Genre: Fantasy

HEART OF STONE by Christine Warren

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HEART OF STONE by Christine WarrenHeart of Stone by Christine Warren
Series: Gargoyles #1
Published by St. Martin's Press on 2013-12-31
Genres: Fantasy, Gothic, Paranormal
Pages: 320
Reviewed by Jo 

From bestselling author Christine Warren comes a thrilling new series abouta young woman caught between a rock and a hard place—between gargoyles and demons… Ella Harrow is trying to carve out a normal life for herself. Well, as normal as an art geek with psychic abilities can hope for. As museum docent and gift-shop manager, Ella is able to keep her distance from people—and her powers in check—while surrounding herself with the artifacts she loves. But how on earth is she supposed to act normal when a thousand-year-old statue on the museum’s terrace suddenly comes to life? HEART OF STONE Not your ordinary gargoyle, Kees has been asleep for eons, waiting for a portent of evil to wake him from his slumber. Kees isn’t a vision; he’s a bat-winged guardian created to protect the world from the seven demons of the Dark. Somehow, Ella triggered his reawakening. Maybe the demons have been unleashed? Maybe his heart is finally ready to be chiseled open? The fate of the world isn’t carved in stone… yet. “Warren takes readers for a wild ride.”—Night Owl Romance (on The Others series)

Ella Harrow finally has a life that she is mostly happy with – that of a museum docent and the gift shop manger.  One of the bad parts of her jobs has to be attending museum functions and fundraisers.  Ella has always had psychic abilities and being around people is extremely hard on her for this reason – even though Ella has worked hard at surpressing those abilities.  Lately one of the top patrons of the museum has made Ella very uncomfortable and her unease was proven correct when he tried to assault her the night just after a fundraiser.  Only Ella’s abilities and help from a very shocking place helped keep Ella safe.

 

Kees is an ancient gargoyle Guardian who has been sleeping in his stone body for centuries.  That is until he was awakened by Ella’s attack with the need to protect her.  After Kees makes her attacker leave, he is confused on just why or how he was awoken and questioning Ella seems to be his only way to find out.  What Kees actually finds is that Ella is much more than just a cute mortal woman – she is actually a gifted and untrained Warden.  Why hasn’t the Guild found Ella and trained her? These questions disturb Kees because it seems so wrong to him.

 

Ella and Kees begin to research the Guild and what has been going on during the many, many years he and the other Guardians have been asleep.  What they uncover deeply troubles Kees. If the Demons the Guardians were created to protect against have been allowed and welcomed into the Earth plane makes him worry about the fate of the world as a whole.  Ella, even as a geek, has trouble believing everything that Kees tells her about Wardens, Guardians, and Demons and how he is beginning to believe how she fits into everything.  That all goes away when Kees and Ella finally discover a Warden and learn exactly what has happened – it’s now a battle to awake all the Guardians to make sure that Demons are never allowed to run free on Earth.  While researching the Guild’s past several centuries, Kees is also trying to understand his intense attraction to Ella.  Ella has no difficulty in acknowledging that Kees is her one and only love and she will battle anything she has to in order to have his love forever – even help him find and awaken the rest of the sleeping Guardians.  With all they have learned, Kees goes back to an ancient legend on how to awaken the sleeping Guardians – they can be awakened when the woman of power who will love them is in deadly danger even if they and the women have never met.  Kees and Ella’s adventures are just beginning – both in love and to gather the needed forces to battle the darkness that is coming.

 

A museum docent who has always been drawn to a stone gargoyle soon learns that the stone façade is nothing to the actual man/Gargoyle who it becomes and their love.  Heart of Stone shows Kees and Ella that love can appear instantly.  I was almost as shocked as Ella was when Kees just appeared and knocked her assailant sideways.  I loved how Kees was determined to locate the danger that is circling around the world.  I also loved how Ella was skeptical at first and then jumped in with both feet to not only help Kees but to learn just what her gifts really were and how to control them.  The battle that Kees and Ella win is just the beginning of what I believe will be a war that should not be missed – just as the story of Ella and Kees discovering each should not be missed.  Heart of Stone combines the best of paranormal romance – suspense, unworldly creatures and someone wanting to rule the world all being brought down by the power of two individuals in love.  I am now waiting until the next book in Ms. Warren’s Gargoyle series because I just have to know how Fil discovers her Guardian and just what their journey will be.

DRAGON AWAKENED by Jaime Rush

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DRAGON AWAKENED by Jaime RushDragon Awakened by Jaime Rush
Series: Hidden #1
Published by Grand Central Publishing on 2013-12-17
Genres: Erotica, Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 368
Reviewed by Jo

They are the Hidden. Not quite human. Far from normal.And never, ever safe . . . PLAYING WITH FIRERuby Salazaar wants answers . . . and revenge. Her uncle has just been murdered before her eyes and the name he utters with his final breath - Cyntag - leads Ruby into a world beyond her wildest imaginings. She soon learns that the dark, sexy Cyntag Valeron knows more about her than she does herself. BURNED BY LOVERuby changed Cyn's life before she even knew who he was. Now she charges into his life, a beautiful woman full of fire and questions. Cyn knew this day would come, yet he couldn't foresee the danger - and desires - Ruby would bring with her. He can teach her how to harness her newly awakened powers. But there is one force neither of them can control . . .

Ruby Salazaar was raised by her uncle Moncrief, when her parents died. Moncrief filled Ruby’s world with tales of dragons, magic and other creatures known as the Hidden.  When Ruby receives an urgent call from Moncrief, she rushes to his side only to find him killed by some type of odd glowing orb.  His last breath is a name – a name that Ruby knows from her uncle.  Now she is off to find and kill the man who killed her beloved uncle.

 

Cyntag Valeron is beyond surprised with Ruby shows up at his gym and then threatens him with a gun.  Even more surprising is learning why, that Moncrief is dead and how it happened.  As an over 200 year old dragon, Cyntag knows many things about Ruby that she doesn’t and now it appears it’s all on his shoulders to teach Ruby the truth about her heritage and to help her find out who killed her uncle and why.

 

Ruby can’t believe what Cyntag is telling her – that is until she releases her inner dragon and powers.  Ruby is a child in learning her dragon’s powers and strengths and unfortunately she really doesn’t have the time to learn them along the way.  Cyntag and Ruby split their time between training Ruby and hunting down the answers to just what happened to her uncle.  As the clues come together, it appears that the reason why goes back to when her parents died – now she knows that they were killed.  Along the way, Cyntag and Ruby also discover a passionate love that isn’t going to take ‘no’ for an answer.  All the answers are coming together and the danger is ramping up when Cyntag and Ruby finally know who was behind the glowing orbs, the death of her parents and uncle and the reason really behind it all.  The final battle is going to be a winner take all – the only question is will the team of Cyntag and Ruby have what it takes to win the day and put the magic world back on it’s correct path.

 

Take two feisty dragon shifters and toss in danger, suspense and a deep passion filled with love and you have just the beginning of Cyntag and Ruby’s story in Dragon Awakened.  I was amazed at how much Cyntag tried to control his need of Ruby while trying to show her just what her true being really was and trying to help her solve the mysterious deaths of her parents and uncle.  I really loved how Ruby continued to roll with the punches as each hit came – some worse than others.  When Cyntag and Ruby finally overcame the worse hurtle that should have torn them apart, I knew that nothing would be able to drive them apart except death.  Cyntag and Ruby’s journey to right the wrongs that were done by a totally unexpected source and to fulfill the love that blossomed between them is a fantastic start to a new and exciting series.  I really can’t wait to open up the second book in Ms. Rush’s engaging world.  Dragon Awakened is a rough and tumble story filled with passion, humor, and suspense that makes it a page-turner from start to finish.  I have a feeling that this is going to be a keeper series for sure.

COWBOYS AND KILTS by Erin O’Quinn

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COWBOYS AND KILTS by Erin O’QuinnCowboys and Kilts by Erin O'Quinn
Published by Allure, Amber Quill Genres: Fantasy, MM
Reviewed by Lisa

Nicknamed ‘Cowboy’ for the boots and hat he favors Hugh MacPherson has worked at UNLV as an assistant track coach for the past five years. An itch that couldn’t be scratched has grabbed hold, so during a semester break in school Hugh books a tour to the land of his ancestors in Scotland.

 

A small time forgotten castle is home to Laird Graeme Guthrie.  The significance of his home are the Pictish standing stones within the castle grounds.  Periodically Graeme allows a group of tourist to invade his home and gaze at the stones as a way to keep the taxman at bay.

 

Coming to Scotland, exploring his roots Hugh is looking for something he isn’t sure of.  As for Graeme he has a long standing responsibility to his home and a legend taught down the ages to each laird of the Guthrie stones.  Fate brings them together at the winter solstice to fulfill a destiny kept waiting long enough.

 

Kindred spirits are joined in mystery.  An American greenhorn lends a hand to a Scottish laird in need in Cowboys and Kilts.  A dangerous puzzle unfolds for the fated lovers to explore and ultimately find answers.  Each piece of the mystery slowly comes to light, but unfortunately the answer is somewhat anti-climatic.  Cowboys and Kilts features engaging characters, smoldering passions, and a mystery that isn’t as great as Hugh and Graeme’s romance.

HUNGRY LIKE A WOLF by Christine Warren

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HUNGRY LIKE A WOLF by Christine WarrenHungry Like a Wolf by Christine Warren
Series: The Others #15
Published by Macmillan, St. Martin's Press on 2013-07-02
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 320
Reviewed by Miranda

New York Times bestselling author Christine Warren revisits the wild, wild world of The Others—where what you crave can kill you…When her father died, Honor Tate inherited the alpha position for a pack of werewolves based in New England. But why her? Honor would have rather just lived a “normal” life, with the occasional run through the woods in her furry suit. Still, Honor was raised to put the welfare of the pack first…and now it’s time to make a formal request that the alpha of the Silverback clan—the pack to which all locals owe fealty—recognize her as alpha of the White Paw. But instead of sending his support, the Silverbacks send Logan Hunter.HUNGRY LIKE A WOLF Logan Hunter would do anything to protect the Silverbacks—but his devotion comes with a price. For years he has been fighting his alpha instincts and the need for his own pack. But all that changes when Logan is sent on a mission to find out whether the new White Paw alpha really has what it takes to carry on her father’s legacy. Powerful, spirited, and downright gorgeous Honor exceeds his expectations…and leaves him howling for more. Could it be that he’s finally found his alpha mate? Or will old enemies, dueling loyalties, and an appetite for destruction stop him dead in his tracks?“Warren packs in lots of action and sexy sizzle.”—Romantic Times BOOKreviews

Werewolf Logan Hunter is miserable.  He wants a mate and believes his chances are lost when his best friend and alpha mates with the woman of Logan’s dreams.  However, fate is about to throw him a fastball.

 

Honor Tate was beta of her pack until the Alpha, her father, died. Now, she is holding onto control of the pack as best as she can.  She is being challenged by all the men that believe they would be better Alphas than Honor so she seeks acknowledgement from the Alpha of the territory, Graham Winters. Graham sends his best man Logan to decide if Honor is fit to lead.

 

Logan and Honor immediately take out their rage on each other. Logan senses Honor is his mate but he’s going to have to do a lot to convince her of that.  Will they find love or will the next challenge cost Honor her life?

 

Christine Warren gives her readers another thrilling look inside the world of her Others in Hungry Like A Wolf!  Logan is a cocky male Were with a huge chip on his shoulders at the beginning of the book.  Honor is the perfect mate for him because she gives back as good as she gets! There is just the right amount of sexual chemistry, aggressive four-play and suspense in Hungry Like A Wolf!  Warren never disappoints; you can always count on a fun sexy read from her!

FORGED by Jacquelyn Frank

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FORGED by Jacquelyn FrankForged by Jacquelyn Frank
Series: Nightwalkers #4
Published by Ballantine Books, Random House Publishing Group on 2014-04-29
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 352
Reviewed by Jo

From New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank comes a seductive new paranormal romance set in the World of the Nightwalkers, as a battle-scarred bodyguard and a sensitive beauty risk their lives—and their hearts—in the face of evil.   When Katrina Haynes discovers a large man lying wounded in the snow, she fears he is at death’s door. But as Kat tends to his injuries, she quickly realizes that they’re the least of her worries. With an irresistible Scottish brogue and a strange ability to harden his chiseled body like a statue, the stranger awakens a desire she is unable to resist—and a fascination about the intriguing world he exists in.   As a proud Gargoyle, Ahnvil must safeguard the Nightwalker to whom he’s sworn fealty. But as this bewitching woman nurses him back to health, arousing an almost uncontrollable hunger within him, he is possessed with the fierce impulse to protect her as well. And he will have to shield her—for by coming to his rescue, Kat has placed herself in the middle of a supernatural war . . . and exposed herself to dark, powerful magic. As human and Gargoyle forge an unbreakable bond, Kat will discover that despite his intimidating strength and size, one thing Ahnvil does not possess is a heart of stone.

Ahnvil is a gargoyle who was made by one of the Templars, Kamen, and his entire purpose was to do the dirty work for them.  For years and years, Ahnvil plotted on how to get away and then one day finally succeeded.  Ahnvil finally arrived and has lived and helped the Politics for many years now.  But recently his worst hated person has come to live in the same house – Kamen.  In a moment of frustration, Ahnvil found himself once again captured and tortured by a Templar.  This time Ahnvil was going to do more than escape again – he was going to take information with him. When the time came to escape, Ahnvil was able to grab a necklace that seemed to be the answer to many questions if they could figure out what its powers are.

 

Katrina Haynes couldn’t believe her eyes when she came across a seriously injured man on her property.  Kat dragged him into her home and was determined to help him survive his injuries.  But as the days go by and he finally wakes up, Kat soon realizes that he is much more than a sexy injured man.  Okay a sexy Scottish man if his voice is anything to go by and one that Kat would love a chance to learn more about.  When Kat finds a beautiful necklace in Ahnvil’s things, she can’t resist just trying it on, but what should have been a quick thing becomes a life changing event when suddenly she is doing things that have never happened before but it seems that the necklace really likes her and is determined to stay.

 

Ahnvil needs help to find out what the necklace is doing to Kat and at the same time they both are trying to come to terms with the passion that has sprung up between them.  Kat knows she has entered a new world once she arrives at the Politics house and is suddenly surrounded by many entities that she never believed existed alongside humans.  While both Ahnvil and Kat try to find the answers about the powers of the necklace, it seems like there is a push / pull thing going on between them and their personal lives.  When the danger threatens Kat, Ahnvil will risk everything he has to save her, even working with Kamen, but it seems like there is something very “other” in Kat’s background and that might be the ultimate force that will save the day.  Once everyone is safe, can Kat and Ahnvil finally bridge the distance between them to fulfill the chance for love that is right within their grasp.

 

Evil and danger stalk two people on the path to love in Forged.  Kat and Ahnvil seemed to have so much against their coming together and only one thing in favor of it – love.  I could understand just how hard it was for Ahnvil to come to grips that the man he hated beyond all reason was now supposedly an ally.  I found that the paths that both Ahnvil and Kat had to walk were difficult ones, but I think that Kat’s was the hardest one, and yet it seemed to me that with Ahnvil by her side nothing would keep her down.  I was very surprised by the hidden history that showed up in Kat and I cheered for it because it meant that the love between Ahnvil and Kat would have a chance if they could just get on the same page.   The thing I really loved besides Kat and Ahnvil is that the glimmer of worlds coming together was started as part of Kat and Ahnvil’s journey.  I can’t wait to see what the next books bring.  Forged is a gripping book filled with suspense, mystery and best of all – red hot passion.  Just settle down in a comfy seat and have a cold drink when you start because you might not want to get up anytime soon.

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