Genre: Urban Fantasy

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.

A STITCH ON TIME by Yolanda Sfetsos

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A STITCH ON TIME by Yolanda SfetsosA Stitch on Time by Yolanda Sfetsos
Series: Sierra Fox #5
Published by Samhain Publishing on October 14th 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Reviewed by Jo

All it takes is a little death and mayhem to make a spook catcher’s day.Sierra Fox, Book 5Sierra Fox has finally inherited her grandmother’s power to destroy demons, but what good is it when her werewolf boyfriend still lies in a coma? Worse, the decision she’s about to make could save him—but ruin their relationship.If that’s not enough bad stuff on her plate, she’s got a soul to save—the soul of her closest friend, killed by the Lamia that got away.Another untasty side dish: The Obscurus refuse to give up their relentless pursuit, and they’ve upped the ante. Mace is dead set on blowing up the Spook Catcher Council Tower, and the blowback will have devastating effects on Sydney and for Sierra. At least these demon-obsessed freaks aren’t counting on Sierra having a Goddess and a trusty demonic conduit as backup.All of this leads to a one-way ride into the abandoned part of town, where the Obscurus plan to summon Legion. With her demon hunter friend by her side, Sierra prepares for the final battle...because even she knows this will be The End. Warning: Phantasms, wraiths, orbs, demons, all guaranteed to ruin any spook catcher’s day. But you can always count on werewolves, land spirits, and a Goddess. Beware of explosions, demonic obsessions, and the battle that will tip the scales and change Sydney forever.

Sierra Fox is a spook catcher extraordinaire, and she just recently came into her powers gifted to her by her grandmother—destroying demons. But it came at a huge cost with her boyfriend in a coma, which is slowly killing him, and her best friend is on the outs with her. With all this craziness, Sierra has been on the defense, but she is pissed now and about to go on the offense.  She has one advantage in that neither the Lamia, The Obscurus, or anyone else but those around her knows she has obtained her full powers yet.

 

First up is releasing Jason from his coma and praying that he comes out as he went in, and that he will forgive her methods. Next up is the Spook Catcher Council Tower, but before that can happen, Sierra faces yet another death that hits her hard and only makes her more determined triumph over it all. With the help of Jason, her friends, some friendly demons, and the Goddess, Sierra goes after one thing at a time or as each thing confronts her.  Sierra knows now that no matter how her battle ends, it will be The End when it’s over.  Can Sierra and Jason finally have the time to discover where their passion can lead them, or will the end be their end?

 

Sydney has no idea of the deadly battle going on, but those tuned into the underworld have chosen sides: Sierra, a determined spook catcher or The Obscurus and those who are helping them try to end the world as we know it in A Stitch on Time. I was rooting for Sierra from the first page and her plan to yank Jason from his coma. I was even more behind her as Sierra lost one more person close to her, and she went on the offensive big time. As I saw each of the loose threads be knotted together, I finally understood how everything tied-in together, and I was even more firmly behind Sierra and those helping her.  While I discovered more loss would be necessary, I was so happy that Sierra and Jason and their love triumphed when all was said and done. There were so many threads and answers by the time I turned the last page, I plan on re-reading the entire series and really understanding each plot line and arc.  While I know that Sierra’s story is over now, I find myself hoping that we may see her again in novellas or somehow just to check in. A Stitch on Time is action packed and full of danger and suspense, yet it still has the time for passion and humor.  An excellent finale for a great suspense filled series.

A SECRET TO DIE FOR by Sierra Dean

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A SECRET TO DIE FOR by Sierra DeanA Secret to Die For by Sierra Dean
Series: Secret McQueen #8
Published by Samhain Publishing on December 16th 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Reviewed by Jo

No one is safe.Secret McQueen, Book 8Secret McQueen thought she’d seen it all, but that was before she, Desmond and Holden came home to find New York City burning and the streets overwhelmed with the walking dead. Now, in a race against time, she must find out who is responsible for unleashing hell on Earth.For that, she’s going to need a whole new team of vampire wardens to help round up the perpetrators, who turn out to be a gang that makes Sons of Anarchy look like toddlers on tricycles.Her quest across the city brings old friends and enemies out of the woodwork and reminds Secret once and for all why mercy and forgiveness are not always prudent. Lives will be lost, sacrifices will be made, and when the dust settles, nothing will ever be the same again.With no time to mourn her losses, the only question remaining is if Secret can survive long enough to stop the apocalypse...or if this is the one challenge that will finally drown her in rivers of undead blood.Warning: The final book in the Secret McQueen series has it all: hot kisses, unexpected guests, and enough tear-jerking moments to require a whole box of tissues. You’ve been warned.

Secret McQueen has had a horrible last few months and when you consider her past history, that is to say it’s been downright nasty.  All Secret wanted to do was come back to New York and deal with the millions of conflicts awaiting her—

like how her real secret was now common knowledge, like the tribunal and vampire mess, dealing with her damaged father and her new engagement to Desmond, the werewolf of her dreams, to mention just a few.

 

However, just as Secret, Desmond, Holden, and her visiting sister reach the outskirts of New York, they all know that hell has arrived and is waiting on them.  Now on top of everything else, Secret and her friends are going to have to find out who or what has made the dead walk and how to destroy them.  Secret might be a lot of things, but first of all she is a true New Yorker, and she is determined to save her city and those in it at any costs.  What none of those helping Secret ever imagined was just how high those costs would be.  By the time this horror is over, the loss will be high and not everyone will come out like they went in—if they come out at all.

 

A vampire assassin turned tribunal leader and her loved ones face death at every turn while searching for the many answers in A Secret to Die for.  I have waited for Secret to finally have a happy ever after since I opened up the first book in this series.  It has been a long, hard and bloody journey and, along the way, I have felt horror at some of the things Secret ended up doing or have happened to her and smiled at her unusual romantic interests.  I watched as once again Secret put her happiness and her life on the line to save those she loved and those she considered her own.  I knew that not everyone could make it out alive through the book, but those that didn’t make it surprised me.  However, I was not surprised when Secret was ready to give her life to save New York and those in it. What did surprise me was the final outcome and just what Secret’s future turned out to be.  Yes, Secret finally achieved her happy ever after and I will say that I was very happy it was with Desmond, but the rest you will just have to find out for yourself.  A Secret to Die for is a finale worthy of a heroine named Secret and shows just how deep her goodness really went beneath her kickass first and maybe ask questions later exterior.

 

I will miss Secret but I know that all I really need to do is go back and re-read the entire series once again to see all the characters I have grown to love and hate with so much pleasure.

STRATEGIC SURRENDER by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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STRATEGIC SURRENDER by Elizabeth LapthorneStrategic Surrender by Elizabeth Lapthorne
Series: Urban Seductions #8
Published by Ellora's Cave Genres: Urban Fantasy
Reviewed by Jo

Kiera Patrick is a Strategist who has gained an excellent reputation and track record on the strategies she has come up with. So when her boss and mentor calls her into a meeting, Kiera doesn’t expect anything unusual.  Big mistake, because she, a co-worker, and a stranger are about to be asked to do something that will change their lives forever.

 

Hayden Foxworthy is a special Operative who happens to be on leave of absence after his last mission in which he came up close and personal to the worst type of dark magic.  Because it was his partner who conducted that dark magic, Hayden’s reputation is a bit smeared, even though he didn’t know anything about it until the end.   Now he is brought into another situation that is dealing with the even darker and deadlier magic.  Not exactly something Hayden wants to be a part of in any capacity.

 

The Tribunal, a counsel of wizards and witches who lead wizard kind, has gained possession of a seriously dark magic book.  However, at least one member isn’t sure that it should be given to the entire Tribunal, like would normally happen.  So Kiera, Hayden, and one other are asked to examine the book and find out what the future holds with the various strategies that can be observed.  When the decision is made to destroy the book with a certain safety precaution taken, none of the threesome expects what happens next—that someone on the Tribunal has turned and now a price has been placed on everyone’s head.  Kiera and Hayden go on the run and try to find out who has put the contract on them and what they can do to survive until that member of the Tribunal can be discovered and the contracts voided.

 

Dark magic brought together two people of light, and the outcome was love while facing danger at every angle. Kiera and Hayden are on a race for their lives while falling in love in Strategic Surrender.  After seeing Hayden having to deal with is evil partner before, I was happy to see him find love.  I had also seen Kiera help other friends before, so it was a pleasure to see her and Hayden come together.  Watching how the decision was made to destroy an evil book, I really wasn’t surprised to see that everyone involved now had a contract out on them or that it came from someone within the Tribunal.  I loved watching how both Kiera and Hayden tried to protect each other in their own ways.  While the danger isn’t over yet, I know that the love that Hayden and Kiera found together will help them survive the worst until they can stop running and just enjoy their lives again.  Strategic Surrender is full of suspense and danger, while equally filled with passion and finally a love that will last the ages and overcome evil.

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 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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FALLING LIGHT by Thea Harrison

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SILK ROAD by T. J. Michaels

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BLADE TO KEEP by Lauren Dane

BLADE TO KEEP by Lauren Dane

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FLAMEBOUND by Tessa Adams

FLAMEBOUND by Tessa Adams

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