Genre: Urban Fantasy

PASSIONATE INVESTIGATIONS by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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PASSIONATE INVESTIGATIONS by Elizabeth LapthornePassionate Investigations by Elizabeth Lapthorne
Series: Urban Seductions #11
Published by Ellora's Cave Genres: Urban Fantasy

Zahra Gower is a witch that, unlike her father and sister, is not intrigued by the politics and all that is involved with the Magical Council.  As a matter of fact, Zahra does her best to avoid all of that, except when she has to attend parties her father and sister have.  During one of these parties, Zahra finally comes to terms with an attraction toward a witch who teamed up with her sister when needed, but was much more freelance than any of the Magical Council investigators.

 

Rob Padden enjoyed his life and his job until it was all ripped away from him by false accusations that lead to him being put to trial.  Now, Rob works as an investigator, but for no one near the high level Magical Council.  Rob is amazed when Zahra’s sister calls him to request his help and to say she now knows that she was wrong in her accusations.  However, before Rob and Tanya can meet, she is killed.  Now, Rob must risk the rejection that Zahra might give him to see if he can find the evidence that will finally clear his name.

 

Zahra is in shock after the sudden death of her sister, but the shock becomes anger when she learns that Tanya might have been killed.  Zahra not only accepts Rob’s apology, but she also teams up with him to find out what her sister learned and who was behind her death.  The hunt quickly becomes dangerous as someone really doesn’t want Rob’s name cleared or the truth to come out about Tanya’s death.  The attraction between Rob and Zahra also flares up again as they team up to follow the clues to a killer.  Yet, another act of betrayal puts Zahra and all she loves in danger, and this life-loving witch must figure out how to stall a killer until help arrives, and only the trust and love of Rob is keeping her going.

 

An attraction that was never given the chance to live is given another chance as two witches follow the clues to a killer in Passionate Investigations.  Rob and Zahra are racing against time to discover just who framed Rob and killed Zahra’s sister.  Along the way, the very attraction that first brought them together just might be the very thing to save them.  Betrayals and rot are what I see Zahra and Rob uncover along the way.  I enjoyed watching as they decided who to trust and who might be the one betraying Zahra’s family.  I loved that in the end it wasn’t the investigators or the enforcers who brought down the killer, but a nature-loving and fun-loving witch with a really strong will.  Passionate Investigations is a light-hearted romp with touches of suspense and danger to keep the story intriguing until the last page.

AIDEN’S ANGEL by Aundrea Singer

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AIDEN’S ANGEL by Aundrea SingerAiden's Angel by Aundrea Singer
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Urban Fantasy
ReviewedbyLisa

In a world where magic is an everyday part of life graduate student Aiden Lobo is at a strict disadvantage.  It is sometimes embarrassing to admit that he has absolutely no magical talent to work with.  His best friends and fellow grad students, Cassandra Koo and Greg Petran luckily have enough power between them to help Aiden whenever necessary.

 

Over time Aiden has fallen in love with his friend’s roommate Tanner.  It would be so awkward if things didn’t work between them so they’ve taken it slow.  Thinking it’s finally time to take their relationship to the next level Aiden invites Tanner back to his apartment.

 

While taking a short cut through the forest Aiden is horrified to find Tanner’s interest in him has more to do with demon rites than love.  Tanner intends to use Aiden as a sacrifice to the demon of war, Aeshma, which will then cause the death of millions upon millions of people.

 

Divine intervention in the form of a guardian angel saves Aiden during the rites, but not before a Crack in his heart forms.  His healing is a temporary measure at best.  Aiden names his savior Eskander and learns that he’s been loved from the moment of his birth.  Embracing that love and the sacrifice he must make for the greater good of all is much easier than knowing how his decision will affect Eskander.  If only they had more time.

 

The edgy thriller Aiden’s Angel explores the darkness and the power of the light, or love that one holds inside.  A world of magic, divine light, and demons comes to life in this original alternate reality storyline.  Aiden’s relationship with Eskander will pull every single heartstring taut.  Tensions ratchet higher and higher.  Emotions build and explode at the overwhelming climax that is Aiden’s Angel.  Tissue box necessary.

BOUNDARY CROSSED by Melissa F. Olson

BOUNDARY CROSSED by Melissa F. Olson

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BOUNDARY CROSSED by Melissa F. OlsonBoundary Crossed by Melissa F. Olson
Series: Boundary Magic #1
Published by 47 North Genres: Urban Fantasy
ReviewedbyMiranda

Former Army Sergeant Allison “Lex” Luther doesn’t pull any punches. When she stumbles across two people trying to kidnap her niece she goes into full warrior mode.  Lex does a good job of saving her niece but loses her life in the process.  It’s a good thing she has the uncanny ability of coming back to life.

 

When it is discovered that Lex’s niece is a “null” meaning she cancels out magic the supernatural world upends Lex’s.  Now Lex must work with Quinn a vampire fixer to unravel the mystery surrounding her niece’s attempted kidnappings and stop the villains before something worse happens.

 

I received Boundary Crossed by Melissa F. Olson as a Kindle First novel. Every month Amazon gives prime members the opportunity to try upcoming novels. There were many great sounding titles to choose from but Boundary Crossed called out to me.  I am thrilled that I chose it because it was unstoppable entertainment from the first page.

 

Lex is a strong and smart heroine. She knows how to protect herself and those she loves.  Author Melissa F. Olson creates such depth of emotion within Lex in the first stunning scenes when she realizes her niece is in danger.  I found myself holding my breath as Lex fought mind, body and soul to hang onto her niece.  It was powerful and spine-tingling AND this was just the beginning!!

 

Boundary Crossed is the beginning of what is guaranteed to be a hit series for Olson.  The action, suspense and emotion where gripping throughout the novel.  The intensity was so great I read the entire thing in one sitting.

 

The novel definitely leans more towards urban fantasy than paranormal with not a lot of romance mixed in. However, there is definitely sparks flying all over the place and I can’t wait to see what Lex gets into next and who will be there to light her fire. Boundary Crossed is a Joyfully Recommended Read and I will be counting down the days until I can get my hands on Olson’s next Boundary Magic novel!

EDGED BLADE by J. C. Walker

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EDGED BLADE by J. C. WalkerEdged Blade by J. C. Walker
Series: Colbana Files #4
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Urban Fantasy
ReviewedbyJo

Kit Colbana has been fighting her way back to the life she had before being kidnapped and brutally abused. She knows that she might never get all her abilities back, but Kit needs to regain as much as she can and that includes the Alpha shifter who stole his way into her heart—Damon Lee. When her friend and business partner, Justin Greaves, comes to her with a new case, Kit agrees to help him solve it, even when it means having to face and deal with a vampire, her worst type of boogie man these days.

 

Someone is taking “others” from their homes and lives and, if they are found at all, it’s either dead or so messed up they might has well be dead.  The more clues and answers that Kit and Justin find, the worse it gets. But when a break happens and Kit, Justin, and others are able to rescue some of those being held, Kit’s life becomes even more interesting. It appears that someone or several someone(s) high up in the Assembly is behind the disappearances. Those same people are not about to let either Kit or Justin find the out the truth if they can help it. Like that isn’t enough for Kit to have to deal with, one of the people she saved is one of Damon’s ex’s, and she has decided she can just come back to her old life.  Hmm, has hell frozen over yet? The last answers arrive in this mystery, yet it just gives more questions which will have Kit and everything wading in even deeper as their story goes on.

 

Power corrupts absolutely they say, and it appears that it has absolutely corrupted at least one person with power over the “others” in Edged Blade. Kit ends up helping Justin solve the disappearances that have several “others” going missing, and either turning up dead, or wishing they were. Along the way, Kit strives forward in her relationship with Damon and in overcoming the new fears that are trying to tear her apart. There were so many times I just wanted to hug both Kit and Damon. I had even other times where I wanted to smack Justin and a few others I won’t name here. I loved seeing how much Kit grew while she was chasing after those behind the disappearances.  And I really loved how Damon was moving all obstacles that might get in the way of his and Kit’s relationship and her healing. I really do love this couple. I was absolutely amazed on just who came into the picture just as it went lights out for this chapter of Kit’s life. Now I really can’t wait until my next glimpse into this amazing world.  Edged Blade has the best in suspense and passion, both of which surround Kit most of the time, while sprinkled with just touches of humor and danger. What a great combo.

BLADE ON THE HUNT by Lauren Dane

BLADE ON THE HUNT by Lauren Dane

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BLADE ON THE HUNT by Lauren DaneBlade on the Hunt by Lauren Dane
Series: Goddess with a Blade #3
Published by Carina Press Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Reviewed by Jo

"When you awaken, you will have to find her yourself. Or she will find you."

These were the words given to Rowan Summerwaite by the Goddess as Rowan lay clinging to life. Broken—but not defeated—by the ancient Vampire Enyo.

After weeks of mandatory down time, a recharged and vengeance-fueled Rowan heads out from her father's Keep, leading a team of some of the most terrifying beings on earth with one goal in mind—track and eliminate the Vampire who attacked her.

But as the team moves across Europe and is hit with wave after wave of attacks, the tensions between Clive Stewart—the haughty, stylish Scion of North America whom Rowan grew even closer to during her recovery—and a rival Vampire ramp up. Befuddled, confused, flattered and annoyed, Rowan's the woman in the middle. She's not used to being claimed in a way that's not about how strong her sword arm is or who raised her. Clive Stewart is everything she shouldn't want in a man—he's bossy, he's a Vampire, and he considers her his—but she's past denying how it makes her feel that he fights for her the way he does. She's past denying she's in love.

In contrast to the uneven footing falling in love has given her, Rowan is utterly certain she will locate her quarry. She's stronger and more powerful than she's ever been after the tests and bloody lessons of the last years. Her connection with the Goddess is seamless and the light of her mission burns from within. And she'll need all the help she can get because it's not very long before Rowan and her team realize the threat is far greater than one crazy old Vampire. There's a war brewing and Rowan will fight it to the death. It's what she was born to do.

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Rowan Summerwaite has finally healed and is ready to begin her hunt for the ancient vampire witch, Enyo, who attacked her when she was unarmed in her childhood home.  It has been weeks of hurry up and wait, and Rowan is beyond ready to get this hunt on.  But before she can gather up the hand-selected people who will be accompanying her on this hunt, Rowan must deal with more bull from Hunter Corp, the company she hunts for.  Rowan is also confronted with a temporary madness from Theo, The First—the vampire who has stood as Rowan’s father for so many years.

 

Finally Rowan is on the hunt with her boyfriend, Clive Stewart, the North American Scion; her steward, David, the European Scion; Warren; and Recht, one of the Frist’s guards.  Talk about a powerful and deadly group, that Rowan knows will be needed to take down Enyo and those who have protected her up to now.  Things get off to a rocky start and from places that Rowan never expected trouble, but now they are headed to the last place Enyo was seen.  The hunt gets even more complicated as Rowan and the Nation’s vampires with her discover that there are highly placed leaks in the Nation’s set up somewhere, which are putting them in even more danger.  The closer Rowan gets to Enyo, the more complex the hunt gets as another spike of danger comes from a place which should be a place of safety for Rowan.  All of the leads and leaks lead to the final showdown between Rowan and Enyo and even Bridget, Rowan’s goddess, gets something from this battle.

 

The hunt is finally on, and Rowan and her hand-picked group start their bloody European tour to bring down the ancient Enyo in Blade on the Hunt.  I have to say, first off, this story was a big WOW with all the complexity and angles that kept me on the edge from beginning until the end.  I knew that Rowan had a huge reason to want Enyo dead, but I then learned that Bridget also had one and what it was.  Watching Clive and Warren butt heads had me chuckling once Rowan stepped in and called BS.  Most of all, I loved all the twists and turns that came out as this hunt went on.  I also loved watching as Rowan and Clive’s romance deepened and more of Rowan’s life was revealed to Clive and us.  While a lot of things were solved at the end of this book, there are so many more issues that are now up front and forward.  I really can’t wait for the next book from this series, and I will have to for at least a year.  What agony! Blade on the Hunt is a must-read and a true keeper in every sense of the words. It is also a Joyfully Recommended read that I know you will love as much as I did, because there was a whole lot that I didn’t tell you about here.

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