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BLACK AND BLUE by Gena Showalter

BLACK AND BLUE by Gena Showalter

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BLACK AND BLUE by Gena ShowalterBlack and Blue by Gena Showalter
Series: Otherworld Assassin #2
Published by Pocket, Simon and Schuster on 2013-10-22
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 400
Reviewed by Miranda

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter’s pulse-pounding paranormal series continues with an electrifying story about the ultimate warrior and his prize: a beautiful woman he will do anything to possess. HE IS EVERY WOMAN’S FANTASY . . . Corbin Blue is a man of many talents. One of the most powerful otherworlders ever born, he is wealthy, a professional football star, and a legend in the bedroom. But only a select few know he is also a black ops agent . . . and there is no better killer. When he and his crew are attacked and separated, he’s forced to turn to his boss’s daughter for help—a woman with even more secrets than Blue. SHE BECOMES HIS ONLY OBSESSION . . . Evangeline Black has always been wary, guarded. No man has ever breached her walls. Until Blue. He has never been denied something he wants, and now he’s decided he wants her. As he sweeps her into his double life of seduction, intrigue, and danger, he helps her see beyond the darkness of her past. But as an enemy closes in, Blue will have to let Evie go to keep her safe—even though he’d rather die than live without her. . . .

JoyfullyRecommendedCorbin Blue is a talented man. He is a star football player, a playboy and wealthy.  Unfortunately, it appears someone wants him and his team dead.  After a bomb nearly kills him, Corbin must seek out help from the last person he ever expected to need.  His boss’ daughter is sexy as sin with an attitude that rivals his but only she has the skills to save his life.

 

The last thing Evangeline Black expected to find in her bed is an almost dead Corbin Blue.  Corbin has always been her least favorite person—well, that is what she tells herself to fight the attraction.  He is one of her father’s men; she is determined not to cross that line but as she finally gets a glimpse of the real Corbin Blue, Evangeline finds it hard to say no to him.

 

If Evangeline and Corbin want to find out who is behind the bombing they will have to learn to work together.  Corbin finds himself admiring Evangeline’s skills but she provokes his most protective instincts.  He soon realizes that if he wants to keep her safe he will have to leave her.  Good luck! Evangeline is not a push over.  Will Corbin and Evangeline make it out of danger alive?

 

Gena Showalter’s Black and Blue is a fantastic addition to the Otherworld series.  I cannot get enough of Showalter’s brilliant writing.  Ms. Showalter writes with incredible depth making her world and characters come to 4D life on the pages.  I would absolutely love for James Cameron to bring the Otherworld series to life on the silver screen!

 

I’m so excited about Corbin’s story! His character is a striking one.  I couldn’t wait to learn more about what makes this sexy playboy tick.  Some of his scenes are so striking.  I could feel the immense pain he was feeling after the bombing that almost killed him.  And let’s not forget how great the scenes are where he attempts to be protective of Evangeline.  This playboy becomes serious really quick!  Evangeline has always seen Corbin as his reputation dictates.  But she learns quickly that he is serious when it comes to her.  However, she has been taking care of herself for years.  I love that Evangeline is smart and capable of kicking some butt.  These two make a great team in and out of the bedroom! Their chemistry is powerful and off the charts.  I could read stories about them forever they are so dang interesting!

 

Black and Blue sizzles in all the right places.  I’m Joyfully Recommending it!  This is one of those novels that combines fantasy and romance giving the readers a phenomenal read! Black and Blue hits the spot!

HER PERFECT MATE by Paige Tyler

HER PERFECT MATE by Paige Tyler

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HER PERFECT MATE by Paige TylerHer Perfect Mate by Paige Tyler
Series: X-OPS #1
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on 2014-05-06
Genres: Paranormal, Suspense
Pages: 320
Reviewed by Miranda

JoyfullyRecommendedSpecial Forces Captain Landon Donovan isn’t exactly happy when he is pulled away from his team in the middle of a mission for a secret assignment.  When he learns he is to be teamed up with a woman he finds sexy as sin, he feels a little better about this assignment. After seeing the beauty fight, Landon is downright excited.

Female shifter Ivy Halliwell isn’t happy to be teamed with another Special Ops guy.  She’s had several partners and none of them have respected her natural talents.  She learns quickly that Landon is different.  He is happy to use her extra gifts to hunt down the bad guys. The only problem is that Ivy can’t stop wanting to jump his bones!  Ivy and Landon will be tested as a major bad guy emerges, putting them in danger. Will they survive long enough to test their feelings for each other?

Paige Tyler has a purrrfect hit on her hands with Her Perfect Mate.  I have been craving a shifter romance that burns the pages and Ms. Tyler’s Her Perfect Mate is brilliantly satisfying.  I absolutely love Her Perfect Mate it has everything you need in a paranormal romance…action, suspense, desire, sizzling chemistry and a romance to die for!

Tyler creates an intriguing world for her phenomenally layered characters.  Landon is your sexy military guy with a hardened exterior but his heart shines through and proves he is much more.   Ivy is exasperated with her partner situation as all of the ones in the past have disregarded her and her skills.  Landon is a delightful change for Ivy and I love how he throws her off balance with his willingness to work together.  They share some intensely sexy scenes.  These two are hot, hot hot! There is one scene that I love and it involves a pizza guy! I could not stop laughing it was totally adorable.  Her Perfect Mate is a movie in the making!  The end was action-packed and so thrilling!  I was holding my breath in anticipation!  You do not want to miss out on this blockbuster read!

Her Perfect Mate is definitely on my Best of list for 2014!

JAGUAR HUNT by Terry Spear

JAGUAR HUNT by Terry Spear

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JAGUAR HUNT by Terry SpearJaguar Hunt by Terry Spear
Series: Jaguar #3
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on 2014-06-03
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 352
Reviewed by Miranda

Two deadly predators... As a feline Enforcer, Tammy Anderson has one objective: locate the missing jaguar and return it to the States. She doesn't have time for distractions, and she definitely doesn't have time for sexy shifters with more muscles than sense. One hot mission... Everyone and their brother has warned JAG agent David Patterson that Tammy is Ms. Hands-Off...which only makes him more determined to get very hands-on. But things heat up in the steamy jungles of Belize and their simple mission gets a whole lot more complicated. Now it's going to take everything David's got to protect the gorgeous she-cat who somehow managed to claw her way past his defenses...and into his heart.

JoyfullyRecommendedEnforcer Tammy Anderson has a reputation among her fellow enforcers as a one woman show.  Tammy likes to leave her partners in the dust.  Her latest case involves a missing jaguar.  She is all set to head to Belize to find the jaguar when she discovers she has been assigned a partner for this mission.

 

JAG Agent David Patterson has heard a lot about Tammy.  None of that prepared him for the insane chemistry and protective feelings she arouses. She manages to get away from him once but as they arrive in Belize they both realize having a partner may be a good thing.

 

The case of the missing Jaguar becomes more complicated than either Tammy or David anticipated.  Danger stalks their every move as things heat up in the jungle.  Tammy and David ache to explore the intense feelings between them but they may not get the chance as it seems someone wants them dead.

 

Terry Spear makes the pages of her latest Jaguar book catch fire with her steamy characters and suspenseful storytelling.  Jaguar Hunt takes us from Texas to Belize and back with one hell of a plotline and plenty of passion.  Tammy and David are the perfect pair; it was exciting falling in love with them as the story unfolded.  Tammy is such a strong and crafty character. She is definitely capable of taking care of herself but she has forgotten what it is like to have someone take care of her.  David is smitten with Tammy right away. He really can put her in her place and come out all innocent.  I just love the teasing banter they have throughout the story.

 

Ms. Spear does an excellent job of creating a visual of the jungle setting for the reader.  The entire zip line scenario made me want to vomit and that is actually good because I felt like I was experiencing the happenings with the characters.  I do love the Belize setting but I could really do without the snakes!

 

Jaguar Hunt takes the reader on a wild adventure…one they won’t want to end!

HEART OF OBSIDIAN by Nalini Singh

HEART OF OBSIDIAN by Nalini Singh

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HEART OF OBSIDIAN by Nalini SinghHeart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #12
Published by Penguin on 2013-06-04
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 384
Reviewed by Shayna

Step into New York Times bestseller Nalini Singh’s explosive and shockingly passionate Psy-Changeling world... A dangerous, volatile rebel, hands stained bloodred. A woman whose very existence has been erased. A love story so dark, it may shatter the world itself. A deadly price that must be paid. The day of reckoning is here. From “the alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist) comes the most highly anticipated novel of her career—one that blurs the line between madness and genius, between subjugation and liberation, between the living and the dead.

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Cold.  Emotionless.  Lethal.  Kaleb Krychek is all these things and more.  The dual cardinal Psy has fast risen through the ranks of his people to become the most powerful Psy in the net.  With Silence fracturing and their race close to civil war, Kaleb has almost reached the point where he is in the position to take over the Net and either become his people’s salvation, or their destruction.  Which side he comes down on depends wholly on the fate of one woman: Sahara Kyriakus, a Psy believed to be dead, one whose power many would kill to possess, and Kaleb Krychek’s most dangerous secret…

 

Heart of Obsidian is an exquisitely crafted tale by the master of world building, Nalini Singh.  In a series filled with stand-out characters, Kaleb Krychek has long been at or very near the top of everyone’s list for being the character people want to read about.  I’m happy to say that the mysterious Psy’s story more than lives up to the exceedingly high expectations I had for this book.  Heart of Obsidian contains love, passion, treachery, danger, and so much intricately woven detail that you’ll want to re-read it immediately upon finishing.

 

It’s honestly best to read Heart of Obsidian knowing as little about the story as possible (I avoided spoilers and any detail about the story like the plague before reading).  Ms. Singh has crafted this story so well that it’s best to watch the story unfold and the characters reveal themselves rather than have me tell you about it.  I will say that Kaleb and Sahara are two fascinating, strong, scarred characters who’ll leave a lasting impression.  Their intelligence and power is unimaginable, their experiences unfathomably painful, and yet they are easy for the reader to connect to as we get to know their true selves.  Sahara and Kaleb’s chemistry is phenomenal – as a pair they’re well-matched on every level.  I could say so much more, but truly that would spoil some of the joy for readers.

 

Heart of Obsidian is the twelfth full-length book in the Psy-Changeling series and Ms. Singh once again took things to a whole new level.  The chaos caused by the rotting Net, the Pure Psy terrorists, and the fracturing of Silence has been long coming and it reaches its pinnacle in Heart of Obsidian.  What happens in this story shapes the world to come in the Psy-Changeling series and I can’t wait to see the impact of this book’s events on the future of the Psy-Changeling world.  Readers new to the series should probably read the previous Psy-Changeling novels (Slave to Sensation, Visions of Heat, Caressed by Ice, Mine to Possess, Hostage to Pleasure, Branded by Fire, Blaze of Memory, Bonds of Justice, Play of Passion, Kiss of Snow, and Tangle of Need) before delving into Heart of Obsidian because so much of what has gone on in the overarching plot affects events in Kaleb and Sahara’s story.  Plus, every book in the series is pretty much irresistible.

 

Heart of Obsidian is a must read for Psy-Changeling fans.  It’s a tightly-written, thrilling story every bit as complex as the characters at its heart.

SHADOW SPELL by Nora Roberts

SHADOW SPELL by Nora Roberts

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SHADOW SPELL by Nora RobertsShadow Spell by Nora Roberts
Series: The Cousins O'Dwyer #2
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Penguin on 2014-03-25
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 352
Reviewed by Shayna

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts comes a trilogy about the land we’re drawn to, the family we learn to cherish, and the people we long to love... Book Two of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy Shadow Spell With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O’Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It’s where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can’t be broken... A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape—by a long-awaited kiss. Meara Quinn is Branna’s best friend, a sister in all but blood. Her and Connor’s paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback across the lush countryside. She has the eyes of a gypsy and the body of a goddess...things Connor has always taken for granted—until his brush with death propels them into a quick, hot tangle. Plenty of women have found their way to Connor’s bed, but none to his heart until now. Frustratingly, Meara is okay with just the heat, afraid to lose herself—and their friendship—to something more. But soon, Connor will see the full force and fury of what runs in his blood. And he will need his family and friends around him when his past rolls in like the fog, threatening an end to all he loves... Don’t miss Book One in the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy Dark Witch And the final book in the trilogy Blood Magick This Book Is Bound with

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Long ago, the Dark Witch Sorcha fought to destroy the evil sorcerer Cabhan, a man obsessed with her and the power he wanted to take from her.  Though Sorcha perished trying to destroy Cabhan, her legacy lives on.  Centuries have passed, and now three cousins have taken up the fight.

 

As the best friend of Branna O’Dwyer, Meara Quinn has run tame in the O’Dwyer household for years.  To Connor, she’s a close friend and a loved one, but nothing more than that.  Until the battle against Cabhan begins in earnest.  When Connor is attacked by the dark sorcerer one night, everything changes for him and Meara.  Sparks fly between them, leading to a romance neither expected.  But will their newfound relationship make them stronger in the days ahead, or will it give their enemy the opening he needs to destroy everything and everyone Connor and Meara hold dear?

 

Return to the mist-covered lands of County Mayo, where magick both good and ill lie in wait in Shadow Spell.  The second Cousins O’Dwyer book is even better than the first as the three Dark Witches and the three who love them raise the stakes in the battle against Cabhan.

 

Though Shadow Spell truly has six heroes (as the overarching storyline involves all six), Connor and Meara are at the center of it all this time around.  I adore a good friends-to-lovers story, and in my opinion Ms. Roberts writes some of the best.  Connor and Meara have been friends all their lives, and there’s something about them that just works on every level.  I liked how they were both a bit stymied by their mutual attraction – it’d be a pity and unrealistic if things were too easy – but ultimately theirs was an organic transition from lifelong friends to a romantic relationship.  Even with its ups and downs thanks to internal and external obstacles, their journey to happily ever after was beautiful to watch.

 

As much as I adored the romance between Connor and Meara, I can’t write about Shadow Spell without talking about the ongoing magickal battle.  Connor, Meara, Branna, Fin, Iona, and Boyle have learned much since Dark Witch and their power continues to grow even as the book’s central two are targeted by Cabhan.  Though Shadow Spell is in many ways a bridge book and you know Cabhan won’t be defeated until Blood Magick, the action in this particularly story was no less compelling for it being a middle book.

 

Some truly charming moments between family and friends round out Shadow Spell, adding further emotion and moments of levity to the story.  All in all, I loved Shadow Spell.  It swept me off to another world for a few hours, and I loved getting lost in the lyricism of Ms. Roberts’s writing.  Joyfully Recommended!

BLADE TO KEEP by Lauren Dane

BLADE TO KEEP by Lauren Dane

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FLAMEBOUND by Tessa Adams

FLAMEBOUND by Tessa Adams

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DIRTY LAUNDRY by Rhys Ford

DIRTY LAUNDRY by Rhys Ford

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TREADING WATER by Marie Force

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HEART OF A KILLER by Jaci Burton

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