Genre: Paranormal

MAGIC BINDS by Ilona Andrews

MAGIC BINDS by Ilona Andrews

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MAGIC BINDS by Ilona AndrewsMagic Binds by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #9
Published by Ace Publishing Genres: Paranormal


 

 

Kate Daniels and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are getting closer to their wedding day and, of course, just when you want and need things to be uncomplicated, it is anything but.  First off, her father has captured a demigod and is slowing killing him so that he can rule the world.  Then there are threats against a pregnant woman and her later newborn, which put the current Beast Lord at odds with Kate and Curran.  And there are the normal ups and downs with Kate’s business and with teenage angst and the person they requested to marry them is driving Kate up the wall with his questions and planning.

 

If all of that isn’t enough, then Kate is told two different predictions by a Witch Oracle, one of which says that if Kate and Curran carry out their marriage, then her city will burn, and she will lose her lover forever, and we aren’t talking about the second one so far.  Kate isn’t about to let fate tell her she can’t marry the man she loves, and she starts figuring out a way to change this prediction.  She learns that the one person who would have knowledge of how to stop her father and save those she loves and her city, however, there is one small problem: This person is dead.  Like that is going to stop Kate and Curran once he learns about the prediction.  Love and war are but two sides of a coin, and it will take both to get Kate and Curran to the altar.  Working together and with help of the guild, Kate and Curran do indeed change the outcome of their marriage, and what a wedding it is.

 

No one said that getting married would be easy, but in Kate and Curran’s situation, it is not a case of bridezilla or even the mother-in-law.  In Magic Binds, Kate and Curran will fight fate itself in order to have the wedding they have been working towards for the last several years.  Oh wow!  I could not believe the very twists and turns that Kate and Curran had to go through just to say, “I do”.  I was expecting it to be anything but a walk in the park, but even with that expectation I was amazed at how crazy it got.  I loved how Kate was beyond determined to have Curran and her marriage go forward and then to save her city from burning.  I have always loved Curran and how he gave up so much for Kate and their love and now how he runs the guild and those mercenaries who work there.

 

I know that the main battle or, worse, an all-out war with her father is in the future and maybe not all that far down the road, but I also know that Kate and Curran and their friends make one heck of a team when they all band together even with their disagreements that happened along the way.  There was so much that I wanted to talk about here, but once I started, I had to delete it because it went way too far.  What I will say is that for Kate lovers, this is a must-read and even if you haven’t followed the series, this book could get you hooked and not have you feeling like you came in several books down the road with no clue.   I honestly can’t wait until the next book, and I bet you won’t be able to either once you finish Magic Binds.  All of this is to say that I Joyfully Recommend this book as a must- read and a keeper.

HARD JUSTICE by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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HARD JUSTICE by Elizabeth LapthorneHard Justice by Elizabeth Lapthorne
Series: Urban Seductions #12
Published by Ellora's Cave Genres: Paranormal


 

Layla Collins is a witch and an investigator, and Benedict Jackson is an assassin and a wizard.  They have been put together as a team by one of the Council members to try and locate the rot that has infiltrated the Council and that has been responsible for the death of several of the colleagues and the framing of one of Benedict’s best friends.  Being magical does not help when working with any form of technology and when you calculate the heavy passion which is hyping their auras, it’s going to be a miracle if they can actually get the computer to give them any information before they fry it.

 

However, they do manage to get a major lead, which will start connecting the dots on who is behind the rogue wizards and witches and behind the deaths of so many others.  As Layla and Benedict follow the clues, they face danger with each new answer.  The suspense is almost as fierce as their passion.  When the clues prove that this is bigger than they imagined, Benedict and Layla call in some high-powered help and personal friends who together resolve the final clues and capture a person who can name names about who is behind the corruption in the Council and also in the Tribunal.

 

Passion and deadly suspense will bring together a sexy witch and a powerful wizard as they work fast to undercover corruption that has been behind several deaths in Hard Justice.  Layla and Benedict have been attracted to each other prior to becoming a team, but once that happens, it turns that attraction to intense passion that neither can ignore.  I was impressed at how they could burn so hot and then turn to the matters at hand to fulfill their mission.  Talk about pressure under fire.  While Layla and Benedict didn’t totally end the rot that was behind everything, they did put a major kink in it and give the Council member who hired them vital information to do so.  I really enjoyed watching just how well Layla and Benedict were together both professionally and as a fledgling couple.  Hard Justice is a fast-paced story full of hot passion and deadly suspense that moves along the overall plot arc in this series.

 

WOLF IN HIS HEART by N. J. Walters

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WOLF IN HIS HEART by N. J. WaltersWolf in His Heart by N. J. Walters
Series: Salvation Pack #7
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Paranormal


 

Sage Gallagher is all grown up and a fierce member of the Salvation Pack.  He is now an organic farmer and a man who helps defend his pack.  Sage might only be a half-breed and one that can’t shift, but inside, he is all wolf.  Sage was a teen when he, his uncle, and his twin became members of the pack and although it took a while, Sage knows now that there is no other place he would want to be.

 

Rina Matheson is a full wolf on the run.  Rina comes from an old fashioned pack, and when she refused to mate with the man her parents selected for her, she was forced out of the pack.  Now several years later, Rina is traveling for safety, and she is headed to a pack she has heard might be willing to accept her and keep her safe because of their forward-thinking attitudes, especially now that there is a man who knows about her secret and has decided she will make a great wolf skin rug.

 

When Sage meets Rina, he instantly knows that she could be his mate and that she is way too scared.  His wolf wants to protect her, and Sage is in full agreement, however, Rina isn’t too sure about Sage after learning he is a half-breed because, in her old pack, he would have been killed just for being.  Sage finally gets Rina to the pack and while he knows she will be accepted, especially because of who she is to him, but she is afraid to accept the easy acceptance with the threat she brings with her.  Sage, through his quiet strength and passion, proves to Rina that his love and ability to protect is just as powerful as a full-blooded wolf and that his pack is more than willing to accept her.  With the help of his pack, Sage and Rina take care of the threat to Rina.  Now the way is clear for the love, if only Sage can convince Rina that she can finally stop running and feel safe and loved.

 

A scared wolf on the run meets a half-breed wolf who can’t shift and together they learn the truth about strength, love, and pack in Wolf in His Heart.  I was worried that Sage would be left out in the dark without a mate after meeting him as a teen, and I was so happy to see him not only find a great mate, but one that really understood him.  I was worried that Rina had been too hurt and scared to accept what Sage and the rest of the Salvation Pack offered her, but I loved watching as she slowly opened up and accepted what was offered.  The danger was strong, but I love how each and every pack member stepped up to keep everyone safe and to eliminate this latest threat.  I also loved how Sage’s twin, Reece, came back when he was needed and how fast he was to accept Rina as Sage’s mate and not a person who could come between them.  Now I really want Reece to find his mate and come home.  Wolf in His Heart takes love and danger and twists them together with touches of humor and passion to make one satisfying story of love, even when the odds are against you.

 

LEADING ME HOME by Megan Linden

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LEADING ME HOME by Megan LindenLeading Me Home by Megan Linden
Series: Harrington Hills #1
Published by Pride Publishing Genres: MM, Paranormal
ReviewedbyLisa

 

It was kind of a no-brainer for Kevin and Taylor to become fast friends.  They were two young, single men new to San Francisco, more importantly they are both werewolves.  Kevin found it easier to cope in the big city as he’d been a lone wolf for most of his life, Taylor on the other hand is the Alpha’s Son back home and deeply missed his pack.

 

An invitation to a wedding celebration was the perfect opportunity to visit his home.  But because Taylor was worried about his mom’s matchmaking machinations he asked Kevin to pretend to be his boyfriend while they are there.

 

As the Alpha’s Son it’s easy for Taylor to slip back into his old life.  Kevin, however is finding it much more difficult to cope with a pack, though it’s been easier than expected for them to be together, almost natural.  Hidden feelings are coming to the surface.  Neither wants to destroy the friendship by making things awkward in the future.  It’s just a matter of time.

 

Leading Me Home is a bright and honest character driven tale.  Before miscommunication nearly ruins everything the main characters’ relationship is put to the test in this charming love story.  The first look at the Harrington Hills series has modern day social mix-ups, solid dialogue, hot encounters, and a heartwarming romantic finish.  Taylor and Kevin give readers a thoroughly enjoyable time by Leading Me Home.

 

DECK THE DIRE WOLVES by Stephani Hecht

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DECK THE DIRE WOLVES by Stephani HechtDeck the Dire Wolves by Stephani Hecht
Series: Dire Pack Reborn #2
Published by MLR Press Genres: MM, Paranormal
ReviewedbyLisa

 

For the crime of being gay omega Dire Wolf Clark is condemned to a slow, painful death by his own Alpha Bern.  The prison he inhabits is a shallow hole in the ground covered by bars.  Starving, covered in open sores and bruises, as well as given a shot to stop his ability to shift and heal, Clark is dying, hour by hour.

 

Barely alive Clark is rescued by his cousin Lillian, the one family member with a shred of kindness.   She heads for the pack lands of Alpha Bishop.  There are rumors of tolerance within his pack so it’s their best chance for sanctuary.

 

Granted asylum, Alpha Bishop feels an immediate wash of protectiveness as he gazes at the battered body on the gurney.  Bishop’s main worry is whether his little omega will survive the night.   Next is concern for the violent Bern who’s sure to come looking for his missing prisoner.  Christmas Eve is approaching and suddenly everything has changed for a lonely Alpha and a young omega who’d given up hope.

 

The holiday season has fresh meaning for a newly formed pack in Deck the Dire Wolves.  Focusing on a horrific situation the story evolves into one of promise and hope.  This fast paced, ultimately cheery romance charms with the spirit of the coming holiday.  By the time the story is done Deck the Dire Wolves will leave the reader with a heartwarming feeling.

 

COMING IN THIRD by Amber Kell

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BLUE MOON RISING by Bailey Bradford

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LEOPARD’S FURY by Christine Feehan

LEOPARD’S FURY by Christine Feehan

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CRIMSON DEATH by Laurell K. Hamilton

CRIMSON DEATH by Laurell K. Hamilton

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KELLEN’S TEMPTING MATE by Elle Boon

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XAN’S FIESTY MATE by Elle Boon

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SWORN TO THE WOLF by Lauren Dane

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WOLF ON A MISSION by N. J. Walters

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WOLF ON THE HUNT by N. J. Walters

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DIABLO LAKE: MOONSTRUCK by Lauren Dane

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PLAYING THE WITCH’S GAME by Zoe Forward

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DARK SLAYER by Christine Feehan

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NIGHT SHADOW by Cherry Adair

NIGHT SHADOW by Cherry Adair

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SHADES OF MIDNIGHT by Lara Adrian

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A VAMPIRE’S SALVATION by Virna DePaul

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