Author: J. K. Beck

MIDNIGHT by J. K. Beck

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MIDNIGHT  by J. K. BeckMidnight by J. K. Beck
Series: Shadow Keepers
Published by Bantam on November 7th 2011
Genres: Paranormal
Reviewed by Jo

From J. Kenner, the New York Times bestselling author of Release Me and Claim Me, writing as J. K. BeckEnter the thrilling, seductive world of the Shadow Keepers, which Lara Adrian calls “exciting paranormal romance with a sharp, suspenseful edge.” Carissa de Soranzo will not rest until her kidnapped younger brother has been freed from the nobleman Baloch de Fioro, a fiendish werewolf who means to turn the boy at the next full moon. Against her father’s wishes, Carissa secretly seeks help from the mysterious werewolf hunter Tiberius. Desperate, she promises to do anything if he’ll save her brother—and she can see in his eyes what that will mean.Dark, strong, and virile, Tiberius cannot resist ravishing the most beautiful woman he’s seen in centuries. But he can never truly have his fill of her, for Tiberius is a vampire. On a quest to trap the werewolf in his den, Tiberius realizes that the only way to rescue Carissa’s brother is to reveal what he truly is. But he risks losing Carissa forever—especially when she discovers that she has given her heart to a vampire.

Many centuries ago, Tiberius vowed to protect the the de Soranzo family because of the actions of a long gone forefather.  While on the hunt to destroy a werewolf Tiberius has come up against one too many times, he goes to the family home of the de Soranzo’s and discovers a couple of things.  The first is that the oldest member wants nothing to do with a vampire and the second is he is willing to destroy his family in order to have nothing to do with anything paranormal.

 

Carissa de Soranzo is the lady of the manor and has had an unusual upbringing in that she was taught to fight and handle a sword and most importantly she isn’t afraid to use everything at her disposal to go and save her brother’s life.  She is stunned when her father rejects the help of a stranger who offers to go and bring her brother back safely.  However, Carissa isn’t about to take no for an answer, especially when she is about to be sold off in marriage by her father.

 

Tiberius is captivated by the beautiful and resourceful Carissa from the beginning and when they find themselves as a team to get rid of that werewolf once and for all and bring back her brother, both are surprised at the passion which appears fast and hot.  Carissa now knows just who and what Tiberius is and once again she is willing to risk everything to have the man she loves and to protect the brother she loves.  When the battle is over, will Tiberius and Carissa have the future they are reaching for or is there one person still determined to stop them?

 

A young woman from a wealthy family and the vampire who vows to protect them find passion and hate is divided by a small line in Midnight.  I have watched how Tiberius and Carissa came back together after a misunderstanding and many years apart, but I always wondered just how they became a couple in the first place.  Now I know and to my mind their original meeting was exactly how I would have guessed based on how their lives together turned out, but you will need to read some of the previous books to discover this.  I loved just how spunky Carissa was, even when that was more than discouraged for women of her time, and how strong and stalwart Tiberius was even then.  If you have been following the Shadow Keepers series and read how Tiberius and Carissa broke up and got back together, then Midnight is a must read.  Midnight has the same suspense and action along with the red hot passion that I have come to expect with Ms. Beck’s writing.

WHEN PASSION LIES by J. K. Beck

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WHEN PASSION LIES by J. K. BeckWhen Passion Lies by J. K. Beck
Series: Shadow Keepers #4
Published by Random House on 2012-05-29
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Reviewed by Jo

From J. Kenner, the New York Times bestselling author of Release Me and Claim Me, writing as J. K. BeckTiberius is a vampire dedicated to protecting his kind—and the secrets of the shadow world. Now, as his quest to become head of the Alliance draws within reach, a shattering new threat puts him to the ultimate test. It’s a nightmare of grim proportions: a dark plot to bring about the mass extermination of human and shadow alike. And it forces Tiberius to turn to the woman he loved and lost, the lover he still desires but doesn’t trust. Caris was Tiberius’s mate for centuries—until a fateful mission changed her forever. Her tortured secrets drove her into the arms of his rival, but desperation has brought her back. As a horrifying new weapon of mass destruction is about to be unleashed, Tiberius and Caris harness the power of their immortal and passionate love. But will it be enough to battle devastating odds and a ruthless enemy with the ambition to destroy them all?Don’t miss the short story “Shadow Keepers: Midnight” in the back of the book.

Tiberius and Caris were mates for centuries, which isn’t really a long time for vampires. They fought together and loved together until the night that Caris disappeared and when she returned, she had been changed into something that all vampires feared. Tiberius was torn between his love for Caris and his duty to protect his people. Politics and passion warred in Tiberius, until the gap between those two decisions tore them apart with a deep divide between them. The decision that he made changed Caris’ love into hatred – a very deep and strong hatred.

Now many years later, events have brought Tiberius and Caris back together but not as a loving couple. Caris is now part of a shadow group that Tiberius needs information on and time is running short for him to get it. Caris could care less what Tiberius wants and certainly has no plans on working with him anytime soon. However, they both discover that the love between has not disappear but was buried deep and has now sprung out again, just waiting for a chance to glow again. Danger is part of life for both Caris and Tiberius, so when they find themselves working together to discover who is trying to release an old horror into their world it was only a matter of time until those other old feelings came out also. Tiberius is just a vote away from gaining his dreamed of position as the Chairman of the Council but Caris can never join him in that place. Will they discover their love again, only to lose it to politics one more time?

Love and hate are separated by a very thin line so when two hearts are given a second chance, will they find love or be divided by hate? Tiberius and Caris seek this answer in When Passion Lies. I didn’t blame Caris on her feelings towards Tiberius when I read about what had driven her love into hate. When faced with the same thing, I believe most women would have reacted the same way. Tiberius had a lot to make up for and yet I couldn’t make myself hate him like I should have. I began to soften towards Tiberius as I learned just what he had been doing in the years since they were separated. It wasn’t hard to see that the passion between Tiberius and Caris was not only still there but just under the surface. Because they started off by loving and fighting side by side, I was not surprised to see that passion not only rose to the surface, but combusted between them. As I read the last few pages, I thought once again life would tear Tiberius and Caris apart but I was proved wrong when this time love was triumphant. When Passion Lies takes two battered hearts and helps them find the way to their happily ever after against deadly odds.

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