Kera is retired from the military. She served her country, and now she works in a coffee shop. One night, she is taking out the garbage and is stabbed behind the shop. She remembers seeing a regular customer showing up on the scene, but it is too late, or so she thinks.

 

The Unleashing is an interesting take on Norse Mythology in a modern day setting. Vig had visited the coffee shop for months just to get near Kera. He is crushed when he sees what happens to her, and he intervenes. She comes back as a member of the Crows harbingers of death meant to keep balance. I found it all a little confusing in the beginning, but I imagine the main character was feeling much the same way. Initially I had a little trouble getting into the story, but as I went it just kept getting better.  Laurenston brings the humor and wit we have come to expect in her work. I love the chemistry between Kera and Vig, and I can’t wait to see them in future books. There were also a lot of supporting characters that I want to get to know better.

 

I will definitely continue on with the Call of the Crows series. I can’t resist sexy Vikings, but I also believe Laurenston has created a very unique story. I really want to see where the series goes.

 

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Kera Watson never expected to face death behind a Los Angeles coffee shop. Not after surviving two tours lugging an M16 around the Middle East. If it wasn’t for her hot Viking customer showing up too late to help, nobody would even see her die.

 

In uncountable years of service to the Allfather Odin, Ludvig “Vig” Rundstrom has never seen anyone kick ass with quite as much style as Kera. He knows one way to save her life–but she might not like it. Signing up with the Crows will get Kera a new set of battle buddies: cackling, gossiping, squabbling, party-hearty women. With wings. So not the Marines.
But Vig can’t give up on someone as special as Kera. With a storm of oh-crap magic speeding straight for L.A., survival will depend on combining their strengths: Kera’s discipline, Vig’s loyalty… and the Crows’ sheer love of battle. Boy, are they in trouble.


Blood Will Freeze is an expansion of the short story titled the same. In the year 2012 an asteroid hits Earth plunging the world into darkness and allowing vampires to thrive. The world is divided into three kingdoms with three separate vampire rulers. In this post apocalyptic world humans are slaves. Nothing more than sheep used to keep vampires fed. One human is different, born with free will and steward to the ruler of the America’s, his name is Michael.

 

I was excited to see Blood Will Freeze turned into a full length novel. The reason is Michael. His character really struck a chord with me. This young man on the outside appears to be nothing more than a slave. Alixandra, the Queen of the Americas is taken with him, and that seems to be the only thing that sets him apart from the rest. That is until you start reading and see who he is on the inside. Michael has a passion deep inside to be free, and to see his people as more than just blood bags for the vampires. You see his inner struggle with the need to rebel, and at the same time to obey in order to keep those he cares for safe.

 

Tony-Paul de Vissage did a masterful job at painting the picture of what the world is like in this time. I must be honest and say it was very striking, because just the environment in which these characters live will bring out emotions in the reader. Add to that, getting to personally know Michael and the others; you just can’t help but to become totally invested in the story. I have remarked before on Vissage’s style of writing. Although this story takes place in modern times it feels as though it happened centuries ago. His writing reminds me of the classic vampire novels, but without the censorship that the authors who wrote those classics were bound to. His books also have a somewhat darker air about them than most vampire novels we currently see. I would definitely recommend this book especially if you are a fan of the classic, and more ruthless vampire.

 

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When an asteroid decimates the human population, the survivors fall prey to vampires newly-awakened by the devastation.

 

In the following struggle, the planet is divided among the strongest Undead until only two remain. Locked in a battle for domination of the Earth itself, European leader Celadon Korbel and Alixandra Pavlovna, Queen of the Americas, are now masters of the last remnants of humanity.
It’s bloody and brutal war and there can be only one victor, but what neither vampire ruler knows is that one of their human slaves has his own agenda and a definite plan to slant the outcome in the humans’ favor.


Les Beaux Arts on DeRoche island is a secluded art colony where artists of all types can work on their craft. Gina had been on the island for a short while so she can paint. She is an extremely shy girl who would rather be out of the limelight. Dante has found success as a musician in a known band, but after things soured between band mates he craved the island seclusion to make his own music. When Gina works up the nerve to ask Dante if she can paint him, he becomes enamored with the young woman. However, he carries a secret that could keep them apart.

 

Gina is likeable and sweet. Though to others her shyness may make her seem standoffish. Her attraction to Dante slowly starts to bring her out of her shell. Dante may be a rock star, and though he has indulged in the excesses he is very much changed. At the island he can be more like himself, he lacks the ego one would assume a rock star to have. He is at the chateau to make music, but it doesn’t take him long to become smitten with Gina.

 

Carlisle’s second installment in the Chateau Seductions series is a paranormal read with heat. I liked the chemistry between the main characters. Their relationship went from sweet to hot in a hurry! Dark Muse can stand alone well, but I would still recommend starting from the beginning. It is apparent the story on a whole is building to something bigger, because the island is not without its dangers. I enjoyed this quick read, and I look forward to what is to come.

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It takes time before Gina Meiro warms up to people and her shyness is often misunderstood. She hasn’t had to worry about meeting new people at a remote art colony until a new resident arrives—a rock guitarist more suited for a billboard. Her carefree days of painting at the medieval-styled castle on a remote New England island are shattered when she stumbles right into his welcome gathering.

 

After a falling out with his band, Dante Riani wants nothing more at Les Beaux Arts on DeRoche Island than solitude to work on new songs. When a shy young painter asks to paint him at sunset, he’s tempted by the opportunity to be alone with her.
Someone at the colony claims to know what Dante is and asks for his help. Dante fears his plans are coming undone, especially as grows more drawn to Gina. Her scent and vulnerability are too difficult to resist. But he must stay away from her—she would never understand his secret.

Sharon Kay fans get ready, a new series is on it’s way!

Sharon Kay, the author of the Solsti Prophecy series has announced her new Watchers Kiss series! Book one titled Tainted Kiss is due for release on July 21, 2015. Pre-Order your copy now at amazon.com!

 

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