Publisher: St. Martin's Press

SONG OF BLOOD AND STONE by L. Penelope

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SONG OF BLOOD AND STONE by L. PenelopeSong of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope
Series: Earthsinger Chronicles #1
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Fantasy
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Orphaned and alone, Jasminda lives in a land where cold whispers of invasion and war linger on the wind. Jasminda herself is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where her gift of Earthsong is feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive–an injured spy who threatens to steal her heart.

Jack’s mission behind enemy lines to prove that the Mantle between Elsira and Lagrimar is about to fall nearly cost him his life, but he is saved by the healing Song of a mysterious young woman. Now he must do whatever it takes to save Elsira and its people from the True Father and he needs Jasminda’s Earthsong to do it. They escape their vicious captors and together embark on a perilous journey to save Elsira and to uncover the secrets of The Queen Who Sleeps.

Thrust into a hostile society, Jasminda and Jack must rely on one another even as secrets jeopardize their bond. As an ancient evil gains power, Jasminda races to unlock a mystery that promises salvation.

The fates of two nations hang in the balance as Jasminda and Jack must choose between love and duty to fulfill their destinies and end the war.

Author L. Penelope has developed a unique and interesting premise with her Earthsinger Chronicles.  The first book Song of Blood and Stone introduces us to Jasminda and Jack. These two come from vastly different backgrounds and therefore have different agendas.  I truly enjoyed getting to know both of them.  It is easy to become emotionally involved in these characters with Ms. Penelope’s highly entertaining, high octane writing style.

Jasminda is a captivating heroine.  She has faced many hardships that have made her a force to be reckoned with.  I found her Earthsinger abilities to be incredibly fascinating.  Jack has all the qualities a girl could ask for in her hero.  He is very easy to fall for and root for! When these two get together you can feel the power on the pages.  They go on quite the journey in Song of Blood and Stone discovering an epic romance along the way!  I don’t want to give anything away but I will tell you things move fast in the best ways.  I was glued to the pages and finished in one sitting.  I am looking forward to the next book in the Earthsinger ChroniclesSong of Blood and Stone is the perfect read for every young adult lover but excellent for us adults as well.

HARD BREAKER by Christine Warren

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HARD BREAKER by Christine WarrenHard Breaker by Christine Warren
Series: Gargoyles #
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Paranormal
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Ivy Beckett has always known about the Guardians and the Wardens—the humans who help keep the humans safe from the darkness with the Guardians.  The males in her family have been Wardens for several generations.  All the families who are Wardens have special gifts.  Ivy’s gift is distant hearing, which is something that Ivy considers a curse, especially when she hears her uncle and cousin being killed.  Now Ivy works hard to help other Wardens escape to safety.  It is a type of underground railroad that has been set up by others in the know about the Guild.  All is good until the night Ivy is placed in danger while trying to help yet another Warden escape harm.

 

Baen is one of the gargoyle Guardians of the Light.  He has been asleep for centuries until he is awoken by a call—a call that seems to come from Ivy.  Once Baen takes care of the demons, he begins to see that the world has definitely changed since the last time he was awakened.  First off, the Guild no longer exists, the Wardens are being killed, and the really strange fact is that no one knew where the Guardians had been put to sleep.  That last fact meant that no one knew where to go to wake them up when the darkness threatened.

 

As Baen and Ivy begin to answer his questions, they also begin a search to see if any other Guardians had been awoken.  This search is quickly answered in such a way that again shocks both Ivy and Baen.  With Baen, all but one of the Guardians have been found and awoken and now one of the Guardians is a woman—something that never happened before.  Most shocking is that several of the high demons have been released already, and the Order is determined to bring the other four over.  Ivy and Baen are joined by the other five Guardians and their Wardens only to discover that the last Guardian has been awake the longest of all, and it appears did not try to locate and wake up the others.  There are serious questions and answers going around as all of the Guardians and Wardens, along with the underground, prepare for a final showdown.  By the end of this, either the Guardians of the Light will have once again defeated the darkness or the world will have descended into darkness and horror.

 

A woman trying to help light win the threat of darkness soon as a special partnership with a Guardian in Hard Breaker.  Ivy was all that a lover and Warden should be for a Guardian, both feisty and determined.  I found Baen was of the same mold as all the Guardians but, like them, he found that love could allow him to bend and let his mate be in danger in order to defeat the darkness. I enjoyed watching as Ivy and Baen found their own forever love.  I loved the final battle, because it showed Ivy that her gift was not a curse, but a special gift.  It was proved once again that when the dust settled, it was love that won the day.  Hard Breaker is a mixture of suspense and humor that had me turning the pages to see what would happen next.  While this is the end of the series, I now know just how well the light won against the darkness and that all I have to do is open up my books to once again watch as each Guardian meets their special Warden and love rules the day.

BABY, I’M HOWLING FOR YOU by Christine Warren

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BABY, I’M HOWLING FOR YOU by Christine WarrenBaby, I'm Howling for You by Christine Warren
Series: Alphaville #1
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Paranormal, Suspense
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In the first full-length novel in the Alphaville series Author Christine Warren brings readers an excellent suspenseful shifter romance.

Wolf shifter Renny Landry is running for her life.  When Renny took her previous job as a librarian the last thing she expected was the towns Coyote Alpha to take an unhealthy interest in her.  Now, she has been forced to run from him and his goons.  She’s at the end of her rope and racing to get to her last hope, Alphaville.  Alphaville is known among the shifter community to take in anyone regardless of history.  Renny is hoping she will be safe there but she must get there first.

Mick Fischer is content with the solitude he has carved out for himself in Alphaville.  After his mate was murdered Mick found his revenge and then went off into the night.  He likes things quiet and simple.  The last thing he wants is a strange, wounded woman collapsing on his doorstep.  But now her fight is his and Mick always wins the war.

Baby, I’m Howling for You is a fast-paced sensual feast filled with danger and intrigue.  I love Mick and Renny.  Their romance starts out hot and never cools.  Ms. Warren keeps the reader on edge as she weaves together a fiery romance and action-packed storytelling.

Mick has let life beat him down and is hiding from it. Renny on the other hand is determined to live her life regardless of the threat against her.  She is the perfect match for Mick.  She can bring life back to him if he will let her.  Baby, I’m Howling for You isn’t your average shifter romance it has a lot of emotion within.  I really enjoyed Mick’s softer side.  We don’t often get much of that with Alpha shifters.

I absolutely adore the characters that populate Alphaville.  I cannot get enough of their witty, hilarious banter.  I love it when a book can make me laugh.  I’m excited for the next Alphaville novel.  I miss these characters already!

Author Christine Warren’s Baby I’m Howling for You is an exhilaratingly eccentric erotic paranormal tale.

HUNGER by Eve Langlais, Kate Douglas, A. C. Arthur

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HUNGER by Eve Langlais, Kate Douglas, A. C. ArthurHunger by A. C. Arthur, Eve Langlais, Kate Douglas
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Paranormal
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“The Alpha’s Mate by Eve Langlais”

 

Big, Bad powerful Alpha Fabian Garoux isn’t living up to his arrogant, self serving reputation.  Diving into a raging river alongside his pack leads to saving a drowning damsel in distress, which is completely out of character for the lycan.

 

Successfully grabbing hold of the tied up, sinking female Fabian is then greeted by a hail of bullets from the two goons on shore shooting at them.  Ducking and swimming back to his side of the shoreline Fabian is given a ‘thank you’ and little else.  It seems the woman can’t remember who she is after getting kicked in the head. But she quickly shows herself to be a feisty, mouthy female. Surprisingly Fabian finds her a refreshing change from the usual women he deals with in life.

 

The more time the Alpha spends with her, the more conflicted the confirmed bachelor becomes.  Fabian’s human half fears he’s met his match.  His lycan half isn’t helping at all by wanting to take her to bed and mate.  But first thing’s first.  Someone is definitely intent on killing her and they still don’t have a clue as to who the mystery woman could be.  Except, Fabian knows she is his mate.

 

The wickedly sensuous anthology Hunger perfectly incorporates three top notch passionate adventures.  Award winning authors Eve Langlais, Kate Douglas and A.C. Arthur present a trio of sexy lycan love stories.

 

Eve Langlais’s offering “The Alpha’s Mate” treats readers to a fast paced, high octane romance.  Wonderful chemistry between the characters, witty dialogue, and a slick plotline entertain from the first page to the last.  Also on board are “Dangerous” by Kate Douglas and “Bound to the Wolf” by A.C. Arthur.  Enjoy the wild ride that is Hunger.

RUGGED TEXAS COWBOY by Lora Leigh

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RUGGED TEXAS COWBOY by Lora LeighRugged Texas Cowboy by Lora Leigh
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Contemporary, Erotic
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COWBOY AND THE CAPTIVE
Melina is one of two gorgeous twin daughters, the clever and considerate one who always spared her parents the humiliation of what her sister Maria had wrought. But now, Melina is finally ready to stand up for herself and seize control of her life?until she is kidnapped by a cowboy, named Jardin, who is dead-set on settling the score with her family. There’s only one catch: In capturing Melina, this tough, rough, hunk of a man has actually found a way to unleash her greatest fantasies, body and soul. . .
COWBOY AND THE THIEF
Beautiful, spirited Angel Manning has always longed to experience the power of her ancestors’ most precious heirloom. Her mother once told her that the legendary Irish torque would lead Angel to the one man worthy of possessing her heart. But when Angel learns that her father, now a widower, has sold the torque to the notorious two-timer Jack Riley, she is furious. Of course she plans to take back what is rightfully hers, by whatever means necessary. But the fate of the ancient Druids works in mysterious ways. . .Could it be that this slick, smooth-talking cowboy was destined to satisfy Angel’s deepest desires all along?

 

Cowboy and the Captive

Luc Jardin and his business partner Jack were almost killed and not Luc is out for revenge.

Melina is tired of always cleaning up her sister Maria’s messes.  She finally gets brave enough to stand up to her parents and refuse to help Maria.  Unfortunately, Maria’s recent crimes land Melina in the hands of Luc.

A Kidnapping for revenge turns into something neither Luc nor Melina are prepared for.

Cowboy and the Thief

Angel Manning is desperate to get back a family heirloom.  Jack Riley wants to claim what’s his.  When Angel breaks into Jack’s home he takes drastic measures to get what he wants.  Will Angel give into Jack or leave him in the dust?

Rugged Texas Cowboy gives the reader two stories from Author Lora Leigh.  Cowboy and the Captive and Cowboy and the Thief have been revised and expanded from versions previously released.

Both Cowboy and the Captive and Cowboy and the Thief are erotic.  While highly erotic both stories have their fair share of emotion.  I have to say I enjoyed the actual emotion more than the sex.  Author Lora Leigh’s Rugged Texas Cowboy is sizzling.

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