Genre: Fantasy

RISING SUN by M. J. O’Shea

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RISING SUN by M. J. O’SheaRising Sun by M. J. O'Shea
Published by Loose Id Genres: Fantasy, MM
Reviewed by Lisa

In the years after war irrevocably changed the Earth the city of New Seattle lived under a seemingly permanent black cloud.  Divided into levels, the wealthiest and most powerful living highest at Cloud Level, mid range became Metro Level, and the poorest barely surviving at Bottom City.  Those condemned to the outlaying ruins didn’t last long.  People were classed into family Triads such as the Dragons or Phoenix at the top and trickled down into other named groups from there.  Forced to rely on vitamins and supplements because the sun is never seen, the wealthiest are the healthiest.

 

Twins Castor and Pollux Kovalenko are Dragons, cousins of the Dragon Triad leadership.  Not involved in their families politics or power plays the twins spend their time dealing drugs and entertaining the rich.  When their cousin Lynx, son of the family boss, goes missing Castor insists on making inquiries.

 

The more Castor digs the more mysteries are uncovered.  It seems that Orion, son of the Phoenix leadership is also missing.  Fate then drops a clever pickpocket into Castor’s arms.  Jaffa Sharp is annoyed and impressed that Castor caught him, but when all is said and done the two discover that working together leads to important answers.  What they find makes Castor’s life a total farce.  As their world falls apart the only thing real is what a powerful Dragon and a lowly pickpocket feel in each other’s arms.

 

Rising Sun is an emotionally fraught drama.  Twists and turns vie with mysteries and revelations throughout Rising Sun.  This new world has a fascinating hierarchy where strength doesn’t equate to designated level.  Castor and Jaffa couldn’t be more different until righteous integrity comes into play.  A thrilling plot, great characters, and the hope for a better future shines in Rising Sun.

STRANGER RICE by A.J. Llewellyn & D.J. Manly

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STRANGER RICE by A.J. Llewellyn & D.J. ManlyStranger Rice by A. J. Llewellyn, D. J. Manly
Published by Allure, Amber Quill Genres: Fantasy, MM
Reviewed by Lisa

Buried under studies at an Ivy League college then straight to a fast paced career as a Hong Kong businessman, Basho Loy barely has time to take a breath let alone have a personal life.

 

Surprised and honored to be singled out and put in charge of an entire department at such a young age, Basho is completely intimidated by his boss Kanji Chang.  Strange hallucinations involving Kanji begin to make Basho question his own sanity.

 

Becoming intimate with his boss is definitely unwise for Basho’s career and his mental stability, but the thought of ending their relationship nearly destroys him.  What is it about the exotic Kanji that draws Basho back again and again?  How can something feel so wrong when his heart says it’s so right?

 

A straightforward tale twists and turns into something mystical in Stranger Rice.  Burdened by long hours and little personal time the main character begins to suspect something’s off and the reader can feel Basho’s growing concerns.  The magical aspect creeps in slowly and then takes complete control of the story.  Stranger Rice is an adventure of quiet romance and wicked fantasy coming true.

SUMMONER’S DIRGE by Evelyn Shepherd

SUMMONER’S DIRGE by Evelyn Shepherd

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SUMMONER’S DIRGE by Evelyn ShepherdSummoner's Dirge by Evelyn Shepherd
Series: The Last Canticle #1
Published by Loose Id Genres: Fantasy, Gay
Reviewed by Lisa

JoyfullyRecommendedFor centuries the people of the planet Zoria have enjoyed peace between the kingdoms.  The ruler of Pheor is about to change everything, bringing blood and destruction to their world.  King Vasilis is hell bent on attacking his neighboring nation of Kalrune, and he has no intention of stopping until everyone on Zoria is under his iron fist.

 

Known throughout the lands as the assassin Shadowwalker, Balin Cor, a Terrasolis is offered the chance of a clean slate if, and only if he assassinates King Vasilis to stop the coming war.  Apparently fate has other plans for Balin after his airship is destroyed and the assassin is critically injured.

 

If not for the intervention of a secretly gifted healer living a secluded life as a farmer Balin would’ve died.  For the first time in his life the assassin begins to feel something for another man and abandons his profession.

 

Destiny has plans for Balin and his lover Damir Rosen.  Much will be asked of them, tragedy before victory, tears before cheers.  If their journey doesn’t break them the unlikely champions have a chance.

 

Excitement, adventure, and sensual delights place Summoner’s Dirge on top.  The first book in The Last Canticle series lays the groundwork for a powerful tale of damaged men on a quest to stop the ultimate evil.  Balin and Damir are thrust into a limelight neither sought with supporting characters adding the right balance to back up the pair.  Rich in passion, storyline, and a worthy foe to defeat, Summoner’s Dirge is a must read.  I Joyfully Recommend Summoner’s Dirge.  Intensely emotional and satisfying.

NICO’S FIRE by Sui Lynn

NICO’S FIRE by Sui Lynn

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NICO’S FIRE by Sui LynnNico's Fire by Sui Lynn
Series: Elements of Love #2
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Fantasy, Gay
Reviewed by Lisa

JoyfullyRecommended

As a secret Jesuit Inquisitor for the Pope in Rome it is Peter Judas ‘Jude’ Jamison’s duty to quietly seek out any wrongdoings by the clergy.  The recent discovery of clergy members delving into the black arts and demon summoning proves that the situation is much worse than first suspected.

 

Someone in power must have some idea as to Jude’s identity after a fight with demons almost kills him.  If not for the help of gargoyles Skye and Finton, assigned to Jude by the Earth Elemental Evan Halvard, the Inquisitor would’ve certainly died.

 

Badly injured Jude is found in the rubble of a building by a centuries old nature spirit or Daemon, Nicholas ‘Nico’ Daemarkus.  The moment Nico scents the human he knows that he has found his mate at long last.  Granted one mate in a lifetime, the immortal Daemon has no intention of letting his mate get hurt ever again.  Regardless of Nico’s wishes someone still wants to end the life of the Inquisitor who seems to be evolving into something more than human.  Keeping Jude safe may not be an option.

 

An amazing, well written blend of action, drama, and passion!  Book two in the Elements of Love series introduces readers to Nico’s Fire where suspense and sensuality go hand in hand with trust and love.  Nico and Jude are complex, intense characters open to mistakes, jealousy, and acceptance.  Author Sui Lynn constructs a new world where the Church is all powerful and creatures of lore ultimately offer redemption.  Nico’s Fire features heart pounding escapism in a storyline that never cools off.  An exciting, scary alter reality, I Joyfully recommend Nico’s Fire. Dive in and pray.

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 supressing 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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COWBOYS AND KILTS by Erin O’Quinn

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HUNGRY LIKE A WOLF by Christine Warren

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FORGED by Jacquelyn Frank

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REAVER by Larissa Ione

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