Author: Marjorie M. Liu

A TASTE OF CRIMSON by Marjorie M. Liu

A TASTE OF CRIMSON by Marjorie M. LiuA Taste of Crimson by Marjorie M. Liu
Series: Crimson City #2
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Published by HarperCollins

Reviewed by Miranda

Los Angeles is no longerthe City of Angels…Dark, restless things prowl the L.A. streets.A series of unexplained murders threatens to shatter anuneasy peace among humans, vampires, and werewolves.Keeli Maddox needs to find the answers. And now,if she and her kin are to survive, she must trust a man asdifferent from her as night is from day. Michael is a slayer,a betrayer. . . an enemy. But Keeli, herself no stranger toshadow, knows that nobility can lurk in unexpected places—and that this remarkable being who takes her breathaway is meant to be with her. . . forever. In the midst ofgravest peril, their lives are about to change, as togetherthey rediscover the unparalleled pleasure of skin on skin,and the sweet, forbidden ecstasy found in a taste of crimson.

Michael is a vampire and a Vendix. As Vendix it is his job to eliminate those of his kind that commit violent crimes. Michael is content to live a solitary life ostracized from his people. With the human population starting to turn on vampires and werewolves the two species decide it may be time to strike an alliance but someone disagrees. A string of murders is shining a light on vampires and werewolves. Michael has been assigned the job of putting an end to whoever is committing the murders. He never counted on having a partner but that’s exactly what he gets.

Werewolf Keeli Maddox has been labeled a Mad Dog; a rogue that cannot control her wolf, dangerous to all. She is content to reside among humans instead of her own people. When Keeli finds herself in a jam a certain sexy vampire comes to her rescue. She feels indebted to Michael and wants to help him find the murderer stalking his people. When Keeli and Michael team up they discover things are not as they seem. The murders may be part of a bigger plot and if they don’t figure it out fast they may be the latest casualties.

Political intrigue, fervor and a whole lot of action make A Taste of Crimson a hit! I found the world of A Taste of Crimson to be so interesting it left me on the edge of my seat. Michael and Keeli could both be very dark but when they are together they light up the pages with their passion and sass. I love the witty banter and the oh so sexy intimate moments. Michael and Keeli heat up the streets of Crimson City. A relationship between a werewolf and a vampire is forbidden but Michael and Keeli discover that some things are worth fighting for in A Taste of Crimson. You will be ready to fight for these two as you follow their story in A Taste of Crimson.

SOUL SONG by Marjorie M. Liu

SOUL SONG by Marjorie M. LiuSoul Song by Marjorie M. Liu
Series: Dirk & Steele #6
Genres: Paranormal
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Published by HarperCollins

Reviewed by Miranda

Against her will, Kitala Bell can foresee the future.But only darkness and violence . . . and death. And nowit is her own future that is in peril.Her fate is in the hands of a prince of the sea.More than a man—impossibly beautiful and dangerous,with a voice that can seduce and hypnotize—M’cal’s song manipulates lives the way Kitala coaxessweet music from the strings of her violin. Yet heis a prisoner, the captive of a malevolent mistress intenton using his powers to evil ends, and stretchedto the very limits of his endurance. For Kitala, he is lightand hope and fantasy, and survival for them bothrequires a bond more intimate and passionate thaneither has ever known. But it comes at a pr ice,for their love threatens not only the lives they’ve alwaysknown . . . but the very essence of their souls.

M’Cal, a merman, is slave to an evil witch ever since he foolishly fell under her spell. He was naïve thinking himself in love with her and he’s paid the price ever since. The witch forces him to take the souls of unsuspecting victims and give them to her so she may remain young and powerful. M’Cal would give anything to regain his freedom and rid the world of the evil witch.

Kitala Bell can see the future. How unfortunate the future she sees is people’s deaths. Kit is a famous concert violinist. She takes such pleasure in creating and sharing her music with the world. She thought her visions of blood and death had finally receded until, in the midst of a concert, she sees an audience member’s death. When Kit attempts to warn the woman she gets drawn into a web of danger and deceit.

M’Cal has been ordered to take Kit’s soul but can’t bring himself to take her life. Instead he joins her cause to help the mysterious woman marked for death but how long can he resist the witch’s call to take Kit’s soul? Is it possible M’Cal and Kits connection runs deeper than lust at first site? Will they live long enough to find out?

Soul Song is another excellent Dirk & Steele novel from Marjorie M. Liu! I’m amazed at Ms. Liu’s ability to keep this series fresh and captivating. Each new novel adds cool characters, sinister villains and hot locales to the thrilling series. I got wrapped up into M’Cal and Kit’s story. Both characters are unique and interesting, easy to root for. The passion between them is scorching. I really thought M’Cal’s character evolved nicely throughout the story. He’s so unhappy and negative at the beginning but as the story unfolds so do the layers of his personality. Kit is the perfect woman for M’Cal. I love their intense interactions in Soul Song. Whether its danger, conversation or intimate moments these two characters shine brightly together.

THE WILD ROAD by Marjorie M. Liu

THE WILD ROAD by Marjorie M. LiuThe Wild Road by Marjorie M. Liu
Series: Dirk & Steele #8
Genres: Paranormal
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Published by HarperCollins

Reviewed by Miranda

Those who look upon Lannes Hannelore see only anexceptionally handsome man. But his beauty is a prison, locking the dark truth inside his tormented soul. For Lannes is one of a dying race of remarkable creatures,hiding in plain sight among earth's human masters.His existence is solitary and sad—until the night he encounters a young woman on a deserted street, desperate,frightened, with no memory . . . and covered in blood.She has no recollection of who she is or whatshe's done—and now she must trust a mysterious strangerwhose imposing presence masks a gentle heart.Her need draws Lannes into a mystery that will cause himto confront his worst fears and question everythinghe believes—and compel him to risk his secrets for the one woman who might well be the love of his life . . .or the destruction of it.

Lannes Hannelore is a Gargoyle. He is a loner by choice. Lannes and his brothers were tortured years ago by a vicious witch. Since then he has been reluctant to trust. He is content to keep to himself but an old friend draws him out into the real world. Lannes finds more than he bargained for on his trip to see Frederick. He finds a woman covered in blood and she has no memory. Something about the woman intrigues Lannes. He wants to help her he just needs to figure out how.

She awakens amidst a fire covered in blood surrounded by dead bodies; a single message attached to her clothes…Run! And that is exactly what she does run as far as she can. She has no memory, no one to trust, nowhere to go until she stubbles upon her own white knight. She doesn’t trust him but must rely on his help. They forge an uneasy bond as they search for clues to her identity and evade the people trying to kill her. Can these two untrusting people find love on the run? Will they survive and find the truth behind her mysterious past? 

The Wild Road is a standout in this stellar series from Marjorie M. Liu! Not only is this couple irresistible but the story keeps you on the edge of your seat. The Wild Road is packed with action and drama. I could not put it down! I was so enthralled by the mysterious woman and the handsome gargoyle with a tortured soul. Ms. Liu’s Dirk & Steele series just keeps getting better and better. Each novel features compelling characters and knockout stories! This book is so good I’m ready to take The Wild Road again!

WITHIN THE FLAMES by Marjorie M. Liu

WITHIN THE FLAMES by Marjorie M. LiuWithin the Flames by Marjorie M. Liu
Series: Dirk & Steele #11
Genres: Paranormal
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Published by HarperCollins

Reviewed by Miranda

Joining the Dirk & Steele Agency turned Eddie’s life around. A pyrokinetic and former car thief, he cannot refuse an assignment to cross the continent in order to rescue an extraordinary woman in peril . . . even though he fears losing control of the destructive power of flame at his fingertips.The last of her shape-shifting kind, Lyssa hides in the abandoned tunnels beneath Manhattan, seeking refuge from those who murdered her family a decade ago and would now destroy her as well. Like Eddie, fire is her weapon, her destiny . . . and her curse. Yet she wants nothing to do with this mesmerizing stranger who seeks her trust while enflaming her passion.For beneath Lyssa’s extraordinary beauty are dangerous secrets . . . and even darker, nearly irresistible urges.But she has won the heart of a fearless protector . . .and all the demons in the world will not make him back down.

Eddie, a Dirk & Steele agent, is a pyrokinetic. Unfortunately, Eddie has been unable to control his fire power since he was injected with a wicked virus. Since then he has been spending plenty of time in his fireproof cage. A case has come to the attention of Dirk & Steele, it appears Eddie is the perfect person for the job. A girl is missing in New York City. She is being stalked unknowingly by witches that want her for her special blood. Eddie needs to find her and then protect her from the evil doers.

Lyssa has been on the run since her parents deaths. Lyssa is one of the few remaining dragons alive today and to stay that way she lives her life running. She’s content to live in the hovels of the world to hide her existence. She’s coasting by until one stubborn handsome man walks into her life and refuses to leave. 

Eddie is drawn to Lyssa. She provokes feelings he’s never felt before and he plans to do whatever it takes to keep her alive. Lyssa feels quite the connection to Eddie as well but she’s a danger to everyone, especially those she cares for, and plans to run far away. However, danger lurks close, Lyssa and Eddie soon realize they are going to have to work together to survive what’s stalking them and prevent the evil from infecting the world. 

Within the Flames is another sterling addition to Marjorie M. Liu’s Dirk & Steele series. Eddie and Lyssa set the pages ablaze, literally! The desire that burns between these two upon first sight is stunning. I really love these two characters. Both Eddie and Lyssa have such tragic pasts to overcome and it makes for quite a bonding experience for them. I love that Eddie is finally getting some control of his fire. Oh, the evil is rather despicable in Within the Flames. I was raging at the enemy as I read. I love that Eddie finds his fire and Lyssa finds herself. She’s been hiding for so long watching her come out of her shell is exhilarating. The ending of Within the Flames is an OMG awesome moment! One thing I love about Ms. Liu’s writing is her amazing ability to make you feel like you are right in the middle of the action! Within the Flames is a fiery explosion of action, adventure and beautiful romance.

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