Genre: Fantasy

UNDONE by Belinda Burke

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UNDONE by Belinda BurkeUndone by Belinda Burke
Published by Pride Publishing Genres: Fantasy, MM

Second son of the all powerful Summer Queen and a blind mortal sire, Prince Tighe is cursed with the gift of seeing into the truth of a person.  Shunned by those in the Summer’s land, Tighe is unable to form any lasting relationships.

 

As one of the dark gancanagh, Faelan can destroy a mortal with his mere presence.  He too is alone, avoided by all.

 

A chance meeting offers the lonely souls a rare opportunity neither thought possible.  For once their gifts don’t work against them.  Convenience however doesn’t necessarily lead to something more.  Like the elusive power of love.

 

Burdened with crippling gifts Prince Tighe and Faelan become Undone the moment they meet.  Their lonely existence comes through loud and clear.  The plotline allows readers to feel their sadness and their quiet joy at finding someone to pursue.  Sensual and emotional, Prince Tighe and Faelan’s sweet romance is a lovely tale.

MAGIC SHIFTS by Ilona Andrews

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MAGIC SHIFTS by Ilona AndrewsMagic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #8
Published by Ace Publishing Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction
ReviewedbyJo

Now that Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran Lennart, have totally split from the pack, they are on their final 30-day countdown to shift all their assets from the pack and to bring over anyone who wants to leave the pack and be with them in their new lives.  That would be enough to keep them busy, but it seems that a member of the pack, Eduardo, who they now discover is a mate to a really good friend, has disappeared.  To top it off, it appears that the Mercenary Guild is involved.  Kate hasn’t really been involved with the Guild while dealing with the other things that had taken over her life.  But she is still a senior member of the Guild and will pull every string she can to find out just what he was doing when he disappeared.

 

Curran and Kate begin this hunt, which becomes even more involved as they discover that the Guild is involved with the pack. If that doesn’t top it off, it appears that Kate’s father dearest has decided that he wants to be closer to Kate.  Kate and Curran are now in a multi-angled race against time.  They have to find out what is behind Eduardo’s disappearance and save him before they find evidence of his passing; they have to lay down the law to Kate’s father; and they have to complete their untangling with the pack all while complying with the rules that are part this untangling from the pack.  Talk about dealing with a tightrope walk.  As the clues on what happened to Eduardo come clear, it appears his disappearance was brought on by something he never knew about and saving him will involve dealing with an action done many years before. To round things out, drastic changes will happen to the Guild and the pack before it’s all over.  Just another week in the normal life of Kate and Curran.

 

Kate and Curran were hoping that as they separate themselves from the pack that maybe, just maybe, their lives might settle down a wee bit.  However, they discover just how wrong they are in Magic Shifts.  I wondered just how things would go now that Curran was no longer the Beast Lord and Kate had adopted her city. I also wondered if Kate would get back to doing more with the Guild.  I found these answers and so much more as I began turning the pages in this latest chapter of their lives.  I loved how they immediately took up the search for Eduardo when they discovered he was missing.  Watching as both Kate and Curran worked together in finding the answers to Eduardo’s disappearance and trying to get through these last 30 days of separation from the pack told me that, even now, the pack would be always around them.  I really loved how Curran turned a bad faith act into something that will probably be a plus for him and Kate in time.  There is a whole lot more going on that I can’t tell you without spilling the beans on too much.  All I can say is that you really need to read this book if you have followed Kate and Curran at all.  Magic Shifts is an outstanding new adventure with Kate and Curran full of love, danger and, of course, the action-packed suspense that we expect from Ms. Andrews with this couple.

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE by Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas, J. D. Robb, R. C. Ryan

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DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE by Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas, J. D. Robb, R. C. RyanDown the Rabbit Hole by Elaine Fox, J. D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Mary Kay McComas, R. C. Ryan
Published by Jove Genres: Fantasy
ReviewedbyJo

Wonderment in Death by J.D. Robb

 

Eve and Peabody arrive at a murder suicide which seems like a cut and dry case, except the brother and sister involved had a great relationship until the death of their parents and, even then, they weren’t hating each other.  More, Eve’s friend and sometimes doctor, Louise, knew them and was another voice saying it could never have happened that way.  While investigating, Eve finds out that the sister was seeking help in the psychic world, something Eve does not believe in, and starts to track the deceased’s footsteps and soon finds that the psychic rabbit hole can be a deadly one.  With the help of Roarke, Peabody, Louise, and others, Eve proves that even a mad murderer can be pulled out of a magic hat.

 

I really loved watching as Eve, Peabody, Roarke, and the others always get their man and/or woman once they catch a case, no matter how strange and twisty it can get.  In this case, it really was something that you would expect to find in Alice’s rabbit hole, and it was a pure Eve way of getting her rabbit out of it.  I have always loved the mystic novellas that J.D. Robb does with Eve and the gang, because they are so opposite Eve’s down to earth outlook on life.  If you are a lover of the In Death series, then you will need to read this latest adventure.

 

Alice and the Earl in Wonderland by Mary Blayney

 

With the death of his uncle, the newest Earl of Weston, Bennet West, known to his friends as “Wes”, finds himself in charge of an estate deep in debt and lots of people depending on him.   Wes is also trying to recover from another blow, this time to his heart.  His love, Alice Kemp, refused his offer of marriage because of his status in society and hers.  While on his way to his country home to hopefully figure out a way to put things back on track, Wes finds himself and his love Alice suddenly in the twentieth century.  It’s hard enough for them to believe and yet the small amount of time they are there will show both of them the way to have it all when they get back home, if they have the strength and belief in each other to grab it.

 

I wondered as I read a time travel book just how I would react if found in a similar situation.  In this case, I hope that I would also find a way to learn from what I was seeing and take it back with me.  I really enjoyed seeing that Wes and Alice did just that. I could see right away that Alice really did love Wes and only said no because she wanted to keep him from suffering from society’s scorn as she had, and Wes was obviously in love with Alice and didn’t give a fig about who thought what.  It was a happy thing to see how they were able to come together and grab the future that was waiting for them.  I also found that there were several ways in which Alice and Wes’ story carried on the theme of this book.

 

iLove by Elaine Fox

 

Macy loved her boyfriend Jeremy and yet walked away from him, because he spent too much time on his phone and ignoring her.  That afternoon began months of both of them learning that a relationship takes work on both sides and that the give and take must also be on both sides.  For Jeremy, he is sucked into an alternate universe that is total technology and unable to reach out to live people except in certain ways, and for Macy it was learning that sometimes, even when you are with the one you love, you will need to accept that you are not the center of their attention.  Only after they learned these lessons and how to overcome them, would Macy and Jeremy find a way to grab a second chance at happiness.

 

This was an interesting use of cell phones and a love story twisted together.  As I followed the twists and turns of both Macy and Jeremy rediscovering their love, I saw that Jeremy learned the truth much sooner than Macy, but eventually she also saw that she had been lacking and gave up instead of discussing with Jeremy why she was feeling hurt.  Yet, because of their situations, or I should say Jeremy’s situation, it took a lot for them to find one another again.  I will say that it was an unusual love story, but not a bad one and, to me, it had a loose connection to the theme of the overall book.

 

A True Heart by Mary Kay McComas

 

Elise was on a Halloween costume hunt with her sister-in-law and seemed to have found that mystical rabbit hole in the store.  During this time, which appeared to be just minutes to her sister-in-law and was longer in reality, Elise meets someone and is led through a strange and wondrous journey through her past life up to her present.  Unfortunately for Elise, it is not a good reflection of her and yet, it shows her that things are not always as they seem.  Elise sees her life and, by the end of this journey, she knows where she needs to change things and where she needs to accept what is being offered to her:  especially the love that has been given to her by Max, her boyfriend who has proclaimed his love for her. By the time Elise leaves the store, she has not only discovered a love she almost threw away, but she just knows that exact costumes for everyone that shows their love for each other.

 

Talk about a trip down the rabbit hole.  This journey with Elise was strange at very strange at times. I still haven’t found a proper name to the character that traveled with Elise on her journey, although I do know exactly who he was meant to be, and he did an excellent job of it.  I felt sorry for Elise in several places as the travel down memory lane went on, and I was very happy when she finally discovered just what she had with Max.  I will also say that this was the hardest story for me to follow, but that didn’t detract from the story itself.  I can definitely say that it will be a new Elise from the minute she left that costume store.

 

Fallen by R. C. Ryan

 

Beth Campbell lost her parents at a very young age and eventually ended up living with her aunt who only accepted the perfect and was hard on those who didn’t live up to that, including Beth.  Now an adult and working as a lawyer in the same firm that her father started, Beth discovers that her aunt has merged with a larger firm and Beth is going to be kept on, but only if she can get a Scottish laird, Colin Gordan, to sell his ancestral home.  Off to Scotland Beth goes, however before she can get to the lodge that Colin is running, Beth finds herself back in eighteenth century Scotland, and she meets the current laird of the land. Beth soon sees the land as this laird, also Colin, does and also discovers a plot to kill Colin and destroy all he holds dear.  Beth and Colin fall into a deep love, which makes it even harder when Beth travels back to current time.  However, once again, all is not as it seems and Beth finds that maybe her lost love isn’t as lost as she first thought.  After all, many mysterious things can happen in the mists of the Scottish highlands and a true love is said to conquer all.

 

I will say first off that after the J.D. Robb story, this was my second favorite in the entire book.  Seeing Beth give into what she knows is right instead of what is expected of her while falling in love had me wanting to know what would happen next.  I also enjoyed seeing the legend brought to life through Beth’s eyes while Colin fought to keep his land and his people safe.  I had no idea how Beth and Colin’s love would live, especially after what had happened just before Beth came back to current time.  The ending was perfect for Beth and Colin’s story; I just wish I could have seen what her aunt’s expression was when the truth came out. Again, there were several aspects of the theme within the story.

 

Down the Rabbit Hole held stories from the future, the past, the present, and time traveling back and forth, which I found to be a good mixture.  While I did enjoy some of the stories more than others, and I also found that some kept with the Wonderland theme better than others, I enjoyed this book from beginning to the end.  With the complex twists that the authors placed into each story to give it the Wonderland “curiouser and curiouser” feel.  The mixture of authors’ styles was a good as the variety of stories themselves and, for the most part, they flowed from one to the other.  Overall, I would say this book is a great way to spend a few hours, especially if you are a lover of Alice in Wonderland and the individual authors themselves, then Down the Rabbit Hole is a book you will want in your library.

HAVOC AND HELL: A Dragon’s Prize by Marie Harte

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HAVOC AND HELL: A Dragon’s Prize by Marie HarteHavoc and Hell: A Dragon's Prize by Marie Harte
Series: Ethereal Foes #3
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Fantasy, MMF
ReviewedbyLisa

As the son of a demon king James Sinclair has certain obligations, a job to steer humans on a downward course.  When he’s not working James invariably gets into trouble with his twin brother.  Their latest jest was to steal a prized egg from the Dragon Queen.  The snatch worked flawlessly until they were caught.  To pay for his part in the fun James will spend the next ten days at the mercy of the dragon prince Teban, his best friend.

 

Coming to the aid of a seemingly helpless teenager in the lower realm on the way to Teban proves to be very wrong indeed when she turns out to be one of the dreaded Havoc.  Barely conscious from the girl’s tender care James is saved by her aunt of all things, who takes a liking to the badly bleeding and bitten demon.  As Teban shows up after tracking the missing demon aunt Kihra decides the dragon prince will make an excellent mate as well.  James and Teban believe that they are humoring the sexy Havoc female.  Eventually they will realize Kihra is serious, completely serious.

 

Hot as…well, hell, Havoc & Hell: A Dragon’s Prize brings together three unlikely beings with passionate results.  Easy going James, intense Teban, and ruthless Kihra will challenge each other and destroy anyone who tries to tear them apart.  Their confusion as to who’s in charge brings a layer of humor to the unique romance.  Scorching heat between the characters keeps the love story strong, but mention of levels of hell, demon types, and such is unfortunately sometimes hard to follow.

SURPRISED AT NOTHING by Kristi Lee

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SURPRISED AT NOTHING by Kristi LeeSurprised at Nothing by Kristi Lee
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Fantasy, MM
ReviewedbyLisa

A Magnus by birth, an archeologist by profession, Reggie Orrick is working on an Eastern European dig when a colleague asks him to take a side trip to Ireland.  His friend is certain that an unremarkable rock is in truth an Irish Snakesbane, otherwise known as a dragon’s egg.  With Reggie’s sizable talents there’s a good chance the egg can be hatched with the right spells and in the right place.

 

Arriving in Ireland Reggie runs into a cheery scamp called Ian ‘Kelp’ McGinty who offers his services to the Magnus.  Kelp happens to be an Unfortunate, someone born of Magnus and fae ancestry without any magical ability.  Thrown together Reggie and Kelp have one adventure after another on the road to hatching a dragon.  Well, unless it’s simply a rock.

 

Take a step outside of ‘Ordinary’ life and become Surprised at Nothing when two special men begin a wild adventure.  Mystery swirls around this gentle romance as Reggie and Kelp get to know each other.  The Magnus and the Unfortunate provide an entertaining little story. Their own little road tale.  An abrupt ending is the only downside to an otherwise rollicking good story.  Charming characters in Surprised at Nothing makes this one more than ordinary.

OWNER OF MY HEART by Valentina Heart

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ONCE UPON A PRINCE by Jambrea Jo Jones

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ONCE UPON A PIRATE by Jambrea Jo Jones

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TWO HEARTS ONE VOICE by Valentina Heart

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A PRINCE FOR A KINGDOM by Meg Harding

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THE ACCIDENTAL DRAGON by Dakota Cassidy

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QUINN’S GAMBIT by Angel Martinez & Bellora Quinn

QUINN’S GAMBIT by Angel Martinez
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OLD TRADITIONS by Barbara Geiger

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SEA CHANGE by Nessa Vincent

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ILYA AND THE WOLF by Rory Ni Coileain

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A CURSE ON THE MOUNTAIN by Missouri Dalton

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A SHOT IN THE DARK by L. J. LaBarthe

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A BOND OF THREE by K. C. Wells

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