I Married a Vampire is the story of Keri. She is married to a vampire named Duke, and she is learning that being married to a vampire is not an easy thing. Kerri has a love/hate relationship with Duke, and I am pretty sure she is just there for the sweaty make up sex!

Keri’s character comes across as a bit of a nag. She is usually bitchy and rarely happy unless she is having her way with Duke. The reader can’t really blame her for the way she acts because Duke is a total slacker. He sits around playing video games all day, and never says the right thing. What he does have going for him is good looks, a sexy accent, and incredible skill in the bedroom!
The first thing I noticed about the book was the cover, which is smoking hot. I couldn’t wait to start reading. The author did a lovely job in setting the mood for the opening scene in the book which was extremely steamy. After that the book switches gears, and Corum heads in a more humorous direction. I am not saying there are no more erotic parts, because there are. The story just takes on a whole new vibe.
This was a quick and fun read for me. I was entertained for a few hours, I got to meet a sexy vampire, and I got a couple of laughs- what more can you ask for?

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Keri thought dating was tough but now she realizes that being married is even harder, especially since her husband is a vampire. But it’s not all bad; the makeup sex is to die for.

I Married a Vampire: A Tale of Vampire Erotica is about a young woman who is forced to come to grips with her unconventional relationship. Originally included in the collection, Dead Sexy Vampire Erotica: Two Dark and Thirsty Stories, this novella is for those who like their vampire erotica to be sexy and romantic.

Please keep in mind, however, that this book contains adult situations and language and is intended for a mature audience.

Fear the Darkness is the ninth book in The Guardians of Eternity series.  Cassie, a were, is the only known prophet.  Caine was once a cur but was transformed into a full blooded were.  He has taken the role of protector, but his feelings for Cassie go beyond duty.

I absolutely loved Cassie and Caine together.  She has basically been held a prisoner her whole life.  She is naïve in some ways, especially when it comes to the opposite sex.  Caine is seeking redemption for his past mistakes, and wants to do the honorable thing by fighting his attraction to Cassie.  I am so happy that it wasn’t a long fight because the chemistry between them sizzles before they even touch.  As much as I enjoyed seeing the relationship between Cassie and Caine unfold I was just as happy to see some of my favorite characters return, as well as a couple of new ones.  The story began with my two favorite characters, Styx and Viper.  I could be entertained for hours just reading the banter between these two!  There was a new vampire that came to Styx’s aid, named Roke.  We really didn’t get a lot of information on him, but there are indications we haven’t seen the last of him.

The Guardians are trying to eradicate the Dark Lord, which leads to a really suspenseful read.  I have followed this series from the beginning and I enjoy Ivy’s writing.  This latest book was full of action, and for the most part it moved at a good pace.  I do wish the story would have been a little heavier on the romance, but I understand why the book was written like it was; Fear the Darkness really lent some closure to Bound to Darkness.

Fear the Darkness wasn’t my favorite book in the series, but I still enjoyed the read.  I wouldn’t hesitate  in reading future books, and I would certainly recommend the series to fans of the paranormal romance genre.

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The Guardians of Eternity are embroiled in an epic battle for survival. They are as dangerous as they are sensual–and their lustful appetites are legendary. . .

Her Visions Lead Her To Danger

Beautiful Cassandra is a Were, a prophet both vulnerable and defiant, blessed with visions that portend the fate of the world. A rare and delicate creature, Cassie must be protected at all costs. Enter Caine, a powerful cur turned pureblooded Were whose recent tangles with a demon lord have left him in serious need of redemption. Caine is duty-bound to keep Cassie out of danger–and that means resisting his potent urge to seduce her. . .

And Only He Can Save Her

As Cassie’s mysterious visions lead them in and out of danger, Caine believes he has found his true mate, the woman with whom he is bound for all eternity. Cassie is both charmed and frightened by Caine’s magnetism, and unsure if he–or her feelings for him–can be trusted. But Cassie can’t afford to doubt Caine now. A deadly enemy bent on destruction is closer than they realize–and only they can keep chaos from ruling the world. . .

I have quite a fondness for shifter stories, and after I heard that Terry Spear had a series about Jaguar shifters being released, called Heart of the Jaguar, I was thrilled! I’ve had the opportunity to read a few of Spear’s wolf books, and I was instantly a fan. I really take joy in her way of storytelling, and I can always count on a read that is not only exciting but very steamy!

In Savage Hunger, Conner and Maya are jaguar shifters and siblings. Although their home is Texas, they spend time in the Amazon because their shifter side feels at home there. Conner rescued Kat while she was in the jungle on a mission, and later she tracks him down to thank him for saving her life.  I was pleased with Spear’s descriptiveness of the Amazon jungle.  I felt as though I was transported to the sweltering heat of the lush jungle, and I could almost hear the pounding waterfalls!

You can always count on Spear to provide a sexy alpha male, and Conner is no different. He is strong, sexy, protective, and possessive. You will spend most of your reading time sighing and swooning! Conner and Kat make a wonderful pairing. She is strong, but she longs for acceptance and love. Conner is patient with her, and seems to know her needs. If that isn’t enough, the chemistry between them is searing. Maya, Conner’s sister, wants her brother to have a mate, and she longs for a sister. I adored Maya’s character and really want to see her with her own HEA.   There is a great dynamic between the three characters, and it makes for a fast-paced read.

Spear doesn’t stop with giving the reader romance, although there is plenty to be found. There were also times of heart-pounding excitement! Fans will not be disappointed with this latest book, and I know it will gain her new followers as well. As for me, I am waiting anxiously for the next book!

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As a jaguar he is graceful and gorgeous…

Speedy and stealthy…
Fierce, independent, and wild…

As a man he is passionate and powerful…

Willful and wonderful…
And he’ll stop at nothing to protect what’s his…

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The Valkyrie’s Guardian
Moriah Densley

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Publisher:  Crimson Romance / F+W Media

ISBN:  1440551375

ISBN13:  9781440551376

Number of pages:  300

Word Count:  91K

 

Book Description: 

“Augmented strength, lightning weapon, chronic PMS – you’re a valkyrie, Cass.”

You might call them superheroes. “Extra-sentients” are one in 4.5 million with the extraordinary ability to unlock the full potential of the mind.

Cassiopeia Noyon is descended from the most powerful known extra-sentient, but she’s a dud – no impressive talents except a healing ability which lands her in trouble. She’s all wrong for Jack MacGunn, her dazzling immortal berserker bodyguard.

Cassiopeia Noyon has a medical degree at age twenty-one, which makes her a total loser … for an extra-sentient with merely superhuman strength and healing powers but not much else. Cassie may not even be immortal, which is a downer since the man she’s adored since age six, is.

Jack MacGunn is King of the Bad Pick-Up Line. A true blue kilt-wearing, pipe-playing Scot descended from a long line of berserker warriors; if he’s awake, he’s either hungry or itching for a fight. Lately Jack feels lost. His career as a Navy SEAL detachment agent is on a slow train to nowhere. He suspects it has something to do with his out-of-control superhuman rages.

The one task Jack has never failed at is guarding Cassie from their enemies, but now he fears he can’t protect her from himself. Even if they could go a single day without fighting, Jack knows he’ll never be good enough for her. The boss’ granddaughter is off-limits anyway.

A chance encounter with a villain long assumed dead sends Jack and Cassie on a race to save the children secreted away at Network One, the academy for genius extra-sentients. Jack discovers a new side of Cassie when in the heat of combat she invokes unheard-of powers. Has Jack finally met his match?

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Author Bio:

2012 RWA Golden Heart finalist Moriah Densley sees nothing odd at all about keeping both a violin case and a range bag stuffed with pistols in the back seat of her car. They hold up the stack of books in the middle, of course. She enjoys writing about Victorians, assassins, and geeks. Her muses are summoned by the smell of chocolate, usually at odd hours of the night. By day her alter ego is your friendly neighborhood music teacher. Moriah lives in Las Vegas with her husband

 

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Excerpt:

Without much effort she summoned static in the air. It gathered in her hands as she wrestled to equalize the tension between ground and sky. The shift in atmospheric energy sucked down a dull pressure she could feel in her skull and chest. The charge crackling in her fingers burned ice hot.

Cassie walked calmly to the men locked in struggle and set a hand on each of their shoulders, transferring a mild dose of purple electricity into their bodies. They jerked back and screamed. She exploited their surprise and shoved them both apart, hurling them several feet.

She heaved slow breaths to calm her anger, resisting the temptation to fry their idiotic brains. They rolled slowly and strained to sit up, mist steaming out of their collars.

“Jack. Ben. That’s enough. Look around, you morons. Is this what you want your family to see?” They glanced around and saw the somber faces watching from inside the great house, all the small ones who had just been taught a bad lesson.

“Bloody hell. What is she?” Ben muttered, wiping his split lip.

“The voice of reason.” She stood between them. “You two have to work together while we’re here. This is your clan, and you are the leaders. Now start acting like it.”

She waited while they sucked in deep breaths, trying to calm themselves from the rage.

“Do you think your family should see you shake hands, or did you mean to start a war today?”

Ben breathed an oath in Gaelic under his breath, and Jack made something pop in Ben’s hand as he squeezed. She closed her eyes in forbearance.

*              *              *

At that moment, three pagers went off. Jack, Chief, and Pops all retrieved their phones and checked the display with identical motions.

Jack said, “CO called in the whole team. It’s probably nothing, but we have to go.”

“Run like the wind,” Cassie replied flatly, as though she had no curiosity at all about his urgent summons to headquarters. “Nice meeting you, Chief, and ah, Papa Smurf. I’ll find my own way to the barracks.”

Damned if she didn’t show them her back and strut away like a tabby cat. Of course he stared, mesmerized by the dual motion of her hips and swaying hair. A draft of her honey-anise scent lingered. Catnip. “Eighteen-hundred hours, baby,” he called, a last ditch effort to claim her with the officers observing.

She spun 180 degrees and walked backward. “Sorry, I have to polish my pistol.” Chief and Pops sucked in a breath at her suggestive tone—with that purring sound in her voice, anything sounded like innuendo.

Jack couldn’t help it. He winked. “Sure thing, darlin.’ After you polish mine.”

*              *              *

Cassie could always count on Jack for two things: he would come from near or far at the sound of food cooking in the morning, and he went ga-ga over women in workout clothes. Forget lingerie–Jack wanted yoga pants and a racerback top. This morning Cassie brought out the heavy artillery with both his vices: smoothies and spandex.

Revenge, torture–either would do.

Ice clunked around in the blender as she added peach slices, raw almonds, yogurt, and lemon rind. Perfect timing—Jack jogged down the stairs and nearly tripped over Cat, dropped his duffel, and made a beeline straight for the kitchen. He rocked back on his heels, apparently expecting Anne the housekeeper, not Cassie. She made a point of opening the fridge as he entered, as though she hadn’t seen him.

When she turned around, his eyes widened and he visibly swallowed hard.

Unapologetically his eyes roamed from her long swinging pony tail down over her shoulders exposed above a skin-tight cropped tank. His eyes lingered on her navel, watching it contract as she breathed, before scanning up and down her legs once, twice, and again. He wore the expression of a tiger watching a platter of meat through the bars of his cage.

“All the subtlety of an anvil, Jack.”

“I might say the same to you, sweetheart.”

*              *              *

“Bait?” Cassie coughed, then half-shrieked, “Bait? You think it’s funny? Jack—you promised!”

Jack tried to tuck her behind his shoulder and interrupt, but Cassie leaned around him and jabbed an accusing finger at Memphis.

“No more bait, no more turkey shoots! You tell him no, Memphis, or answer to me. Find another way, whatever. He comes home in a body bag, and I come after you.”

She glared, the silence stretched, and she wanted Jack’s buddy to know she meant it, every word. Bad enough that they went willingly into danger, no reason they should play high-stakes games with their lives. No operation was worth that.

Memphis raised his eyebrows and Jack seemed stunned.

Cassie exhaled in a gust and muttered, “I think I just grew a few gray hairs.”

Memphis surprised her with his softened, sympathetic expression. “It takes a strong woman to love a soldier. You’ll get used to it, honey.” He nodded his head, “We always come home. Don’t worry.”

Jack sputtered then argued, “Oh, we’re not—It’s not–”

“You’re gone, bro. I give it two months, max, and we’ll all be in our dress whites.”

Cassie looked between them, confused, then hacked into Memphis’ thoughts to discern he meant their formal Navy uniforms, for the occasion of her and Jack’s supposed wedding. Wow.

Memphis winked at their twin shell-shocked expressions.

The Valkyrie’s Guardian is a great read with a lot to offer.  There are extra-sentients who are basically super heroes, sexy navy seals, with some kilt wearing hotness to boot.

Cassiopeia “Cassie” Noyon is a descendant of the most powerful extra-sentient.  I liked her character, she is tough when she needs to be, but she has a light-hearted playful personality that makes her endearing to the reader.  My favorite character is Jack MacGunn, he is a sexy Scot, and comes from a line of berserkers, and he has a career as a Navy Seal that is on the skids.  Jack is humorous, gorgeous, and caring.  I found myself constantly amused by his charming personality.  Jack has been a guardian to Cassie for most of her life; he started guarding her when she was six years old.  When Cassie grows up so does the relationship between them.  I love the chemistry and attraction between these two, and after reading the book I want a Jack MacGunn to call my own.

This is a well written book that has many great attributes; it was descriptive, had pleasing characters, and was entertaining.  This book is filled with nearly non-stop intense action.   The rush of battle kept me on the edge of my seat.  The passion and tenderness in this read will make your knees weak.  Cassie and Jack is definitely an emotional couple, they don’t always see eye to eye, but they balance each other out.   I also like how Densley adds just enough comic relief to even everything out.  It was funny how these two tried to deliberately get under each other’s skin, and found myself laughing out loud more than once.

The Valkyrie’s Guardian is a fun; action-packed read that I feel will appeal to a lot of readers.  I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and I hope to hear more from Densley in the near future!

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“Augmented strength, lightning weapon, chronic PMS – you’re a valkyrie, Cass.”

You might call them superheroes. “Extra-sentients” are one in 4.5 million with the extraordinary ability to unlock the full potential of the mind.

Cassiopeia Noyon is descended from the most powerful known extra-sentient, but she’s a dud – no impressive talents except a healing ability which lands her in trouble. She’s all wrong for Jack MacGunn, her dazzling immortal berserker bodyguard.

Jack MacGunn is King of the Bad Pick-Up Line. A true blue kilt-wearing, pipe-playing Scot descended from a long line of berserker warriors, if he’s awake, he’s either hungry or itching for a fight. Lately Jack feels lost. His career as a Navy SEAL detachment agent is on a slow train to nowhere. He suspects it has something to do with his out-of-control superhuman rages.

The one task Jack has never failed at is guarding Cassie from their enemies, but now he fears he can’t protect her from himself. Even if they could go a single day without fighting, Jack knows he’ll never be good enough for her . . .

Ascend from Darkness is the fifth book in the Cursed in Darkness series.  In this installment Layla must confront the darkness in order to save her friends and those she loves.

In this newest book all of the familiar characters are back.  Each and every book continues to show what a warrior Layla has become, and she continues to grow in this latest book.  I absolutely enjoy  Layla’s character; she is strong, intelligent, and sexy.  She is also a complex character who has been through numerous trials and takes on great responsibility.  It has been so enjoyable watching her transform and mature.

The beginning of the book finds Layla in her mother’s world, the world of the Spirit Demons.  I really enjoyed this new setting for the book.  It was something of a departure from the last books and really freshened up the story.  Once again, Hancock is positively descriptive in her writing, and painted a vivid picture of this fascinating new world.

I have been reading this series from the beginning and I have really seen Hancock grow as a writer from book to book, from the fourth book on each book has been better than the last. I am genuinely curious to see how the rest of the series plays out.

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With everyone in the hands of evil once more, Layla must travel through the Spirit World, home to the Spirit Demons, in order to get to them. There is just one problem. The Spirit Demons have rules. Without a body, Layla cannot leave, and she cannot save the others from their deaths.

Layla is not a Spirit Demon, however, and does not have to listen to their rules. She sets off to search for the one place where Darkness resides in the world of Light. Only then can she leave the Spirit World.

There is a price. No one pure at heart can near the Darkness, and there is only one thing she can do to stay in control. She has to turn to the darkness inside of her, and she must control it before she can enter the Shadow Realm—full of cold hearted and dangerous Shadow Demons, far stronger than she. Layla has to fight her most ancient enemy yet and must face her past in order to defeat him and free the others from their fate.

Will the war between Layla and her dark past ever end?

Vlkolak King is the fourth book in The Gothic Memoirs Series.  This in-depth book takes us into Nadija and Alexei’s past and James’ ascent to the throne.
I am completely enthralled with these books and their colorful characters who continue to evolve and develop.  I never imagined the twist that occurred in Nadija and Alexei’s life together, and it took the story to a whole new level.  I am amazed at how much Nadija’s character has grown since the first book.  The level of responsibility she feels for her subjects is really intense, but she has a way of coming out ahead when things are at their worst.  Her perseverance is the thing I love most about her character.  I didn’t really feel the chemistry between her and Alexei in the second book, but know that I have learned about their past I feel that they have really come around as a couple.  There is still a chemistry that Nadija shares with James, but I see now how their friendship really works.

Vlkolak King is an amazing read.  The author weaves a story that is very intricate and yet easy to follow.  I like the way she adds moments of lightness and humor amid storylines that can be very dark.  As usual, Armusik does a splendid job setting the mood and building suspense to draw the reader in. From the very beginning the book had my full of attention, and it pained me to have to put it down.  This is now my favorite book in the series and I can’t wait to see what’s next.  

There aren’t words to describe Armusik as a writer.  I find it hard to believe these books are her first published works because she is an expert in her craft.  The first book blew me away, but the story becomes better and better as she goes.  Armusik writes with so much emotion you can really tell these books are a labor of love for her.

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In the fourth novel of the epic Gothic tale, Nadija finds herself in the middle of an imminent war just as she’s planning her much-anticipated wedding to Alexei. Struggling to keep her family safe and her opposition at bay, Nadija begins to feel the pressure of her throne and destiny.

As time ticks away before she has to give Lucifer his answer and the Vlkolak struggle to regain power and respect, Nadija is forced to make political decisions that will incite more dissent than ever.

Amaranthine is a young adult paranormal about a 17-year-old high school girl named Crimson.  Crimson is obsessed by vampires, and is a huge fan of a series of books about a vampire named Nicholae Alberic.  She realizes that Nicholae is a real vampire and sets out to meet him, and in the process she finds out she possesses a gene that will make her very unique if she is turned.

Crimson is a pretty typical seventeen-year-old.  She belongs to a little high school clique, she is in the band, she likes music and shopping, and can be a little self-absorbed at times.  Nicholae’s character confused me sometimes.  He is two hundred year old vampire, and one moment he seems much like a teen himself only to take on the personality of a more paternal figure the next.  There are a lot of likeable supporting characters in this book; one of the stand-outs is Laramie.  I guess I would describe Laramie as a mentor to Nicholae, he is an older vampire and quite intelligent.  Laramie is a scientist of sorts, and he uses his knowledge to come up with things that could be beneficial to mortals, and to make the world a better place.  He also plays a pivotal role in the story, as he confirms and gives an explanation for the gene that Crimson carries.

This is one of those books that ran hot and cold for me.  The biggest problem I had was the romance between Crimson and Nicholae.  The relationship basically began by them stalking each other, they meet, and immediately the undying love is professed.  I wish a bond would have forged between the two that turned to love later on.  As a reader, I kind of felt cheated.   However, I took an interest in the part of the story about the Amarant gene.  Although there was sufficient explanation about the gene,   I would have loved to see Rigli delve deeper into that part of the story.

All in all, the concept of the story was really good, but it just needed to be a little better executed.  I feel things will improve more as Rigli evolves as a writer.  I am sure this story will still appeal to teen readers because they will relate to Crimson, and fall head over heels for Nichlolae!

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Amaranthine is a tale of the dark side of desire. Crimson Wilkinson is a seemingly normal high school senior who, bored with life, finds her kicks in reading a popular vampire series. But her boredom is well remedied when she becomes an active part in the very true vampire stories the world thought were fiction and falls in love with their author, Nicholae Albaric, the dangerously gorgeous and sweetly lonely vampire celebrity. The rush she once so longed for becomes a burden as Crimson discovers she has a rare gene that makes the carrier extremely powerful once they are made into a vampire, and she is targeted as the vampire community’s number-one most wanted, some who want to kill her before she can become a threat and others who want to use her powers to their own ends.

BloodStar is a paranormal tale about Marley and Sabian.  Marley has been dealt a really hard hand in life; she really has no roots or friends.  Sabian is a BloodStar, which is essentially an enhanced vampire.  This book is the story about the connection between these two characters.

When I saw the title and cover of this book, my thought was it was going to be typical vampire romance fare, the tortured but basically good at heart vampire meets his soul mate and after overcoming an obstacle or two they spend the rest of eternity together.  Well, don’t let the cover fool you, because this book is dark.

Marley is not a typical heroine that you see in most books.  She is seriously damaged, but yet she is able to hang on to her sharp wit.  Sabian is an impressive figure, who is a very  flawed in his own way. I didn’t find any of the characters to be particularly endearing, but I did find them to be extremely fascinating!

This is another one of those difficult reviews where I am in fear of giving something vital away.   Montoya has penned a very unique story; I can truly say it is unlike anything I have read in quite a while. I tried to come up with a way to describe the characters and setting for the story, and the best I could come up with was gritty.  There were a couple sections of the book that moved a little slow, but for the most part I was drawn in.   This read is a total rollercoaster ride, and I couldn’t seem to set it aside.  The last third of the book was by far the best because of its almost uncomfortable anticipation and unexpected twists.

BloodStar is not going to be appealing to all readers because of the dark vibe and subject matter.  The monsters in this book are just that, but if you are looking for a different kind of story that deviates from the norm check this one out.

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Sabian carries the raw power to command legions. He is, after all, the BloodStar. Instead, he has tucked himself away from the world for the last three hundred years, avoiding the paparazzi fanaticism of his Kindred brethren to preserve his sanity. Keeping to the shadows is second nature to Sabian even if denying his bond to Marley McRae, his human soul-mate, is not. But his methods are working. Two decades of intense psychological endurance have kept Marley alive. Prepared to spend eternity haunting Marley’s periphery, Sabian is faced with a new, unbearable reality when Marley finds his Colorado sanctuary. Now, in a desperate attempt to protect her from his gluttonous obsession, Sabian is forced to face the scene he left behind centuries ago.

Marley McRae has just hitched her way over the Rockies from Las Vegas, determined to find peace in Fort Collins from the pesky skeletons that can’t seem to just hang quietly in her closet. So far, Marley’s every attempt at independence has failed, some so fantastically she could advertise her services for botching a good thing on a billboard. She drinks herself to the edge of the cliffs of ostracism night after night, and her cynical, sarcastic wit is a constant threat to the only relationships that matter. Ignorant of her ties to the BloodStar, Marley thinks her biggest issue is keeping the one friend she’s made in her new town—that is, until Sabian’s terrifying world closes in.

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