Dark Whispers by Marie Kenward is the second novel in her MacCumail Bloodlines series and another fabulous read. Just like the first novel in the series, I wasn’t able to put the book down for long.  There is something in the way she creates the world, the characters and the storyline that just drew me into this book and held me there.

The main characters, Mikael MacCumail and Emily Davenport, are just great. He is the leader of the MacCumail clan, powerful and very old because he is one of the first vampires ever created. But he never sired anyone, except Sarah Hennessy, who’s the mate of Alexi Dugas, one of his clan members. She is a very young and determined vampire hunter. She has joined her brothers in the fight against all vampires, but when she’s facing Mikael, who teaches her that not all vampires are bad, she puts everything she believes on the line for him. They personify the opposites attract cliché.

What I love about this author is the way she lets readers into the world she created, to experience the power, the revenge, hatred, friendship and loyalty for themselves. She isn’t afraid to let the readers truly see what this can do to a person and what the outcome will be.

The slowly growing relationship between Mikael and Emily is great to follow, first fighting him with everything she’s got, but slowly loses her heart to him. I loved the fact that she doesn’t change her perspective of vampires just because she loves Mikael. Yes, she accepts Sarah and Alexi but she keeps her distance and suspicion towards the others near Mikael.

It was good to see that Sarah and Alexi were part of this book, too, and to see that Sarah has grown into her powers in the year she has been a vampire. Because she is the only vampire Mikael turned, the bond between the two of them is tight.

Marie Kenward has written another amazing addition in this series, which already has become one of my favourite series of 2012. I’m curious to see who will be the main character in the following book because I know this story isn’t finished…hopefully there will be novels about the two remaining brothers in the near future.

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From Amazon.com

Sometimes, trusting your inner voice can be fatal…

He is Mikael macCumail, leader of a vampire clan. The oldest of his kind, he is considered invincible. Deadly. Most fear him, and he’s lived unchallenged for over a millennia. Until the night he loses it all.

Stripped of his memory, stalked by vampires and vampire hunters alike, Mikael finds an unlikely ally in young hunter Emily Davenport. On the run with no one to turn to and no one to trust, the line between predator and prey begins to blur. In a world of unfamiliar shadows, Emily becomes his only light. Her beauty tempts him, her innocence disarms him. Mikael has waited centuries to find a woman like Emily, but when his past catches up with him and he discovers why his memory was taken, he must prepare to face an enemy he doesn’t know how to defeat. An enemy with no physical body, a life form–an entity–that lives inside vampire blood, moving from one body to the next, killing.

And now it wants Mikael.

Detective Mitch Guthrie has to stay at the top of his game.  He’s been transferred to the SPOOK Squad to investigate crimes committed by paranormal creatures.   Mitch’s dad was killed by a siren, so his lack of enthusiasm for the assignment is understandable.   However, as the only human on the squad, he’s going to have to learn his way around quickly.  Now he’s got three  Succubi to deal with – his new captain, his new partner, and a murderer.  Molly Beck, Mitch’s partner, has a few secrets of her own, most of which can be found hidden underneath the Vortex Blues tavern.
Tina Gerow has done an excellent job developing interesting characters and world building in this tale of paranormal suspense.  Her characters are far more complex than the average short story, and her world setting is intriguing.   She paid quite a bit of attention to detail and gave me a few surprises.   The attraction between Mitch and Molly is dynamic.   The downside of a short story is that the ending is rushed and she had to wrap things up far too hastily.   I really hope she has some more stories to tell about the Vortex Blues world in a future novel.
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After punching his last boss in the mouth, Detective Mitch Guthrie is transferred to what he considers the worst position available for a cop—the SPOOK Squad (Special Paranormal Operations & Otherworldly Contact.) As a human with special gifts that allow him to sense non humans things get interesting when he’s assigned a partner who is a succubus, and his first case involves a succubus serial killer. Between the Sedona, Arizona vortexes, his captain—the actual Cleopatra, a gargoyle bartender named Rocky, and a fear demon who gives off a urine smell, Mitch isn’t so sure he’ll survive the week with all his body parts still in tact.

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Even though Valentine Encounter was a (very) short story it was pretty steamy! It took me about 20 minutes to finish it which was rather disappointing since I wouldn’t have minded it being longer. I wanted to get to know the characters better,to learn why they did what they did. There were some hints to why certain decisions were made, but I still would have liked a bit more depth to the characters, especially for Trey…
It’s a good story to read when you want a very quick read (right before bed or during  your lunch break). The story, although very short, still wraps up at the end with the possibility for a continuation.
I think I’ll be picking up more books from this author since this was my first and I’m curious about what else she has written.
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Brynn finds herself stranded in the snow and alone-that is until help shows up in the form of police officer, Trey Higgins. With nowhere to go, Brynn leaves her car and accepts Officer Higgins invitation to wait out the storm at his house.
This will be a Valentine’s Day that both Brynn and Trey will never forgetThis is a short story erotic ebook

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I have to admit–when I first read the title of this book, I rolled my eyes and while I decided to go ahead and read it, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’m so glad I didn’t judge too quickly and gave Vlad the Paler a chance. I laughed more while reading the book than I have in a long time. The main character, Vlad (aka Cyrus Gae, pre-vampire) was turned against his will.  He’s okay with being a vampire; he is not okay with the way it happened. He’s determined to find Troy, the “suck head”, who turned him and get some answers.

Before being turned, his life consisted of Role Play Gaming (RPG), Sci Fi/PR conventions and hanging out with the rest of the “geeks” in the cyber-cafes.  Oh—and hooking up with hot guys. Did I mention Vlad was gay? He has one friend, Vinnie, who is quite the eccentric.  She loves the fact that Vlad is now a vampire and quickly volunteers to be his daytime errand girl. She soon finds him some willing “food” and introduces Vlad to Logon, who eventually fall in love with each other.

The whole book is a hilarious first-person account of Vlad’s journey to track down Troy, with lots of “geek” references and conversations, but Vlad’s sarcasm and wit is what made the books so funny. All the characters brought their own substance to the story and made it great.

The only part of the book I didn’t care for was the end; it just didn’t finish smoothly. Something happened (I can’t tell you without giving too much away) that seemed to be thrown in at the last minute and really had nothing to do with much of anything that happened in the book. It is possible that the author is setting up the reader for future books, but I feel the last chapter could’ve been left out.

All in all, this was a surprisingly good book and a fun, quick read that will most likely be enjoyed by young adult readers. There are a few M/M sex scenes but nothing terribly graphic and very tastefully done. If you are not at all familiar with the RP, gaming, or techie-movie world, there may be some conversations that are hard to follow and some jokes you won’t get; but don’t worry, you’ll still understand the story.

If you want a great laugh with some quirky romance, fun-loving, sarcastic characters, and a fast paced hunt for the bad guy, you have to pick up this book!

*review copy provided by Netgalley

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From Amazon.com

When half-Korean sci fi-fantasy gamer nerd Cyrus Gae goes out clubbing on his first night of vacation, he’s not expecting to be bitten by a vampire. Not in Florida, the land of sunshine and Mickey Mouse. He’s not exactly averse to being a creature of the night, but he’s righteously pissed off about the vampire’s cavalier eat-and-run attitude. Determined to track down Troy, the bloodsucker who turned him, Cyrus takes the name Vlad and begins a search that will take him to leather bars, vampire dens, and cyber cafés.

As Cyrus hunts the elusive vampire, he meets Logon, the hipster/geek love of his afterlife; Vinnie, his Girl Friday the 13th; and even an intersexual voodoo queen, while learning that being a supernatural bad-ass isn’t quite what he imagined. In fact, hardly anything is what it seems, and Vlad finds himself in the middle of an intrigue involving Florida’s master vampire—who isn’t thrilled about Vlad’s sudden appearance in his domain. With powerful forces aligning against Vlad, he’ll have no choice but to become the hero he never wanted to be if he wants to keep his beloved Logon safe.

Here are the known upcoming releases by your favorite author’s for February 2012.
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ANT: ANTHOLOGY/COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES
A: ANGELS/GUARDIANS/GODS
AGT: AGENTS/SPY/SPECIAL OPS/FEDS
D: DRAGONS
DE: DEMONS
E: EROTICA
FE: FAE/FAERIES/ELVES
FY: FANTASY
GH: GHOSTS/SPIRITS
H: HISTORICAL
HL: HIGHLANDERS
HMR: HUMOR
MG: MAGIC
MY: MYSTERY
OMN: OMNIBUS
OP: OTHER PARANORMAL
PSY: PSYCHIC/ESP
RR: RE-RELEASE
RS: ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
SCI: SCI-FI
SH: SHIFTERS/WERE
 
UF: URBAN FANTASY
V: VAMPIRES
VK: VIKINGS
WH: WITCH/WARLOCK
WR: WARRIORS/BROTHERHOODS
YA: YOUNG ADULT
Z: ZOMBIES
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