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THE DARK VAMPIRE by Kate Baxter

THE DARK VAMPIRE by Kate Baxter

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THE DARK VAMPIRE by Kate BaxterThe Dark Vampire by Kate Baxter
Series: Last True Vampire #3
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyMelissa

Jenner is a newly turned vampire so it comes as quite a shock when he walks into his King’s house and finds his mate staying there. Bria has been sheltered by her uncle all her life so when their coven is attacked and she is mortally injured, she is stunned to find herself turned by the King and then as soon as she recovers, faced with a possessive mate. Bria maybe surprised by the sudden changes in her life but she is more than willing to give it her all. But as much as Jenner wants to give in to his desire for Bria, he’s afraid of the darkness inside of him. Darkness that could consume him and destroy Bria. Can Bria convince him to give into her and prove he can control the darkness? Or will Jenner continue to run from his past?

 

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a vampire romance that enthralled me as much as The Dark Vampire. Kate Baxter has skillfully drawn me in and not only made me invest in Jenner and Bria’s story but left me jonesing for what I know will be stories for the secondary characters. How can I wait? I’ll be stalking the new releases for the next addition of this series!!

ALLEGIANCE OF HONOR by Nalini Singh

ALLEGIANCE OF HONOR by Nalini Singh

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ALLEGIANCE OF HONOR by Nalini SinghAllegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #15
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyJo

The Psy/Changeling world has recently had many, many changes. First, a war that almost tore the entire world apart and then shock after a madness brought chaos, and then finally a tentative peace with the Trinity Accord.  While many of the strongest Psy, Changeling, and Humans are doing everything they can to achieve the peace the world needs so desperately, there are many strong people of all the races who are determined to destroy the agreement before its roots can grow strong and sink in deep.  As the days and weeks go by, it becomes apparent to those backing the Accord that more changes will need to be made to the backbone of the Accord itself so that it can grow and include more than the first signers.

 

That would have been enough to keep the Humans, Changelings and Psy busy, but life must go on and as the DarkRiver and the SnowDancers get ready to welcome the pupcubs and the Arrows of all ages are learning to feel and love, a cry for help is located from one of the missing BlackSea Changelings, and it appears that the Coalition believes that Lucas and Sasha’s daughter is the perfect way to destroy the tentative peace.  It’s all hands on deck to not only find the missing BlackSea member and keep all of the children safe, because it’s not just Naya that is in danger, but all of the children from every group who signed the Accord.  There are many changes both happy and sad that happen as the various groups learn to talk with each other and share in order to protect and grow.  The world is never going to be perfect, but maybe so long as communication and cooperation continues to happen, the world just might find the peace it’s seeking.

 

Buckle up because this is going to be a bumpy and emotional ride but so, so worth it.  Allegiance of Honor ties-up many threads from the first arc in Ms. Singh’s wonderful world.  We get to catch up on all of our favorite couples and characters, learn more about some recently introduced characters, and see the trundles of what is in store for this world when the new story arc unfolds.  As with life, not all of the experiences are joyful ones, but even in sorrow, you can also find joy, and I experienced this in a couple of places.  Of course, there is the great suspense we have come to expect in a Psy/Changeling book.  And I was so very impatient to see the birth of the pupcubs—another wonderful moment you will love to experience.

 

As I closed the book, I knew that the world and my favorite characters would continue to live their lives, and I might see glimpses of what they are doing much later down the road, but I have to admit that it was a bittersweet feeling.  I actually read the book twice before I even tried to write this review and then had to re-do this several times—all because I wanted to tell you about so many points that just grabbed me.  In the end, I just have to Joyfully Recommend Allegiance of Honor as a true must-read and an absolute keeper.  Heck, if we had a higher category to rate a book, I would have given it to this one.  I can’t wait for this book to come out so I can discuss it in detail with other rabid readers.

 

Ms. Singh has produced a major hit to end a favorite story arc and deserves to take a bow, but a quick one so that she can give us the next adventure in this growing world…hint, hint.

FIRST AND FIRST by Santino Hassell

FIRST AND FIRST by Santino Hassell

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FIRST AND FIRST by Santino HassellFirst and First by Santino Hassell
Series: Five Buroughs #3
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, Erotic, Gay
Reviewed by Cheryl

Nearing forty, Caleb Stone has never been comfortable with his sexuality. Coming out later in life met with his father’s disapproval and curtailed any youthful adventures for the uptight scion of a wealthy New York family. Rather than risk the potential of awkward failure, he hides his desires behind a prickly, controlled facade. All that changes at a New Year’s Eve party where Caleb, still smarting from his ex’s new relationship, finds himself alone in a crowd of couples.

 

Enter Oliver “Oli” Buckley. Disowned by his own wealthy family at eighteen for his sexual adventures, Oli had to make his own way in life and is unapologetically independent. Shameless and daring, he is Caleb’s opposite, and a kiss at midnight leads to an explosive tryst neither can forget — even if Caleb’s memory is a bit hazy. Libertine Oli is happy to facilitate Caleb’s hedonistic escapades, but he’s nobody’s Prince Charming and doesn’t believe in monogamy.

 

As they delve further into a sexual relationship, the two become friends, business partners, and Caleb finally comes into his own. Caleb knows what he wants, but will his newfound courage push him to discover Oli’s true desires?

 

First and First is a fantastic addition to the Five Boroughs series. The second installment, Sunset Park, may still be my favorite, but First and First is a close second. After meeting Caleb in Sunset Park, I was a little apprehensive of him as a leading man, but he and Oli are delightful. Prickly but deep, Caleb is just waiting for someone wild and blunt as Oli. Told exclusively through Caleb’s point of view, I enjoyed watching him develop his confidence and act upon it. I also appreciate the bits of Oli’s personality that peeked through even when Caleb wasn’t fully catching onto what Oli was showing him. I don’t always prefer a limited perspective, but here it was presented in such a subtle and intriguing way that I didn’t mind not reading Oli’s POV. I wouldn’t say no to a short story from his POV, though.

 

Intensely erotic, First and First blazes off the pages. Caleb and Oli’s relationship evolves through multiple scorching sex scenes. While kinky and debauched, those scenes work together to push the story forward with a purpose. Caleb is so buttoned down that he needs wild experiences in order to come to terms with his true desires. Oli, the hedonist, needs to find the person who will accept and fight for him. I also enjoyed the modern feel of their relationship and the story’s backdrop. It wasn’t simply a standard, normative tale. Caleb and Oli were finding love in a world where people hookup but aren’t necessarily exclusive or renting U-Hauls after a few weeks. It’s refreshing to read a contemporary romance populated with characters that act as people of today. The secondary characters help make the Five Boroughs world more vivid and alive. I lived for the storyline featuring Raymond and David. I can’t get enough of them, even though I know they already have their own book. There were also quite a few other characters I would love to have Santino explore further. Charles deserves his happy ending at some point! Honestly though, I just want to read more of this world and the series, no matter who the characters are.

 

First and First could be easily read as a standalone, but I would suggest reading the previous books first. Readers will get a much fuller, richer story if they explore the earlier installments. Since I loved the previous book even more, let me assure you, you will thank me after reading it. Santino Hassell knows how to provide a thoroughly modern, utterly wicked, completely delightful read. I can’t Joyfully Recommend First and First enough!

BETTING THE BAD BOY by Sugar Jamison

BETTING THE BAD BOY by Sugar Jamison

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BETTING THE BAD BOY by Sugar JamisonBetting the Bad Boy by Sugar Jamison
Series: The Bad Boys of Destiny
Published by Swerve Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyMelissa

Duke King was sent to prison years ago for attacking one of the town’s favorite sons while defending his girlfriend.  He never planned to return. After serving his sentence he’s gone on to build a successful business but finds himself forced to return to Destiny in order to care for his aunt. Grace Truman loved Duke but her family disapproved and her father, the judge did everything in his power to remove Duke from her life. But what her father or Duke never knew was that Grace was pregnant when he was sent away. How could she know that all her letters to Duke would be intercepted and he would never find out she was expecting his child? That child is now a boy with a chip on his shoulder and when Duke finds out about him, he’s determined to have a role in his son’s life. But he can’t decide if wants a role in Grace’s life, even if he still has feelings for her.

 

I’ve never read Sugar Jamison before and I’m so excited I’ve found a new author to devour! Betting the Bad Boy was hit! I fell in love with both Duke and Grace and wanted them to find the love that was stolen from them. I could totally understand Duke’s feelings toward Destiny along with Grace’s complicated relationship with her father. I will be keeping my eyes out for more books in the The Bad Boys of Destiny series!

RETURN OF THE BAD BOY by Jessica Lemmon

RETURN OF THE BAD BOY by Jessica Lemmon

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RETURN OF THE BAD BOY by Jessica LemmonReturn of the Bad boy by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Second Chance
Published by Forever Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyMelissa

Asher Knight has been trying to fix things with the woman he is obsessed with, Gloria Shields.  For her part, Gloria is just as obsessed with Asher but due to a misunderstanding with a groupie she’s staying as far away as possible. Which isn’t always easy since she’s also his agent.

 

Now Asher is taking advice from one of Gloria’s closest friend and putting the full court press to win her back. And Gloria wants to be won. Only she can’t quite let herself totally fall, scared that she’ll be devastated if things don’t work. But Asher is determined they be together and willing to fight to make it happen.

 

Return of the Bad Boy is the second story that I’ve read by Jessica Lemmon and I am just as excited as I was by the first one.  I loved Bringing Home the Bad Boy so much that I almost didn’t want to read Return of the Bad Boy afraid that I would be disappointed. But I am happy to say that I adored Return of the Bad Boy just as much, if not more! You can’t go wrong with this author or this series!!!

PLAYING HARD by Melanie Scott

PLAYING HARD by Melanie Scott

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DECEPTION ISLAND by Brynn Kelly

DECEPTION ISLAND by Brynn Kelly

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SWEET RUIN by Kresley Cole

SWEET RUIN by Kresley Cole

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FIGHTING DIRTY by Lori Foster

FIGHTING DIRTY by Lori Foster

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BURN FOR ME by Ilona Andrews

BURN FOR ME by Ilona Andrews

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EXPOSURE by Kelly Moran

EXPOSURE by Kelly Moran

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FORBIDDEN by Beverly Jenkins

FORBIDDEN by Beverly Jenkins

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FIRE TOUCHED by Patricia Briggs

FIRE TOUCHED by Patricia Briggs

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RUIN PORN by S.A. McAuley & S.J.D. Peterson

RUIN PORN by S.A. McAuley & S.J.D. Peterson

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THE LIGHTENING-STRUCK HEART by TJ Klune

THE LIGHTENING-STRUCK HEART by TJ Klune

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HER FIERCE WARRIOR by Paige Tyler

HER FIERCE WARRIOR by Paige Tyler

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EXTREME HONOR by Piper J. Drake

EXTREME HONOR by Piper J. Drake

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DEADLOCK by Moira Rogers

DEADLOCK by Moira Rogers

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SECRET SISTERS by Jayne Ann Krentz

SECRET SISTERS by Jayne Ann Krentz

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RAPHAEL by Naima Simone

RAPHAEL by Naima Simone

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