Genre: Urban Fantasy

CRIMSON DEATH by Laurell K. Hamilton

CRIMSON DEATH by Laurell K. Hamilton

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CRIMSON DEATH by Laurell K. HamiltonCrimson Death by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake #25
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

U.S. Marshall Anita Blake discovered her gift as a necromancer very early on in life.  As a young child she mourned the recent death of her pet dog, went to bed one night and woke the next morning to find the dead and buried animal curled up at the foot of her bed.  Anita is considered by many to be the most powerful necromancer of all.

 

The vampires call her The Executioner and recently added the title War to her reputation.  Complicating matters between the human and paranormal population is her relationship with Jean Claude, the vampire Master of the City of St. Louis and now the vampire King of America.  And Jean Claude isn’t the only man in her bed.  There is also Nathaniel a wereleopard, Micah the wereleopard leader or Nimir-Raj, and Nicky a werelion, and several others.  Lastly, there is Damian, her vampire Servant which is completely unheard of.  Anita is well aware that her working life and romantic relationships could fry the brain.  Literally her cup runneth over and her plate is way too full with men and monsters and more.

 

Anita and her lovers are trying to figure out an issue with Damian when she receives a call from the man vampires call Death, good ole boy Ted Forrester, aka Edward.  He needs Anita in Ireland right away, a country thought to be without vampires.  Apparently there’s one on the rampage indiscriminately killing and making newborn vampires every night.

 

Arguing with authorities who have a problem with her kill count while trying to figure out who is decimating the population in Dublin has Anita and her people stretched thin.  With no rhyme or reason behind the acts Anita is scrambling for answers.  Mysterious deaths, bureaucrats, and a bat sh*t crazy vampire called M’Lady are giving Anita a seriously bad day.

 

Author Laurell K. Hamilton’s deliciously dark and dangerous vampire hunter Anita Blake excels with a fresh bone chilling tale.  A potent brew of sensual exploration and pulse pounding drama results in Crimson Death.  As with previous books in this series Crimson Death has an edgy intensity that permeates the character driven storyline.  Anita Blake is hands down a force to be reckoned with.  Fans of the series have watched her stumble and grow into an exceptional character, her strengths and weaknesses fascinating to witness.  Crimson Death presents a riveting tale of Anita’s relationships with Jean Claude, Nathaniel, Damian, and the rest while at the same time a suspenseful mystery slowly unfolds before the kick ass finish.  I Joyfully recommend Crimson Death. Anita Blake is simply unable to disappoint readers.

BURN FOR ME by Ilona Andrews

BURN FOR ME by Ilona Andrews

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BURN FOR ME by Ilona AndrewsBurn For Me by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #1
Published by Avon Genres: Urban Fantasy
ReviewedbyShayna

 

 

In 1863, scientists discovered a serum that unlocked people’s natural magical talents.  Since then, the serum has been locked away, but those whose powers had been awakened passed the magic on to their decedents, until powerful magical Houses had been formed.  Some magical powers are subtle, some are deadly, and if the magic user is a Prime – one who possesses almost godlike powers – people have reason to fear their wrath.

 

Nevada Baylor is a private investigator who keeps her talent for lie-detection under wraps.  When she’s forced to take on a job tracking down a Prime who has power over fire, she knows her abilities will do nothing to help her.  Then she’s kidnapped by Mad Rogan, a Prime with unparalleled telekinetic powers, and Nevada’s skills are put to the test.  Rogan, a devastatingly sensual billionaire, is Nevada’s opposite – powerful, cold, and has little regard for human life.  But the two of them must team up if they want to track down their prey.  And the more time they spend together, the more their mutual attraction threatens to send them up in flames.  That is, if a certain pyrokinetic Prime doesn’t get to them first…

 

Burn for Me is an energetic, exquisitely crafted, utterly imaginative book I could not put down!  Ilona Andrews has hit it out of the park with their first Hidden Legacy novel.

 

Nevada is a small-time private investigator who has worked hard to make her family business strong.  When the company who owns her family’s firm forces her to take on a job she doesn’t have the resources to do, Nevada grits her teeth and takes on the job.  I loved that – even when backed into a corner – Nevada doesn’t lose her spirit.  She’s not invulnerable, but she will sacrifice anything and everything for her loved ones.  Nevada is the kind of strong heroine I love, one who is smart, hardworking, has a spine of steel, but isn’t perfect.  She gets an unlikely ally when she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan, a Prime who is as enigmatic as he is sexy.  Rogan is a complex, fascinating hero who tempts Nevada even though she doesn’t want to be attracted to him.  I loved peeling back the layers to Rogan’s character over the course of the story, and I can’t wait to learn more about him in future books.  He’s devastatingly sensual and isn’t used to anyone naysaying him.  Which, of course, is why Nevada is so perfect for him.  They heat up the pages of Burn for Me in a way that would put a pyrokinetic to shame, and every time things got intense between them I was totally engrossed in the story.  They don’t have a romance, per se, but there is the beginnings of what should be a powerful relationship that left me desperate to get my hands on the next Hidden Legacy book.

 

I’m a longtime fan of author duo Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series, so when I started Burn for Me I was a little bit worried I wouldn’t find the world as deeply compelling as I do Kate’s world.  I shouldn’t have worried.  The magic of Nevada and Rogan’s world is different, yet no less well thought out or intriguing.  The search for Adam, a pyrokinetic Prime, is an adrenaline-packed hunt that is so much more complicated than either Nevada or the reader initially know.  Every piece of the puzzle Nevada and Rogan find leads to another question, and though one plotline is resolved in Burn for Me, it’s clear that there’s going to be an overarching series storyline that is just as exciting.  I finished Burn for Me a well-satisfied reader, but I know there’s so much more to learn about the fabulous Hidden Legacy characters and often dangerous world they live in.  Bring on White Hot!

FIRE TOUCHED by Patricia Briggs

FIRE TOUCHED by Patricia Briggs

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FIRE TOUCHED by Patricia BriggsFire Touched by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #9
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Urban Fantasy
ReviewedbyJo

Life is pretty good right now for Mercy, Adam, Jesse, and the rest of the Columbia Basin Pack with only the daily pack grips to deal with.  Mercy has healed from their last adventure that destroyed her shop and almost killed her.  Best of all, Mercy and Adam’s relationship has never been hotter.  Of course, that all changes when the Fae decide to take another strike at the world and this time using the Tri-Cities as ground zero.  Mercy, Adam, and several of the pack show up and ultimately defeat the giant troll who was causing harm and destroying just about anything within its reach.

 

Just when the battle was at the point either side could have won, the pack received assistance from old friends and a mysterious newcomer.  Mercy, then fed up with the BS, makes a proclamation that will change not only the pack’s lives, but every life worldwide before it’s over.  The only question is, whether that change will be a good thing for the future or descend many lives into chaos.  The immediate outcome of that one statement will hit Mercy hard, but Adam’s love and the backing of the pack will keep Mercy on track.  In the world of the paranormal, strength and respect is everything and that is exactly what will be needed before Mercy, Adam, and the entire Columbia Basin pack and a few friends find a way to not only make peace with the Fae, but also give all sides—

humans, packs, clans, Fae, and all other paranormal entities—a way to end the chaos and save face while doing so.  Of course, before that happens, there will be a few dissenters that will need to be taken care of and lots of danger to get around.

 

Now the really hard work is about to begin, and it is topped off with a few pans of well-deserved, yummy brownies.  After all, everyone knows that chocolate makes everything better.

 

The world has been getting more and more dangerous since the Fae separated themselves from the world and then started proving all over again just how scary they really were.  Mercy and Adam always knew their lives would be interesting and not in a good way sometimes, but now it appears they will also be the ones behind a way to help the world come back together—maybe even better than it was before.  Fire Touched follows the very dangerous and yet necessary path as Mercy, Adam, and all the others find a way to help the humans, Fae, and paranormal entities find a way to talk to each other again.  By the time I finished this book, all I could think of was wow, and I so wanted one of those iced brownies.  You will understand once you read the book, because everything is tied together.  I loved how easy and natural Adam and Mercy’s relationship is now and how the pack worked…well, after a certain meeting.  Even more, I enjoyed learning more about what was behind the Fae’s recent and not so recent actions.  That Mercy and Adam ended up being in deadly danger to achieve their ending was no surprise, yet I loved reading every single word about what they were doing and why.  To me, Fire Touched seemed to be a major arc turning point, and I can’t wait to see what direction Mercy and Adam’s world turns to next.  There is so much more I would love to discuss, yet it would take away others’ enjoyment of the book, so all I will say is this is a must-read for any Mercy Thompson lovers, and it just had to be Joyfully Recommended as a true keeper.

SHOALMAN IMMORTAL by Toni Decker

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SHOALMAN IMMORTAL by Toni DeckerShoalman Immortal by Toni Decker
Series: The Shoalman Chronicles #2
Published by Self Published Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Kyrissa Spears has a gift.  However, her gift is also a curse because her paintings capture emotions to the point where it can literally kill the person she paints and Kyrissa has no control over it.  After much extensive research, Kyrissa discovers that Robert Shoalman can assist her to gain control over her power.  Will Kyrissa be able to convince Robert to help her?

 

Robert Shoalman is an immortal.  After five centuries of loneliness and battling the pain from his demons, Robert yearns for death.  That is until he meets Kyrissa Spears.  Will Robert secretly encourage Kyrissa to paint his death or will he give into his desire to claim her as his woman?

 

I really want to like this series, however, I just cannot get into it.  After having read book one in The Shoalman Chronicles, I must admit that Shoalman Immortal, book two, did not hold my interest as much as I would have liked.  While the characters are intriguing, I felt that there were some instances in the storyline that I could have dealt without.  The courtship between Kyrissa and Robert travels down a rough and difficult road, but in the end it is well worth it.  The couple’s passion is intense and a joy to read.  I really like how Kyrissa is able to show Robert his self-worth and how she refuses to give up on their love.  But, other than that, the plot leaves a lot to be desired.

IMAGES ETERNAL by Toni Decker

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IMAGES ETERNAL by Toni DeckerImages Eternal by Toni Decker
Series: The Shoalman Chronicles #1
Published by Self Published Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Mandy Hayworth, a well-known music photographer, wants to know why the newest lead singer of the Demon Dogs rock band refuses to be interviewed or take band photos.  One way or another, Mandy is determined to discover the reasoning behind his mystery regardless if she is attracted to him or not.

 

On one hand, Lucien Solvak is a guardian – a protector against the evil that is threating to release a massive, destructive curse on mankind.  On the flipside, Lucien has a passion for music, so much that he is the lead singer of a local band.

 

Lucien’s band needs the endorsement from Mandy Hayworth for their band’s big break in the music industry.  But then, Lucien discovers that her camera could expose his true identity.  Caught in a bind, Lucien must decide which is more significant – his music, a romantic relationship with Mandy, or his duty as a guardian because there is no way he can have all three.  Or, is there?

 

I have mixed feelings about Images Eternal.  I really like the chemistry between Mandy and Lucien.  It is explosively hot.  There are no doubts about the sexual tension between the two.  Both Mandy and Lucien are likable characters and their interactions keep the plot moving along.  What is bothersome to me are the other aspects of the storyline.  For instance, what is the history behind the demons, what does it mean to be a guardian, and what is the curse?  I wanted more details, but they did not come.  I am hoping that the next installment will give more insight.

AT BLADE’S EDGE by Lauren Dane

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PASSIONATE INVESTIGATIONS by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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AIDEN’S ANGEL by Aundrea Singer

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BOUNDARY CROSSED by Melissa F. Olson

BOUNDARY CROSSED by Melissa F. Olson

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EDGED BLADE by J. C. Walker

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BLADE ON THE HUNT by Lauren Dane

BLADE ON THE HUNT by Lauren Dane

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A STITCH ON TIME by Yolanda Sfetsos

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A SECRET TO DIE FOR by Sierra Dean

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STRATEGIC SURRENDER by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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WARLOCK UNBOUND by Stephani Hecht

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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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