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Guest Anthology Review: On the Hunt with Gena Showalter, Shannon K. Butcher, Jessica Anderson and Deidre Knight

Posted April 28, 2011 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance

Mary’s review of ON THE HUNT by Gena Showalter, Shannon K. Butcher, Jessica Anderson, and Deidre Knight

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter, Shannon K. Butcher, Jessica Anderson, and Deidre Knight present a steamy collection of all-new novellas featuring sexy paranormal hunters. With shadowy creatures, intoxicating magic, vividly imagined worlds, and sizzling passion, this is an anthology no fan of paranormal romance will want to miss.

EVER NIGHT by Gena Showalter: Rose Pascal is swept into a dark, haunting world every year on her birthday—a world ruled by a warrior king who hunts her kind. Neither of them can deny the passion that soon consumes them both…

In this story, Showalter introduces a new and very dark world (both literally and figuratively). I think this world has potential, with its dark, demonic aspects juxtaposed against the everyday human world and I was intrigued. But the couple in this story just didn’t pull me in quite enough. I felt Rose (who started crossing over when she was 18) was just too immature, innocent, and lost compared to Vasili, the warrior king who ties her to him. There’s a serious dominance vibe to Vasili but Rose, for all her naïveté, isn’t really very submissive or dominant enough so it didn’t quite gel for me. 

Rating: 3.0/5.0

THE COLLECTOR by Shannon K. Butcher: Demon hunter Neal Etan sets out to acquire a powerful artifact, but finds much more in beautiful Viviana Rowan, The antique dealer’s touch strengthens his magic—and her life may be in Neal’s hands if they don’t recover the artifact in time…

This was by far my favorite story in this collection. It’s set in the world of Butcher’s Sentinels, where every warrior must find their mate or turn evil, a world that I was already familiar with. Neal and Viviana are a great pair and remind me why I like this series so much. I’m definitely going to read more of the Sentinels.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

CRYSTAL SKULL by Jessica Anderson: Archeologist Natalie Albright’s dig gets shut down amid rumors she has awakened the local demons. But when the terrifying underworld creatures attack, Natalie must team up with her ex to survive. As they fight the ancient menace, they discover a destiny that binds them together—and threatens to tear them apart…

I loved the Tomb Raider aspect of it and the trouble that found Natalie. Lucky for her, her ex is nearby, still has feelings for her, and knows how to hunt what’s attacking. Great action, fun plot and excellent chemistry between the characters.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

RED ANGEL by Deidre Knight: Jamie Angel, leader of the deadly Nightshades, has tracked every kind of monster and demon that roams the darkness, but none of his experiences can prepare him for falling in love with one of the reatures he’s trained to destroy…

While I really liked Sunny and the whole Southern setting (I’m a sucker for a good Southern setting, what can I say), Jamie Angel is another story. A totally player, he gives off a bit of a slimy feel which only gets worse when he decides to seduce Sunny to find out what she is. Not who—what. Sunny can do better.

Rating: 2.5/5.0

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

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Review: Butterfly Tattoo by Deidre Knight

Posted July 14, 2009 by Casee in Reviews | 5 Comments

Casee‘s review of Butterfly Tattoo by Deidre Knight.

Michael Warner has been drifting in a numb haze since his lover was killed by a drunk driver. As the anniversary of the wreck approaches, Michael’s grief grows more suffocating. Yet he must find a way through the maze of pain and secrets to live for their troubled young daughter who struggles with guilt that she survived the crash.

Out of the darkness comes a voice, a lifeline he never expected to find—Rebecca O’Neill, a development executive in the studio where Michael works as an electrician.

Rebecca, a former sitcom celebrity left scarred from a crazed fan’s attack, has retreated from the limelight and from life in general, certain no man can ever get past her disfigurement. The instant sparks between her and Michael, who arrives to help her during a power outage, come as a complete surprise—and so does her uncanny bond with his daughter.

For the first time, all three feel compelled to examine their inner and outer scars in the light of love. But trust is hard to come by, especially when you’re not sure what to believe when you look in the mirror. The scars? Or the truth?

This is an extremely hard book to review. I read it two weeks ago and couldn’t review it. I literally could not review it. I sat down and the words just wouldn’t come. The first thing I have to say is that I would not consider this book a romance. It’s a book about life. I would compare it to A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks or Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson. While there are romantic elements, that is not what drives the story.

In Butterfly Tattoo, Knight brings two very flawed and tortured characters together. A former actress, Rebecca O’Neill’s life changed when she was viciously attacked by an obsessive fan. Scarred and wary, Rebecca leads a life where she lets very few people in. Though three years have passed since the attack, Rebecca has not recovered, physically or emotionally. When she first sees Michael Warner, he sparks something in her that she hasn’t felt for a long while, if ever.

Thirteen years ago, Michael Warner fell in love with his best friend Alex Richardson. Being straight as an arrow until then, Michael was more that surprised that he fell in love with a man. For thirteen years Michael and Alex were as happy as two people in love can be. Then the unthinkable happened. Alex and their daughter, Andrea, were hit by a drunk driver. Alex was killed instantly; Andrea made it, but is far from the eight year old girl that Alex and Michael raised together.

A year has passed since Alex’s death and Michael is just as broken as he was the day Alex died. Every day he thinks of things that he wished he would have done or said to Alex. Each day he tries to drink himself into oblivion while his daughter slips further away from him. Then he meets Rebecca and something amazing happens. For the first time in a year, he feels peace. Pushing his guilt aside, Michael pursues Rebecca, the first woman he has been attracted to in fifteen years. Not only that, but she also seems to be the one person that Andrea will open up to.

Rebecca is obviously wary of Michael’s attraction to her. Having a gay best friend, she doesn’t have a problem with his relationship with Alex. What she has a problem with is that he might one day decide that he does belong with a man, after all. A friendship develops between the two, slowly making its way into love. Even with that, love may not be enough.

Michael still deeply grieves for Alex, which I understood. I could accept him wearing Alex’s clothes, visiting his grave…things like that. There were some things he did, though, that were so unforgivable and just mean, that I don’t know how Rebecca forgave him in the end. There was one particular incident when Michael and Rebecca were out for lunch that Michael did something that almost made me stop reading.

This is another book that explores the possibility that you can’t help who you love. Michael never thought he would be with a man, but the person he loved ended up being a man. I did like how the book ended. The problems and hurdles of Michael and Rebecca’s relationship weren’t tied up in a neat little bow. They were real problems that took time to work out.

This is a powerful story of two people coming together. Still, I wouldn’t classify it as a love story.

4 out of 5.

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

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What I’ve Been Reading This Week

Posted June 22, 2009 by Tracy in Features | 19 Comments

Good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Did your husbands/fathers have a wonderful Father’s Day? Both my hubby and my dad had a great day. Just nice and relaxing.

So we finally figured out what was happening with my email – the hard drive on my computer is complete shite! I’m not sure how it was fucking up my email but it was. Not great for a 6 month old computer, geez. Anyway – they overnighted us a new hard drive and my hubby will be putting it in this week sometime. I spent a huge portion of the weekend transferring all of the books I had on my hard drive as well as books I had on CD’s to my new 32 GB flash drive. It was a painstaking endeavor but it’s wonderful to have it all in one spot instead of trying to figure out if the book I’m looking for is on CD and if so which CD is it on, or is it on my computer, yada, yada. I’ve got all of my ebooks now cataloged via author so I can just look up the author’s name and see if I have a particular book. Heaven, I’m tellin ya, sheer heaven. I also discovered that I have shitloads of ebooks I haven’t read. I mean I had an vague idea that I hadn’t read many of them but really, there’s just a boatload in there that I haven’t gotten to. I need to add them to my TBR challenge reads instead of just the print books.

Speaking of my own self-imposed TBR challenge…I didn’t read a TBR challenge book this week. I know, I suck. But I DID read 2 the week before when I plowed through the last 2 Wallflower books so I’m counting that. Hey, it’s my challenge, I can do that. Stop arguing with me, yes I can! 🙂

So on to what I read this week – some really great stuff in here:

My first read was an absolutely brilliant book that I just devoured. Actually it took me several days to read it because I was just busy but it was one of those books that you think about even when you’re not reading it. It was The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe (there’s an accent mark over the e in her name but I can’t do that on blogger!) and it was fabulous. The writing just sucked me in and I was a goner. As much as I love the story/romance itself I think that 75% of the enjoyment of this book was Abe’s writing. Loved it. And it’s a historical paranormal/fantasy book which combines some of my favorite elements. This was a DIK book on Christine’s list and I just hadn’t gotten around to reading it. Ciara recently reviewed it last week and it reminded me that I had it on my list.
The story revolves around Rue and Christoff who are both Drakon – dragon shapeshifters. Drakon do not leave the compound that they live on as they cannot be trusted out in the world and the Drakon do not want their secret out. Rue fakes her own death to leave the compound, Darkfrith, and many years later Christoff, the Alpha, comes after her. Romance ensues. Good stuff. 5 out of 5

Next up was my first “official” Yaoi novel called Caged Slave by Yuiko Takamura. Kris is holding The Great Yaoi Swap so I took advantage and this was sent to me. While I understand all the facets of Yaoi this just didn’t do it for me. While I liked the story there were so many things in it that made me laugh – and I’m pretty sure that’s not what the author was going for. The noises the beta (I know there are Yaoi terms but I’m going with beta & alpha) made during sex, the way the alpha was constantly cutting off the beta’s talking totally reminded me of The Unfeasibly Tall Greek Billionaire’s Blackmailed Martyr-Complex Secretary Mistress Bride – which of course made me laugh. And the beta, had he been a woman, would have been characterized by me as TSTL. As I said though, I liked the story so it gets a 3 out of 5.

Next up was an m/m short called Marry Me or Die by DJ Manly. It was an impulse buy and sometimes I wonder why I do that. Not all of them turn out the way I want them to. lol Anyway, this was a historical (not sure where the gun on the cover comes in) where the laws have changed and single people are not allowed. You must be married because if you’re not, you threaten the sanctity of marriage due to the fact that you can seduce those who are married into illicit behavior. If you don’t get married you are sent to work camps or sentenced to death. The new ruler’s son, Crash, decides that he wants Silus, who wants absolutely nothing to do with marriage. Crash forces Silus into marrying him but can their relationship continue when the laws change back and being single is now legal? The book had a cute premise but the dialogue seemed stilted and I couldn’t get the emotion that I think the book was going for between the two men. Nice sex scenes though. 🙂 3 out of 5

My next read was One Reckless Summer by Toni Blake. Very good book. I really liked the way Toni writes and I love her books. This was a come back to your hometown and hook up with the bad boy from across the tracks (in this case, lake) that you always had your eye on story. Mick Brody is definitely from the wrong side of the lake but that doesn’t stop Jenna from continuing to see him. I loved Mick. Bad Boy was his middle name but he was trying to make a good life for himself and that got me right there. I’m kind of a sucker for the underdog. Stacy from Stacy’s Place on Earth did a review for Romance Novel TV that you can read here. 4 out of 5

Next was one of the most amazing books. Butterfly Tattoo by Deidre Knight is simply an incredible read. The story of Mike who is bisexual but has been in a committed gay relationship for the past 12 years when his partner dies in a car crash. It’s been a year and he is struggling to make it through the days himself and still trying to take care of his 8 year old daughter who has survivor’s guilt since she was in the car with her father. Mike meets Rebecca at the studio where they both work. Rebecca is dealing with her life after being attacked and almost killed by a stalker. The relationship between Rebecca and Mike is touching and moving, stormy and rocky, and just beautiful. I definitely couldn’t keep my eyes dry while reading this one. You can read a review by Dear Author here. 5 out of 5

I loved The Smoke Thief so much I decided to dive into The Dream Thief by Shana Abe which is book 2 in the Drakon series. This book takes Rue and Christoff’s daughter, Amalia or Lia, and secondary character Zane from book 1, and mixes them together. While I didn’t feel as emotionally connected to this couple as much as I did Rue and Christoff the writing was still amazing. In case you’re wondering, yes, I have book 3 that will be read this week. 🙂 You can read Christine’s review of The Dream Thief here. 4.5 out of 5

My next read was another book that I was sent from Tell Harlequin called The Family He Wanted by Karen Sandler. This book was not really my cuppa. It’s a friends to lovers story but it also involves the heroine being pregnant by another man. The hero of the book, while being a wonderful man, has so many friggin family issues from his past it just got kind of old. 3 out of 5

Last on the list was Immortal Outlaw by Lisa Hendrix – book 2 in the Immortal Brotherhood series. I read this one for The Book Binge so as always I will let you know when the review posts.
btw – I just love this cover. I love a man’s back and with that blond hair flying and the animal in the backgroud? Niiiiiice.

Happy Reading!

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