Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group

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.

CHOSEN BY BLOOD by Virna DePaul

CHOSEN BY BLOOD by Virna DePaul

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CHOSEN BY BLOOD by Virna DePaulChosen By Blood by Virna DePaul
Series: Para-Ops #1
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Sensation Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyMelissa

Half-breed vampire Knox Deveraux is devoted to his people. As their leader his choices are always determined by what is best for them. A devastating virus has ravaged his people so when the FBI asks him to lead a team of Others to retrieve the stolen cure, he quickly accepts. Especially when he learns that his new job will give him the opportunity to convince FBI agent Felicia Locke of his love and devotion. Felicia and Locke have danced around each other for years and she knows and returns Locke’s feelings but his determination to do what he perceives is best for his people has always come between them. As they hunt the stolen cure Locke and Felicia finally give into the passion between them but Felicia can’t live the life that Locke wants. Can they find away around their different values to find away to stay together and avoid the treachery that would see Locke stripped as leader?

HOLY COW!!!! HOLY COW!!! Let me take a minute and recover! With her first paranormal Virna DePaul knocks it out of the park leaving me panting for more. Knox and Felicia kept me on the edge of my seat wanting them together but aching for the choices Knox faced and desperate for him to make that would allow Felicia to stay with him. Add to this a new world that I am dying to discover and secondary characters that are begging to have stories, and I find myself addicted! I’m jonesing for MORE!! Readers won’t be disappointed with Chosen by Blood, I can’t recommend it highly enough!

ALL THEY EVER WANTED by Tracy Solheim

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ALL THEY EVER WANTED by Tracy SolheimAll They Ever Wanted by Tracy Solheim
Series: Second Chances #2
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Sensation Genres: Contemporary, Suspense

Lori Hunt is on the run from her past.  Currently, she is secretly hiding out as the cook/housekeeper in a small North Carolina town.  Lori knows that if her secret is revealed, there would be hell to pay.  Not one to stay in one place too long, Lori would have left town by now if her boss, Patricia McAlister, did not need her to run the bed and breakfast while she recovers from an accident.

 

Since his adolescent years, Miles McAlister has stuck to his lifelong politician goal.  With his sights set on a US Congressman seat for his hometown, Miles is not up for surprises that could harm his chances of winning the seat.  Miles senses that Lori is not truthful and he is determined to uncover what she is hiding before she could hurt his mother.

 

However, the more time that Miles spends around Lori while digging for information, the more he begins to like her as a woman.  Before long, Lori and Miles find themselves caught up in a love affair.  Will their relationship survive once all is revealed?

 

All They Ever Wanted is a delightful suspense that will have you reading long into the night.  Tracy Solheim did a marvelous job of crafting some highly complicated situations filled with shocking scandals and mortifying secrets.  My eagerness to see just how the storyline would unfold kept me hanging on the edge of my seat and never wanting to put the book down for one minute.  The development of Lori and Miles’ relationship is right on the mark and packed with passion-filled emotion.  There were moments of tears, laughter, anger, and joy.  All in all, a very good read.

 

All They Ever Wanted can be read as a standalone.

ROOKIE MOVE by Sarina Bowen

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ROOKIE MOVE by Sarina BowenRookie Move by Sarina Bowen
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #1
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary, Sports
reviewedbydani

I absolutely love sports romance stories. They could be about hockey, baseball or football and I can sit for hours and devour each and every one. When I saw that Sarina Bowen had a new hockey series coming out I knew I had to read it right away and I didn’t waste any time getting started.

 

In Rookie Move Bowen brings back together a couple that used to date. The feelings that she brings to these characters about seeing one another for the first time in years were out of this world. Leo has been brought to the Brooklyn Bruisers not only to help them gain new fans but to help them win a championship. On the day of his arrival there is a big press conference being held and he is about to come face to face with the woman he has never forgotten.

 

Georgia doesn’t just love hockey but she is the publicist for this growing team. When the team was looking for a new coach she suggested her father because he’s the right man for the job. Minutes before the press conference Georgia hears there is also a new player being added to the team and to her surprise it’s her ex Leo. How is she going to handle the press conference and coming face to face with him again? One step at time; after all she is a professional. When Leo declares her the love of his life in front of the press with live mics things are about to get very interesting and this is only the beginning.

 

Sarina Bowen brings a freshness to her characters that I just couldn’t get enough of. While Leo and Georgia had a past they still had so many feelings that were left unresolved and I couldn’t wait to see how Bowen would have them work it out. While Leo might be a player on the ice this isn’t the case off the ice. Right away I could see how seeing Georgia again got to him and we also get to see how it affected Leo when Georgia left him and boy did I feel sorry for him.

 

The development of the characters during the story grew and never went backwards. Bowen also has to drag up the past a few times before Leo and Georgia can even consider moving forward. Their story takes time and it was worth every moment to see the final outcome. I just loved these two. They had chemistry and a lot of swoon worthy moments. One moment that really stuck with me was when Leo traveled back into the past when things were going on in the present and him wanting to save Georgia this time around. I actually teared up because I could see how it was eating him alive that he wasn’t able to save her the first time.

 

The secondary characters were just as interesting and important as the main characters. I really liked the team and the bond they were building. There are a few funny banter moments that had me cracking up and if each of these players get their own books I will be as happy as a pig playing in the mud – they are just that awesome!

 

Rookie Move is a great start to the Brooklyn Bruisers series and I am excited to dig in deeper with the next installment.

FRENCH WAR BRIDE by Robin Wells

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FRENCH WAR BRIDE by Robin WellsThe French War Bride by Robin Wells
Series: Wedding Tree
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Historical
ReviewedbyMelissa

Amelie O’Connor is 93 and living in an assisted living center when she gets a surprise. She receives a visitor she never expected, the ex-fiancé of her late husband. Amelie was a “war bride” who came back with Jack from France, even though he was already engaged to Kat. After all these years, Kat finally wants the truth about what happened with Amelie and Jack. Amelie finally tells Kat the truth of what happened during the horrendous years of World War 2 when the Nazi’s occupied France and how she and Jack fell in love.

 

I have to admit, this review for The French War Bride was hard to write but not as conflicting as book was to read.  I both liked and disliked Amelie at different times.  I couldn’t quite warm up to her relationship with Jack due to her constant deception. I could understand the reason why she was deceptive.  However, I was also left feeling as though the author had made Kat a thoroughly unlikable person to justify Jack and Amelie’s actions.  While having given both Jack and Amelie shades of gray, the author seemed to make Kat a one- dimensional character.  I’ve read many books by Robin Wells and truly enjoyed them so I have to admit I was shocked to find myself so dissatisfied with this one.  But I think there will be those for who this book hits the right spot but it wasn’t my cup of tea.

APPRENTICE IN DEATH by J. D. Robb

APPRENTICE IN DEATH by J. D. Robb

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ARCHANGEL’S HEART by Nalini Singh

ARCHANGEL’S HEART by Nalini Singh

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WILD EMBRACE by Nalini Singh

WILD EMBRACE by Nalini Singh

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ILLUSION TOWN by Jayne Castle

ILLUSION TOWN by Jayne Castle

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BAY OF SIGHS by Nora Roberts

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THE OBSESSION by Nora Roberts

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STARS OF FORTUNE by Nora Roberts

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INTO THE BLUE by Chanel Cleeton

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A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO SCANDAL by Kathleen Kimmel

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DOMINATED by Maya Banks

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DANGEROUSLY BROKEN by Eden Bradley

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ALLEGIANCE OF HONOR by Nalini Singh

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FIRE TOUCHED by Patricia Briggs

FIRE TOUCHED by Patricia Briggs

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SECRET SISTERS by Jayne Ann Krentz

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