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IF HE’S DANGEROUS by Hannah Howell

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IF HE’S DANGEROUS by Hannah HowellIf He's Dangerous by Hannah Howell
Series: The Wherlocke Series #4
Published by Kensington Publishing Corp. on 2011-06-07
Genres: Historical
Pages: 352
Reviewed by Vanessa

New York Times bestseller Hannah Howell’s extraordinary Wherlocke family returns with the story of a passion that will heed no resistance, no matter how deadly…When Lorelei Sundun first finds Sir Argus Wherlocke in her garden, she’s never heard of the mysterious Wherlocke clan-or their otherworldly abilities. That changes the moment she watches Argus-the most tantalizing man she’s ever seen-disappear before her very eyes. What she’s witnessed should be impossible. But so should falling in love with a man she’s only just met…Pursued by a madman intent on harnessing the Wherlockes’ talents as weapons, Argus meant to seek help from his family, not to involve a duke’s lovely daughter in the struggle. But now, the enchanting Lorelei is his only hope for salvation-and the greatest temptation he’s ever faced…Praise for Hannah Howell and If He’s Wicked

Lorelei Sundun, the daughter of a Duke, discerns a naked man standing in her father’s garden.  The apparition that soon fades has requested her assistance by way of contacting his family.  Lorelei is at first reluctant to believe her eyes, but she soon sets out to do as the Argus Wherlocke has asked.  With her uncanny ability to find anyone or anything, Lorelei soon uncovers the place that Argus is being held against his will.  Rescuing him was the easy part.  Now she finds that he has captured her heart, and she would like to capture this reluctant man’s heart as well!

Argus Wherlocke has let his guard down to his own peril.  In trusting someone else, he has been captured and has endured torture and beatings while being cuffed to his bed in a dark, dingy cellar.  Using one of his gifts, he inadvertently reaches out to Lorelei for help before he is removed from this earth permanently.  Soon Argus discovers that he has jumped from the pot into the frying pan by hiding out with the lovely Lorelei Sundun.  Because now he finds that, despite his avowals of being an honorable knight, he is very attracted to the aristocratic woman who has freed him from his bondage.  Argus can NOT offer marriage to Lorelei as he doesn’t believe in it, but he can’t ruin her either.  Will he be able to steer clear of the temptation that is Lorelei as he and his “gifted” family uncover the treachery that is after them, or will he soon find himself dragged to the altar to make Lorelei a suitable husband?

If He’s Dangerous began as a very intriguing mystery with very likeable characters that you wanted to unravel and get to know.  It was full of humor and an innocent heroine who sought knowledge through books.  If He’s Dangerous has all the characters, plots, and intrigues that are rampant in Hannah Howell’s earlier works.  I found myself drawn into the mysteries of If He’s Dangerous, but I soon felt that it was too similar to some of Hannah Howell’s previous stories.  I had read several before and had to stop as I felt they were too much alike and I couldn’t distinguish between any of them.  Yet, If He’s Dangerous wasn’t a total bomb for me because the protagonists and her family were quite entertaining.  The explanation for Argus and Lorelei’s easy acceptance of one another was very believable given that her family is so eccentric.  Argus’ push/pull of Lorelei was even slightly amusing as he fought his desire and temptation to have her despite his honor and knightliness to not spoil her good name.

Introducing so many characters can be off-putting as you try to keep them straight, but they just added to the colorful cast in If He’s Dangerous.  I’m sure that I would have gotten more out of If He’s Dangerous had I read the previous books, but I was not completely lost with this one.  I understood why Argus didn’t want to tangle with Lorelei, and I believe you can gain much satisfaction from If He’s Dangerous if you are a Hannah Howell fan.

CLAIMED by Rebecca Zanetti

CLAIMED by Rebecca Zanetti

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CLAIMED by Rebecca ZanettiClaimed by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Dark Protectors # 2
Published by Kensington Publishing Corp. on 2011-10-25
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 256
Reviewed by Miranda

A DARING RESCUEEmma Paulsen is a geneticist driven by science. But she’s also a psychic, so when a dark, good-hearted vampire frees her from the clutches of the evil Kurjans, she realizes he must be the man who’s been haunting her dreams. But with a virus threatening vampires’ mates, Emma may discover a whole new meaning of “lovesick”…A DEADLY DECISIONAs King of the Realm, Dage Kayrs has learned to practice diplomacy. Still, it’s taken three hundred years to find his mate, so he’ll stop at nothing to protect her—even if it means turning his back on his own kind…Praise for Rebecca Zanetti’s thrilling debut Fated“Hot and fast from beginning to end.”—Kate Douglas

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Emma Paulsen has been running for months. She is a geneticist. Unknowingly her lab was being used as a research facility for the evil Kurjans. The Kurjans plan to find a way to take their enemies’ mates. Emma will do anything to keep that from happening since her sister is now mated to a vampire. Emma has psychic premonitions and knows things are going to get rough before they get better for those she loves. She is determined to protect those she loves if it’s the last thing she does. However, she will have to escape the Kurjans first.

Dage Kayrs is the King of the Realm. He’s a vampire but he rules over most supernatural beings. He has waited three hundred years to find his mate. He has had visions of her and the anticipation has only intensified. Knowing his mate is in danger, Dage will stop at nothing to protect her but he has to find her first. Finding and rescuing Emma from the clutches of the kurjans may be the easy part. Making her believe he can love and protect her and her family will be a war in itself. 

With the Kurjan virus finding victims, the hope of the realm lands on Emma’s shoulders. Will she find a cure to this devastating virus before it takes those she loves the most? Can Emma let down her shields enough to let in her King and mate?

All of my favorite characters are back in this second installment of the Dark Protector series, Claimed. I thought the first book Fated started off with a bang, well Ms. Zanetti must be determined to outdo herself because Claimed drops you into the heart pounding action on page one and doesn’t let you take a breath until it’s over. I am awestruck at the outstanding visuals that propel these scenes to a higher level. 

Emma and Dage burn up the pages of Claimed with their passionate battle of wills. Emma’s history keeps her from trusting easily or giving her love. She is a very independent woman used to taking care of herself and she’s not ready to hand over that duty to someone else. Dage is a typical male alpha vampire he’s been waiting for his mate for centuries. It’s so difficult for him not to lock her in a room to protect her from herself and everyone else. He doesn’t want anything to happen to any of his people much less the woman he will spend the rest of his life with. Now, I think he is pretty patient with Emma at first. However, I do just love when he finally has enough of her denial and starts showing her exactly how he feels. Emma and Dage’s mating dance is as humorous as it is hot. 

I love that Claimed gives the reader a bigger glimpse into the different races that make up the supernatural realm. Witches, prophets, werewolves, shifters and even demons get a little face time in Claimed. We learn more about the Kayrs brothers and their powers. I’m excited about some of the other matings to come. These couples take passion to new heights. Katie the powerful lioness is back and I love her storyline I cannot wait to read more about her! Mostly I’m thrilled to get to know little Janie better. Janie is a sweet child and it seems there will be no end to her power. We get hints as to what will happen in the future and I am so excited to learn more about this child and her impact on the future of the realm. 

The latest supernatural showdown between the vampires and the kurjans blows away the competition. Rebecca Zanetti’s Claimed brings the paranormal genre to a new heightened level of sophistication. You don’t want to miss this Joyfully Reviewed Recommended Read.

THE HUNTER by Theresa Meyer

THE HUNTER by Theresa Meyer

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THE HUNTER by Theresa MeyerThe Hunter by Theresa Meyers
Series: The Legend Chronicles #1
Published by Kensington Publishing Corp. on 2011-11-01
Genres: Historical, Science Fiction, Steampunk
Pages: 352
Reviewed by Jo

They're the Chosen--Winchester, Remington and Colt--brothers trained to hunt down supernatural beings using the latest steam-powered gadgetry. It's a hard legacy to shoulder, and it's about to get a lot more dangerous. . . A Devil Of A JobColt Jackson has gotten his name on many a wanted poster with success in the family business: hunting supernaturals across the frontier. Lately, though, there's a sulfur stink in the wind and the Darkin population is exploding. A rift in the worlds is appearing. To close it, Colt will have to do the unthinkable and work with a demon to pass arcane boundaries no human alone can cross.Except when he summons his demon, he doesn't get some horned monstrosity: he gets a curvy redheaded succubus named Lilly, who's willing to make a bargain to become human again. He also gets Lilly's secret expertise on the machinations on the dark side of the rift. And her charm and cleverness help to get them out of what his silver-loaded pistol and mechanical horse can't. Of course, when all hell breaks loose, he might have to sacrifice his soul. But what's adventure without a little risk?

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Colt Jackson discovered his family legacy the hard way – by almost dying from a paranormal creature of the night known as Darkin.  That day changed how Colt lived his life and viewed those around him.  As far as Colt is concerned the only good Darkin is a dead one.  That has made him a very good hunter and one that most Darkins have on their most wanted list.  Colt knows that civilization will crease if those in hell can have access to a way out.  He is on the hunt to find a way to stop it and wouldn’t you know it – he is going to have to get a Darkin to help him.

 

Lily Arliss is a succubus demon now, but she was once a normal human and really wants to be that way again.  Giving her soul up to save a loved one, Lily has come to discover there are many types of hell.  When Lily is sent on a mission to get close to Colt, to take his soul and to discover what he is looking for, Lily agrees to help, but she has a mission of her own.  The biggest worry Lily has is if she can get Colt to work with her before he kills her.

 

Colt can’t believe how strongly he is attracted to Lily.  At first he believes the lust must be from her talents and yet he agrees to a partnership with Lily – a cautious one.  However, as their adventures go on, the attraction between Lily and Colt only gets stronger.  Their hunt for a part of Colt’s family legacy makes them both face fears with the help of each other.  A final battle is brewing with Colt and Lily on one side and the demon that has Lily’s soul on the other.  When the dust settles will Colt and Lily survive to discover the love that is just at their fingertips? 

 

The Wild West comes alive when a hunter and a demon find passion.  The Hunter brings Lily and Colt together in a way neither would have expected.  Right off I have to say I loved this world and the Jackson brothers.  I wanted to give Colt a hug when he learned about what his family was.  Lily also had me when I learned exactly why she sold her soul – and I probably would have done the same thing for that reason.  I did not want Colt and Lily’s adventures to end and yet I loved how it turned out for them.  Steampunk has been a long time favorite of mine and I have to say that Ms. Meyers has a wonderful grip on just what that world is.  I can’t wait until I can see what adventures Colt’s brothers come to and just how their ultimate hunt ends. The Hunter is steampunk at its best with adventures, mechanical wonders and of course a hot and passionate romance.  Saying all that, of course I have to Joyfully Recommend it.  If you have not tried steampunk yet, The Hunter would be a great way to begin your journey in to this unique world.

SHADOWMAN by Erin Kellison

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SHADOWMAN by Erin KellisonShadowman by Erin Kellison
Series: Shadow
Published by Kensington Publishing Corp. on 2011-09-06
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 368
Reviewed by Miranda

“Powerful and fast-paced…a riveting read.” --Nina Bangs on Shadow BoundGHOSTSThey haunt the halls of the Segue Institute, terrifying the living, refusing to cross over. But one soul is driven by a very different force.LOVEIt survives even death. And Kathleen O’Brien swore she would return to those she was forced to leave too soon.SHADOWMAN
He broke every rule to have her in life;now he will defy the angels to find her in death.
Forging it is his single hope of being reunited with his beloved, but through it an abomination enters the world. Leaving a trail of blood and violence, the devil hunts her too. Pursued through realms of bright fantasy and dark reality, Kathleen is about to be taken. . . “Fans of dark drama will be captivated by this intense new series.” –Romantic Times
Kathleen O’Brien loved her Shadowman more than anything in the world.  He stayed by her side throughout many trials and together they created life but hers would be cut short. Katherine vowed to be reunited with her Shadowman and their child.
Shadowman searched the Heavens above for his beloved Kathleen, but could not find her. There was only one place left to search and that is the Hells below, but first he must build a gate.  Shadowman is a dark fae lord and the only one capable of such a feat. 
Layla Mathews is a reporter seeking the story of a lifetime.  She needs a picture of the infamous Talia Thorne for her story and she’s willing to go to great lengths to get it.  Those extremes land her on the dark and spooky docks where she finds herself the victim of violence. Fortunately, a brave and handsome man comes to her aid, but he is too late to keep her from unknowingly unleashing destruction upon the earth.
Shadowman has finally found Kathleen’s soul now all he has to do is make her remember their love for each other and keep her alive.  Fate has twisted her cruel knife once again and she plans to take away Shadowman’s love but he will do whatever it takes to keep the woman he loves alive. 
Shadowman is a stunning, unbelievably sentimental paranormal love story.  The novel keeps the reader enthralled from page one.  The intense love between the hero and heroine is felt immediately only to be taken away soon thereafter.  I love the fact that the characters must then work to find that love once again. 
The hero and heroine of Shadowman are both so incredibly strong.  The lengths these two are willing to go through to be together are breathtaking.  I felt consumed by this unique and compelling love story.  I couldn’t wait to find out how the fated hero and heroine were going to find their way back to each other.  Their journey is excitingly tense and passionate. I don’t want to give away the particulars of this story because Ms. Kellison has created something extremely cool here. I want to say that I truly love the journey that Shadowman goes on.  He faces many different emotions and for a character that is essentially death it is thrilling to see how he handles feelings of love.  Erin Kellison has created magic with her Shadow series.  I can’t wait to read what she writes next. 
SIMPLY FORBIDDEN by Kate Pearce

SIMPLY FORBIDDEN by Kate Pearce

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SIMPLY FORBIDDEN by Kate PearceSimply Forbidden by Kate Pearce
Series: House of Pleasure #6
Published by Kensington Publishing Corp. on 2011-02-01
Genres: Erotica
Pages: 304
Reviewed by Shayna

Your most scorching desires come blissfully true at Madame Helene's Pleasure House--an elite brothel in Regency England where passion has no limits. . .Nothing's More Satisfying Than. . .With an unconventional upbringing and a reputation as a shameless flirt, Lisette Delornay-Ross is not your typical young lady of the ton. Unlike her peers, she is not afraid to follow her desires. And what she desires is Major Lord Gabriel Swanfield. . .Fulfilling Forbidden Passions. . .Returned to England after his harrowing ordeal as a war prisoner, Gabriel has shunned society. When Lisette brazenly confronts him, he feels an overwhelming stirring of lust. He's sure she would never entertain the illicit desires he indulges at Madame Helene's. But when he kisses her, he discovers her thirst for pleasure--and adventure--matches his. . .Praise for Kate Pearce's Simply Sexual<P

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At Madame Helene’s House of Pleasure, nothing is forbidden.  In the social world of London’ston, almost everything is, provided you’re an unmarried woman.  Lisette Delornay-Ross is both part and apart of both societies.  She’s the daughter of the infamous Madame Helene, and, when she was younger, acted out by enjoying the world of the pleasure house.  However, now that her younger, “legitimate” half-sister is coming out into society, Lisette is attempting to be the model of propriety.  Neither total abandon nor formidable strictures suit her, so Lisette lives a sort of half-life…until she meets Major Lord Gabriel Swanfield.

Gabriel’s upbringing has also been atypical, but unlike Lisette, the result of his past is that he has a very conventional view on women and marriage.  The problem is, Gabriel’s desires don’t fit his definition of “ordinary” and the fiery Lisette only heightens his illicit cravings.  One kiss, one taste, one touch is all it takes for Gabriel to question the path he has chosen to take.  But in trying to give Lisette what he thinks she wants, will he ruin their chance at a love, while unconventional, could make them both happier than they have ever been?

Get ready for the first truly spectacular book of 2011!  Simply Forbidden dazzles with its rich characterization, sexy-as-sin eroticism, and beautiful romance.

Lisette charmed me from the first in her parents’ story, Simply Shameless, and I’ve been looking forward ever since to her romance.  She’s an extraordinary heroine, filled with life, intelligence, and kindness, but there’s hidden vulnerabilities in her that she doesn’t always recognize.  She grew up in a French convent and wasn’t aware of her mother’s business until she was a teenager.  She also had no idea who her father was until that time.  Though she now has her family all together, Lisette has never trusted anyone not to abandon her, save her twin, Christian, and he has pulled away from her as well.  Lisette tugged at my heartstrings and I could see why she felt alone in a crowd.  Gabriel’s history also has left him with abandonment issues and the two are well-matched in that regard.  They strengthen each other, help one another learn to trust, to take a chance and open their heart.  Both Lisette and Gabriel make plenty of mistakes as they fall in love, but they learn and grow from them, their relationship coming out stronger because of it.

Simply Forbidden is the sixth book in Kate Pearce’s House of Pleasure series but it can be read as a standalone.  Fans of the series will rejoice that many of the characters from the previous books (Simply SexualSimply SinfulSimply ShamelessSimply Wicked, andSimply Insatiable) are at least mentioned, and as one might expect, Lisette’s parents play strong supporting roles in Simply Forbidden.  It delighted me that Ms. Pearce weaved in cameos or passing mentions of prior protagonists I’ve come to love while seamlessly adding in new characters to capture the heart.  She does this all while never taking the focus off of Lisette and Gabriel for a moment.  There is only one problem I had with Simply Forbidden, and it’s a problem of a greedy reader: I want more!  More House of Pleasure books and more of the Delornay-Ross family, in particular a certain sensual blond.  I’ve been dying for Christian’s story and with Simply Forbidden Ms. Pearce only left me with more questions about Lisette’s enigmatic twin.

Ms. Pearce packs heat and heart into all of her books in the most wonderful way, which is why so many of her novels land on my “favorites” shelf.  Simply Forbidden will be on said shelf as soon as I can stop re-reading it.  I Joyfully Recommend Simply Forbidden – it’s simply fantastic!

SEVEN YEARS TO SIN by Sylvia Day

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HEATSEEKER by Lucy Monroe

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