – who can help with conceiving –  has been captured by Daedalus, they’re desperate to get her back. The neighboring clan, ShadowSpawn, is a ruthless, savage clan who outnumbers them greatly. To avoid a war, and probable annihilation, they must get the midwife back. They plan to force the CEO to reveal the location of the midwife and order her release, but the plan goes awry when security shows up once they breach her home. They end up kidnapping her and taking her with plans to ransom her.

For Riker, second in command at MoonBound,this is the best case scenario. Since his mate was taken as slave to the Martin’s and murdered by them twenty years ago, he’s been dying for revenge. Now he has his chance. Nicole Martin stands for everything he despises and he can’t wait to kill her. But from the beginning she surprises him. She isn’t the monster he thought she’d be, and her connection to his dead mate is the most surprising of all.

Nicole is terrified of vampires since they attacked her when she was a child. Her nanny, Therese, was the only one she ever loved…and Nicole saw Riker kill her. Except he isn’t the monster she’d always thought him to be. Sure, he’s a scary vampire, but he’s surprisingly gentle with her. In fact, everything she thought she knew about vampires is challenged as she spends time with MoonBound. They aren’t the wild animals she’d always been told they were.

When things come to a head with her company, she’ll have to make a choice: Go back to the life she’s always known or put her faith in the monsters who stole her childhood.

This was such an interesting concept. The world-building is fantastic. I was fully immersed in the story from the beginning. The struggles both Nicole and Riker faced were real ones. Both grew in character as they realized their narrow view of the other’s race wasn’t fair or reliable.

The tale is emotionally engaging and contains a surprising amount of depth. It took me on an action-packed, thrilling ride.

4 out of 5

four-stars

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Review: Don’t Blackmail the Vampire by Tiffany Allee

Posted May 29, 2014 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Don’t Blackmail the Vampire by Tiffany AlleeReviewer: Tracy
Don't Blackmail the Vampire by Tiffany Allee
Series: Sons of Kane #2
Published by Macmillan
Publication Date: April 28th 2014
Genres: Romance, Paranormal
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three-half-stars

Rachel Davis will do anything to get her sister out of a bad relationship with her fiancé. Even if it involves a few fibs, a little breaking-and-entering, and blackmailing the fiancé's potential boss, Charles, for his help. So what if the handsome Charles happens to be a vampire?

Charles Wright has found the perfect way to trap the man threatening his brother's wife: cozy up to him, get invited along on the skiing trip, and then search for incriminating evidence. How much better that audacious but gorgeous Rachel is just as eager to nail the bastard. As far as he's concerned, there's nothing wrong with a little blackmail between two consenting adults. Especially when it's time for Rachel to pay up.

Rachel and her sister, Kristen, are on a ski trip in Colorado. Along with them is Brent who is Kristen’s fiancé and the man that Rachel wants her sister to kick to the curb. Rachel dislikes Brent intensely and wants nothing more than to get her sister away from the big slime ball. Unfortunately Kristen is being pretty stubborn and Rachel’s pretty much at her wits end and isn’t sure what to do next to accomplish her goal.

Charles is investigating Brent to see if he’s the man who has been threatening his sister-in-law. He’s in Colorado and with Brent’s group of friends under the guise of a possible employer for Brent. He doesn’t expect to get distracted by anyone or anything but he does, and in a big way, by Rachel. Not only does she find out he’s a vampire immediately but she then tries to blackmail him into helping her with Brent. Charles can’t be blackmailed, really, but he plays along with Rachel because he thinks this might help his cause. She’s strangely resistant to his mind control but he deep down he knows she won’t betray his secret. Of course he doesn’t tell her why he’s really there but he only feels a little bad about this.

While Charles and Rachel are working together they spend quite a bit of time together and they eventually can’t deny their attraction to each other – both physically and emotionally. They end up in bed but Rachel, who is completely distrustful of men, isn’t willing to give Charles the chance he wants to see if the relationship can work after the ski trip is over. Can he talk her into believing that he’s a good guy, ok vampire, and not someone who’s going to break her heart?

This was a cute story that not only had to do with romance but also with family love and loyalty. I enjoyed seeing the lengths that both Charles and Rachel would go for their siblings.

The romance between Charles and Rachel was slow moving but rather intense. Charles continually tried to keep his hands to himself as he just didn’t want a woman for the long term (yeah, right) and Rachel had such deep seeded trust issues she kept telling herself that it was just sex. Between the two of them it was an interesting push/pull that went on a tad too long for my liking. I honestly thought that Rachel held out for too long but when I mentioned deep seeded trust issues I meant DEEP SEEDED. Dang, that girl’s dad messed her up but good when he walked out on the family.

For all the talk between Charles and Rachel to plan for getting Kristen to see Brent for the ass that he was, not a whole lot got accomplished. I think they talked more than they acted and this slowed the book down some, imho, but gave them the chance to have sex so there is that. 🙂 I didn’t feel that we got to know our characters too well either – it was all pretty much in the moment and I definitely wanted to know more about both MC’s.

Overall it was an entertaining book that was a good combination of serious, funny and sexy.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Tiffany Allee

three-half-stars

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Guest Review: Lover at Last by JR Ward

Posted August 20, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Lover at Last by JR WardReviewer: Tracy
Lover at Last by J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #11
Also in this series: Lover Mine, Lover Unleashed, The King, The Shadows, The Beast, Lover Enshrined, The Chosen
Published by NAL
Publication Date: March 26th 2013
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 608
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three-half-stars

Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another....
Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. And it’s about time: it seems Qhuinn has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young. It’s hard for Blay to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. And Qhuinn needs to come to terms with some dark things before he can move forward…
Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions... but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together... finally become one.

I have to start by saying thank you to the author for this book. I never thought we’d get it as it’s an m/m story and a lot of authors would have pushed it by the wayside, not giving the readers Blay and Qhuinn’s HEA or done it in a short story or novella. Ward didn’t and I’ve gotta give her props for that.

Now the story of Qhuinn and Blay was a good one. They had been friends first and unfortunately had more than drifted apart over the last couple of years supposedly because of Qhuinn’s inability to accept Blay’s feelings for him. I don’t blame Blay at all for stepping back because there are only so many times you can go down the same road and expect it to end somewhere else.

Qhuinn has changed. He’s realized his love for Blay and wants to be with him but he still has a problem with being “out.” He honestly does not believe himself to be gay and this creates a problem with Blay as he is out and proud. The Brothers do end up in bed together a couple of times but keep butting heads (uh, big ones not little ones – although that does happen! lol). It’s an emotional roller coaster for them both and I loved reading about it. I do wish that there was more pages dedicated to their love story but alas Ward is not known for sticking to just one or two storylines in a book. Nope, in this one there were no less than 8 different stories. Some of them involved Blay and Qhuinn and some were overlapping but it was hard to take in at times and more than a bit frustrating.

In this book we got Blay and Qhuinn’s romance, Qhuinn and Layla’s possible pregnancy and its issues, the Band of Bastards leader, Xcor, and his obsession with Layla, the glymera and their pending insurrection, a ghost from the past shows up, Assail and his obsession with Marisol (Sola), the assassin who was sent to kill him, Trez and his sex addiction along with issues with his people and their desire to control him and of course the Lessening society. That’s not even mentioning Qhuinn and his relationship with the Brotherhood and a crazy scene with Qhuinn and Zsadist. That’s a damn lot to take in in one book. Granted the hardcover was massive and felt like I was holding a set of encyclopedia’s while I read but there you have it.

I liked the different parts of the book and storylines, unfortunately I didn’t think that any of them were given the attention that they deserved. As much as I adored Blay and Qhuinn I thought their final HEA came way farther into the book than I would have liked and that was a bit annoying as this was supposed to be their book. Despite that this is the best BDB book I’ve read in a few years so in the end it was all worth it.

I’m actually looking forward to the next book called The King (March, 2014) as I really am a fan of Wrath’s.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

PS – I LOVE the cover of this book.  It’s my all time favorite with Lover Avenged coming in a close second. 🙂

three-half-stars

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