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Throwback Thursday Review: His Darkest Embrace by Juliana Stone

Posted November 5, 2020 by Casee in Reviews | 3 Comments

Throwback Thursday Review: His Darkest Embrace by Juliana StoneReviewer: Casee
His Darkest Embrace by Juliana Stone
Series: Jaguar Warriors #2
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: October 26, 2010
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 361
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Series Rating: four-stars

A solitary hunter with no regard for the human world, Jagger Castille is a shifter living on the edge. A woman who calls him enemy will give him reason to live...
Jagger is a creature of the night—Skye Knightly soars in the sun. Natural adversaries, they are now joined in a mission entrusted to Skye's family centuries ago: nothing less than the salvation of the Earth.
Wounded and bitter, Jagger sought escape in the solitude of the jungle, driven by a need to disappear forever...until a mysterious shifter who calls to his soul and feeds a yearning long forgotten pulls him from his dark path. A courageous warrior, Skye's passion is equal to Jagger's—but can she trust a man whose secrets are as devastating as her own?
Each is the other's sole hope for survival. But a dark and twisted truth is leading them toward the ultimate sacrifice for a love they may never live to claim.

This review was originally posted on October 26, 2010.

I was really impressed with His Darkest Hunger. Really. The way it ended, with Jagger just disappearing into the jungle left me with high expectations for His Darkest Embrace. That turned out to be unfortunate because everything about Jagger was disappointing. He was an overbearing, egotistical arsehole who thought he knew what was best and that was that. It was enormously dissatisfying.

Skye is running from jaguar shifters—bad ones—when she is saved by one. As an eagle shifter, Skye is at her peak strength during the day. It’s her misfortune to get chased during the night when she can’t use her gifts. When she is saved by a jaguar shifter, she has little hope that she will survive. He seems almost feral which doesn’t give Skye much hope that she will accomplish her goal of saving the world. Yes—saving the world.

Jagger took to his jaguar form planning never to return. After so much pain and loss, Jagger can no longer bear to deal with human emotion. (Is that lame or what?) When he comes to Skye’s rescue, he is forced to shift, bringing all his emotions roaring to the surface. Of course the first emotion is raging lust. The lust he feels for Skye is all consuming and makes him all but mindless.

Things were going along quite swimmingly until Jagger’s friends and family catch up to them. At this point, they tell Jagger that Skye is an enemy and he decides to immediately believe them. He starts to treat Skye as his prisoner instead of a lover, which really teed me off. Honestly, it was such a one eighty after how hot and heavy he was feeling before that I just couldn’t get behind it.

As for Skye, I really found myself admiring her courage. By closing the opening between the realms, she is not only killing herself but surrendering herself to a lifetime of living in hell. How can you not admire that? Even when she started have feelings for Jagger, she was still determined to do what needed to be done. What I didn’t buy was how quick she “fell in love” with Jagger. How could she fall in love with such a jerk? Honestly. I’m still wondering.

I’m also wondering if the next book is going to be as disappointing as this one.

Rating: 3.25 out of 5.

Jaguar Warriors


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Guest Review: Dragon Soldier by Mell Eight

Posted March 10, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Dragon Soldier by Mell EightReviewer: Tracy
Dragon Soldier by Mell Eight
Series: Supernatural Consultant #5
Also in this series: Dragon Consultant, Dragon Deception, Dragon Dilemma, Dragon Detective, Dragon Adventure, Dragon Home, Dragon Lesson
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Publication Date: March 8th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, M/M
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Series Rating: four-stars

The aftermath of the last battle has left Nickel weak in bed and grounded for the next decade. Despite being in trouble, Nickel wants to return to the battle as soon as he can, but thoughts of Platinum, the dragon helping to nurse him back to health, keep distracting him.

Platinum can't believe how much his life has changed. He went from being a lonely fugitive on the run to part of a family in only hours. The last few days have been his happiest, especially now that he's met Nickel. He knows it's only temporary, though. The enemy that kept him captive for most of his life isn't finished with him yet, and even Platinum and Nickel's combined powers might not be enough to save them.

In the last book Nickel was hurt by a scientist who had stolen dragon magic.  He is put into a medically induced coma so that he can heal, which he does, but it’s a very slow process.  (In the blurb is says “the next decade” but I’m thinking it just seemed like a decade to Nickel because in truth it was only about a month or so, not 10 years.) Nickel wants nothing more than to get back in the game of finding the horrible scientists that are torturing dragons and stealing their magic. Unfortunately he has to get his strength back in order to do that.  One that that makes it all worthwhile is Platinum.

Platinum was taken from his mother at a very young age and grew up for the last 16 or so years in captivity.  He was tortured and operated on almost daily until he escaped.  Well, he thought he escaped but it was all a plan by the scientists to lure another dragon in.  Luckily they didn’t succeed.  Platinum is now living in Mercury and Dane’s home with all their kits, and his twin who was saved 10 years earlier.  He’s getting much needed schooling, helping Dane at his office and mostly looking after Nickel.  When Nickel awakens Platinum knows that there’s something special between the two of them and when Nickel says “mate” he knows that feels right.

Both Platinum and Nickel need to find their place in the world they live in.  Each of them want to find and stop the scientists but once that’s done where do they each go from there?

Dragon Soldier was another lovely look into Mercury and Dane’s little dragon family.  Adding Platinum into the mix made a huge difference in the lives of Platinum and Nickel, even though the younger kits just went with the flow.  🙂

I really loved Platinum and Nickel together.  There’s was a very new relationship but was very comfortable.  Watching the pair get to know each other but yet find comfort in the other was quite sweet and I liked the way Eight wrote this little slice of their lives.

The smaller kits like Lumie, ‘Ron and Alloy are still up to no good.  I’m still hoping we’ll get to see them grow up cuz there’s a lot of mischief in those three bodies that I’d love to read about. 🙂

Rating: 3.5 out of 5


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Guest Review (+ Giveaway): Heir to the Pack by Laura Welling

Posted October 5, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review (+ Giveaway): Heir to the Pack by Laura WellingReviewer: Tracy
Heir to the PackSeries: The Cursed Pack #1

Publication Date: September 15, 2015
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Series Rating: four-stars


Three years ago, Annie had a three-day fling in Cancun with a handsome stranger, Dash. Two years ago, she gave birth to his son. Now, Annie’s son is fading away with a mysterious illness, and she must seek help from his father, who doesn’t know he exists. But Dash has news for her: first, he’s a werewolf; second, he’s about to be crowned their king; and third, their son has been touched by an ancient curse.

Tracy’s review of Heir to the Pack (The Cursed Pack, Book1)  by Laura Welling

Three years ago Annie from Boston and Dash from Montana had 3 wonderful days in Cancun together. Once they met they spend every moment in bed together. Annie got pregnant but was planning on just being a single parent as she hadn’t exchanged numbers with Dash – they hadn’t even exchanged last names!. Her son is now 2 years old and is very sick. She doesn’t know what to do but thinks maybe some genetic thing on Dash’s side of the family might help Jack get better so she has a private investigator find him.

Dash is thrilled and shocked to see Annie at his doorstep but welcomes her in with open arms. He’s a bit confused, however, when she says that Jack is his son. Yes, the boy looks exactly like him but Dash is a werewolf and werewolves can’t get humans pregnant. Dash isn’t about to let that little tidbit of info get in his way of keeping Annie around even when her son is surrounded by wolves. She almost runs but Dash talks her into staying. When someone tries to kidnap Jack and Annie’s mother, Daisy, Dash decides that Annie and his family needs to head to The Gathering, a meeting of representatives from all of the wolf packs so that Dash can keep them safe.

Annie’s more than surprised to find out that there are actually werewolves in the world and then is even more mystified when the packs Oracle tells her that she and Jack are descendants from a people that were thought extinct. Now Annie must try to find a way to break the curse that was put on her antecedents long ago in order to save her son. She has to do all of this while fighting her never-waning attraction and growing love for Dash.

It’s hard to tell you about Heir to the Pack without giving too much away. Part of the enjoyment I got from reading the book was the information that was revealed a bit at a time.

From the moment Dash came on the page I liked his character. He was obviously smitten with Annie from their tryst three years prior and apparently had never stopped talking about her. He was shocked about Jack but never turned her away and I loved that about him. He was wonderful with both Jack and Annie, his family and the other wolf packs. He had a lot on his plate but he constantly made time for those he loved.

With Annie it took me a bit of time to like her character. I think because she was a scientist she held herself back emotionally in order to analyze situations. It made the emotional connection to her longer to click but it eventually did. She ended up being a fantastic heroine and her strength was one I admired.

The secondary characters were all worth reading about and I liked them all – especially little Jack who was a breath of fresh air whenever he was on page.

The story sounds simple enough when you read the blurb but there’s a lot going on here. It was well written and definitely kept me engaged the whole time I was reading. For those of you who enjoy shifter/paranormal romance this is a good one to read. I’m looking forward to reading more books in this series.

Rating: 4 out of 5


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Guest Review: Laird Wolf by Vivian Arend

Posted August 3, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Laird Wolf by Vivian ArendReviewer: Tracy
Laird Wolf by Vivian Arend
Series: Takhini Shifters #2
Also in this series: Laird Wolf
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: July 29, 2015
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Series Rating: four-stars

Pulling off a rescue mission at a remote castle in Scotland should be an easy task for lone wolf Damon Black. He’ll flash some muscle, show a little Alpha power, and do whatever it takes to ease Addie MacShay’s fears. But the woman who throws herself into his arms and cries boyfriend is more intriguing than anticipated. The sexy she-wolf’s got more curves, more tantalizing scent, more of everything he desires.

Addie’s job cataloguing an estate at the Sterling-Wylde Manor is complicated by the ongoing discovery of new wills and the two creepy heirs who won’t leave her alone. But her fake boyfriend turns out to be a far greater threat—not only is he fun and flirtatious, he looks delicious in a kilt. She craves his touch, but with her empathetic skills on overdrive, touch is the last thing she needs.

Damon’s fighting his unruly inner beast. Addie’s fighting their incredible sexual pull. They'll both have to lower their guard to make this more than a Highland fling.

Tracy’s review of Laird Wolf (Takhini Shifters #2) by Vivian Arend

Damon is helping his best friends wife out by going to Scotland and helping her best friend, Addie, feel safe. She’s doing inventory on an estate and the brothers that are both vying for ownership of the property are creeping her out.

Damon shows up and immediately Addie is kissing him and calling him her boyfriend. Ok, he understands that that explains to the Sterling-Wylde brothers what he’s doing there. He manages to keep Addie safe and discovers a few things about the estate as well. He also discovers his attraction to Addie and her to him. Addie has an issue, however, in that she’s the daughter of two Omega wolves and that left her with an empathic ability every time she touches someone’s skin. For some reason it doesn’t happen with Damon and they’re both shocked when they found out the reason.

This was a quick, fun read. Nothing too dastardly or angsty happens during the course of the story and I really appreciated that. Yes, Damon had some dark memories from his past but Arend didn’t dwell on them so it made the book a bit lighter.

Damon and Addie were great together and the sex between them was scorching hot. I haven’t read the other Takhini Shifter book but I definitely think I’ll be picking that one up.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Guest Review: Brand of the Pack by Tera Shanley

Posted June 4, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Brand of the Pack by Tera ShanleyReviewer: Tracy
Brand of the Pack by Tera Shanley
Series: Silver Wolf Clan #3
Also in this series: Silver Wolf Clan, Black Wolf's Revenge, Black Wolf's Revenge
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: June 9th 2015
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Series Rating: three-stars

The last of her kind

As the last of the Silver Wolves, and the only female with the ability to produce werewolf offspring, Morgan Carter is a wanted woman. Male suitors from all packs vie for her, and threaten the safety of her young niece, Lana. But there is only one man Morgan wants . . .

The last of his control

Greyson Crawford has been through hell and back for Morgan. And he’d do it again. But until she learns to trust him, and lets him claim her as his own, he can’t fully protect her. When a force more powerful than either have known threatens to tear them apart, can Greyson convince Morgan to accept him as her mate once and for all, before it’s too late?

Tracy’s review of Brand of the Pack (Silver Wolf Clan #3) by Tera Shanley

In the last book Morgan was confused about what she wanted. More to the point she was confused about the reasons behind Grey’s feelings and actions. She was doubting herself and him both and that ended up badly for each of them. We start this book with Morgan getting back together with Grey but they are still on edge. She, from her ordeal of being kidnapped, and he, not quite knowing where he stands with her.

The two quickly work out that they want to be together with no issues. It’s decided that they are to marry and Grey is going to become the alpha of his own pack of 3 – Grey, Morgan and Marissa. There’s a small kink in the plan however. First Grey is having challenges for Morgan up to 2-3 a day which is wearing him out, and then there’s someone named The Dragon who is telling Grey not to claim Morgan – sent by none other than the female who Turned Morgan in the first place. She wants Grey to herself and wants Morgan out of the picture.

This was a good third installment in the series. We didn’t have a whole lot of angst or anything heavy going on in the story. It was more of, what I would think of, as a transition story. We got to see Grey and Morgan finally get together and Grey’s Wolf was happy with the claiming and becoming an alpha. Then we got a hint at what was to come in future books with the introduction of The Dragon.

While I thought this was a good story I didn’t love that not too much was going on. While it was a sweet story, there just wasn’t a lot happening. If you haven’t read the other two books then I would recommend not reading this one first. You would be completely lost and the sweetness of the story would be lost on you as you would have no clue what was happening. I’m looking forward to reading about what happens next in Morgan and Grey’s life.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

This title is available from Lyrical Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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