Genre: Urban Fantasy

WARLOCK UNBOUND by Stephani Hecht

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WARLOCK UNBOUND by Stephani HechtWarlock Unbound by Stephani Hecht
Series: Detroit City Warlocks #2
Published by MLR Press, LLC Genres: MM, Urban Fantasy
Reviewed by Lisa

Blowing up his home with his parents inside was something Lucas will never live down even though it was a complete accident.  If that wasn’t horrible enough, Lucas is then picked up by humans and taken straight to a Warlock Internment Camp even though he was only fifteen at the time.

 

Ten long, tortuous years in the ridiculously termed ‘rehabilitation camp’ and Lucas is slowly, painfully dying from neglect and starvation.  The only thing keeping him going is Charlie, a childhood friend captured two years ago who’s also dying there.  They manage to keep each other from completely losing hope, but soon it won’t matter.

 

Lucas and Charlie are in such desperate straits that when help comes they don’t even realize it at first.  Members of the resistance, free warlocks, break into the camp and liberate everyone.  Among the group is Andor, a fighter and a doctor who can’t believe the state of the prisoners.  It’s questionable if Lucas and the others will even heal.  If they do it’s a long road and after meeting Lucas there’s nothing Andor won’t do to help the young warlock, nothing at all.  Mending a broken body is one thing, a shattered soul something else entirely.

 

Author Stephani Hecht pens an exciting, emotional drama in Warlock Unbound, book two in the Detroit City Warlocks series.  The character’s sense of desolation and sorrow comes though so well.  His lack of belief in himself and uncertainty in Andor’s love is sometimes overwhelming.  A positive outcome in Warlock Unbound makes all the angst worth wading through in this story.  Lucas and Andor deserve all the happiness they can hold onto.

LONG SHADOWS by Cecilia Dominic

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LONG SHADOWS by Cecilia DominicLong Shadows by Cecilia Dominic
Series: The Lycanthropy Files #2
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2014-03-25
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 350
Reviewed by Jo

Being unique isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. The Lycanthropy Files, Book 2By day, Lonna Marconi’s busy career keeps her mind off the fact she was turned werewolf against her will. By night, a dose of wolfsbane lets her inner wolf out to play while her physical body stays safe at home. When an overheard phone call at work warns her a trap is about to be sprung, she turns from hunter to hunted in the blink of an eye. She finds refuge with the Ozarks pack she never claimed as her own. Upon discovering a family secret that explains why she’s unique among her own kind, Lonna finds heat in the arms of Max, who’s the one thing she cannot trust—a wizard. Another kidnapping attempt sends her navigating the treacherous metaphysical borders of a centuries-old war, pursued by rogue sorcerers, a band of ghostly wolves, and repressed memories that prevent her from reclaiming her heritage. All the while, trusting her back to a wizard who demands the price of her heart...and who may not have the luxury of giving his in return. Warning: Some sexy scenes, adult language, and alcohol consumption. Also descriptions of Italian food that might offend carbophobes.

Lonna Marconi never wanted to become a werewolf, but now that it’s been done she is trying to concentrate on her busy career as a social worker.  Lonna tries her best to ignore her new inner self, wolf-Lonna, but some facts can’t be totally ignored.  To say that Lonna didn’t handle being turned against her will, isn’t even close to her feelings but she does feel bad about the break up that happened with her best friend.  Recently Lonna has felt like someone is following her and after overhearing her boss on the phone, Lonna knows it time to find out what’s going on.

 

Lonna turns to the Ozarks pack and a reunion with her best friend for safety, only to learn she has brought the danger with her and whoever is behind it is not planning on taking any names other than Lonna’s.  While there Lonna starts to have feelings for Max, a sexy wizard from the Caribbean.  Lonna knows that the last thing she can ever have any feelings for is a wizard.

 

As things turn even worse for Lonna, Max seems to always turn up just when he is needed and after awhile both can’t ignore their feelings any longer.  Every clue on who is out to capture Lonna brings only more questions about Lonna’s true history.  It seems that there were some hidden secrets in Lonna’s past and just as those are coming out and Lonna needs Max’s strength more than ever, his secrets come back to haunt both of them.  Madmen have torn Lonna’s wolf self from her and taken Max also.  However, Lonna isn’t going to take any of this sitting down and if opening herself to her entire heritage is what it will take to get both of them back, then look out world because Lonna is about come out swinging.

 

What appears to be a very unlikely couple turns out to have more in common than anyone would have ever guessed and their love is one no one better mess with.  Lonna and Max learn about all the things that have been hidden from them in their pasts in Long Shadows.  The path to Max and Lonna being together is filled with boulders, not just wimpy potholes.  It seemed to me that every time I thought it was clear sailing for Lonna and Max, yet another road block showed up.  I admit that there are several times I wanted to just smack Max because of his non-answers but his deep love for Lonna won me to his side.  I cheered when Lonna finally accepted all that she was and claimed not only her heritage but her inner wolf and her love with Max.  Long Shadows will keep you on your toes with the suspense, deep friendships renewed and hot passion.

FALLING LIGHT by Thea Harrison

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FALLING LIGHT by Thea HarrisonFalling Light by Thea Harrison
Series: Game of Shadows #2
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Sensation on 2014-02-04
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 304
Reviewed by Jo

** Before you read this, you should first read Rising Darkness, the first book in the Game of Shadows series.  This review is starting assuming you have the knowledge from that book.

 

Mary and Michael are on the run trying to stay a few steps ahead of the evil that they followed from their homeworld so many centuries ago.  They are headed to the one woman who can join with them and help them rid the world of the evil once and for all, Astrid.  You would think that the danger that is on their heels would be enough to deal with right now, but they are also getting some of their memories back on their previous lives and the love they have had that has followed them down through the years.

 

Astrid has been in contact with Michael as he found Mary and they have dealt with everything that has been thrown at them, all the death and destruction, and she is torn on whether Mary is going to be the help both she and Michael had planned on or if the years and many challenges have weakened Mary.  They are finally altogether and the danger is definitely hunting them.  In the small amount of time they have to plan, Mary, Michael and Astrid gather their strengths and enter the final battle knowing it’s all or nothing.  Someone will die and someone will live on, the question is after all the years that Mary, Michael and Astrid have lived so many lifetimes and worked to end the evil, do they still have enough to win the day and save Earth from the horror that will happen if they lose.

 

For many, many centuries aliens have lived and died among humans while trying to end the evil that descended on Earth.  Now the time has arrived and it will take all the skill, sacrifice and most importantly a love that has lasted the entire time to win this battle.  Mary and Michael will learn all of this as they come to the end of their journey in Falling Light.  Once I was about half way through, I could tell that all the death, destruction and battles that have led to where Mary and Michael are now will be nothing to what would be coming.  I had to feel sorry for all the sorrow that Mary, Michael and even Astrid had suffered during their search to solve the wrong they were part of so long ago.  There were so many times I wondered if these allies really were going for the same aim and a couple of times I was positive they weren’t.  But once the final battle was going I could see my worries were totally off the mark.  I loved the way Mary and Michael not only survived with their love but helped one of the people who suffered after helping their cause.  Falling Light is full of danger and suspense with lots of action packed pages, but it’s tempered by the strong love between Mary and Michael.

 

SILK ROAD by T. J. Michaels

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SILK ROAD by T. J. MichaelsSilk Road by T. J. Michaels
Series: SEALS of Destiny #1
Published by Bent West, Incorporated Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 270
Reviewed by Nikita Steele

The Silk Road. In ancient times it was a well-established trade route that began in China. But to Larien, it is the veiled entrance to the underworld where no human belongs. Jayla Protegenu is as typical as they come. She owns a chain of gyms in the San Francisco Bay Area, enjoys popcorn-and-movie night with her two best friends and writes for her local paper. But that's where 'typical' ends. As a child she learned to summon her guardian angels to keep at bay the things that prowled the night. An ability she's kept secret all her life...until a Fallen angel answers her call. Larien is not seeking redemption. He's looking for the artifact that only Jayla can call power from. The woman has no idea of the extent of her abilities and he's not about to teach her. However he is man enough to admit that this human has touched him, soul deep. And now that she is his to protect, his to love, when she's taken Larien will search to the ends of the Earth to find her, from San Francisco all the way to...the Silk Road. For a Fallen that has nothing but time, it is suddenly against him. And now he has to be the good guy? Damn.

Larien is a fallen angel assigned the task to help a human find an ancient relic that only her power can call upon.  Larien’s goal is to quickly complete the duty at hand so he can get away from humans and more importantly live in peace away from everyone.  That is until he comes face-to-face with the beautiful and alluring Jayla Protegenu.  Now, his vow to avoid love at all cost has flown out the window because of his desiring need to claim Jayla, a human nonetheless, as his mate.

 

Jayla Protegenu has always known that she is special because she can beckon her guardian angels to protect her from the things that go bump in the night and most importantly she can read auras.  But, it is not until an extremely hot male appears in her bedroom one night, seeking her assistance on a mission to find a lost mystical artifact that Jayla truly learns the power of her abilities.

 

Silk Road is a fantastic read filled with Angels and Humans and good versus evil.  Readers, I must warn you that Silk Road is not a book to be taken light as a skimmed through type of read, you must pay close attention to the happenings or you will totally miss on how the plot plays out.  Larien is a complicated, ominous, forceful character that has met his match in Jayla.  She is a sassy, strong-willed, confrontational, kick ass heroine who will stand and fight to the end.  There is never a dull moment to be found.  The attraction between Jayla and Larien is instant and fervent.  I so love the passionate chemistry showcased between the couple and I became more drawn into the plot as it progressed.  It was intriguing to see just how the storyline would unfold – if Jayla and Larien would be successful in completing their mission and if they would have a life together after all is said and done.  Overall, I took great pleasure in reading Silk Road.

BLADE TO KEEP by Lauren Dane

BLADE TO KEEP by Lauren Dane

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BLADE TO KEEP by Lauren DaneBlade to the Keep by Lauren Dane
Series: Rowan Summerwaite #2
Published by Carina Press on 2013-12-09
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 184
Reviewed by Jo

Canny and ferocious, with the power of an ancient Goddess in her belly, Rowan Summerwaite is the only person who can renegotiate the fragile Treaty between the Vampire Nation and the Hunter Corporation, the last line of defense for humanity. A meeting of this Joint Tribunal, as well as her new status as Liaison, sends Rowan straight to the last place on earth she wants to be, the childhood home she'd escaped so many years before—The First's Keep.Raised at the knee of The First—the oldest Vampire and leader of the Vampire Nation—honed into a weapon by the Hunter Corporation, wielding ancient knowledge from the Goddess within, Rowan must navigate bloodthirsty Vampires and Hunters alike. And she's got to do it while managing a politically awkward but undeniably deepened romance with Scion Clive Stewart. Failure in her role as Liaison could mean all-out war, with humankind in the crosshairs. No pressure.Walking the path between her two lives has already made Rowan a pariah. The choices she'll have to make will mean she becomes something even more Other and as a result she may lose those last shreds of home she has left.See how Rowan's story began in Goddess with a Blade.72,000 words

JoyfullyRecommended

Rowan Summerwaite has many hats, being a vessel for a Goddess, a protector of humans with the Hunter Corporation and now their liaison, and being thought of as the child of the vampire known as The First and the leader of the Vampire Nation.  Not to mention that her lover is the vampire Scion of the area she hunts in, Clive Stewart.  Rowan is about to begin her most important assignment and she will have to thread the tightest needle ever in order to get a new treaty through the Joint Tribunal.

 

With the meeting taking place at her foster father The First’s home, Rowan arrives and immediately has to find her balance as the liaison of The Hunter Corporation to the Joint Tribunal and being the accepted daughter of the most powerful vampire.  Not everyone is happy about this treaty that Rowan knows is very important to the continued peace between humans and vampires.  In one way it helps that Rowan is surrounded by those she grew up with and by Clive now that he has arrived, and in another it puts just a bigger target on Rowan’s back when it appears that something or someone is trying to affect the final vote of the Tribunal.  Danger is Rowan’s calling card and not even the Goddess is going to be able to help her when Rowan is challenged and must fight to defend her position.  It also isn’t a help that not everyone in The Hunter Corporation is backing Rowan and are even actively trying to undermine her. 

 

However, it seems that everyone but those the closest to Rowan has once again underestimated her determination and just how fierce she is and can fight.  When it is discovered that even worse undercurrents are going on, Rowan must fight while at her worst. It will take the combined help of The First, Clive, the Goddess and others who love Rowan to save her and make sure she will fight another day.  But will they be strong and fast enough to really save Rowan?

 

The single woman who has a foot in both the human and vampire camps will have to put everything on the line, her life and all that she loves, in order to survive a joint meeting in Blade to Keep.  I knew that Rowan would have her hands full acting as the liaison at the Joint Tribunal meeting after reading about her last meeting with the Hunter Corporation and that feeling just became strong as they reached the meeting site.  I was already waiting to hate The First because of how he treated the younger Rowan, yet by the end of the book I had to semi like him after his determination to save Rowan’s life.  I have loved Clive since I first met him and his unending support and love for Rowan strengthened that.  The fight where Rowan almost loses everything showed me just how fierce she really was and also proved just who was behind her and who wasn’t.  I also learned a lot about the Goddess who lives within Rowan.  I am now waiting, only semi-patiently, for the next chapter in Rowan and Clive’s world because I know that fur is going to fly and Rowan will show one nasty vampire just what happens when you go after the wrong person.  Blade to Keep is packed full of suspense, hot passion and deadly danger that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you turn each page to find the next riddle or answer.  I know it did me and for these reasons and a whole lot I can’t say here, I am Joyfully Recommending this book as a must read and a keeper series.  If you haven’t read the first book, Goddess with a Blade, I suggest you do that first or you might have questions on who is who and how Rowan and Clive came together.  

FLAMEBOUND by Tessa Adams

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