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SHADOW SPELL by Nora Roberts

SHADOW SPELL by Nora Roberts

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SHADOW SPELL by Nora RobertsShadow Spell by Nora Roberts
Series: The Cousins O'Dwyer #2
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Penguin on 2014-03-25
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 352
Reviewed by Shayna

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts comes a trilogy about the land we’re drawn to, the family we learn to cherish, and the people we long to love... Book Two of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy Shadow Spell With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O’Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It’s where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can’t be broken... A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape—by a long-awaited kiss. Meara Quinn is Branna’s best friend, a sister in all but blood. Her and Connor’s paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback across the lush countryside. She has the eyes of a gypsy and the body of a goddess...things Connor has always taken for granted—until his brush with death propels them into a quick, hot tangle. Plenty of women have found their way to Connor’s bed, but none to his heart until now. Frustratingly, Meara is okay with just the heat, afraid to lose herself—and their friendship—to something more. But soon, Connor will see the full force and fury of what runs in his blood. And he will need his family and friends around him when his past rolls in like the fog, threatening an end to all he loves... Don’t miss Book One in the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy Dark Witch And the final book in the trilogy Blood Magick This Book Is Bound with

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Long ago, the Dark Witch Sorcha fought to destroy the evil sorcerer Cabhan, a man obsessed with her and the power he wanted to take from her.  Though Sorcha perished trying to destroy Cabhan, her legacy lives on.  Centuries have passed, and now three cousins have taken up the fight.

 

As the best friend of Branna O’Dwyer, Meara Quinn has run tame in the O’Dwyer household for years.  To Connor, she’s a close friend and a loved one, but nothing more than that.  Until the battle against Cabhan begins in earnest.  When Connor is attacked by the dark sorcerer one night, everything changes for him and Meara.  Sparks fly between them, leading to a romance neither expected.  But will their newfound relationship make them stronger in the days ahead, or will it give their enemy the opening he needs to destroy everything and everyone Connor and Meara hold dear?

 

Return to the mist-covered lands of County Mayo, where magick both good and ill lie in wait in Shadow Spell.  The second Cousins O’Dwyer book is even better than the first as the three Dark Witches and the three who love them raise the stakes in the battle against Cabhan.

 

Though Shadow Spell truly has six heroes (as the overarching storyline involves all six), Connor and Meara are at the center of it all this time around.  I adore a good friends-to-lovers story, and in my opinion Ms. Roberts writes some of the best.  Connor and Meara have been friends all their lives, and there’s something about them that just works on every level.  I liked how they were both a bit stymied by their mutual attraction – it’d be a pity and unrealistic if things were too easy – but ultimately theirs was an organic transition from lifelong friends to a romantic relationship.  Even with its ups and downs thanks to internal and external obstacles, their journey to happily ever after was beautiful to watch.

 

As much as I adored the romance between Connor and Meara, I can’t write about Shadow Spell without talking about the ongoing magickal battle.  Connor, Meara, Branna, Fin, Iona, and Boyle have learned much since Dark Witch and their power continues to grow even as the book’s central two are targeted by Cabhan.  Though Shadow Spell is in many ways a bridge book and you know Cabhan won’t be defeated until Blood Magick, the action in this particularly story was no less compelling for it being a middle book.

 

Some truly charming moments between family and friends round out Shadow Spell, adding further emotion and moments of levity to the story.  All in all, I loved Shadow Spell.  It swept me off to another world for a few hours, and I loved getting lost in the lyricism of Ms. Roberts’s writing.  Joyfully Recommended!

MOON BURNING by Lucy Monroe

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MOON BURNING by Lucy MonroeMoon Burning by Lucy Monroe
Series: Children of the Moon #3
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Sensation Genres: Paranormal
Reviewed by Miranda

Sabrine is the protector of her raven shifter clan. She is searching for a sacred stone that was taken from her clan by the dastardly Donegal clan. Werewolves and Ravens have been enemies for centuries, so it’s not surprising to Sabrine that the Donegal wolves stole their stone. Sabrine is willing to do whatever it takes to get it back including infiltrating the enemy camp.

Barr never asked to be the new laird of the Donegal clan but it doesn’t take him long to realize the guy he replaced is as corrupt as they come. It is now his job to turn this clan around and get rid of the riff raff. The clan is his primary focus until he gets pleasantly distracted by a lovely lass he finds in the woods. He doesn’t believe he’s getting the whole story from the lass but he is beguiled by her and claims her under his protection.

Barr and Sabrine may not build their relationship on trust but they have plenty of fiery chemistry to make up for it. Can two natural born enemies find love together? Will they survive the enemies that lie underneath their noses?

Action, passion and a clever plot make Moon Burning a sizzling story! Barr and Sabrine are like star-crossed lovers fated to be together and yet they are born enemies. The scenes between them are overflowing with skyrocketing fireworks. Whether they are arguing or making up these two know how to turn the heat up a notch. Sabrine and Barr are both fierce characters and they bring their strong wills to the relationship making for some interesting situations. The story underlying the relationship is fast-paced and intriguing. It is easy to be drawn to the characters and the situations they are facing. Lucy Monroe’s storytelling is suave and exciting. This is my first Children of the Moon novel and I can’t wait to read the next. It’s not necessary to have read the first two novels to enjoy Moon Burning.

NEVER ENOUGH by Lauren Dane

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NEVER ENOUGH by Lauren DaneNever Enough by Lauren Dane
Series: Brown Siblings #4
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Penguin on 2011-09-06
Genres: Erotica
Pages: 320
Reviewed by Jo

From the national bestselling author of Inside Out--a sizzling story of insatiable passion. Gillian Forrester spent her life running...until Miles came along. The moment she held her older sister's unwanted newborn, Gillian stopped running and began building a life for her adopted son. Now, thirteen years later, Gillian's sister reveals the father's identity on her deathbed-a revelation that shakes Gillian to her core.Adrian Brown is the epitome of the successful rock star. It takes a lot to shock him-but the bombshell that he has a son rocks his world. And Adrian is even more surprised when the buttoned-up elegant woman who's raising him ignites his erotic and romantic attention-and engages his heart.

Adrian Brown decided last year to take some down time to spend with his family and friends and to just enjoy life. His life as a famous rock star puts many demands on his time and energy which Adrian loves – don’t think he doesn’t, but he just knew that there was more out there than just the rock star life. Unfortunately the rock star life in public also puts him in line for some bogus claims. Which is what he instantly thought was happening when he learned about Gillian Forrester’s story.

Gillian Forrester has adopted and raised her sister’s son from the moment of his birth. Originally from England and wanting a career in music, all that changed when she was presented Miles. Gillian never knew who the father was until just recently when her sister died and told her on her death bed. After some serious heart wrenching thought, Gillian has decided that Miles needs to know his father and decides to approach Adrian and his family. What she doesn’t expect is the slap in the face she gets at first, nor the attraction she feels for Adrian once they actually meet.

Adrian is mad at first and then afraid to believe that this child is his. Scared enough that he offends Gillian trying to protect himself. But when the truth rises up and hits him in the chest, Adrian is now determined to learn all he can about Miles and find a place for him in his life. With his family backing him and more than willing to accept new members into their extended family, Adrian reaches out to both Gillian and Miles. The attraction between Gillian and Adrian makes it even harder to bring Miles and Adrian together as neither want to risk hurting Miles. Just when it looks like it will finally be smooth sailing, both of their pasts strike out and puts a ripping tear into their budding relationship. When the misunderstandings are cleared up, has too much been said in shock and anger for Gillian and Adrian to have the forever they both wanted so much?

A little boy brings two huge and loving hearts together in a passion that will rock forever. It’s for the love of Miles that brings Gillian and Adrian together in Never Enough. I can just imagine how hard it was for Gillian to decide to first approach Adrian, and then to deal with his response. I could tell then that it really was the love for her son that had her responding to Adrian after the first nasty meeting. While I could understand why Adrian acted as he did, I loved that he was willing to admit he was jerk over part of his reaction. Watching the normal bumps and bruises of combining families brought both smiles and frowns to me. Yet I was pretty sure they could all work it out, however I have to say that I was very unsure of that after the last bomb hit and I saw how the Brown’s reacted. It proved to me just how large Gillian’s heart was when I saw a forgiveness that did have me all but tearing up. Never Enough is a love story with a side of rock and roll that follows a very modern love story with all the normal ups and downs and then tosses in the paparazzi chaos as a topper. Never Enough is another winner in the Brown Siblings series.

SERPENT’S KISS by Thea Harrison

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SERPENT’S KISS by Thea HarrisonSerpent's Kiss by Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races #3
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Paranormal
Reviewed by Jo
Rune Ainissesthai is gryphon, a Wyr sentinel, and he is also the First for the Lord of Wry, Dragos Cuelebre.  In order to save a good friend and a fellow sentinel, Rune agreed to an unknown favor of Carling in the heat of the moment.  Now Rune is back home and has just gotten word that his time to repay the favor is now.  Rune has been given leave from Dragos and is now headed to California to see what he agreed to.
 
Carling Severan is a Vampire Sorceress, who also happens to be the Vampire Queen. Carling has been ruling the vampires for quite a long time, but for a while she has been dealing with a severe problem.  One that could risk all she loves and that is why she called Rune. However, Carling’s temper wasted that favor before it was even asked.  Good thing for her that Rune has decided he isn’t ready to leave Carling or her island yet.
 
Rune realized after meeting Carling again why he would agree to an unknown favor from someone that powerful – he was more than attracted to her.  Learning that death was beckoning Carling had Rune deciding to make sure death never won while he was around.  In a world there only the powerful ruled and survived, Rune and Carling will have to battle friends and foe alike to save Carling’s life and their love. 
 
A Gryphon Sentinel and a Vampire Queen find a love that will defy all odds in Serpent’s Kiss.  There was so much I wanted to say above but all of this seemed like too much, so I will just say you must read Rune and Carling’s adventures to understand all they go through to keep the love they find.  I have to say I was shocked a few times by the things they had to go through, both together and individually.  Rune and Carling might not have been a couple I would have picked but they proved that they were meant to be by the time I turned the last page.  Serpent’s Kiss has everything I love in a novel, passion, deep love that is mixed up with humor and suspense to keep me on my toes. 
 
I can’t wait to see the next chapter in the Elder Races series.  After you read about Rune and Carling, I have a feeling you will be waiting right along with me.
ORACLE’S MOON by Thea Harrison

ORACLE’S MOON by Thea Harrison

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ORACLE’S MOON by Thea HarrisonOracle's Moon by Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races #4
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Paranormal
Reviewed by Jo
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Grace Andreas never thought about having to deal with her family’s legacy because she was the second daughter.  However when her sister and her husband are killed, Grace suddenly finds herself the mother of her sister’s two children and the new Oracle of Louisville.  Grace ended up with these powers cold and is doing a serious learning on the job routine.  All of this has shaken Grace and her self-confidence.  It’s doesn’t help that now she has two children who are depending on her and must deal with the call of the Elder Races along with others all while trying to figure out how to pay the bills.  Being an Oracle no longer pays – literally.
 
Khalil, Demonkind and Djinn Prince of House Marid, fell for the two children that are now under the care of Grace.  He has serious doubts about her ability to keep them safe and has declared himself the guardian for both of them.  As such, he has inserted himself into Grace’s family house.  For Khalil there is a second reason to move into the house.  He also wants to show Grace the error of her ways on how she thinks and treats the Elder Races and to show them the respect they deserve.
 
Grace can’t believe that now on top of everything else she has a Djinn living in her house and that he seems to look down on everything she does.  Things change in their relationship as Khalil learns why Grace pinches pennies and lets the house be as it is.  While Khalil and Grace discover just how thin the line is in between annoyance and passion, someone is trying to kill Grace.  Now Khalil is mad and he will track down who is trying to kill Grace and harm the kids he has claimed.  He is also going to solve this problem of the Elder Races taking advantage of Grace.  Grace might not have wanted to be the Oracle at first, but now she is learning how her powers can help others have a better life.  For the first time since it happened, Grace sees just how important the Oracle of Louisville is, but has that vision come too late for everyone?
 
Can an Oracle and a Djinn discover how to keep the passion that has surrounded them when someone wants to end the Oracle’s visions permanently?  In Oracle’s Moon Grace and Khalil learn this answer and a lot others in their race against time.  I was amazed to see how badly Oracle’s had been treated for so many years.  From being treated as an honored deity to living hand to mouth was a wake up call.  I wanted to give Grace a hug several times just because she wasn’t letting her circumstances stop her from doing her best.  Watching the change in Khalil from an arrogant Djinn to an understanding and loving man was a journey all in itself.  I have to admit that I had to shake my head at the stupidity of the person trying to continue to harm Grace after Khalil had claimed her and the children.  I just knew that they would get what was coming to them when faced with a mad Djinn and a powerful Oracle with two children to protect.  I loved how the community came to Grace’s aid and how she in turn used her powers to help them.  By the end, I knew that no one would be taking advantage of the Oracle of Louisville or anyone close to her ever again. 
 
Oracle’s Moon takes you on a journey of despair, danger, passion and lasting love.  One that had me reading long into the night and hoping I wouldn’t run out of pages even though I knew the journey would eventually end.  I loved Grace and Khalil’s story for so many reasons and it became my second favorite of the series – right after Dragon Bound.  There is no doubt in my mind that Oracle’s Moon deserves to be Joyfully Recommended.  If you haven’t started reading about The Elder Races yet, I urge you to begin now – you won’t regret it.
 
 

 

HEART OF DARKNESS by Lauren Dane

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WHISPERS IN THE DARK by Maya Banks

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WHEN YOU TRUST ME by Beth Kery

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WHEN YOU SUBMIT by Beth Kery

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WHEN WE TOUCH by Beth Kery

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