Genre: Fantasy

KING’S CONQUEST by Valentina Heart

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KING’S CONQUEST by Valentina HeartKing's Conquest by Valentina Heart
Series: Mending the Rift #1
Published by Totally Bound Genres: Fantasy, MM
Reviewed by Lisa

Upon the death of the ruler of the Kingdom of Kari, Prince Rin became aware of his true worth.  He was to become the property of the Kingdom of Jeda.  King Merinej would enjoy Prince Rin as his latest acquisition.

 

The only way in which Prince Rin would agree to the awful proposal without fuss was a contract signed by King Merinej in which they would be formally married.  At least Rin wouldn’t feel like a discarded whore once Merinej tired of him in the royal bedroom.

 

Ego made them believe the worst in each other before they ever met.  But from the first introduction their feelings began to change.  Both have much to learn from the other if they can avoid what everyone else is telling them.

 

Mending the Rift begins with a multitude of misconceptions in King’s Conquest where powerful enemies become forever lovers.  Prince Rin has lead an insular life as a pawn whereas King Merinej knows how and when to wield power.  Given a new start the two find a way to embrace their differences and fall in love.  A great start to a very promising romantic tale.  King’s Conquest excels.

AZAGOTH by Larissa Ione

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AZAGOTH by Larissa IoneAzagoth: A Demonica Novella by Larissa Ione
Series: Demonica #10.5
Published by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated on September 26th 2014
Genres: Collections & Anthologies, Fantasy, Paranormal
Reviewed by Jo

Even in the fathomless depths of the underworld and the bleak chambers of a damaged heart, the bonds of love can heal…or destroy.He holds the ability to annihilate souls in the palm of his hand. He commands the respect of the most dangerous of demons and the most powerful of angels. He can seduce and dominate any female he wants with a mere look. But for all Azagoth’s power, he’s bound by shackles of his own making, and only an angel with a secret holds the key to his release.She’s an angel with the extraordinary ability to travel through time and space. An angel with a tormented past she can’t escape. And when Lilliana is sent to Azagoth’s underworld realm, she finds that her past isn’t all she can’t escape. For the irresistibly sexy fallen angel known as Azagoth is also known as the Grim Reaper, and when he claims a soul, it’s forever…

Lilliana is an angel with a problem. She knows that she has broken a rule in her job as a Time Traveler and will probably be punished for it—even if she only broke the rules under duress and with extenuating circumstances. But when she is called before Raphael, she is given the worst news. Lilliana’s punishment is to be sent to the Underworld to mate with Azagoth and to be stuck in Sheou-gra forever. Her traveler’s soul will fry up and die under those circumstances. But just as Lilliana is forced to agree to this punishment, she is given an out to escape both Azagoth and to keep her wings and place in Heaven.

 

Azagoth, the Collector of Souls, is tired of being used by the angels and being alone.  He wants a mate, and he wants a willing one. Like that will happen when he is also known as the Grim Reaper, but that is what he bargains with the next time one of the Heavenly Hosts shows up wanting something from him. He is very surprised to learn that they have a mate for him and that it happened so fast. Not sure what to expect and sure there is a catch, Azagoth makes arrangements for the arrival of his new mate.

 

Lilliana expects to hate Azagoth on sight, but instead she feels confusion and that leads to passion—one that Lilliana fights with her entire being so she can do what was demanded of her to escape Sheoul-gra. Azagoth isn’t sure he believes that Lilliana is there of her own will, but when she gives him a gift of an hour’s travel to somewhere in the world, he accepts Lilliana and her gifts with wonderment and happiness.  The days are ticking away and Lilliana hasn’t managed to figure out a way to fulfill her escape clause, and now she isn’t really sure she wants to anyway. The unexpected passion that she and Azagoth have found might be worth living in Sheoul-gra, especially with the changes that appear to be taking place in both of them. But before she can decide what to do, Azagoth learns of what she was asked to do and throws her out of Sheoul-gra and his life. Back on the earthly plane, Lilliana may have lost her love, but she still wants to give him something his heart desires, and she finds a way. Broken hearts have a way of staying broken or healing depending upon the parties involved. Can a miracle happen to heal Azagoth’s and Lilliana’s hearts in time to save their love?

 

Heaven and Hell come together as love blossoms between to lost souls in Azagoth. I totally fell in love with Lilliana and Azagoth as I followed their journey. I really enjoyed watching as they were able to heal places deep inside themselves as their passion grew. Knowing his past, I could understand why Azagoth acted as he did, but I was very happy when he was forced to see the truth and not a betrayal. Lilliana had me as I watched her give Azagoth his wish even as her heart ached. Azagoth is a love story filled with the joy and wonder of falling in love while showing the pain of misunderstanding and separation and a pure happiness of acknowledged love.  I’m really hoping a certain archangel will get what has been coming to him for a few books now in the near future.

AWAKENED by Virna DePaul

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AWAKENED by Virna DePaulAwakened by Virna DePaul
Series: Belladonna Agency #2
Published by Bantam on July 1st 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Suspense
Reviewed by Jo

Perfect for fans of J. R. Ward, Nalini Singh, and Lara Adrian, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Virna DePaul’s thrilling series of paranormal romances invites readers into a seductive and dangerous world where vampires secretly exist among the general population, while the FBI tries to keep the Rogues among them from preying on humans—for killing, for turning, for pleasure.   Ex-soldier Barrett Miles had no idea that vampires were real—until Belladonna recruits her to serve as a covert agent and infiltrate a murderous sex ring run by the most depraved of immortals, those who feed on the purity and blood of innocents. Their latest victim: a young girl whom Barrett promised to protect. She will be sold—unless Barrett can find her first. Forced to team up with her former lover, Nick Maltese, an undercover sniper, Barrett is caught between fulfilling her personal mission and shielding her heart from the man who betrayed her.   Nick’s hunting a new breed of vampires and harboring a terrible secret when Barrett finds him. Soon a seething underworld of strange desires threatens to engulf them all. Can he save the girl and reclaim Barrett’s heart? Nick knows he has only one chance to prove himself to her as the hunt begins—and their love forces them to embrace the darkest places in their souls.

Barrett Miles is an ex-soldier who now works for the Belladonna Agency, a super-secret agency who is dealing with both rogue vampires and other vampires who believe that humans are just for food and profit.  Barrett started out on a mission to break down a ring of human kidnappers and stumbled across the worst type of human trafficking and to make it worse, this was very, very personal.  Barrett will do anything to save the young girl she just saw online on a vampire blood website.

 

Nick Maltese is also an ex-soldier who working as an undercover sniper and a former lover of Barrett’s.  When she shows up out of the blue and requests Nick’s help, he has a ton of questions and a ton of guilt concerning what happened at the end of their time together.  But he wasn’t about to tell Barrett no, after all he still loved her.

 

Barrett and Nick begin working as a team, even though Nick also had his own mission concerning rogue vampires.  When the various threads began to show that maybe, just maybe their missions might merge together in certain aspects, the danger becomes worse than it was to begin with.  Nick and Barrett have pinpointed a new blood club that is about to open as being a heck of a lot more than that and its owner has a lot to answer for.  The grand opening of the club is about to happen and Nick and Barrett plan on making it an opening no one will ever forget in the vampire world.  Help comes from very unexpected corners as does the danger – when the final battle is over just who is going to come away with a future and who is going down in flames?

 

Two stubborn ex-soldiers and lovers come back together to defeat a vampire threat to humanity in Awakened.  Nick and Barrett have a lot to get past before they will have a chance to see if this time their love will have a chance at a future.  There were several times I wondered if Barrett and Nick would come out together as the danger came closer and the pressure to succeed more intense.  I could feel the desperation that Barrett felt at not fulfilling a promise she made and I could also feel Nick’s determination to keep Barrett safe – even if the payment for that was to lose her.  However, both of these lovers had a bedrock of strength and trust that overcame even the truth on Nick’s actions to keep Barrett safe while they were both still in the service.  The suspense had me page flipping while I was cheering on Nick and Barrett as their passion surged forward.  Awakened is full of suspense, passion and enough danger to keep you glued to the pages until you learn just who comes out okay and who is behind the various threads and are paying for it.

SEMPER FAE by Angel Martinez

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SEMPER FAE by Angel MartinezSemper Fae by Angel Martinez
Series: Endangered Fae #3
Published by MLR Press Genres: Fantasy, MM
Reviewed by Lisa

The people of Earth and those of the Otherworld are adjusting to having the Veil between them torn down.  A small contingent of humans, ex-Military guard those of the Fae Collective when on human soil.  Sergeant Zachary Morrison is the human Head of Security for Ambassador sidhe Prince Lugh when he visits Earth.  It is a well deserved, honorable position for Zach, a wonderful career opportunity in this strange new world.  What no one saw coming however was the love growing between Zach and Lugh.

 

All these years the Sergeant kept his sexuality hidden and now he’s fallen for a prince. As Zach grapples with his feelings for Lugh and his insecurities a coven of magical human college kids accidentally strip Diego of his strict moral compass.  Setting loose the most powerful magical human alive without any guidance to hold him steady sets forth a chain of events no one saw coming.  Not even the fae pooka Finn who Diego loves with all his heart can stop Diego’s madness.  Both worlds are fearful with good reason.

 

Enjoy an emotionally charged drama from start to finish.  Semper Fae is a captivating, modern, fantastical adventure.  The large cast of characters is well balanced in this huge tale where several plotlines merge and converge.  Zach and Lugh deal with a complicated courtship while trying to keep Diego from destroying the world.  There is enough back story to understand Semper Fae easily.  No doubt readers will scramble to find the previous books. Take the time to jump into Semper Fae.

CHANGELING by Barbara Geiger

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CHANGELING by Barbara GeigerChangeling by Barbara Geiger
Series: Middle Hill #1
Published by Loose Id Genres: Fantasy, MM
Reviewed by Lisa

Matt Bauer has very few, if any real memories before the age of twelve.  The only certainty is the abuse he suffers at the hands of his so-called uncle who somehow took custody of Matt until the day the man inexplicably disappeared.

 

Not quite eighteen Matt becomes the guardian of his younger half brother Sam who’s brilliant on paper and with a clarinet.  With very little opportunity of gaining legal employment Matt becomes a rent boy using the skills his uncle taught him.  It’s not the life he’d planned, sometimes it’s even dangerous, but it’s the only way to support them and keep Sam out of foster care.  At least for now.

 

On the way home from a school competition one late, cold night Matt meets Kevin, an enigmatic young man.  For the first time Matt is sexually excited by someone which draws him even closer to the stranger.

 

Soon after, the Headmaster at Saint Christopher’s Academy offers Sam a scholarship.  Also included would be a place for Matt to live and work.  Of course payment would come in the form of exclusive rights to the rent boy and his talents.  At least it won’t be as dangerous.

 

Everything in Matt’s life is changing.  When he sees Kevin again he’s told about the fae.  It all makes sense.  Matt’s always been attuned to others in a way that didn’t make sense before.  Something big is happening.  The school, Kevin, and now threats to Matt’s safety.  No matter which way he turns, nothing will be the same ever again.

 

Changeling reels you into its web and never lets go.  Intense characters set within the back drop of a bleak life manage to survive and then thrive in Changeling, the first story in the original Middle Hill series.  Unexplained mysteries and an incredible cast make this tale feel real.  Romance is secondary to everything else going on, but it is there, the seed of something fresh and new for Matt to explore in this unique drama.  Expect the unexpected in this thrilling new series.

PIA SAVES THE DAY by Thea Harrison

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RISING SUN by M. J. O’Shea

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

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SUMMONER’S DIRGE by Evelyn Shepherd

SUMMONER’S DIRGE by Evelyn Shepherd

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NICO’S FIRE by Sui Lynn

NICO’S FIRE by Sui Lynn

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