burning preyHarper Jewel is back with a new story in the Seekers series. I had been waiting for this story and I was not disappointed. Aviana, Andor, and Bertrand are enjoying their newfound match making responsibilities. When they recognize the mate auras of Slate and Evangeline they figure out a way to bring the two together and then let nature take its course.

I immediately liked Slate and Evie’s characters and thought they were a great match. Evie is a strong woman who has faced many tragedies in her life but despite being alone she has built a successful life for herself. Slate is tired of the fake plastic women that always seem to flock to him and his money. When the two meet each other for the first time it’s apparent to them both that there is a spark that they both want to explore further. Little do they know that Avi, Andor, and Bertrand are watching and waiting for the perfect time to spring the news on the happy couple that they are not only destined mates, but also bird shifters. I felt horrible for the struggle that Evie had when she shifted and the fact that Slate stood by her and helped her through it all made me love him even more.

You don’t find a lot of bird shifters in fiction and especially not stories that are this hot! Harper Jewel has me hooked on The Seekers series. She manages to put so much depth to her characters in such a way you forget that you’re reading a 65 page book and feel as if you had a full length novel to get to know them. Whether it’s the happy couple or the crazy stalker you have a clear picture of the people you are reading about. Burning Prey may have been a short novel, but it was never rushed and it had a very clear ending with a HEA that we all crave. I believe you’d have no problem reading Burning Prey as a standalone, but would suggest reading from the beginning because Avi, Andor, and Bertrand’s story was fantastic. I was so happy to read that there will be more Seekers stories coming in the future. I can’t wait to see who Avi, Andor, and Bertrand play matchmaker with next.

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Publication Date: February 18, 2014

Aviana, Andor, and Bertrand return as they use their newfound Seeker abilities to match Evangeline DeMarco and Slate Warton. When the trio “arrange” for the two to meet, they just sit back and watch the sparks fly. But when a tragedy that befell Evie at the tender age of ten comes back to haunt the petite shifter, will the Seekers be able to help their newest raptor overcome her heartbreak and misfortune? Will Slate’s love for Evangeline be enough to overcome the direction fate has tossed them in? When the unthinkable happens and a psychotic evil threatens the new pair, will their love be able to overcome it or will they both be dragged into the fires of hell?

51r2Zs4b8ML._SL110_Paige Donovan lives the life of a city girl in New York, and things are looking up with the new promotion she has dreamed of. However, her world comes crashing down when she learns of her father’s passing. Paige inherits her father’s cabin in Black River, Colorado.  She had memories of the cabin from when she was a child, and took time to go there and grieve.  It doesn’t take long for Paige to learn that Black River is not the place it seems.

I liked the character of Paige. She is a young woman who has her head on straight. She is also a very thoughtful person and when she is determined she faces things head on. However, the intriguing character in the story is Riley Grey.  He is Varulv, or what we would call a werewolf.  Being the son of the Alpha, Riley is Beta and known the laws of the pack. He does what he has to do to enforce his position in the pack, which doesn’t come without a certain amount of violence. What amazed me about Riley and his twin sister Quinn is they are still in some ways very innocent. I especially saw this in Riley when he professes his feelings for Paige.

I am a sucker for a good shifter novel, and Bostic did not disappoint me. The most appealing thing about the story is the origins of the wolf and the mechanics of the shift were unique to that of other stories. Although there were exciting moments, and steamy moments I thought the love story was very sweet. I really got into the setting of Black River and could imagine myself there. Bostic described the small shifter community beautifully.

I would love to see Bostic tell Quinn’s story, because she was also a very fascinating character who doesn’t fit the mold of the normal she-wolf. I would happily read more work by April Bostic. If you are on board for a different kind of shifter novel take a look at The Howling Heart!

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Publication Date: August 1, 2013

Paige Donovan is an ambitious college graduate who aspires to reach the top of the corporate ladder. She’s climbing fast when she’s given the promotion of a lifetime at a prestigious fashion magazine in New York City. Her bright future comes to an unexpected halt after news of her father’s death. She inherits his old cabin in the Colorado Rockies, and just when she thinks her luck couldn’t get any worse, she has a car accident in the mountains and awakens in the small, remote community of Black River.

 
Soon, she’s engulfed in the mystical world of Varulv–wolves descended from 13th century Scandinavia and blessed by Norse gods with the ability to appear human. Paige is desperate to return home, but she never expects to fall for her rescuer, Riley Gray, a charming young werewolf from England who offers her an alternate future with his pack.
 
 

Now, she must choose between the career she’s always wanted and the love she’s always dreamed.

413pwsqd6RL._SL160_Beautifully Broken is the first book of the Spellbound series. Shiloh Trudell is a sixteen-year-old girl who has had a close relationship with the paranormal for most of her life, and not by choice. Fallen Oaks is under a dark cloud and Shiloh knows she must work to find answers. She also needs to find out how Trent Donovan, the hot new guy, fits into the mystery.

Soule has gotten off to a great start with this YA paranormal. Not only is there a budding romance for the readers to enjoy there is also a good mystery brewing! Don’t forget to add the paranormal element! Witches, wraiths, and a town curse give the spooky dimension to the story the readers crave! I believe young adults will flock to this series. I think there are aspects to Shiloh that young ladies will find relatable, and of course they will swoon over Trent. It is just a well written story that is perfect for its target readers.

Fans that try out Beautifully Broken and can’t wait for more will be happy to know that books two through four are already on the market!  So keep your eyes peeled for the second book Shattered Silence!

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Deadly Witchcraft. Ghostly Threats. Doomed Romance.
They say every town has its secrets, but that doesn’t even begin to describe Fallen Oaks. The townsfolk are a superstitious lot and the mystical disappearance of a local teen has everyone murmuring about a centuries old witch’s curse.

When sixteen-year-old Shiloh Trudell takes a summer job at Craven Manor, she discovers a ghost with an agenda. That’s where she meets the new town hottie, Trent Donovan, and immediately becomes enchanted by his charms.

Finally, Shiloh’s met someone who is supercute and totally into her, but Trent is immersed in the cunning deception that surrounds the mysterious Craven Manor. So much so that he may lose sight of what is truly important to him. And she can’t decide whether she wants to shake him or kiss him. Yet neither one of them can deny the immediate, passionate connection growing between them.

But underlying everything is the fear that Trent may be the next victim on a supernatural hit list, and Shiloh is the only person with the power to save him…

With cryptic messages from a pesky wraith, Shiloh will finally begin to understand the mysterious significance of the strange mark branded on her wrist and decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to protect the other teenagers in town.

Unfortunately, for Shiloh, not all ghosts want help crossing over. Some want vengeance.

510h8fbbErL._SL160_The elven Brock is fascinated with humans. While leaving their land and returning to his own he is attacked by a vampyre. Instead of death coming to Brock he takes the essence of the vampyre, thus setting a prophecy into motion.  Brock has become the Vaer, or dark one. Now in order to save his people he must spill the blood of a witch, but when he meets her he isn’t sure he can follow through.

I felt so bad for Brock, the trials he was faced with. His character seemed so lost that I couldn’t help but find him endearing.  Celeste is incredible. She is young, but she is very resourceful and intelligent.  She doesn’t have a meek or timid bone in her body. It was refreshing to have such a strong female character. I did come across a couple of small editing errors, but in no way did it distract me from the story.

This fantasy adventure with all of its mythical creatures was a joy to read. Cooper kept the story moving at a quick pace, without compromising details. I liked everything from the story’s setting to the twists and turns that kept me wondering what was next. The story was told with a lot of feeling, particularly in regards to Brock.  I did come across a couple of small editing errors, but in no way did it distract me from the story.

Lovers of the fantasy genre are sure to appreciate this fine read. I will look forward to reading more of Cooper’s works in the future.

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Publication Date: March 25, 2013

Forbidden to cross the Elvin barrier into human lands, Brock cannot sate his curiosity. Cursed by a vampyre bite that forces him to feed on the life-essence of others, he is unable to touch another without taking their life. Chained by prophesy, he must find a witch, pierce her heart, and draw her blood for his cure.

Celeste must escape the monks who have held her prisoner for years. Her magic has been kept dormant by her captors. An ancient powerful Warloc craves her powers. If he succeeds in devouring her magic, she and the world will die.

When Brock falls in love with Celeste before realizing her demise is his cure, will love triumph over his desire to be healed? Will he risk everything to save her from a Warloc, an oath breaker, who also wants her dead?

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41s5O8RH93L._SL110_Kara Everitt lives for everyone but herself. She is a hardworking and successful detective and when she isn’t working she is looking out for her little sis Alyssa. Now Alyssa has become involved with vampires, and has vowed to become a servant. Kara thrusts herself into the Caswell Clan’s home to protect her sister, but didn’t count on the chemistry that would ignite between her and the clan’s leader Michael.

Kara makes for a good heroine.  She has brains as well as being strong.  Although playfulness sometimes breaks through she is very serious. Her sister Alyssa is more of a live in the now kind of young woman. She is happy almost to the point of being bubbly. As different as the sisters are their bond is apparent. Logan is the vampire Alyssa has vowed herself to.  I saw his character as calm and collected, but he has warmth to him as well. I found him to be very likeable. Clan leader Michael drove me nuts at times!  He runs the show and comes off as arrogant more than once, and then will do a complete 180°. The thing I adored most about him was his mischievous moments.

There were a couple of issues I would like to see addressed.  There were places in the story that seemed somewhat conflicting. The bigger problem was with the editing; several times I was drawn to mistakes that were made. I really hope to see changes made in the future. There were also great things about this read that really stood out. Kent provides the reader with an exciting and romantic storyline. She also adds enough twists and turns to keep you squirming in your seat! I really got into the story in the second half, and Kent left me with quite a cliffhanger! As I am writing this I am still curious about what will happen next!

Kent’s first novel was a great effort. Most importantly her characters left an impression that makes me want to follow them on their journey. I will gladly continue on with the series. I have all the confidence that Kent will come back even better with the next installment.

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Publication Date: November 30, 2013

When Detective Kara Everitt’s sister Alyssa becomes enthralled by a clan of vampires, Kara must choose to become a slave to the head vampire Michael Caswell in order to protect and save her sister. Hating vampires is in Kara’s blood, but as she grows to know Michael, she finds herself falling for the brooding vampire.

Unfortunately, being part of the Caswell Clan isn’t all romance and glamour. New threats emerge, and Kara realizes this is no longer a simple rescue mission. Despite the danger, Kara refuses to stop fighting to protect herself, her sister and her new family.

A rough night of raising funds for the museum, keeping her barriers up, and her power buried Ella Harrow needs a breather. Her run in with the rich and creepy Patrick Stanley didn’t help matters either.  She sits on the museum terrace next to her favorite piece, a stone gargoyle.  When she once again finds herself in jeopardy the great guardian awakens.

Kees awakens after eons to play his role as guardian to human kind by keeping dark forces out of this realm. Although he senses that Ella possesses magical powers he doesn’t know how this small human was able to awaken him. Kees is stubborn; he is convinced that he is unable to feel human emotion. Ella sees Kees differently.  She knows he has feelings, and what is between them is more than simple attraction. Both characters are strong willed, and it was fun watching them work through the dynamic of the relationship.

I was very excited to see a book about gargoyles! Of all the paranormal creatures the gargoyle is a fascinating one that I don’t see often enough. The book had many ups and downs for me, but in my personal experience this is a common thing that happens with a new series. Overall, I think Warren did a fine job with Heart of Stone. I liked the interaction between Ella and Kees, not just as a couple but as a team. There were a couple of spots where things seemed to slow down and became a little stagnant, but Warren managed to pick up the pace once again.

I would happily continue on with the Gargoyle series.  I am excited to see where Warren takes the story next. I recommend Heart of Stone to paranormal romance readers, and urge them to go on this new journey along with me!

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From bestselling author Christine Warren comes a thrilling new series about

a young woman caught between a rock and a hard place—between gargoyles and demons…

 

Ella Harrow is trying to carve out a normal life for herself. Well, as normal as an art geek with psychic abilities can hope for. As museum docent and gift-shop manager, Ella is able to keep her distance from people—and her powers in check—while surrounding herself with the artifacts she loves. But how on earth is she supposed to act normal when a thousand-year-old statue on the museum’s terrace suddenly comes to life?

 

HEART OF STONE

 

Not your ordinary gargoyle, Kees has been asleep for eons, waiting for a portent of evil to wake him from his slumber. Kees isn’t a vision; he’s a bat-winged guardian created to protect the world from the seven demons of the Dark. Somehow, Ella triggered his reawakening. Maybe the demons have been unleashed? Maybe his heart is finally ready to be chiseled open? The fate of the world isn’t carved in stone… yet.

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