Genre: Occult & Supernatural

VAMPIRE COWBOY by Juliet Chastain

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VAMPIRE COWBOY by Juliet ChastainVampire Cowboy by Juliet Chastain
Published by Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc on 2013-06-14
Genres: Erotica, Occult & Supernatural, Western
Pages: 52
Reviewed by Lisa

One bad hand of cards stranded Eliza on a failing ranch in the middle of nowhere. She'd do anything to sell the ranch and make her way back to the city, even seduce the handsome stranger who rides into town and expresses an interest in her land. It's been hundreds of years since anything has caught Daniel's interest. He doesn't expect much in the two-bit dusty town he's passing through to change that...until he sets eyes on the sassy, stubborn Eliza. A look ignites their chemistry and soon enough a shared dinner is tossed aside for more carnal delights. Eliza and Daniel both have plenty of reasons to keep their affair to a single night, but the sex between them takes temptation to a whole new level. Now every time they try to walk away, they're reminded that some cravings can never be satisfied. Inside Scoop: This 19th century western features a smooth-talking vampire looking to get a little wild on his way out West. A Romantica(r) western historical erotic romance from Ellora's Ca

Traveling through the Wild West Daniel Hastings stops for a night in tiny Haley.  Stopping means that he can get a drink in the saloon, a hot meal, and a hopefully clean bed to sleep on. And maybe a warm neck to sip from.

 

All Eliza Dunbro can think about is getting out of Haley and back to civilization, such as Kansas City.  The small ranch Eliza has outside of town is on its last leg, especially now that someone has stolen her cattle and taken all the meat and supplies she had stored.

 

Daniel and Eliza meet under the most unusual of circumstances.  He’s having a drink when she enters the saloon to confront certain patrons with their illegal activities at her ranch.  Instant attraction leads to dinner and from there so much more.  Eliza isn’t anything like the women Daniel’s been with in the past.  He can’t even glamour her after taking blood.  This could be very awkward or the start of something extremely special.

 

Brush off the trail dust and indulge in a sweet, sexy romance.  An entertaining blend of aww shucks innocence and a weary threat, Vampire Cowboy smartly intertwines the Old West with vampire lore.  This little story tells of a compelling seduction between two lonely people clearly meant for each other.  The West comes alive once more in Vampire Cowboy.

WEREWOLVES BE DAMNED by Stacey Kennedy

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WEREWOLVES BE DAMNED by Stacey KennedyWerewolves Be Damned by Stacey Kennedy
Series: Magic & Mayhem #1
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC on 2013-04-15
Genres: Fantasy, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Urban
Pages: 267
Reviewed by Jo

Nexi Jones—part witch, part guardian, and wannabe kick-ass warrior—can’t throw a punch or conjure the simplest magic. But that doesn’t stop her from hunting the werewolves who slaughtered her human family. She’ll have her revenge, but only if Kyden, the elite guardian, would get the hell out of her way.Kyden can’t decide if Nexi wants to get herself killed or if she just has no clue what she’s doing. But her father made it clear: keep Nexi safe…or else. Of course, the more Nexi runs toward revenge, the more she needs Kyden’s aid, and as she grows into her power and confidence, so does his desire to protect her. The only problem? She’d rather he dropped dead.But when a vampire paints a bull's-eye on Nexi’s back, she’s hard-pressed to deny Kyden and the help he’s offering. Even if it means getting her revenge will be a little bit harder. At least it will still be as sweet.

Nexi Jones is in a new life after learning what she had always known was a lie.  Nexi was born half a witch and half a guardian and so far is the only one like that known to exist.  Now after being saved by guardians when her adopted family is killed, Nexi has found herself in the Otherworld surrounded by people whose job it is to protect human kind from others who prey on them.  Nexi has to learn the skills to use the powers from both sides of her biology so that she can be the person she was always meant to be.  One of those helping her or alternately making her mad is a sexy guardian named Kyden. 

Kyden is one of the elite guardians for the Council who rule the Otherworld.  Part of his job is to help train the younger guardians and now his job is to train Nexi and bring out all the potential that is just simmering within her.  It would be much easier to do if he didn’t also want to get her horizontal on or against any surface that was handy.  There is another problem in that Kyden knows that Nexi is only willing to learn to be a guardian warrior right now so she can revenge her adopted parents’ murders.  Kyden is searching for a way to help Nexi achieve her goals and obtain all the power that is within her without letting her lose herself in the need for revenge.

Nexi and Kyden have been sent on a mission to find out why werewolves are suddenly breaking the rules left and right and have no fear of being brought to the Council’s justice.  During the investigation, Nexi learns that the same werewolves who killed her adopted parents are also behind this madness.  Now she just has to figure out a way to get them cornered and end them.  Much easier said than done as Nexi is also learning that the majority, and also the leader of the werewolves, are honorable people and against killing humans.  While on this mission, Nexi and Kyden’s feelings explode into mind stopping passion.  The mission takes on a more serious nature now that Nexi is a full guardian and both Kyden and Nexi want to protect the other when out.  A trap has been set, but who is it going to catch – the werewolves or the guardians? And just where are Nexi and Kyden and their blooming love going to end up?

Two strong willed people learn about passion, strength and compromise as they battle evil to protect the innocent in Werewolves Be Damned.  I loved how Nexi and Kyden just meshed together so naturally both as lovers and as kicking guardians.  I was worried at first that the anger and need for revenge would blind Nexi to what really mattered, but with Kyden’s love and that of those around her in the Otherworld, she was able to do what needed to be done without losing herself.  I watched as Kyden learned to support Nexi while still fighting with her when it was needed.  The feelings and passion between them all but leapt off the pages from the very beginning until the last page was turned.  This isn’t my first time with Nexi and Kyden, and yet this time there was just so much more in their relationship and the story.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved them the first time around but now I can’t wait to see the next several chapters as their romance blooms and they fight evil together.  Werewolves Be Damned is fast paced and action packed, be it through the passion or the fighting. A page turner that will remain on my e-reader for a long time to come.  Okay, so where is the next one at?

 

SHADOW’S CLAIM by Kresley Cole

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SHADOW’S CLAIM by Kresley ColeShadow's Claim by Kresley Cole
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2012-11-27
Genres: Fantasy, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal
Pages: 496
Reviewed by Jo

#1 New York Times bestseller Kresley Cole introduces The Dacians: Realm of Blood and Mist, a new paranormal series following the royal bloodline of Dacia, a vampire kingdom hidden within the Lore of the Immortals After Dark. Shadow’s Claim features Prince Trehan, a ruthless master assassin who will do anything to possess Bettina, his beautiful sorceress mate, even compete for her hand in a blood-sport tournament— to the death. HE WON’T BE DENIED Trehan Daciano, known as the Prince of Shadows, has spent his life serving his people—striking in the night, quietly executing any threat to their realm. The coldly disciplined swordsman has never desired anything for himself—until he beholds Bettina, the sheltered ward of two of the Lore’s most fearsome villains. SHE’S BOUND TO ANOTHER Desperate to earn her guardians’ approval after a life-shattering mistake, young Bettina has no choice but to marry whichever suitor prevails—even though she’s lost her heart to another. Yet one lethal competitor, a mysterious cloaked swordsman, invades her dreams, tempting her with forbidden pleasure. A BATTLE FOR HER BODY AND SOUL Even if Trehan can survive the punishing contests to claim her as his wife, the true battle for Bettina’s heart is yet to come. And unleashing a millennium’s worth of savage need will either frighten his Bride away—or stoke Bettina’s own desires to a fever pitch. . . .

Princess Bettina of Ababbon sought the freedom to learn and live the life of a normal teenage girl.  When that freedom almost costs Bettina her life and did cost her gifts, she agreed to marry whomever her guardians approved if by doing so her guardians could return those gifts stolen.  However, now that the time of the tournament for her hand and her kingdom has arrived, Bettina is having second thoughts about that agreement she was bribed into.

 

Prince Trehan Daciano is known as the Prince of Shadows.  Actually he is the assassin of his people, the Dacians, and he is very, very good at that job.  One of Trehan’s jobs is to make sure that anyone who could tell about the shadow people never have the chance to.  So when an outsider breaks his promise to never leave their land and returns to his home, Trehan is commissioned to find and kill the outsider before he can say anything.  For Trehan it is just another day, but then he meets Bettina and learns of the tournament for her hand.  The one rule that all Dacians live by is that they can never allow themselves to be known.  Trehan immediately knows that Bettina is his mate and yet how can he claim her if the only way is to enter and take part in the massive tournament.

 

Bettina tries one last time to get someone in the tournament that can win over all others – a man she loves but that love is questioned when Trehan shows up and Bettina can’t take her eyes off him.  As the tournament goes on and the contestants dwindle, Bettina is ready to accept her feelings for Trehan and hopes for his victory.  But when the final match in the tournament comes down to Trehan and the man that Bettina begged to enter, how can she allow either to lose?  Lives are on the line and mischief and deceit are thrown into the mix just when Bettina and Trehan almost have the future that their passion turned into love has promised.  When the dust settles, can Trehan and Bettina find a way to get around the biggest obstacle between them and their love?

 

A man from the shadows must come into the light to claim the mate he has searched for.  Shadow’s Claim brings Bettina and Trehan together in a way that makes them test the passion between them when they have barely met.  While I could understand why Bettina’s guardians forced her hand into their idea of a safe marriage, I wondered the entire time if all the promises made could be kept.  As I read on, it became very apparent that the only way those promises were met was because of Trehan’s participation and his talents.  Every time that Bettina and Trehan were together, I was amazed that the area around them didn’t go up in flames, so strong were the feelings between them.  By the time I turned the last page, I loved just how much both Bettina and Trehan had grown into their love and that both had shown that love by doing acts that could have destroyed them.  I really hope now that the Dacian’s are in the open and the other immortals know about them that they find a way to have an open society that will allow them to grow.  Shadow’s Claim takes suspense and passion, combines them and swirls in a ribbon of humor and a gripping plot that will keep you turning pages until the last one is turned.

THE LAST KISS GOODNIGHT by Gena Showalter

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THE LAST KISS GOODNIGHT by Gena ShowalterLast Kiss Goodnight by Gena Showalter
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2012-12-26
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal
Pages: 448
Reviewed by Miranda

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter ignites a thrilling new paranormal series with this breathtaking tale of a warrior enslaved by desire, and the woman who frees his soul. THE SWEETEST TEMPTATION . . . Black ops agent Solomon Judah awakens caged and bound in a twisted zoo where otherworlders are the main attraction. Vika Lukas, the owner’s daughter, is tasked with Solo’s care and feeding. The monster inside him yearns to kill her on sight, even though she holds the key to his escape. But the human side of him realizes the beautiful deaf girl is more than she seems—she’s his. THE ULTIMATE PRICE . . . Vika endures the captives’ taunts and loathing, hoping to keep them alive even if she can’t free them. Only, Solo is different— he protects her. But as hostility turns to forbidden romance, his feelings for her will be used against him . . . and he’ll be put to a killer test.

Vika Lucas has lived her life in her own private hell. Her father sold his soul for magic and uses Vika in his devilish circus of monsters. Vika is patiently waiting for the right moment to escape and free all of her father’s captives. She seeks a world of peace and freedom but it seems unlikely she will ever have that—until her father’s latest captive arrives. Solomon Judah is an otherworldly assassin. He has awakened to a circus nightmare, trapped in a cage along with other beings like him. The only bright spot is the beautiful human in charge of feeding him. He should want to hurt her but there is something about her that makes him want to protect her. Their mutual connection leads to plans of escape. But can they survive the evils set out to destroy them both and is it possible to find love in some place so dark? Gena Showalter once again opens up a dark world and gives her readers a powerful story dripping with hope and love in her first Otherworldly Assassin novel, Last Kiss Goodnight. Showalter’s paranormal world-building is unparalleled. The Cirque de Monstrés created by Showalter is frightening and riveting. The reader cannot help but be captivated as Solo and Vika give us a taste of their current predicament. I felt my heart break for both characters as I learned of their past and present trials. These two are bonded by great tragedy. The story is very dark it is almost too sad but there is this pull that absolutely grabs the reader. It’s the romance and hope of it all. It’s that part that lives inside of all of us that rallies when things get tough and pushes for that happily ever after. If you want a novel that gives you a fantastic story full of passion and depth then Last Kiss Goodnight is for you!

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