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Super Natural Romance

Author: Karen Wiesner
Title - The Deep (Woodcutter’s Grim)


The evil first came to Woodcutter’s Grim about ten generations ago. The Guardians have sworn an oath to protect the town from the horrors that lurk in the surrounding black woods. That horror often took the form of characters from childhood fables. Yet sometimes the evil came in the form of mythology, such as this time.

Fifteen-year-old Cheyenne “Chey” Welsh has had to carry a burden far too heavy for one her age. Her mother is mentally ill. Her father is obsessed with his work. Caring for the house and her five-year-old sister, Dulcie, is all up to Chey. But late one stormy afternoon the unthinkable happens and little Dulcie disappears. Chey spies the hideous ragdoll on the steps leading to the basement. Dulcie is never without the doll. Yet her father tells the police that Dulcie has never been in the basement. In fact, there is a steel door with bolts to keep his daughters out. Chey somehow knows that her father is responsible for Dulcie’s disappearance. Her belief is confirmed when her father breaks down and confesses to her that the Die Diep should now be appeased. On the day Chey graduates high school she leaves Woodcutter’s Grim, even though it means leaving her true love, James Beck, behind. Fifteen years pass.

It is not her father’s funeral which brings Chey back to Woodcutter’s Grim. She simply has no money and nowhere else to go. Her mother has long since died, so Chey plans to sell off everything and collect her inheritance before putting the town and all her old memories behind her. Then she could begin life anew elsewhere. She could try to forget her dysfunctional family, the horror of losing her baby sister, and the last few miserable years of her existence. However, from the moment Chey enters her old home she can feel Dulcie’s presence, as well as something evil lurking, waiting.

Dr. James Beck has never gotten over Chey. He has been unable to forget her and move on with his life. He understands why she left – mostly. She even begged him several times to leave with her. But James cannot envision living anywhere else. He belongs in Woodcutter’s Grim. Unexplainable orange lights are appearing around the Welsh house at odd times. He knows he is not imagining things because his dog stares toward the house and growls whenever the orange glow flares up. Now Chey has suddenly returned; but she looks unhealthy. What has happened to Chey? Does she plan to leave town again? And if so, can he survive her leaving him a second time?

***** FIVE STARS! If you have not read the previous stories in this series, do not worry. You will still fully understand what is happening. Each title is a stand-alone story. However, those who have read at least a couple of them will be able to envision these events in a broader scope. Each story is a different, dark piece of the evil puzzle that is known as Woodcutter’s Grim. The town and the evil are the only things connecting the stories. The Guardians have little involvement this time around, at least until late in the story.

If you enjoy authors who write “old school style” then this entire series should be to your taste. All the titles, especially this one, has the spicy flavor of the old Gothic Romances that I used to greedily consume. This story has romance, mystery, suspense, adventure, and horror all blended together. Something for everyone. As usual, Karen Wiesner gives readers what they crave – and more. *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Annette Blair
Title - Tulle Death Do Us Part (Vintage Magic)


Madeira “Mad or Maddie” Cutler is learning to live with her psychometric gift. She now knows to “listen” to whatever vintage fashion item “speaks” to her. Basically, Mad will sometimes touch a vintage item and have a vision. Mad uses those visions to help solve crimes. Since Mad owns the dress shop “Vintage Magic”, the odds are pretty good for visions to pop-up. She has learned how to, for the most part, avoid touching fabric. (Even while hemming.)

During her shop’s roof-raising, a box is discovered. It is wrapped in a piece of fabric that sends Mad’s mind back in time. The fabric is part of a petticoat that was worn to a country club’s Golden Jubilee. A group of young people had been engaged in a scavenger hunt that may have ended with the death of a lady. Maddie turns to her boyfriend, Detective Lytton Werner, for help. Records show that Robin, a Vassar swimmer, had been swept away by a rogue wave on that fateful night. With no body found, she was declared dead seven years later. In order to learn the truth of what really happened forty years ago, Maddie will have to bring Lytton into the elite group of friends who know about her special gift. But will he believe her or will their new relationship come to a quick end?

**** FOUR STARS! Maddie has finally decided to move on with her private life, so Nick has been reduced to little more than a footnote or two. Dante, the shop’s resident ghost, is a bit of help since he was alive and knew at least one of the people involved in this mystery. The spoiled coeds from long ago have grown up to become today’s sour cream of society. The author helps Mad identify people she sees in her visions by giving each person a nickname. (Such as Grody, Vainglory, and Tagalong.) When the real names come to light, those nicknames take on special meanings. You have to read the story to fully appreciate what I am trying to explain.

Once again the author has penned another wonderful mystery. I look forward to rejoining those fictional friends in the next adventure. Annette Blair’s storytelling continues to shine brighter than any star possibly could. ****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Cassie Alexander
Title - Shapeshifted (Edie Spence #3)


Edie Spence is a very good nurse with a lot of experience; however, her types of experiences are not ones she is able to write on her résumé. Until recently, Edie served as a nurse at County General on Y4. This is the hidden section of the hospital where the Super Natural beings are tended to. Edie has dealt with werewolves, vampires, dragons, and more. Ti, her former boyfriend, was a zombie. Asher, another former boyfriend, was a shapeshifter. Yet since Edie had been “shunned” her life has changed – again.

Edie’s mother is terminally ill. The only thing that could save her is vampire blood. But Edie had been previously forced to destroy all vampire blood in the region. Y4 is under the Shadows’ yoke and the Shadows refuse to help Edie unless she finds Santa Muerte. Just as bad is the fact that since Edie no longer works on Y4, the Shadows is no longer keeping her heroin-addicted brother clean.

Edie lands a job at a clinic in a bad part of town. Not understanding Spanish is a big problem, but being able to think clearly and quickly under stress (such as gangbangers with guns entering the clinic) makes Edie a valuable asset. As Edie tries to find a powerful being that not even the Shadows can locate, she must also do her best to keep innocent people out of harm’s way. Turf wars are common. One gang, the Three Crosses, is trying to get protection money from Dr. Hector Tovar, who runs the clinic. Her coworkers, especially Catrina, are not very welcoming and are keeping secrets. But friendship and cooperation can come from unexpected people and odd places.

**** FOUR STARS! This may be the third title in the Edie Spence series, but it will not be the last. Each book contains a stand-alone tale. Edie’s life, both private and public, is the only constant running theme. Characters from the previous stories return in this episode; however, a reader does not have to read them in order to understand what is going on here. Author Cassie Alexander is definitely making her mark in the Paranormal genre! ****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Molly Harper
Title - A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses & Curses


Nola Leary lived in Boston until her early teens, but when her father died she moved to Kilcairy, Ireland, to live with relatives. Nola, like most in her family, is a witch. She is a medical empathy, able to feel where pain is in another. She is a nurse practitioner and works at her family’s clinic. A deathbed promise to her grandmother, Nana Fee, sends Nola on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to locate and obtain four items (called Elements) before their rivals, the Kerrigans, could find them. The artifacts had been hidden long ago by Nola’s grandfather, Gilbert Wainwright, and should be somewhere in his cluttered bookstore. But Wainwright passed away and, since he never knew that he had a granddaughter, he left the bookstore to a vampire, Jane Jameson.

Once Jane knows who Nola is and why she is in town, Jane and her friends begin to help the young witch in her task. Nola’s biggest distraction is Jed Trudeau, who is renting the other side of the duplex. The gorgeous man seems to have something against shirts and keeps turning up at the strangest times. But Nola’s time is limited. Even with the help of her new supernatural friends, Nola still might not be able to obtain the objects she seeks before the deadline.


**** FOUR STARS! Molly Harper has a magical gift of her own when it comes to storytelling. The book starts out with sassy with that foretells how the story will continue: witty, creative, and just plain fun. Some events are predictable, but for the most part, the author has done a great job of inserting surprises. A terrific blend of romance, a magical scavenger hunt, and comedy. ****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Zoë Archer
Title - Sinner’s Heart (Hellraisers #3)


Set in London, 1763. Abraham “Bram” Stirling, Baron Rothwell, was once a soldier in the Colonies. He returned a changed man. To keep his grim horrors at bay, he and his fellow Hellraisers drowned themselves in vice. Nothing could separate the five Hellraisers until the Devil himself grants them each a wish, a power. Each has a fire tattoo, the mark of the Devil, and it slowly spreads across their bodies. When it covers the man entirely, the Devil will own his soul. Two of the Hellraisers have already turned away from the Devil and found ways to retrieve their souls. One of their group, Edmund, is dead; killed by John Godfrey. Today, only Bram and John remain bound by their pacts with the Devil.

Now Bram finds that he is magically bound to Valeria Livia Corva, the Roman priestess who raised the Devil the first time – and died to send the demon back. Livia’s physical body is trapped in a half state. She is a ghost, without substance and without feeling. Bound to Bram, she witnesses Bram’s memories and learns that they are not so different from each other. But unless she can convince Bram to turn against the Devil, recover his soul, and defeat John, there will be hell on earth.

***** FIVE STARS! The third and last installment of the Hellraisers’ Trilogy has finally arrived! And it is even more magnificent than I could have hoped for. In the first story, Zoë Archer prepared a seductive saga and cast her net, ensnaring her readers in a magical spell in which none wished to escape. In the second story, the author chanted a blissful mantra about love and sent out a wave of warmth and hope to all who read it. Now Zoë has combined the powerful characters of those two novels with the two most important ones of the trilogy. Everything falls upon the shoulders of the man who had the least amount of faith and the woman who may be given a second chance at mortality. The end result is spectacular! Throughout each story of the trilogy, the author has given the reader a shameless, immoral man and thrust a strong and determined woman in his path. Each couple had their love tested by fire, often literally, and come out the better for it. But Bram is the most sinful of the three male leads and Livia was not much better when she once breathed. To make things more suspenseful (and entertaining), Zoë has created a villain that I could not help but love to hate! The Devil is the only creature viler than John Godfrey. I mean, John was cruel in the first two stories, but he is evil reincarnate in this one. I ended up reading this entire book in a single afternoon.

Zoë Archer writes breathtaking stories that I doubt I will ever forget. As I said earlier, “Spectacular!” *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Nalini Singh
Title - Heart of Obsidian (Psy/Changeling)


Kaleb Krychek is the most powerful Psy in the Net. He is a deadly dual cardinal with impenetrable mind shields of obsidian and has the ability to split the world in two with ease. According to rumors, Kaleb had been the protégé of Santano, a former Councilor who had enjoyed torture and murder. The lethal telekinetic is said to be aiming for a total takeover of the Net or to destroy it. The latter would kill millions of people. No one, not even Kaleb himself, knew if he would end up destroying the very fabric of their race or not. It all depended on a single person – Sahara. And after seven years of constant searching, Kaleb has found her at last!

Sahara Kyriakus survived seven years of imprisonment. The guards had obeyed every order from their leader. Yet no matter the pain or punishment given, Sahara kept her mind hidden deep within a mental labyrinth. She had consciously sabotaged her own mind and hobbled her abilities. She refused to break and hand over her will, because whoever controlled Sahara could control the PsyNet. But now a man has teleported her out of the white room and into a huge home – a fortress. Even though her mind is still deeply submerged, Sahara can tell that the man is dark. This man is unable to feel any empathy or sorrow for others. So why does her subconscious feel safe enough to begin unraveling the labyrinth?

Kaleb and Sahara were on opposite sides of the line that separated dark from light, good from evil. For a few short years, until she was sixteen, they had been friends. That friendship ended with her blood on his knife. Sahara was close to death when she had been taken from him. Now that she was back in his grasp, Kaleb would never let her go. She belonged to him.


***** FIVE STARS! Since I have not read any of the previous titles in this series, I can say from experience that you do not need to in order to fully understand and enjoy this story. The main focus is on Kaleb and Sahara, where it should be; however, the story’s plot line is never ignored. (The Psy, Changeling, and Human races are being attacked by Pure Psy, a shadowy group who seeks to topple the current power structure and dreams of a world enslaved by the Psy.) Nalini Singh’s writing style is crisp, vivid, and easy to follow. I, as the reader, am able to understand why Kaleb is who/what he is, as well as why Sahara believes in him, though he will always be dark. I could actually feel the characters’ pain, sorrow, dread, and joy.

If you have read the previous titles in this series, you will be happy to know that past characters make cameo appearances. Again, the author does not lose focus on the main characters and new readers will not feel as though they are missing something. But seeing who/what is the mate of who/what (such as a human with a Changeling) makes it tempting to find their stories. I will definitely be keeping an eye on this author! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: J.K. Beck
Title - When Blood Calls


Prosecutor Sara Constantine has a promotion, but she is not too happy to learn that she must now prosecute Supernaturals, such as vampires and werewolves. Her first case involves Lucius “Luke” Dragos, a man she recently had a one-night-stand with.

*** THREE STARS! The author has done a good job with how I believe a real person would react should she learn that Supernatural begins live among us. But be warned that there are many secondary characters and it can become confusing trying to recall who is what or why and how something was done. I feel that some of the scenes are over-the-top or that the author is trying too hard to add in a shock factor. Yet, overall, this is a pretty good story. ***


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Kresley Cole
Title - Shadow’s Claim (The Dacians #1)


Princess Bettina of Abaddon would soon become the queen of the Deathly Ones. But on almost every day of her life, she is reminded of her own ordinariness. Worse, she is a “halfling freak”; not a real demon and not a real sorceress. She felt normal only while blending in with mortals at a college for a couple of semesters. That ends when she is attacked by a group of Vrekeners. The Vrekeners steal her power and then proceed to beat her to death. Bettina lives only because her medallion is used to summon her back to Castle Rune just before the killing blow.

Raum, the Grand Duke of the Deathly Ones, and Morgana, the Queen of Sorceri, are Bettina’s godparents. When Bettina’s broken body appears in Court, everyone is furious. Raum immediately proclaims that Abaddon would return to the old ways. Caspion the Tracker has been Bettina’s best friend for so long and she believes herself to be in love with him. Yet Cas sees her only as a little sister. Cas seeks the winged scum who attacked her for two months before Raum stops him. The Vrekeners live in the air territories, and each day Skye Hall moves. Finding them is near impossible. Failure has Cas visiting Dacia, a hidden realm where no one leaves, under penalty of death. Thus, when Cas leaves Dacia to return to Bettina’s side, he becomes prey.

Prince Trehan Daciano is from the House of Shadow, the assassin arm of the family. He tracks Caspion to Abaddon and is shocked to find his Bride. The Prince of Shadow has to choose between leaving his fated Bride forever or entering the blood tournament to win her hand. Entering the tournament means that Trehan can never return to Dacia and he forfeits his rights to claiming Dacia’s crown; but should he win the tournament, Trehan would claim his Bride and rule the Deathly Ones with her by his side. Problem is that his Bride loves his prey. Killing Caspion, even in the tournament, would cause Bettina to hate him forever.

**** FOUR STARS! Though this is the first of a new series, it is connected to the author’s “Immortals after Dark” series. Readers do not have to read the other series to enjoy this new one; however, many characters from the previous series are mentioned and/or make cameo appearances in this story. (Sorry fans, but only one Valkyrie has any cameo this time around; and I sorely miss those wild ladies.) This new series will focus on the Dacians. Prince Trehan’s story is the first to be told. As this story plays out, events involving Lothaire, the Enemy of Old, is also happening. Before this tale ends, Lothaire and his new Bride will take their places in Dacia.

Kresley Cole proves to all that she still writes with a poisoned pen or types on a lethal keyboard. (No one knows for sure which is true.) Multiple characters, each with their own individual personality and set of quirks, are seamlessly sewn together. (Hmm, perhaps Cole utilizes a mystical sewing machine with a poisoned needle or a loom.) The Sept of Sorceri is one of the physically weaker species of the Lore, so readers will be more able to sympathize with Bettina. Without her powers, Bettina is little different than the average human mortal. But rest assured that Bettina’s story is just as irresistible as the Valkyries’.

The name of Kresley Cole is quickly becoming as infamous as the name of King Arthur! ****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Thea Harrison
Title - Lord’s Fall (Elder Races #5)


Dragos Cuelebre, Lord of the Wyrkind, has been mated to Pia Giovanni since last May. In his human form Dragos is intimidating enough, but when he shifts into his massive dragon form he is downright frightening. Well, except to Pia. Her Wyr form may not be a dragon, gryphon, harpy, or anything that would ever strike fear into her enemies, but her form is rare and would inspire awe. And no matter what form Dragos is in, Pia’s human for can (and does) stand up to him.

As the book opens, Pia is en route to South Carolina. Her mission is to repair the Wyr treaty with the Elven Lord. But Pia also hopes to have a nice visit and perhaps hear some stories about her late mother. When Pia arrives she learns that Elven High Lord Calondir is not home. Beluviel, his consort, invites Pia and her Wyr bodyguards to travel with her into Lirithriel Wood, where Calondir is meeting with an emissary from Numenlaur. (Numenlaur is the Other land connected to Europe and the seat of the oldest Elven demesne in the world.)

Meanwhile back home, Dragos is overseeing the Sentinel Games. Dragos lost two of his seven sentinels in quick succession last summer. The Games will determine the seven mightiest Wyr to be in his elite group of Sentinels. The five current sentinels must also compete in order to prove themselves worthy to remain in their positions. The Sentinel Games are brutal. Much as the gladiators in an arena, the Wyr duel each other until, by the week’s end, only seven remain. The battles are not to the death, but no every participant survives.

When Dragos is unable to reach Pia via dreamwalking, he must decide on whether to wait for Pia to contact him another way (and fear for her safety the entire time, or again break the Wyr/Elven treaty that she is trying so hard to repair. Once they are reunited, everyone learns that an ancient power is being used which may destroy everything. To have any chance of defeating their common for, Wyr and Elf must fight side-by-side and somehow learn to trust each other.

**** FOUR STARS! If you have not read the previous titles in the series, you will still enjoy this story. However, I urge you to read them prior to opening this book because (most of) all the previous main characters have at least a small cameo to play in this episode. Pia’s Wyr form is not revealed in this tale either, so if you did not read the first book (Dragon Bound) you will remain in the dark.

My main problem with this story is how the common enemy of the Wyr and Elves is defeated. Most of the story builds up the tension as it explains the powerful device and its mighty user. After all, two armies have to unite against it and many warriors die. Yet its defeat is easy. Way too easy. Other than that, the story is awesome! For those wondering, Pia does deliver her baby in this story. But that is all I can say about it. Perhaps he will get his own story told someday. Come to think of it, I would not mind reading Quentin Caeravorn’s either. ****

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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Thea Harrison
Title - Dragon Bound (Elder Races #1)


Dragos Cuelebre, Lord of the Wyrkind demesne, is an ancient dragon who takes on a human form. He has led all of the Wyrkind for centuries from his demesne based in New York. As founder and head of Cuelebre Enterprises, Dragos is very powerful, financially, politically and magically. He can be selfish, callous, possessive, territorial, wicked, cunning, and ruthless - and those are his kinder traits.

Then something happens that has never before been accomplished. Someone manages to locate his hidden horde and steals a small object. Finding the horde is a miracle in itself, but to somehow slip through all the magical wards and traps - and survive - should have been impossible. Worse, none of Dragos's wards ever warned him of an intruder. His bellow of rage shakes all of New York. He would find and tear the little thief to pieces.

Pia Giovanni's late mother had engraved the lessons into her mind. Pia was never to tell anyone about herself. She was to blend in with the humans. Stay under the radar and avoid scrutiny. Never tell anyone that she was half human and half something else. She was to live her life in secret. But her mother is dead and Pia did not want to be alone. She told one minor secret to her boyfriend, Keith, the man she once loved, while they had been tipsy. No lock can hold her. She can open any lock as if it was not there. Uttering that single fact marked the end of life as she knew it. Months after Pia broke up with him, Keith reappears and blackmails her into stealing an object, any object, from Dragos's secret horde. Pia takes a secret pleasure in retrieving a simple copper penny for Keith instead of anything valuable. Her conscience has her leaving another penny in its place, along with a short note of apology. Before handing the coin over to Keith, she returns the favor of blackmail. To get what Pia stole, Keith has to read a binding spell. Never again would Keith be able to use her or tell any of her secrets. When the Great Beast roars and all of New York trembles, Pia knows her theft has been noted. She must leave everything and everyone she cares for behind. There is no doubt that the massive dragon would find her. Dragos has never shown mercy. Her circumstances would not matter. He would find her. He would rend her to pieces. Pia can only run to dely the inevitable.

Pia makes it to Charleston, South Carolina. It is the seat of the Elven Court and the Wyr, especially their leader Dragos, cannot trespass without breaking all sorts of treaties. So Pia is standing on the beach, feeling safe and secure, at least for the moment, when a humongous dragon dives from the sky, morphing into the form of Dragos, as he pounces upon his prey - her. Stalling, Pia starts answering all of Dragos's questions while wondering when he would begin dishing out justice for her crime against him. Once she finishes explaining how and why she committed the theft, Pia is shocked to hear that Dragos is sparing her life. Of course, she will have to make recompense by serving him (at Cuelebre Enterprise) until he deems the debt is paid.

Upon catching his little thief, Dragos realizes that, for the first time in centuries, he is not bored. Pia constantly surprises him and he is eager for her to remain close. Until Dragos releases Pia, she is his! But getting her safely back to Cuelebre Tower in New York turns out to be a challenge. The Light Fae, goblins, the Dark Fae, and even the sadistic Dark Fae King, Urien Lorelle, stands in the way.

***** FIVE STARS! This is the first title of the Elder Races Series. My synopsis explains the main characters, what first brings them together, and some challenges they must overcome; however, it does not really do the story justice. All the obstacles I mention do not even cover the first half of this book. The second half is in New York, where the pair will face much more danger. Secondary characters (who play vital roles and who may have their own story in the future) have their backgrounds developed. In other words, I cannot name and/or describe the other people and events without more than tripling my review and possibly having spoilers. (I refuse to write spoilers!)

The author has (basically) kept the world as we know it today. Since it is familiar to me, I feel a connection with the story. It is believable to me. Other authors have done this. The "Sookie Stackhouse Series" is a good example and I feel that Harrison's world and characters are just as well done. Readers will find themselves hooked immediately and dread having to put the book down for even a brief time. I warn you not to being reading this story until you are sure that you have plenty of alone time. With this one story, the author has made a fan of me. Thea Harrison's writing is exceptional in every way. *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Thea Harrison
Title - Storm's Heart (Elder Races #2)


The Dark Fae King, Urien Lorelle, is finally dead. Urien's segregationist rule had isolated the Dark Fae society from the rest of the world. Unlike their kin, called the Light Fae, the Dark Fae was known for subterfuge and silent political allegiances. Long ago Urien had taken the Dark Fae throne in a bloody coup. He had slaughtered his brother, King Rhian, and the entire royal family to get it - or so he thought. There had been one body unaccounted for.

Niniane Lorelle had been seventeen-years-old when her uncle had butchered her family. She had run straight to Dragos, Lord of the Wyr, for sanctuary and had been part of the Wyrkind inner circle for almost two hundred years. She was known as Thistle "Tricks" Periwinkle, Public Relations spokesperson for Cuelebre Enterprises in New York. But with the death of King Urien, it was time for Tricks to reveal herself as Niniane, rightful heir to the throne.

Niniane met with a small delegation for only a short time, one of whom was her cousin, before she was stabbed. For the second time in her life, Niniane had been betrayed by her own blood kin. Someone caught the assassination attempt on video and uploaded it to the web. This was how Dragos found out about the attack. Tricks was in hiding, if not dead somewhere. Dragos sent his best man to locate Tricks and to keep her alive until after her coronation.

Tiago Black Eagle is one of only three known thunderbirds in existence. When not in his human form, Tiago is a gigantic bird of prey with a thirty-foot wingspan. He has been the head of Dragos's private army for several hundred years now. The other Wyr sentinels call him "Dr. Death" behind his back for good reason. He is a killing machine quick to anger and fueled by immense Power. He has an intimate understanding of vengeance, hunting, and killing. When he loses his temper, thunder rolls and lightning strikes. For Tiago, tracking Tricks is easy. Tending her wounds and keeping the spitfire alive is not. She is a fragile faery yet, unlike any other sane creature in the world, she did not hesitate to needle a pissed-off thunderbird. She may not be a warrior, but she is nicknamed "Tricks" for a reason. Dragos's sentinels, who are mostly gryphons, had taught her to fight dirty, and the little faery has managed to get under his skin somehow. When a second assassination attempt occurs, Tiago is prepared to shoot and ask question later. Niniane refuses to return to New York and Tiago refuses to leave her side.

Niniane is in pain, has no idea of whom she can trust, and the warlord sentinel is tap dancing on her last nerve. The man is always angry, irritable, rude, protective and sarcastic, comforting in danger and calm under fire and unrepentantly, aggressively antisocial. His is an unconquerable spirit and his bedside manner is sociopathic. But he is also the only one she can totally trust to guard her back. With Urien dead, Niniane can finally help her people return to a better way of life. She would be firm but fair, as her father had been. During this time of transition, Niniane needs all the help she can get; however, she cannot ask for too much more from the Wyrkind. Niniane must be careful not to alienate any powerful government officials and much-needed Dark Fae allies. No other Elder demesne will tolerate it should they believe the Wyr to be getting too much favoritism. Power among the United States Elder Races is carefully balanced and needs to remain so for the sake of peace. So when she finally becomes the Dark Fae Queen, the thunderbird must return to New York. Taking her broken heart with him.

**** FOUR STARS! Though this is a stand-alone story, I strongly urge you to read the first title of this series (Dragon Bound) before beginning this one. In the first story, readers not only get to enjoy watching Tricks and Tiago clash, but they also get some foreshadowing for this current story. It will help you understand Tricks and Tiago just a bit better. However, you do not HAVE to. The author has done a terrific job of introducing the pair. In this story, the backgrounds of Tricks and Tiago become fully developed. They are opposites. Yin and yang. In short, exactly what each needs to make them whole.

Thea Harrison keeps events moving alone at a good pace. Danger, suspense, and political intrigue are everywhere. But best of all are the clashes between the hero and the heroine, both in and out of the bedroom. Delicious! ****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Thea Harrison
Title - Serpents Kiss (Elder Races #3)


In order to save a friend's life, Wyr sentinel Rune Ainissesthai made a pact with Carling Severan - without knowing what she would ask in return. Now the time has come for this First Sentinel to fulfill his obligation. Of course, Dragos, Lord of the Wyr, is not happy, but a magical debt is legally binding. With luck, the former Vampyre Queen would not demand anything from Rune that would take the massive gryphon decades, if not centuries, to accomplish. Yet when Rune appears before Carling, he finds an ailing woman on the edge.

Carling is dying. There comes a time in all vampyres' lives (if something does not kills them first) when they begin to suffer from periodic episodes and their minds drift off. Carling has spent over two hundred years studying the phenomenon, researching for its cause and a possible cure. All in vain. Carling's Power has become erratic and her episodes are increasing in severity and frequency. Most of her followers have fled in fear. Other than a dog and one of her youngest progenies, Carling is alone on her island.

Though Carling tosses away the debt Runes owes and releases him from their bargain, Rune simply cannot bring himself to leave. Regardless of the risk, Rune decides to help Carling find a cure for whatever the disease is that is killing her. Rune is very attracted to the dangerous vampyre. To be honest, Rune likes her penchant for violence. He finds is exciting. And even a handsome, immortal shifter can never be conceited while Carling is around.

Rune brings the talented pathologist, Dr. Seremela Telemar, in for a private consultation. Seremela is of the Medusa race and often has a unique perspective on her cases. Rune is not the only one pulling strings. The Djinn, Khalil, still owes Carling two more favors. With the very real possibility of her death in the near future, Carling has no need to horde them. Might as well use them while she can.

If all of this is not enough, something odd and dangerous is happening every time Carling has an "episode". (Ahem, I mean whenever she wanders off to feed the bats in her belfry.) Then there is Julian Regillus, King of the Nightkind, who may be willing to risk a war in order to either control Carling or hasten her to her doom. With the entire situation quickly escalating, the sentinel and the former Queen will have to rely on each other is they have any hope of surviving.

**** FOUR STARS! Thea Harrison has created a magnificent world where the night overflows with malevolent intents, yet rare romances can still be found to last for eternity. Both main characters are more dangerous than most in the Elder Races. In fact, Carling seems to ooze danger from her pores and Rune seems to radiate hostility from his aura. Still, the author manages to show a lighter, more flirting and humorous, side to the pair.

The Djinn, Khalil, will be getting his story told next in the book titled, Oracle's Moon. I am hoping that Dr. Seremela Telemar will have a story sometime in the future. A character that is a combination of a Pathologist and a Medusa is just too juicy to create and NOT dedicate a full length novel for. I found the author's unique take on the snakes, each with individual minds, to be utterly brilliant!

This story is beyond the norm, a story that has eclectic personalities, and high in drama, yet still with some romance (though often a détente-type of romance). No one writes incorrigible characters like Thea Harrison. ****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Thea Harrison
Title - Oracle’s Moon (Elder Races #4)


Grace Andreas never had to worry about the intrigues of the Elder Races. But earlier this year, Petra and her husband had been killed in a car accident. When Petra died, the Power moved to the second daughter, Grace. As the new Oracle of Louisville, Grace has the unwanted Power of prophecy. When Grace was in the hospital recovering from the wreck, she had promised herself she would not make any long-term decisions or commitments to anything or anyone other than Chloe and Max. Now that Grace is the guardian of her four-year-old niece and nine-month-old nephew, their well being would always come first.

Grace gets caught up in the Elder Races’ politics when she helps Wyr Sentinel Rune and his mate, Vampyre Queen Carling. With them is an ancient Djinn, Khalil. Grace is relieved when the sentinel and vampyre finally leave. Her big problem since those events (of only this morning) is the fact that the Djinn did not leave with them. Grace has monstrous medical bills and no health insurance coverage. She has received nothing from the dead trucker who had let his insurance coverage lapse. Her new responsibilities has brought her schooling to an abrupt halt, leaving her with a large amount of student debt. Grace is now on food stamps and is seriously considering filing for bankruptcy. Needless-to-say, Grace has enough to worry about without adding a Djinn to the list. And no matter how much Chloe and Max seem to like Khalil, Grace wants no part of his attention. When her life is endangered, Grace realizes how much protection a Djinn can offer. The Djinn do not use money. They traded in favors. A bargain is a sacred thing. So when Grace makes a deal with Khalil, she understands that her life has taken a dangerous turn.

**** FOUR STARS! This is the fourth book in the Elder Races series. As the reader, my biggest concern was how an immortal Djinn and a mortal Oracle could possibly have a lasting relationship. Not only are they different species, but mortals grow old and die. Khalil’s character is unique to me. I have never read a story with a Djinn being a main character. The author did a terrific job with his volatile emotions, very stiff code of honor, and his need for swift justice/revenge.

Grace is a strong character and a wonderful role model for little Chloe and Max, who are absolutely charming. (Chloe managed to steal the spotlight once or twice. Very intriguing character there with lots of future potential.) Because Grace is human and under the normal stress of being a single parent, I could easily relate to her. Yet those same traits kept her from being MORE in my eyes. The previous titles had larger-than-life characters. Grace is just human. Yes, a human with a special gift, yet still a mere human; therefore, my interest in her character did not begin to grow until late in the story.

This is a very well written tale with cameos from previous main characters of earlier titles in the series. It is not as fast paced as the earlier stories, but it is definitely worth your time to read and enjoy. As an added bonus, there is a peek at the next title, Lord’s Fall, which is due for release early November 2012. I look forward to reading it…“Indeed”. ****


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Author: Jacquelyn Frank
Title - Seduce Me in Dreams (Three Worlds)


Bronse Chapel is the commander of a specialized unit of the Interplanetary Militia. After his new communications officer returns to duty from a serious injury, Bronse’s gut tells him that something is wrong. He voices his concerns to “Lasher”, his Second. In Bronse’s dreams, a lovely brunette begins warning him that he is in danger. Those vivid warnings turn out to be correct and Bronse knows he must not be separated from his team. Later, Bronse ends up rescuing the woman from his dreams, Ravenna. She is the leader of a group of young people with special gifts.

**** FOUR STARS! This story took me awhile to really sink into. Too many characters’ backgrounds are thrown at the reader too quickly. But once I finally got everyone straight, the story become enthralling. The plot sits on a strong foundation, upon which more stories may be built. Several other characters, especially Lasher, grabbed my attention. By the ending, I was ready for more. ****


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Author: Susan Sizemore
Title - Personal Demon


Ivy Bailey is one of Chicago’s vampire hunters, responsible for keeping the city’s human residents safe. Most of the world follows the old Laws of the Blood, but in Chicago it is different. The vampire hunters are working with the Chicago area vampire nests to keep things ethical. The rules are known as the Covenant. Hunters do not deny that vampires crave companions, but those companions have to be willing lovers. Hunters have the tacit cooperation of the Vampire Enforcer of the City.

Vampire Enforcer Christopher Bell has been sent from England to investigate rumors of a revolution. When he encounters Ivy, who is being followed through the dark streets, he finds himself utterly intrigued. But more than a century ago, Christopher killed Jack the Ripper in London and now it seems that the Ripper’s tainted soul is back. Ivy’s Aunt Cate has performed a binding-and-bringing ritual, making Ivy responsible for ending the killings. Problem is that the Ripper’s is not the only serial killer soul that has been brought back to play.

Ivy claims that she does not need protection, especially from an Enforcer, but Christopher cannot stop himself. He soon finds himself in the middle of a fight between demons and mortals, determined to safe guard the vexing woman who has managed to stir his undead heart.

***** FIVE STARS! If you love reading urban vampire fiction, then you should already recognize the name of Susan Sizemore. If the author’s name – somehow – does not sound familiar, then you either live in seclusion, away from society, or you are not a big fan of the genre. This is one author that is not to be missed.

Sizemore’s writing style is uncluttered, allowing me to easily envision the story in all its glory – or sometimes in all its gory glory. The author holds back no punches. From the instant I began to read the prologue, I was unable to tear myself away.

The storytelling talent of Susan Sizemore leaves me in awe! *****


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Author: Katie MacAlister
Title - A Tale of Two Vampires (Dark Ones Novel)


To get away from the horrible men in her life, Iolanthe “Io” Tennyson accepted her cousin’s invitation to spend the summer in Austria. During this rest period Io expected to relax and take several fantastic photos in hopes of turning her photography hobby into a career. But shortly after she met Imogen at the GothFaire, Io found herself whisked back in time. The shimmering mist she had seen in the woods had been a portal. Io ended up stuck in the year 1703.

Forced by his half brothers to live forever as a Dark One, Nikola Czerny’s only true joy had been his son, Benedikt, and his daughter, Imogen. But when fate tossed a mysterious and strangely attired woman at his horse, Nikola became intrigued. Oddly enough, the woman who’s name had no consonants in it claimed she knew his daughter three hundred years in the future.

Io could not help the feelings that Nikola stirred within her. Yet Io also knew what his murderous half brothers had planned for Nikola. If Io saved Nikola, what would be the consequences to the future?

***** FIVE STARS! This story begins in the present, travels three hundred years into the past, and back to the present. I admit to finding the past quaint, but I totally agree with Io about missing all the luxuries that I have come to take for granted – such as toilet paper. Nikola’s reaction to our time is just as humorous.

Author Katie MacAlister has given a delightful twist to the Vampire Romance genre. This story, in my opinion, is one of the best within the “Dark Ones” series. Romance, suspense, and humor blend together smoothly to give readers a memorable afternoon. *****


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Author: Kristen Callihan
Title - Firelight (Darkest London #1)


Set in London, 1881. Since her birth Miranda Ellis has had an affinity with fire. For her entire life she has struggled to control it. At the age of ten, Miranda made a mistake that cost her family their fortune. It had been an accident, but her father, Hector Ellis, refuses to let Miranda forget it. Her older sisters, Daisy and Poppy, are married and out from under their father's thumb. But Miranda is often forced to steal trinkets for her father to sell. After all, the man has already sold everything in the house worth a few coins. Now he is giving Miranda a choice: Marry the man called the Dread Lord Archer or be put out into the streets forever.

Lord Benjamin Archer, Fifth Baron Archer of Umberslade, hides his face behind dark masks. The right side of his body is deformed due to an "accident". He has been away from London for several years, searching for a cure or to help ease his pain. He knows it is selfish to take Miranda as his bride, but he feels drawn to her. He looks into her eyes and sees the reflection of his salvation. Miranda can see him, the man, instead of a monster. Miranda can ease his loneliness and Archer can ensure that she never wants for anything.

Titled men from Archer's past begin showing up dead and Archer realizes that he can no longer ignore his fate. There is a lot of circumstantial evidence that pints to Archer as being the killer, yet Miranda refuses to believe it. Archer refuses to tell her what the accident was that had deformed him, so she begins searching for her own answers. Archer must give in to the beastly nature he has struggled so hard to hide if he wants to keep Miranda safe. And Miranda must enter a world of dark magic and fire if she wants to save Archer's soul.

***** FIVE STARS! It is hard to believe that this is Callihan's debut novel. The story is set during the Regency Era and has the dark flavor of an old Gothic Romance. Archer's mysterious past is slowly revealed, coaxed into the light by the curious and tenacious Miranda, and it is an unmitigated disaster. The heroine is audacious, especially when it comes to those she cares for. She is a strong-willed character and the perfect match for Archer.

The author has a rich and vivid writing style that seems to clash with the darkness of the story's plot, making it all the more fascinating to me. I was hooked almost immediately and frustrated whenever I had to put the book down for even a moment. Kristen Callihan is destined for greatness! *****


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Author: Kristen Callihan
Title - Moonglow (Darkest London #2)


Daisy Ellis Craigmore is finally a widow. No longer must she deal with her late husband’s abuse. Knowing long before his death that he husband would not ensure her welfare once he was gone, Daisy has used her undignified talent for dissecting smells to create several successful perfumes. However, Daisy never sold the formula for her personal scent. The unique scent is exclusively Daisy’s. While attending a gala one evening, she is one of the people attacked by a vicious beast. It is only by chance that Daisy survives.

Lord Ian Ranulf, the Marquis of Northrup, has spent several lifetimes hiding his Lycan nature from society. He is nearby when the screaming begins. The mad werewolf is gone by the time Ian gets to the scene of attack. He is shocked to find a survivor among the bloody carnage. To keep Daisy from revealing what had attacked her, Ian has Daisy taken to his home for care. (He used to be a doctor.) He soon learns that all the women that the beast has attacked had one thing in common; they each wore a perfume called “Daisy”. Ian pledges to protect Daisy until the threat is neutralized. It is the duty of Clan Ranulf’s to protect society from threat of their kind, yet the clan has done nothing. Ian is in self-chosen exile from the clan. His brother, Conall, currently sits upon the Lycan throne. Even so, the duty has fallen upon Ian to protect London from the insane werewolf. That means keeping Daisy close. There are joined in their quest to unmask the villain by Daisy’s sister, Lady Miranda Archer, who can manipulate fire, and her husband, Lord Benjamin Archer, who is Lycan. Daisy seems to be the only one in the group without some sort of supernatural ability. It is also up to Daisy to keep the peace, because there are hard feelings between Ian, Benjamin, and Miranda. But the power in Daisy’s family line usually only appears when the person is under extreme duress … and Daisy is certainly under a lot of stress lately.

**** FOUR STARS! This may be the second title in the Darkest London Series, but you do not have to read the first book to fully enjoy this story. The first book is titled Firelight and tells the story between Miranda and Lord Archer. The third title involves the eldest sister, Poppy, who plays a small role in this adventure. However, Poppy’s husband is Inspector Winston Lane and he plays a huge part in this story. He is ignorant of the supernaturals around him and not part of Daisy’s investigating group.

Author Kristen Callihan has given more information on the Lycan background and the reader learns more about the Lycan hierarchy. It is not a very pretty picture either. Backgrounds of all the major and secondary characters are well developed. The plot is solid and the writing style flows smoothly. This story owes me a night of sleep. ****


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Author: Lynsay Sands
Title - The Lady is a Vamp (An Argeneau Novel)


When Jeanne Louise Argeneau leaves work and gets into her car, the last thing she expects is to be drugged and kidnapped by a good-looking mortal; however, that is exactly what happens. Needless-to-say, Jeanne Louise is upset at first, but that feeling changes to one of curiousness. Jeanne Louise is unable to read her captor’s mind or control him. That is one of the clues of a possible life mate. To learn whether he is her life mate or not would take a few days, so she decides not to try escaping just yet.

Paul Jones works at Argeneau Enterprises. To do his job, the fact that vampires existed was revealed. But Paul was not told everything about his immortal employers. (Such as they are able to read minds and control mortals.) Paul does not wish to cause harm to anyone, but he is in desperate need of a vampire’s help. His five-year-old daughter, Olivia, is dying of cancer. Livy means everything to him. Paul wants Jeanne Louise to make Livy an immortal and teach her how to survive. Falling in love with Jeanne Louise comes as a surprise. Now the immortal world’s answer to law enforcement is hunting them. Paul and Jeanne Louise are trying to evade them until they can decide what to do.

*** THREE STARS! There is no real danger this time around and the story is predictable, but I believe it is still a good addition to the series and worth your time to read. There are a few cameos from characters of previous titles, but this remains a stand-alone story. If you want a vampire story of a dark variety, go elsewhere. This tale is pretty light and better suited to those wanting to simply relax with a romance. ***


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Author: Joyce Lamb
Title - True Vision (True Series #1)


Charlotte “Charlie” Trudeau lives in Florida. She works as an investigative journalist for her father’s newspaper, the Lake Avalon Gazette (LAG). While she is out one afternoon, Charlie hears her name being called out by a lady she does not know. As the woman is crossing the street to speak with Charlie, she is the victim of a hit-and-run. The lady dies while Charlie is holding her hand. The next thing Charlie knows is that she is reliving the last several minutes, but it is as if Charlie was the unknown woman instead of herself. This is Charlie’s first empathic vision.

Chicago Police Detective Noah Lassiter is understandably upset when he travels to Florida. His good friend, Laurette, had recently gone to Lake Avalon in hopes of finding her cousin. Instead of bringing about a family reunion, Laurette was hit by a car and killed. When Noah walks up to Charlie’s house, he is just in time to save her life. Someone in a ninja outfit is strangling Charlie.

As Noah and Charlie spend time together, Charlie learns things about herself and her mother’s side of the family that she has never before imagined. Elise, her mother, claims not to have any living relatives, yet when Charlie confronts Elise about her cousin, Laurette, it is clear that Noah is right. Charlie has an entire line of unknown relatives somewhere. Elise can refuse to answer Charlie’s questions, but that would not stop the investigative journalist from seeking out the truth. Charlie is equally amazed when Noah realizes that Charlie is having empathic visions and considers them to be normal. Noah has solved quite a few cases with the help of Laurette’s abilities.

Her new frightening abilities are not Charlie’s only major problem. Charlie is tired of her boss shooting down her articles because they revealed scams that local businesses were pulling on the public. Some of those businesses advertised in the LAG. Charlie went around his back to get one published about a local car dealership. The article resulted in most of LAG’s advertisers pulling out their ads. Now the newspaper is about to go out of business and it seems as if everyone is furious with Charlie.

As Charlie tries to get a grip on her empathy and fix the problems she caused at the LAG, Noah tries to simply keep her alive. The longer Charlie and Noah are together, the hotter their attraction to each other seems to burn. No matter What, Noah is determined to keep this amazing reporter alive, by his side, and in his bed.

**** FOUR STARS! This is the first title in the series about three sisters who have no idea about the empathic ability hiding within each of them. This is Charlie’s story. The author, Joyce Lamb, has done a terrific job of showing how much trouble Charlie has in believing her powers are real and then learning to cope with them. To help Charlie out a bit, the author adds a beach side psychic who is extremely charming, as well as a tad mysterious. I feel the lady to be a brilliant touch and adds some Southern flavor. ****


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Author: Joyce Lamb
Title - True Colors (True Series #2)


Alexandra “Alex” Trudeau lives in Lake Avalon, Florida. She is a photojournalist for a local newspaper. In her not too distant past, Alex had been shot by someone that had been trying to kill her sister, Charlie. Alex died in the Emergency Room and had been shocked back to life. That experience is what caused Alex’s empathic abilities to emerge. Just like Charlie, whenever Alex has skin-on-skin contact with someone, Alex relives a traumatic event of that person’s past. However, unlike her sister, Alex’s ability does not show her only recent horrors. Alex can see any horrible event in that person’s entire life time. To make the ability even more horrific, Alex wakes up to find her own body covered with any marks and wounds that the other person sustained during the past event. The only good thing is that the wounds fade away within an hour or so.

Lake Avalon Detective John Logan used to be a detective in Chicago. He has been very attracted to Alex for quite some time. When she seems recovered from being shot, Logan finally asks Alex out. Their relationship is still new and fragile when Alex is kidnapped by Butch McGee. McGee is the brother of a man Logan had killed back in Chicago.

McGee is a serial killer who enjoys torturing and killing women. The FBI knows of twenty-three victims, but they are sure more remain unfound as yet. To punish Logan and avenge his brother, McGee goes after Alex. But every time McGee gets ready to torture Logan’s girlfriend, Alex’s eyes become unfocussed and her minds seems to go elsewhere. Alex finally becomes conscious to find that she has been rescued. Logan professes to love her, but he refuses to believe that she has empathic abilities. The last thing Logan wants is for the woman he loves to witness firsthand the horrors he has seen and done in his past. As Alex and Logan work on their relationship, McGee is still out there somewhere. Alex is the only one to ever survive an encounter with McGee and the killer looks forward to meeting Alex again very soon.

**** FOUR STARS! Alex’s psychic ability is a lot harsher than her sister’s and Alex sees/feels things from McGee that are horrible. More information is given about the mother’s secret background. The last sister, Sam, who left fourteen years ago, is mentioned more than once too. Charlie and Noah are reduced to secondary characters but are still vital to helping Alex deal with her so-called gift. The beach side psychic helps Alex just as much and her down-home Southern hospitality shines through in every scene she appears. I look forward to more from this author. Stories by Joyce Lamb pack a serious punch to the gut! ****


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Author: Joyce Lamb
Title - True Shot (True Series #3)


Mackenzie “Mac” Hunter is the editor for a newspaper in Lake Avalon, Florida. When his depression begins to make him drink too often, the Trudeau sisters, Charlie and Alex, convince him to spend a week in their remote family cabin. Mac walks in to discover a young woman unconscious on the floor with a gunshot wound through her shoulder. Since a storm has washed out the roads, it is up to Mac to care for the mysterious lady.

N3 stands for National Neural Network. It is a secret division of the FBI. Each agent has some form of psychic ability. N3 has been Samantha “Sam” Trudeau’s family for almost fifteen years. With skin-on-skin contact, Sam is able to mine the memories and experiences of her target. When Zoe, a fellow N3 operative, approaches her with a wild story about their boss, Flinn Ford, impregnating her to create some kind of super psychic spy, Sam’s world tilts. Before Zoe’s words can fully sink in, she is killed. Sam manages to eliminate the assassin, but is now on the run with a bullet hole through her shoulder.

Sam wakes in a cabin to find Mac, a civilian, tending her wound. Before Sam can safely get rid of the man, Flinn is there. Sam and Mac are now fleeing for their lives, trying to stay one step ahead of Flinn and other agents. Their biggest problem is that a drug has been released into Sam’s system that has temporarily wiped her memories. As they scramble to make sense out of what is going on, Sam and Mac begin to act upon the passion that has been sizzling between them. Yet in the end, Sam knows that she will eventually have to find a way to leave Mac safely behind, because staying with her would get him killed for sure.

**** FOUR STARS! The author saved the best sister’s story for last. Yet toward the end, Charlie, Alex, and their men enter for a cameo or two. There is one child that I would dearly have loved to see grow up. (I refuse to give away his name. No spoilers.) Perhaps someday he will have his own story told. I would not mind meeting Sloan again either.

This story stands alone. You do not have to read other books of the series to fully enjoy this one; however, those stories are just as terrific as Sam’s. Action, suspense, romance, and paranormal conspiracy blend smoothly together to give readers a heart pounding ride. Awesome! ****


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Author: Gabi Stevens
Title - The Wish List (Time of Transition, #1)


Kristin Montgomery is a CPA. She likes everything organized and in its place. But when her three aunts send her a cryptic message, Kristin drops everything and rushes to their bungalow in Mission Beach. The aunts are almost finished packing. They are going on a world cruise. Kristin is shocked; however, that is only the beginning of how Kristin's organized world crumbles around her. Aunts Rose, Lily, and Hyacinth tell Kristin that they are fairy godmothers and the Time of Transition is at hand. During the Time of Transition, the magical (Arcani) world is at its weakest. The old fairy godmothers start to lose some of their powers, and the new ones are not used to theirs yet. New Council members (who govern the magical world) are chosen and others must step down. Kristin, according to the aunts, is the one they have chosen to become their replacement. Kristin is soon having to deal with her own burgeoning magical powers.

Tennyson Ritter is a brilliant wizard. He is in the midst of studying an ancient book of Merlin's that he had only recently found. (It had been lost back in the Dark Ages and believed to only be a myth until now.) The last thing Tennyson has time for is being the arbiter of anew fairy godmother. As arbiter, he must observe Kristin, help her learn about her powers, and judge whether she is able to handle such a responsible position. Unfortunately for Tennyson, Kristin is a Rare One. Though her deceased parents were both Groundlings (non-magical humans), Kristin is Arcani (a magical human).

Kristin never knew she had magical powers waiting to erupt during the Time of Transition. She never believed in magic. And she is having a hard time believing all that happening to, and around, her. But between the rude Tennyson and her new friend, a tiny sprite named Callie, Kristin just may get the hang of it all. Problem is that during this vulnerable time of the magical world, an enemy of the Arcani has returned for vengeance.

***** FIVE STARS! It is hard for me to believe that this is the author's debut novel. It is an incredible story filled with romance, suspense, and some utterly delightful magical beings. Fans of the classic television show Bewitched will especially enjoy this trilogy. The character of Kristin reminds me strongly of Samantha. I want MORE! *****


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Author: Gabi Stevens
Title - Wishful Thinking (Time of Transition #3)


In Arcani history, new fairy godmothers are chosen every seventy years. It is called the Time of Transition. This is one of those years. Two new fairy godmothers were chosen about a month ago. This Time of Transition there is trouble. The “aunts” (fairy godmothers named Lily, Rose, and Hyacinth) have gone against the Council and are considered fugitives. The last two godmothers defected rather than submit themselves to the Council’s will.

Luc LeRoy wants the Arcani to reveal themselves and essentially rule the world as the superior beings. His supporters seem to think he is right. That hiding is somehow wrong. However the godmothers know that the Groundlings (humans without any magical abilities) would react with fear, and some Arcani with arrogance and glee, a sure recipe for hostility. Should Luc sway the Council, he will drag both worlds into a conflict that will make both sides suffer. When the magic chooses the third fairy godmother, the current godmothers would probably try to influence her. The Council, fearing the fairy fugitives may convince the new one to defect, have assigned two of the best Guards to protect/babysit her. Now everyone waits for Magic to choose the next godmother and create a wand especially for her. As soon as she touches her wand, everyone would know.

Stormy Jones-Smythe was raised by two talented wizard fathers but never showed the slightest hint of magical abilities. So she is surprised when three famous fairy godmothers appear at her door to tell her she is one of them. Within one minute of accepting her wand, Stormy has more visitors. (But they are too late to nab the old godmothers.) Ian Talbott introduces himself as her arbiter. Stormy immediately pegs the man to be a snob and that he considers almost everyone else to be beneath him. Two of the other huge men, Hunter and Tank, are Guards, assigned to protect the new “asset”. It does not take Stormy long to realize that she is not going to escape Hunter’s watch. Her freedom depends on her ability to expose the plot against the godmothers, and that means getting control of her magic and getting near Luc.

Hunter Merrick is not only very intelligent, but also has top skills as a Guard, excellent dexterity, and very fast reflexes. Despite the growing chemistry between them, Hunter is fiercely loyal to the Council. He is duty-bound to keep the asset in his sight, safe, and away from the other godmothers. (And to arrest the other godmothers if the opportunity presents itself.) But he does not count on Stormy’s interesting talents. She was proving to be more of a chameleon than her demeanor indicated. Before long, Hunter is not sure which side he is on, and he cannot contain Stormy either way.

***** FIVE STARS! This story can easily stand alone. You do not have to read the previous titles in order to fully enjoy this one. Yet this book is also the third of a trilogy. (The first two are titled “The Wish List” and “As You Wish”.) Due to this story ending the trilogy, all the main characters from the first two novels have roles in this one; however, the author introduces them in such a way that new readers will not be confused in the least. As for those who have read the other stories in the trilogy, consider the author’s subtle introductions as a memory refresher. (Which new godmother has the orb, which has the staff, what they can do, etcetera.)

The characters of Hunter and Tank impress me most. Tank is almost indescribable. I would so enjoy seeing more of him. Hunter is extremely loyal to the Council, but his intelligence also lets him evaluate situations quickly and (usually) correctly. As the reader, I could understand why he feels pulled in two directions, as well as why he chooses his course of actions. The author adds a surprise twist to the Guard’s character (late in the story) that raised Hunter even higher in my esteem.

Gabi Stevens has a strong, yet flexible, writing style. I could easy believe magic to be real and almost to be a normal, everyday tool, Astounding! *****


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Author: Colleen Shannon
Title - The Trelayne Inheritance
(Gothic Romance / Paranormal)


Set in Oxford, England, 1880. Angelina "Angel" Blythe Corbett has come to find answers. Why had her mother fled the elegant comfort of her father's Oxford estate for the peril and poverty of life alone in America? Why had she taken her own life when her daughter was eight? Why had she left instructions that her daughter was to have no contact with her English relatives?

For all her training as a chemist, Angel cannot help but wonder if the whispers of "vampire" haunting her uncle's isolated estate may have a basis in fact. Women were dying, the blood drained from their bodies and two pinprick marks imprinted on their necks. Angel soon believes that vampires are thick on the ground in this part of England and there seems to be a war between two of the most powerful vampires. Could her uncle, Sir Alexander Blythe, be one of the vampires? Or perhaps the enigmatic neighbor, the earl of Trelayne?

Maximillian "Max" Britton, Earl of Trelayne, is the last of his line. Max's father had vowed to find the Beefsteak Killer. Binding all his sons in a blood pact, he made them vow to carry on if he failed. Fail he did. One by one, the other Britton brothers took up the grisly Trelayne inheritance. One by one, they doggedly followed slim clues, chasing the killer all over the world. One by one, they were slain. Now the mantle has passed to Max.

Max had known Angel's mother. He had promised to keep Angel safe. When she arrives in Oxford, Max knows that she is in extreme danger. Angel has no idea of her value, what makes her so unique, or that she is the prize of a vampire war. Max could come to love Angel. Her intelligence, wit, innocence, and her rich blood are constant temptations - especially to one such as him.

Shelly Holmes is the new stable manager at Blythe Hall and only Max seems to sense anything special about her. Shelly is famed for solving murders. She is on a mission to stop the Beefsteak Killer. Very little surprises Shelly. She has seen many paranormal things. In fact, she is as unique as Angel's blood. Shelly has Lycanthropy endowed abilities. She is a werewolf skilled in the detective arts. As Shelly searches for clues to the Beefsteak Killer's identity, she also does her best to keep Angel safe. Should Shelly fail, Angel would become a vampire and Shelly would hate to be forced to eliminate an innocent pawn - especially one she likes so much.

**** FOUR STARS! This title is a few years old, but may be reprinted in the near future. I say that because while doing some research I noticed another title with Shelly Holmes as a character that is due to be reprinted later this year (2012). The character of Shelly Holmes managed to steal the spotlight once or twice. There is so much potential in that character, so I am delighted to know that I will be reading/seeing more of Shelly in another story. (I believe it will be set in America and deal with witches. I am not positive about that, but that is when this book has led me to believe.

This story blends a Gothic Historical with a Paranormal Romance and has excellent results. For me, figuring out the identity of the killer was easy; however, that simply may be because I have read so many gothic, regency, mystery and paranormal romances. The story does not follow a single character, but Angel is the one followed most. The entire plot and subplot revolves around her. An excellent story that shows just how talented a writer Colleen Shannon is. ****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Zoë Archer
Title - Devil's Kiss (Hellraisers #1)


Set in England, 1762. James Sherbourne, Earl of Whitney, is called "Whit" by his friends. As with many Aristocrats, Whit filled his years with drinking, idleness, and indulgence. But nothing sends a thrill through Whit as gambling. He and his four friends have become infamous for losing themselves in the chase for adventure and pleasure. The five men are called the Hellraisers. This is how Whit found himself in a gypsy encampment. Whit sits with a lovely Romani lady, Zora Grey, and is amazed as he watches her talented hands handle and manipulate the cards. He knows that she must be cheating, but cannot spy how. Whit usually could not be distracted, especially while gambling, yet it seems that Zora was succeeding somehow. Perhaps it was because Whit has wanted Zora from the moment he laid eyes on her. She is a beautiful, wild thing.

When his friends mention exploring a nearby ruin, Whit agrees to accompany them. Zora warns the Hellraisers that it is a bad place, but she is ignored. The Hellraisers discover a hidden temple beneath the ruin and unknowingly release a powerful evil. It goes by many names. This time the evil introduces himself as Mr. Holliday. To show his appreciation in being released, Mr. Holliday offers each of the five men a gift. For Whit, that gift is the ability to control the odds. He can make them as good or bad as he desires. Whit accepts the gift.

Feeling uneasy, Zora races to stop the men, however, she enters the temple to find that she is too late. Mr. Holliday grants Whit an extra boon. Zora is bound to a playing card, the queen of diamonds, and given to Whit as his play thing. Whit returns to his London home, places the playing card in his game room, and brings Zora forth. She is unable to move more than twenty feet from the card and unable to pick up or move the card herself. Worse, when Whit asks Zora a question, she is compelled to tell the truth. The servants are no help. Due to Mr. Holliday's dark magic, they can neither see nor hear Zora. She is the prisoner of a man who has made a bargain with the Devil. As much as Zora longs to be free and return to her family, she finds herself still wanting to convince Whit to deny Mr. Holliday's gift and save his soul.

Mr. Holliday was not the only entity that was trapped within the temple. Valeria "Livia" Corva had once been a priestess. Now she is little more than an insane Roman ghost. To break the spell binding Zora to the card and to have any hope of helping Whit recover his soul from his evil doppelganger, Zora must place her trust in a mad ghost and the man she is slowly falling in love with.

***** FIVE STARS! The author has done a fantastic job of taking Zora out of her comfort zone by forcing her into the presence of a callous lord who has an obsession with her. Though the character of Zora is not fully thrown into London's elite society, she is definitely not in her normal milieu. As for Whit, at the beginning of this story he is the very definition of what I would term a cynic. Zoë Archer could not have done better with the development of his character. I enjoyed watching as he struggled to understand and/or overcome the many emotions clashing within him.

This is the first title of a new series. Each of the five Hellraisers must find a way, any way, toward salvation before it is too late. One of the five, Bram, adds an extra bit of suspense because he wants Whit to embrace the dark gift just as badly as Zora wants him to deny it. I, as the reader, was given the impression that Bram and his antagonistic behavior would extrapolate, continuing onward and spreading into the future stories of the Hellraisers. I can only hope that I am correct.

Same as in the past, Zoë Archer has created a gripping tale that managed to hook my interest quickly and only got better as the plot picked up speed as it progressed. I can hardly wait for the next Hellraisers story! Absolutely stupendous! *****


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Author: Zoë Archer
Title - Demon's Bride (Hellraisers #2)


Three months ago, five gentlemen went beneath a Roman ruin and made a deal with the Devil. Each received a magical ability in exchange for a small token. Each have a mark (tattoo) on their body somewhere and every day it spreads a little bit more. Since then, one of the men, the Earl of Whitney, realized what was really happening and has managed to receive redemption. The other four now consider Whit (and his Gypsy wife, Zora Grey) to be their enemy.

London, England, 1763. Leopold "Leo" Bailey is one of the wealthiest nontitled men in England. As the story opens, Leo has just wed the Honorable Anne Hartfield, an impoverished baron's daughter. Leo did not marry for love. Leo has always felt that Society looked down at him. Now Leo has a massive house in Bloomsbury, an aristocratic wife, more money than he would ever be able to spend, and the power to crush his enemies! Leo spends most days at the stock exchange. Everyone refers to him as the Demon of the Exchange. People believe Leo to have a talent at gauging stocks. But in truth Leo has the ability to foresee financial disaster and he counterinvests.

Anne understands that Leo did not marry her for love, but she is determined to make the best of it. This is hard to do when her new husband is seldom home. Intent on making herself essential to Leo, she undertakes the difficult task of transforming the richly furnished mausoleum into a warm and welcoming home.

As the newlyweds come to know each other, the passion between them flairs hotter and hotter. Anne has become everything to Leo. Though he can still be found at the exchange amassing wealth, Leo now spends more time with his genteel wife. Anne must never know of his special ability or how he obtained it. Her innocence had to be preserved.

But Anne can tell something is horribly wrong simply by looking around. Violence has begun to erupt throughout London. Riots are occurring in greater and greater frequency. And she is getting messages from a ghost and Lord Whitney. They are warnings of Leo being in monstrous danger. Unless Anne could do something, her husband would soon lose his soul forever.

***** FIVE STARS! This is the second title in the Hellraisers series. Whitney and Zora's story is told in "Devil's Kiss". In my opinion, this adventure is even better than the first. Filled with romance, action, suspense, and dark magic, I often found myself biting my fingernails. (Something I have no done since my childhood.) But the weeks my nails will take to grow back were worth it. Due to their sacrifice, I now have an unforgettable tale that will be reread in the near future. Zoë Archer has blended a Regency Historical Romance with a Super Natural Thriller to create a thrilling ride on the darker side. Intense! *****


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Author: Janet Chapman
Title - Spellbound Falls


Olivia Baldwin has been a widow for four years. She runs a camp for families called Inglenook. It is six hundred acres of prime wilderness lake frontage. Inglenook is designed to help parents and children connect with each other, while enjoying a camping vacation. Olivia has three weeks to get Inglenook ready for the new season and she only has one employee to help her do it.

Maximilian "Mac" Oceanus arrives in Spellbound Falls just in time to save Olivia from an overly aggressive suitor. (Olivia is grateful for the rescue, but now she has NO employee to help her with all of the necessary maintenance and repairs.) Mac has come to Inglenook camp to learn how to be a father to Henry, his newly discovered six-year-old son. Both father and son find themselves drawn to the lovely widow, as well as to her eight-year-old daughter, Sophie. Mac was supposed to receive some undivided attention from Olivia before the season actually began, but since Olivia no longer has an employee she must focus entirely on preparing Inglenook.

Though Olivia feels it to be unfair for Mac, she agrees to allow him be her handyman. Perhaps as they work together (or relax afterward) Olivia can help Mac transition from bachelorhood to parenthood. Olivia does not have time to deal with her growing attraction to the strange and seductive Mac. Besides, weird stuff seems to happen around him. Locks magically open for him without keys. When he tells her to stay in the vehicle, Olivia's seatbelt gets stuck so she has no choice but remain. Oddest of all is that both Mac and Henry have a talent for sensing things. There is definitely more to Mac and Henry than meets the eye.

As the days pass, Olivia begins to realize that her heart will break on the day Mac and Henry finally leave. And Mac wonders if they will be able to weather the devastating storm that is approaching.

***** FIVE STARS! Janet Chapman obviously knows what readers want in their stories. Chapman has blended the paranormal and the real world together seamlessly. The children are charming. I even found the secondary characters to be more than simply interesting. Single parents can easily relate to Olivia. Her daughter and her income are her primary focus. Therefore, Olivia never freezes when obstacles appear. She immediately begins looking for ways over or around them.

Fans of Mythology will especially love this book. Details about Pegasus, Athena, and more are littered throughout the story. This also adds to the mystery surrounding father and son.

Romance, sassy dialog, humor when you least expect it - it all adds up to deliver a very memorable story. *****


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Author: Dianne Duvall
Title - Night Reigns (Immortal Guardians #2)


Marcus Graden has been an Immortal protector of humanity for eight hundred years. He prefers to be alone and feels no need to have a backup. But when he is surrounded by eight deranged vampires, Marcus is glad to realize that someone was guarding his backside, even if she was a mortal.

Amiriska "Ami" has trouble trusting anyone, but a coward she is not. When she sees a mysterious warrior fighting against impossible odds, Ami does not hesitate to help and save him. When Seth, the leader and most powerful immortal, assigns Ami to be Marcus's Second, she does not argue. Seth knows all about Ami's private past and her secrets. She may not be an Immortal Guardian, but she IS better than any other Second - excluding Seth's. Ami knows that Marcus does not want a Second, but there is nothing he can do or say that will keep her from doing her job.

It does not take Marcus long to realize that there is more to Ami than what can be seen on the surface and Marcus cannot help but be very attracted to that surface. The little spitfire always seems to know whenever he is in danger and arrives to watch his six whether he likes it or not. But as the battle between vampires and immortals grows, and the danger mounts almost by the hour, Ami may be the only person able to ensure Marcus is still alive in the end.

*** THREE STARS! This is the second novel of the Immortal Guardians series. It started out with a ferocious battle, hooking my attention quickly. The ending was just as fabulous. However, I feel as though the story slowed down too often between the two. The story's point-of-view comes from a variety of characters, causing frequent scene shifts. Be that as it may, the plot is devious and the main characters are engaging. I look forward to the third installment. ***


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Authors: Cynthia & Mike Arsuaga
Title - My Life as a Dog


The hitman has been a shape shifter for nearly sixty years, when he finally ends up botching a hit. To escape the law closing in on the building, Drake Martin morphs into his animal form - a small Yorkshire terrier. Though the police could not find Drake, they do pick up a stray Yorkie. This is how Drake ends up at an animal shelter. Luckily, six-year-old Katherine "Kady" Hartley adopts the Yorkie and names him Precious. Drake had planned to simply disappear from Kady's life within a week; however, Kady's guileless eyes and unconditional love convinces him to stick around for awhile. Years pass and Kady is soon off to college. The family's vet begins noticing that Precious never seemed to age, so Drake finally leaves the Hartley family behind.

Years later, Drake works as a private investigator. While finding proof of adultery for his client, Mrs. Beamer, Drake - in his Yorkie animal form - stumbles across a slave trade. Before Drake can slip away from the Russian mob and their captives, the FBI raids the building. Among the group is Special Agent Kady Hartley.

Unable to force himself away from Kady a second time, Drake begins to lead a double life. During the day, Drake runs martin Investigations and dates Kady. Otherwise, he lives in Kady's apartment as Little Dude. As a dog, Drake adores his human owner. But when Drake is in human form, he is in love with the woman. As Kady's Yorkie companion, Little Dude, Drake learns that Kady is going to New Orleans on a secret mission. Knowing that the Russian mob will be involved, Drake makes plans to follow and keep Kady safe. To do this, Drake must meet with New Orleans's shifter pack.

A Sufi is a shifter with one or more subordinate Alphas and packs. The Sufi agrees to help keep Kady in sight and safe. In return, Drake is to help rescue the Sufi's great granddaughter. Though Drake detests all the laws and traditions associated with packs, protecting Kady is worth the hassle. But events quickly start spinning out of control. The Russians have a lot of money and a long reach. Kady and the other agents are in more danger than they could possibly imagine.

**** FOUR STARS! This was a difficult synopsis to write. I wanted to make it clear to readers how Drake and Kady first met, parted, met again years later, and then began their adult lives. Once done, I needed to explain Drake's double life, their dating, and then the dangerous plots. I believe that I succeeded without giving away spoilers. I have no idea if this is a stand-alone story or the first of a series. I guess it depends on the authors. Personally, I am happy with the way this tale ended; however, I find the notion of seeing future cases and/or missions intriguing.

The story is told from Drake's point-of-view. His running commentary reminds me of the old black and white detective shows on television from long ago. Backgrounds are not very detailed at first, but more and more is learned as the story progresses. I look forward to seeing more from this writing team. ****


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Author: Marjorie M. Liu
Title - The Fire King (A Dirk & Steele Novel)


He is Karr, a chimera. He was strong, quick, and deadly. He led and protected his people. Then he saw everything he loved consumed in flames. The sword that pierced his stomach was a killing blow. Death was to be his salvation, but thousands of years later he has been awakened against his will. Worse, he is in the presence of shape-shifters, his enemy. The sounds they make are meaningless noise. All Karr desires is to escape and locate his people. If they still exist.

Soria is still not used to having only one arm. She had spent the last year as a recluse. Before then, Soria worked for Dirk and Steele. She has a unique ability, allowing her to hold a conversation in any language, no matter how rare. She is a universal translator. Even should aliens arrive from space, Soria would be able to speak their language. Now Soria is called back into the game by Roland Dirk to help communicate with a tormented warrior whose language was forgotten long ago.

Mercenaries break into the facility, intending to kidnap Karr and Soria for unknown reasons. The pair manages to escape and make it to the border between Mongolia and China. Roland is Soria’s only real contact, but he is keeping secrets. His only advice is for her to make it to Beijing. But Soria has no idea how she is going to convince a semi-hostile chimera to trust her with his life.

*** THREE STARS! When I realized that Karr was a chimera, I got very excited; however, the creatures I learned about had three heads. (Lion, dragon, and goat.) Therefore, I had a hard time keeping Karr’s strange beast form in my head. As for Soria’s character, she came across as very brave, yet too sympathetic toward others. For example: Soria lost her right arm over a year ago. But when others around Soria are unsure how to treat her, it is Soria that speaks up – putting them at ease about her missing limb. I really admire how the author made the heroine so obviously handicapped. I believe that there are just too many perfect heroines out there. My only concern was that, to me, Soria’s brave and strong personality should have had her learning to shoot with her weaker hand, instead of becoming a hermit. That part did not make Soria sound brave at all. It made her sound like a coward, which her character was not.

As for the story, I found the plot to be sound and the minor subplots to be riveting! Marjorie Liu did an awesome job of making this story believable, in a paranormal way. There are a few secondary characters that I would love to see get their own story told in the future. (To name a couple of these: Robert and Serena.) A wonderful adventure! I look forward to more. ***


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Author: Lynsay Sands
Title - Under a Vampire Moon (An Argeneau Novel)


Carolyn "Caro" Connor is celebrating her escape form a horrible marriage by taking a vacation in St. Lucia. Though Caro enjoys Soaking up the Caribbean sun and drinking plenty of tropical drinks, she has no intention of seeking out any male company. But then Caro meets Marguerite Argeneau, who is infamous among her family for her matchmaking skills. One look at Caro and Marguerite knows that she has found a life mate for Christian.

Christian Notte never imagined that he would be lucky enough to find a life mate. Marguerite contacts Christian and has him bring his band to a resort in St. Lucia where the entertainment had suddenly canceled. When he meets Caro, Christian finds himself falling in love. But Caro believes she is far too old for him and would turn down any dating attempts he would try. Therefore, Gia convinces Caro that Christian is gay and that Caro should pretend to be his date so that the family would not find out.

The more time Caro spends with Christian, the more she begins to open up to him. But how will Christian reveal to her that he was only pretending to be gay so she would spend some time with him? How will he reveal that he is an Immortal without her running away? And should he succeed in health tasks, how will he then convince the once-bitten mortal to trust him with her heart - forever?

*** THREE STARS! The Immortals this author writes about may drink (bagged) blood, but they are not vampires. Each immortal yearns to find their life mate that is not something that many Immortals ever locate. In this episode of the series, there is little danger or suspense. It is pretty humorous situations. The story overflows with intriguing characters. (Especially a certain male member of the band, not to mention Gia.) Very well done indeed. ***


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Author: Marjorie M. Liu
Title - Within the Flames (A Dirk & Steele novel)


Eddie's life turned around when he joined the Dirk & Steele Agency. The former car thief is a pyrokinetic who sometimes still loses control of his fire. He has recently learned that the man who had killed his little sister has been released from prison. Eddie would enjoy nothing more than to crush the life from the man. But dealing with Swint will have to wait, because Eddie has an urgent assignment. Eddie must travel to New York City to find and protect Lyssa Andreanos from those who hunt her.

Lyssa is the last of her shape-shifting kind. The dragon within her sleeps, waiting for the day Lyssa kills for the first time. Lyssa has been on the run from the Cruor Venator for ten years. That was when the Cruor Venator murdered her family. The Cruor Venator are Blood Hunters. Witches who steal power from blood. Lyssa's dragon blood would give the ultimate power boost. Like Eddie, fire is Lyssa's weapon. But she refuses to give in to her dark urges. She wears long sleeves and gloves to conceal the red dragon-scales down her right arm and the golden claw where her right hand should have been.

When Eddie finds her, Lyssa wants nothing to do with him. But the stubborn and tenacious man refuses to budge. He was sent to protect her and nothing would stop him from doing so. Lyssa finally understands that after a decade of hiding, it is time to fight and die. Or fight and kill. And Eddie will do anything he has to in order to stand by her side.

**** FOUR STARS! Do not worry if you have never read a Dirk & Steele novel. The agency is only mentioned in passing. This is a stand-along story that focuses on Eddie and Lyssa. As the reader, I watched as Lyssa went from the prey to the hunter. She went from constantly hiding and depending upon no one, to letting herself trust someone (Eddie) and fighting to protect the few people that she considered friends. The author, in no way, made Lyssa sound weak. The character of Lyssa has a strong spine for the entire story. But the author did put Lyssa's back to the wall and forced her to consider ideas outside of her comfort zone.

With this story, Marjorie M. Liu proves why her name is often seen on the best seller lists. Action, suspense, drama, and magic overflow in this fast paced tale. The danger and intrigue is almost nonstop. If nothing else, I have learned that there is nothing mundane about a story written by Marjorie M. Liu. Fantastic! ****


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Author: Marjorie M. Liu
Title - The Wild Road (A Dirk & Steele Novel)


Those who look upon Lannes Hannelore see only a handsome man. In truth he is a gargoyle. He is one of a sentient, magical species hiding in plain sight. He keeps his wings strapped down and an illusion covers his body to make him look human. Lannes leaves the solitude of his island and travels to Chicago to help restore Frederick Brimley's three-hundred-year-old family Bible. Freddy is one of the few things that could have enticed Lannes away from the island in Maine. The last thing Lannes expects is to encounter a young woman on a deserted street trying to steal his car. She is obviously frightened, desperate, covered in blood, and has no memory. Lannes is a fairly accomplished Mage and knows the lady is not faking amnesia. Someone has stolen her memories, ripped them out of her mind, and there is no chance that she will ever recover them. Lannes finds himself drawn to the woman. He is determined to find the person who had harmed her, and the only way to do that was to keep her around. He could not allow such a violation to stand unpunished or leave open the possibility of it happening again.

Lethe is the name Lannes has given her. (It means "forgetfulness" in Greek.) She had awakened in a hotel room, covered in blood, surrounded by dead bodies, and a piece of paper that simply read "RUN". She may not know anything about herself, but her instincts remain. She knows weapons. Solitude frightens her, but so does the thought of letting anyone be near her. For all she knows, she may be a murderer. But Lannes refuses to let her run from him. Somehow he is positive that she is not as bad as the clues are leading them to believe. With no recollection of what she has done, Lethe must trust the huge stranger and pray that he would not end up dead for helping her.

*** THREE STARS! This story starts out with blood. Lots of blood and confusion. Therefore, it caught my attention immediately. I could not help but find the character of Lethe to be fascinating. Unfortunately, I never came to feel the same way about Lannes. I did find Lannes to be interesting. There was nothing about him that pushed me away emotionally. Yet, somehow, his character remained eclipsed by Lethe's.

As with most stories, things slowed down in the middle, but overall I still found this tale to be a very good addition to the series. ***


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Author: Kresley Cole
Title - A Hunger Like No Other
(Immortals After Dark #1)


Emmaline "Emma" Troy is half vampire and half Valkyrie. She grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, protected by a coven of Valkyries. Her existence has been kept secret from all other immortal beings of the Lore. For the first time in her young seventy years of life, Emma leaves the coven. Emma goes to Paris in hopes of discovering information about her deceased parents. (Her Valkyrie mother and unknown vampire father had met in the City of Light.) Unlike the Valkyries or vampires, Emma is very innocent. Her Valkyrie aunts have taught Emma to fight to protect herself, but she has never killed. Not even a fly. She has never taken blood directly from the flesh of a living being. She is timid and gives up at the first sign of pain. Therefore, it is no wonder that, when faced with a charging madman, Emma tries to flee.

Lachlain MacRieve, King of the Lykae Clan, had searched without cease for his Mate for over a thousand years - up until the day of his capture by the Vampire Horde. Each of the Lykae (werewolf) is given a Mate, the one woman made for him alone. She is the only one able to calm the beast within him. Lachlain has been the prisoner of Demestriu, the Vampire King, for centuries. For most of that time, Lachlain has been pinned within the catacombs deep beneath Paris and fed to the fires. He has been burned alive over and over. But when Lachlain catches the scent of his Mate far above, nothing can keep him from reaching her. After all the years of torture, Lachlain is pretty much insane. Both his man and beast halves are operating on instinct. The very last thing Lachlain ever expects is to see that his fated Mate is a vampire. Though he considers Emma to be a helpless parasite, Lachlain refuses to let her go. She belongs to him. Because she is a bloody Leech, he is less than kind to her. Yet as he spends time with Emma, traveling to his home in Scotland, he comes to understand and admire her true nature. By her pointed ears, he knows her to be only half vampire. Perhaps this is why he has mixed feelings. He must claim her before the next full moon or his inner beast will emerge and be uncontrollable. He could seriously harm or kill Emma.

To keep her from running, Lachlain has told Emma a series of lies. Emma believes that she is not his Mate and that he will let her go once she escorts him to his home. But what Lachlain does not realize is that Emma's coven is coming to free her. If that means the fierce warrior women must peel the Celt pelt off of Lachlain, so much the better.

***** FIVE STARS! Kresley Cole's immortal characters are beings whose lives or world have been razed to the ground and must be totally rebuilt. Of all the books in this series (around a dozen thus far, including stories published exclusively as novellas, audio, or Kindle formats), this first story has the most impact. To me, it is the darkest. Needless-to-say, it is my favorite. I find Emma's transformation from a meek creature into an indomitable force to be reckoned with to be awe-inspiring. Highly...no...Strongly recommended reading for Paranormal/Fantasy Romance fans! *****


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Author: Kresley Cole
Title - No Rest for the Wicked
(Immortals After Dark #2)


Sebastian Wroth had not wanted to become a vampire. His brothers had forced the Change upon him. After three hundred horrible years, Sebastian wants only for his existence to come to an end. His brother had said that one day, when he had found his Bride, Sebastian would thank him for turning him into a vampire. It is said that each vampire is given a Bride, an eternal wife, who would "blood" him. With his blooding, his body would come back to life. His lungs would again function. His heart would begin beating. And he would be able to feel lust and passion once more. A vampire has only to find her. But Sebastian does not believe the Bride story to be true until an angel of death appears before him, intending to eliminate him.

Of all the immortal creatures in the Lore, the Valkyrie are the most lethal. They are often underestimated because of their small, elven stature. And of all the fierce Valkyries, none is more merciless than Kaderin the Cold Hearted. Long ago, Kaderin hesitated to kill a young vampire. Moments later the leech had killed her two sisters. Kaderin had begged to become unfeeling and an unknown power granted her wish. Since that day, Kaderin has not felt any emotion. She does not suffer from sorrow, lust, anger, or joy. Nothing gets in the way of her killing. Kaderin the Cold Hearted is a perfect killer. Other than hunting vampires, competing in the Talisman's Hie, which was basically a deadly immortal scavenger hunt, is the only thing she lives for. The Hie is held every two hundred and fifty years and Kaderin has won the last several. This time the grand prize is Thrane's Key. The key unlocks a door through time, enabling its possessor to go back into the past. The key will work only twice. With the key, Kaderin could go back in time and save her sisters.

Kaderin was sent to eliminate the vampire named Sebastian. The last thing she expects is to learn that she is his Bride! Whenever they are close to each other, his body begins working. Worse, Kaderin beings to feel again. The blessing of numbness deserts her. Actually flustered for once, Kaderin leaves without killing Sebastian. Even though vampires can trace (teleport), they can only go to a place they have already been. Since Sebastian did not know where Kaderin lived, he should not have been able to find her. Yet he appears in Riora's hidden temple, by Kaderin's side, as she is beginning the Hie. The Valkyrie is unable to lose her vampire shadow and, because he has joined the Hie competition, Kaderin is not allowed to kill him. Should she kill the leech, she would be disqualified, and Kaderin desperately wants Thrane's Key.

**** FOUR STARS! The story of Kaderin and Sebastian will entice any who enjoy a lot of action and adventure in their romances. This tale is like an "Indiana Jones" movie on crack! Rough terrains, betrayals, and booby traps galore! No one pours more bloody life into her characters than Kresley Cole. ****


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Author: Kresley Cole
Title - Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night
(Immortals After Dark #3)


It was foretold that a male from the Lore would recognize Mariketa the Awaited as his own and claim her. He would seek to lock her away, guarding her with a ferocity that no magicks could defeat, thus robbing the House of her powers. Since the prediction, Mari has covered herself every time she has set foot outside her home. The witch has no desire to be taken from her House. So Mari is covered when she competes in the Hie. But while retrieving a needed item of the scavenger hunt, her cloak is lost. Then one from the Lykae Clan, Bowen MacRieve, traps Mari and a few other competitors in a tomb. Those in the Hie are not allowed to kill other players, however, entrapping is encouraged. Problem is that Mari and the others are not alone in the tomb. Though she is a witch, Mari has yet to come into her full power and is still unable to control them. The group is in peril.

Bowen MacRieve lost his Mate long ago. She had run from him in fear, fallen, and died. Bowen's existence has been agony ever since. When Bowen thinks Mari has cast a spell to make him believe her to be his Mate, he collapses the tomb's entrance, trapping her and others within. Bowen does not know what is locked inside the tomb with them. He is sure that they will eventually find a way out. But two weeks after the Hie ends the House of Witches is about to declare war on the Lykae. Only Bowen knows where they are trapped. By the time Bowen reaches the tomb and frees them, Mari is barely alive. Unlike the others, Mari is still mortal. The group must protect the weakened witch as they travel through a territory in which humans are at war with each other.

*** THREE STARS! There is more going on than I tell in my synopsis. Bowen refuses to believe that the witch has not cast a spell on him or the possibility that fate has given him a second Mate - something that has never before happened. As for Mariketa the Awaited, she is called that for a good reason. I can say nothing about her awaited destiny or her powers without spoiling the story. But rest assured that this story is worth your time and money. Hints are given about some secondary characters that will appear in later titles. If you already plan to read this entire series, be sure that you do not skip this story. Mari will play vital parts in a couple of the next installments. ***


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Author: Brenda Jernigan
Title - Black Magic (Time Travel Romance)


Story opens in Raleigh, North Carolina, 1980. Alexandria Dumont is a doctor of physical medicine and a doctor of rehabilitation medicine. While at a flea market, Alex purchases an oil painting from Hattie, an old Cajun woman. The painting shows a lovely plantation with a small lake in its front. Beside the lake is a young lady in a peach gown. The mystery lady is peering into the water. But the reflection does not show the beauty that surrounds it. Instead, it shows a home burned to the ground and the lady dressed in rags. When Alex moves her new portrait, a child's diary falls from its backing. That night Alex begins reading the journal as she falls asleep.

Alex wakes up the next morning to find herself in 1835. The only familiar things around Alex are her black medical bag and Hattie. In this time, Hattie is a free black woman who works as the housekeeper of River Bends, a large cotton plantation in New Orleans. Alex is unsure why she has fallen back to 1835 until she meets Melissa "Missy", a twelve-year-old crippled girl. Alex knows that she can help Missy walk again and convincing her brother/guardian, Brad Wentworth, is a challenge. But soon Alex is settling in at River Bends and working with Missy.

Brad Wentworth is a well known attorney, retired, who has never lost a case. Now he owns and operates the family's plantation and cares for his little sister. With Hattie's assurance that Alexandria is a very good doctor, Brad hires her to care for Missy. Even should his sister never walk again, Missy seems to deeply enjoy Alexandria's company. Though Brad is well known and his friends call him the master of seduction, Alexandria is not intimidated by him or impressed in the slightest. Brad is also about to announce his engagement to Julia Turner. Their marriage would merge their lands, making River Bends the largest plantation in New Orleans. So why can he not get the stubborn, lovely, redheaded doctor out of his head?

***** FIVE STARS! A little magic, a lot of suspense with some drama thrown in for good measure, and romance...what more could one want in a Time Travel Romance? Okay, let's toss some in a villain or two that readers cannot help but love to hate. This story has it all. Brenda Jernigan has written a compelling tale that hooked my interest instantly and refused to let go until the story was over. Alex's sojourn to 1835 was vividly detailed and stayed true to the time period. Julia's character seems to ooze evil at times. I looked forward to seeing her get what she deserved. And Brad's character could never be conceited while Alexandria was around. Alex is a strong character, independent, and has an indomitable spirit. Ms. Jernigan is a pro when it comes to foreshadowing ominous events and I found myself riveted by the mysterious Hattie and the enchanted with little Missy. The name of Brenda Jernigan is simply another way to pronounce the word "Rhapsody". Marvelous! *****


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Author: Cynthia Eden
Title - Immortal Danger


Maya Black had been a cop in L.A. when a vampire attacked and turned her in an alley. But Maya had already known that humans were not the baddest creatures lurking in dark. Maya's gun was loaded with silver bullets, covered in holy water. Maya killed the vampire, but her human self still died.

Five years pass.

Even in Maine, Adam Brody has heard the whispers about Maya Black. Tales of the vampire who hunts her own kind. She fights demons, shifters, vamps, and anything else that gets in her way. Adam considers vampires to be parasites, but he needs her help. Cammie, his nine-year-old niece, has been kidnapped by vampires. Adam has traveled across the country to find Maya, because he knows she can find Cammie. Whoever and whatever Maya hunts, Maya finds, and then usually kills.

To everyone else, Maya is fearless, a bit reckless, and never helps others. Maya lets everyone believe the image, but the truth is that Maya had been a very good cop and she is just unable to shake her cop instincts. So against her better judgment, Maya agrees to find and rescue little Cammie. Problem is that Nassor, the Born Master, the most ancient and powerful vampire, is about to rise. Nassor had gone to ground almost five years ago because he had been staked and nearly decapitated. Now the Master has almost finished healing. The vampires are collecting sacrifices for Nassor to consumer upon his waking. And Cammie is a very special treasure for Nassor.

It takes Maya awhile to figure out that Adam is not human and neither is Cammie. Adam holds his secrets close, but Maya cannot fault him for it because she does the same thing. As for Adam, the longer he is with Maya, the more he sees of the woman beneath the vampire. If he is not careful, he could lose his ancient heart to her.

***** FIVE STARS! The author does not limit the type of paranormal creatures to simply vampires in this story. There are different levels of demons, various types of shifters, and more. In fact, Lucas Simone is the hot and dangerous Alpha of a wolf pack. He has his own story (Never Cry Wolf) that takes place after the events in this book, but Lucas also has a few vital roles in this tale. Cynthia Eden has created a dark, hypnotic world and filled it with the most unforgettable characters. Hot, spicy, and very addictive. *****


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Author: Caridad Piñeiro
Title - The Lost (Sin Hunters #1)


Adam Bruno was six-years-old when Salvatore Bruno found him in the desert. Now, twenty years later, Adam recalls little of the event beyond the death and fire that had surrounded him. To this day, Adam feels it had been some sort of attack, yet he can think of nothing to support the feeling. But Adam is not ordinary and he wonders if his unique abilities could have been why it had happened. Adam can shapeshift and create energy. He has a natural affinity with lightning. Adam is the founder and CEO of SolTerra Systems. The company is dedicated to developing alternative energies. While doing so, perhaps Adam would come to understand and master his powers.

Roberta "Bobbie" Carrera is home from Iraq. Though Bobbie has survived her injuries, she is still undergoing physical therapy. No longer in service, she wants nothing more than to put the past behind her and have a normal life. When she sees Adam being kidnapped, Bobbie does not hesitate to help him ward off his attackers. Together they begin fighting mysterious paranormal enemies.

Unknown to Adam, two sets of hunters search for him. The Light Hunters honor all life and relieve suffering. They draw energy from nature. Adam's biological parents are Quinchus (leaders) of their clan and have never ceased searching for their son. They now believe Adam to be their lost child. The Shadow Hunters draw energy from other sentient creatures. Humans are vast, but finite, and do not give up much energy with their meager life force. Therefore, the dark ones prefer to drain the life energies of Light Hunters, especially those as powerful as Adam.

Together, Adam and Bobbie are a force to be reckoned with. But the duo must figure out who they can safely trust and the last thing Adam expects is a betrayal by someone close to him.

***** FIVE STARS! Caridad Piñeiro has crafted an exciting new series and, with this first story, I am hooked! All the major characters are well developed; their backgrounds and ambitions are clearly defined. Due to the author's descriptive writing style, I could almost feel the evil malice radiating from the Shadow Hunters. I cannot help but feel bad for Bobbie's war injuries and the depression she is going through knowing that her entire platoon died, yet she (and one other) survived. I sympathize with Adam's sense of being different from everyone else, his need for isolation, and his desire to understand and master his abilities. Then there are the distraught parents, searching desperately for their missing boy. Their hope that, at long last, they may have finally found him. The author brings it all to vivid life.

This story has set a solid foundation upon which the following ones can easily build. Though the ending leaves strings dangling, the story halts in the perfect spot. It is not a cliff-hanger, as if an axe is coming down and the reader is left wondering if the hero survives. Instead, all of Adam's questions are answered and I, as the reader, have a sense of closure. I am eagerly looking forward to the next story. I want to see more battles between the Light and Shadow Hunters. Caridad Piñeiro actually seems to breathe life into each of her characters! Stellar! *****


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Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
Title - Vampire Mine


Marielle Quatriduum is an Angel of Death. As a Deliverer, it is her duty to collect and escort the newly deceased to heaven for Judgement. When her compassion has her disobeying her supervisor, Marielle is banished from the Heavenly Host. Marielle's wings are taken and she is left earthbound in the form of a human female. The longer she stays on Earth, the more human she will become. She will slowly lose her powers until they are gone forever. Until her powers are gone, all who touch her (or she touches them) will immediately die. The only exception is a vampire (since they are technically already dead). Luckily, Marielle is found by Connor, a Scottish vampire, who becomes her protector. All Marielle wants is to prove herself worthy so the Archangels would vote her back into the Heavenly Host.

Connor Buchanan was dying on a battlefield when Roman Draganesti transformed him into a vampire. That was almost five hundred years ago. Connor has spent the last sixty years working for MacKay Security and Investigation. During recent years Connor has been the personal bodyguard of Roman and his family. Roman's groups of vampires are called Vamps. Instead of preying on humans, they survive by drinking the synthetic blood that Roman has invented. The Vamps are in a constant battle with the Malcontents, those who refuse to give up their murderous way of life. Casimir is the leader of the Malcontents and is building his own undead army to destroy the Vamps. Almost every night, Casimir and his Malcontents slaughter a group of innocent humans. The Vamps have no way to know where Casimir will strike next. Until now...

At the scene of Casimir's latest massacre, Connor finds a fallen angel. As a Deliverer, Marielle can sense when someone is dying anywhere on Earth and the ability to know where. Marielle agrees to help the Vamps destroy the Malcontents. By doing so, the world would be a safer place. Perhaps this deed would prove her worthiness to the Archangels. Marielle also hopes to use her time to help heal the darkness she can feel deep within Connor. But suddenly Marielle begins to have a strange, yet pleasant, physical yearning for the vampire. She is not the only one experiencing the attraction either. Since marielle had fallen into his life, Connor believes he finally has a noble purpose. She has awakened his long-dead senses. She is so perfect, and he is so flawed. And yet, he wants her so much. Marielle may say that vampires are still considered to be God's children and that each chooses whether to be good or evil, but Connor lost his faith long ago. However, Connor vows to keep his emotional distance from the angel and do all within his power to help her return to heaven. Even if it kills him.

***** FIVE STARS! More and more Scottish vampires are appearing in today's book market. There is something about the Scottish accent that is pleasant to the ears of females worldwide. The author has given Connor a glorious temper that is chilling to behold, yet it is tempered down with a hungry longing for Marielle. The clashes succeeded in giving me, as the reader, hope that Connor could not only redeemed, but also find last happiness.

Though this seems to be part of a series new readers, such as I, will have no trouble jumping right in. This is a stand-alone story with Connor and Marielle its main focus; however, some of the secondary characters (vampires and shapeshifters) have already found their spouses. Other secondary characters are still "single" (for lack of a better term) and I admit that the author has managed to pique my interest in keeping an eye out for their future stories.

Most of the characters within this story have well developed backgrounds. MacKay S&I and Romatech Industries have obviously given the Vamps a sturdy foundation that enables their main base of operations to keep building upon. Still, most of this story is told off-base. (After all, there is high potential an Angel of Death would accidentally cause premature deaths of non-vampires employees.) I give Kerrelyn Sparks a nod of respect for setting this story off-base instead of trying to shunt the angel into a remote and/or secure section of Romatech Industries. The author doubled my respect by brilliantly entwining Marielle's past decisions and actions into the background stories of a few of the secondary characters, including Roman's. For some odd reason, I feel as though this story will not be the last (by Sparks) to cause serious devastation to my sleeping habits. *****


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Author: Annette Blair
Title - Skirting the Grave
(Vintage Magic Mystery #4, 7/5/11)


Madeira "Maddie" Cutler is well known in the world of fashion. She specializes in vintage clothing. In Mystic Falls, Connecticut, Maddie owns and operates her designer vintage dress shop, Vintage Magic. The shop seems quaint to customers. Only the locals know that the shop sits in a former funeral home carriage house. (Horse-drawn hearses, caskets, old embalming room, and all.) Though Maddie lives and breathes vintage fashion, she must be extremely careful whenever she handles anything classic. You see, Maddie receives psychometric vibes from items with tales to tell. The two people who know of this gift (or curse, you decide) is her best friend, Eve Meyers, and her on-again-off-again boyfriend, FBI Special Agent Nick Jaconetti. Currently Nick and Maddie are off-again. While Nick has been away on assignment, Maddie has slowly been making friends with Detective Sergeant Lytton Werner. As kids they had not like each other; however, due to Maddie's psychometry gift and her habit of attracting trouble, the two have become "frienemies". Lytton no longer tries to keep Maddie from investigating mysteries. In fact, Lytton has come to respect and value Maddie's thoughts and instincts - and that is in no way connected with the thermonuclear kiss they shared in the recent past.

Brandy, Maddie's sister who does not believe in the paranormal (be it abilities or spirits), is coming home. She is the development director for the Nurture Kids Foundation and is holding a huge fund-raiser next weekend. As usual, Brandy has handed the entire responsibility of its planning and organizing over to Maddie. Brandy will arrive home shortly before the event date. In addition, Brandy has coerced Maddie into hiring a temporary intern, Isobel York. Isobel is a popular model who seems to love vintage clothing as much as Maddie. In exchange for teaching her design techniques, Isobel has shipped ahead a huge trunk filled with vintage clothing (as a gift) to Maddie. But when Maddie arrives at the train station to pick up her new intern she finds Detective Werner already there. According to Lytton, the deceased lying close by has photo identification naming her to be Isobel York. So when Isobel's living body arrives very late that evening Maddie calls Lytton and Nick, who is in town at the moment.

Nick and Lytton are looking at some of the same players in separate cases. (Lytton with the body at the train station and Nick with a big embezzlement case.) They are also looking to win the same woman's affections. Maddie likes them both but, at the moment, does not consider either to be her boyfriend. She is too busy dealing with the upcoming fund-raiser and getting to know her new intern. Speaking of Isobel, Maddie cannot help but adore her. Isobel's knowledge and love of vintage clothing is vast. In a short amount of time, Maddie finds herself having a blast with her intern as they raid the trunk of clothing that used to belong to Isobel's Grand-mère. Problem is that Isobel comes from a rich and politically powerful family. Her father is Candidate Quincy York and he has decided to make his campaign headquarters in town.

The York family members are not exactly close or loving. Though Candidate York is in town, he has not checked up on Isobel. He is using elements from both Nick and Lytton's cases to help boost his campaign. Grand-mère and a few other key players are also slithering around town. And as the day of the fund-raiser draws near, so does a killer.

***** FIVE STARS! This story is perfect for those who enjoy some romance in their mysteries - and a bit of the paranormal. Maddie's personal relationships with Nick and Lytton are a bit expedient. Now that a triangle has formed, I find things to be even more interesting than before. The advent of Isobel's arrival does not lessen the lethal amount of testosterone surrounding Maddie either, much to my delight. Yet Blair still manages to keep the mystery plot moving forward at a good clip. For anyone that has not read the previous titles in this series, I strongly urge you to do so. Thus far every story has been outstanding. Each novel is a stand-alone mystery tale, but reading the titles in order will allow you to enjoy the making of the love triangle.

Dante, the resident ghost in Maddie's store, only makes token appearances. His presence is not vital to the plot, thus the author gives the handsome undertaker minimal time. He will have a role or two in future mysteries though.

Blair has an enigmatical writing style that kept me guessing during the entire story. I kept feeling as if I were missing just one link, one clue, or one piece of the puzzle. Any time I thought that I had all the pieces of the mystery in place and knew who was behind what and why, I was proven wrong. I became aggravated that my theory was wrong, yet thrilled at the same time because it meant the overall picture was even bigger than I had originally believed. (Only another true mystery lover will understand what I am trying to explain above.) The author's writing is also bright, colorful, and vivid. I could easily envision Maddie and Isobel roller skating around the shop in their vintage carhop outfits. Over time I have learned one major lesson: Whenever I open a book by Annette Blair, the real world fades away and I am guaranteed to be highly entertained. Fantabulous! *****


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Author: Annette Blair
Title - Vampire Dragon
(Works Like Magick #3)


Once he was a Roman. But that was before an evil sorceress, Killian, turned him into a dragon. Killian sent him and his comrades to the Island of Stars. Now the Island of Stars is dying. Andra, Goddess of Hope, is sending each dragon back to the mortal plain.

After being a dragon for centuries, Darkwyn Dragonelli is a man once more. He is the third Dragonelli to return to the mortal plain. Darkwyn is tasked to find his predetermined heart mate and to make her life quest his own. He must also best Killian. Should Killian win, no other will be able to live the Island of Stars and they will perish. Darkwyn is an alpha male, no matter his current species, wearing unseen scales and spikes like armor. He knows to expect an acclimator, Vivica, to greet him upon his arrival. For two weeks Vivica would teach him how to blend in with society. As he studies, Vivica would create all the paperwork needed for Darkwyn to be legal.

When Darkwyn steps (or rather he rolls) onto the mortal plain, he lands behind a bar counter in Salem, Massachusetts. The counter keeps most from noticing his nudity. Standing over him is Bronte McBride. She is in her full vampiress costume and wearing the mask no one ever sees her without. Bronte owns the Phoenix building and all the businesses within it. Her businesses cater to visitors and locals who enjoy vampire roleplaying. (Whether the person roleplaying is in her building for light entertainment or is a serious [die hard] vampire, Bronte's businesses aims to please.) The brilliant inventor behind the scenes is her twelve-year-old nephew, Zachary Tucker. As Darkwyn rolls to a stop at her feet, Bronte quickly realizes that this man is different from any other she has met. She and Zachary are in hiding from one of Canada's most powerful men. (Not even the RCMP, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, have been able to bring the man down.) After only a few days with Vivica, the alpha feels danger stalking his heart mate, Bronte. He knows telepathy and dragon speak well, but has only a rudimentary grasp of English. Darkwyn is soon employed by Bronte as the Phoenix's Master Vampire. His main duties are to keep the peace and to act as Bronte's vampire mate (a.k.a. bodyguard). Turns out that the appealing woman has a few nebulous and erratic psychic gifts. Her nephew is more than meets the eye as well.

On the Island of Stars he had been one of the fiercest dragons, as unpredictable and dangerous as the black ice he had been nicknamed after. Now he undertakes the most important challenges in his extremely long life span: to eliminate all of his heart mate's powerful enemies and to defeat Killian, clearing the way for the next Dragonelli to arrive.

***** FIVE STARS! If you have read the previous titles then you will be happy to know that Jaydun and Bastian make a cameo or two in this episode. If you are a new reader, you will find yourself confused the first few chapters as you slowly learn the characters for this story and about the continuously running (series) plot involving Killian. It does not take long for Bronte and Darkwyn to wind up in bed together and these scenes downright sizzle! And since Darkwyn was formerly a dragon, these scenes are...interesting.

Many authors insert wacky humor to help break the tension whenever it gets too thick; however, Annette Blair's style of humor is always unusual. Darkwyn arrives with some animal sidekicks. There is a small guardian dragon and two glowing cats that have flutterby wings. Of course the dragon is invisible and the two felines look normal to humans. The one companion that all can see is Puck, a bird with the markings of a Catalina macaw. Puck does not simply quote back what he has heard. Puck swears in his sleep and, when awake, the bird is very talkative. Puck's running commentaries are often (loose) word definitions. Numerous times I found myself laughing long and loud.

Readers wanting a break from all the vampire and werewolf romances do not need to look any further than here. Bring on the dragons! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Hannah Howell
Title - If He's Dangerous (Psychic Wherlocke series, 6/7/11)


Lady Lorelei Sundun, seventh child of the Duke of Sundunmoor, is minding her own business when a handsome man suddenly appears in her garden. He is not wearing any clothing either. Too bad the roses are keeping her from seeing his best parts. Until now Lorelei has never heard of the Wherlocke or Vaughn clans - or their paranormal abilities. His name is Sir Argus Wherlocke and he proceeds to explain that he has been taken captive by a madman. After asking Lorelei to notify his family, the man disappears before her very eyes. Argus had only been able to give a few clues as to where he was being held. But Lorelei has a skill for finding things or people. After sending off letters to his family, Lorelei decides Argus is in too much danger to wait for the letters to reach their destinations, so she begins searching for the poor man.

Argus does not think his family will locate him in time. Charles Cornick has learned of his gift. Argus can use his voice and his eyes to make people tell him the truth, to make them even do as he wishes, or to firmly believe in what he says even if all evidence shows what he said to be a lie. Cornick believes he can steal the ability from Argus. When Lorelei arrives, Argus is in no shape to decline her help. The lady rescues him and hides him in the gatehouse on Sundunmoor lands. As he recovers, Argus comes to learn that Lorelei is clever, kind, has the sort of open mind that allows her to accept his family (when they arrive) and its gifts, and she makes his blood burn with just a smile. Somehow, she is immune to his gift. So is Max, the butler with the personality of a kind-hearted-but-stern general. Trouble is that Argus has seldom seen marriages work for a Wherlocke or a Vaughn. He never intends to wed. Besides, Lorelei is the daughter of a duke and his is but a knight.

Argus's presence could not be kept secret for long. Yet Lorelei's family does not react the way most others would. Roland Sundun, the Eighth Duke of Sundunmoor, is where Lorelei (and all of his relatives) got their open mindedness from. Between His Grace's amazing family and Argus's newly arrived kin, there is hope of stopping Cornick and any allies he may have. Otherwise tales will spread, the Wherlocke and Vaughn clan would be hunted, and death would follow.

**** FOUR STARS! Hannah Howell has taken a stubborn man, matched him with an elegantly unattainable lady, added in plenty of paranormal elements, and then decided to go all out by tossing in lots of danger and suspense. The character of Lorelei may be innocent and kind, but there is a naughty girl under all that prim-and-proper. And Argus is truculent when it comes to the subject of marriage. Before Argus's relatives arrive to help, the story line trots along at a good pace. Yet once they arrive, the plot slows down and more subterfuge enters the story. Argus's relatives must utilize their various gifts to learn who Cornick is, if he has allies, where he is hiding, and what he may be planning to do next.

My only real problem with the story is that no one interferes when it becomes obvious that Lorelei and Argus are lovers. I simply could not swallow the idea of a duke, during the Regency era, standing aside as his favorite daughter gives herself to a man, especially one they have not known but a very short while. Otherwise, I found this to be an excellent tale. I actually read this entire adventure in a single afternoon. Hannah Howell knows what her readers crave in their romance stories! ****


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Author: Katie MacAlister
Title - Sex and the Single Vampire (A Dark Ones novel)


Allegra "Allie" Telford works for the United Psychical Research Associations (UPRA) in California, USA. Allie is a Summoner, one who is able to summon spirits. The UPRA has sent Allie to a haunted hotel in London and told to either succeed in summoning up her first spirit (and bring back proof) or she will be fired. But instead of a spirit in need of Release, Allie finds a naked man with dozens of deep cuts dripping blood in the basement. By the time she calls for help, the man disappears.

Allie had promised her sister that while in London she would attend the book signing event of C.J. Dante, a paranormal romance author, and get an autographed copy of the man's latest novel. Turns out that the author was the same man Allie had met in the basement. According to the two ladies with him, Joy and Roxy, Christian Dante is not simply the author of the Dark Ones series, but he is, in fact, a Dark One. And Allie is his Beloved.

Christian Dante is close to luring Sebastian's kidnappers to him when a Summoner shows up. She may mean well but all she ends up doing is ruining his plans. Christian is a Dark One (vampire), doomed to spend eternity in search of the one woman (his Beloved) who can redeem his soul. His Beloved could not have shown up at a more inopportune time either. On the plus side, Allegra is proving herself to be a powerful Summoner. Every time he turns around Allie seems to have another spirit by her side. Problem is that Allie has not been able to Release any of them as yet and her ghostly group is growing. Whether Allie likes it or not, Christian plans to persuade Allie to help him rescue Sebastian and then claim her as his lover forever ... or longer.

***** FIVE STARS! Author Katie MacAlister has penned a seductive paranormal romance with just enough darkness to tease and tantalize readers until they melt. The story overflows with witty banter and humorous scenes. It has a suspense-filled plot dealing with evil psychics, ghosts, and demons. And if the heroine is to save the day, she must overcome a powerful demon lord named Asmodeus. In my opinion, this story is the best thus far. *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Katie MacAlister
Title - Sex, Lies, and Vampires (A Dark Ones Novel)


Dr. Nell Harris is a junior professor of medieval history. She leaves Seattle for the Czech Republic when she is hired to translate the inscription scribed on the inside of an early-fourteenth-century breastplate. Upon meeting Melissande Banacek in Prague, Nell learns she has been duped. Though Melissande does have such a breastplate, the lady actually requires Nell's assistance to locate her nephew, Damian, and her brother, Saer. Ten-year-old Damian was kidnapped three weeks ago and is being held somewhere in London by the demon lord Asmodeus. Saer disappeared while searching for Damian. Somehow Melissande knows that Nell is a Charmer.

Nell refuses to admit that she had been born a Charmer. As such, Nell has the ability to undo charms and curses. However, back during her college years Nell's best friend had convinced her to try her hand at undoing a curse. The event not only killed her friend, but also caused Nell to have a stroke. During her months of recovery, Nell locked away her ability. Though Nell refuses to use her paranormal ability to aid Melissande, she does agree to search the home of Melissande's friend for clues. (Yes, there is a reason Melissande cannot enter her friend's home.) While searching the library Nell finds and pockets an odd ring. She is then interrupted by one of the most dominating, annoying, and menacing men she has ever had the misfortune to meet. (And with her past, that is saying something.)

Adrian Tomas is the most hated enemy of the Dark Ones. Adrian the Betrayer, the one who turns his people over to the demon lord Asmodeus for endless torture and horrible deaths. He has sent countless innocents to the demon lord. The instant Adrian learns that Nell is a Charmer and can see the curse on him, her fate is sealed. Adrian abducts Nell and, no matter how reluctant she may be, Adrian intends to use Nell to remove the curse. But Fate is a fickle lady. Though he denies the possibility at every turn, Nell is his Beloved. She is the one woman able to redeem his dark and tormented soul.

***** FIVE STARS! I did not believe that Katie MacAlister could pen another Dark Ones story as good as the last (Sex & the Single Vampire), however, she has managed to do so. In the past, I had tried to read several titles of this series. But until these two, none were able to keep my interest. I am still unsure as to why. Perhaps it is due to either the hero and/or heroine being totally against the other. Whatever the reason, I found myself fascinated and unable to put this book down. A dark and sensuous that is not to be missed! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Kimberly Frost
Title - Would-Be Witch (Southern Witch #1)


Once upon a time, there were only four people with magic in Duvall, Texas. Marlee Trask and her twin sister, Melanie, were two. A rich lawyer named Bryn Lyons and his father, Lennox, were the others. No normal people in town ever had reason to believe magic existed.

The Trask family magic seems to have skipped over Tammy Jo. She is Marlee's twenty-three-year-old daughter. Currently Tammy Jo is alone because her mother and Aunt Melanie left over a year ago to no-one-knows-where and will be back no-one-knows-when. So when her heirloom locket is stolen during a town-wide crime spree, Tammy Jo turns to Bryn Lyons. The locket is very special. It holds the soul of Edie, her great-great-grandmother's twin sister. Unless Tammy Jo can get the locket back very quickly, Edie's soul will be destroyed.

However, Tammy Jo has several problems causing high drama in her life right now. One, the last name of Lyons is on the "List of Nine" and she is not supposed to have ANY association with them. Two, her on-again, off-again relationship with her ex-husband, Deputy Zach Sutton, is currently in the "on" stage. Three, Tammy Jo recently acquired a big, spotted, cat named Mercutio "Merc" (a seven-months-old ocelot that appeared mysteriously with his name on his collar). Tammy Jo refuses to part with Merc because the feisty feline has saved her b-u-t-t more than once lately from a pack of werewolves (which is problem number four). And then there is problem number five, Tammy Jo's ultra powerful magical talents are beginning to emerge and she has no idea what they are or how to control them.

***** Delightful, witty, and full of sass, this new series promises mega action, comedy, and romance. With this first Southern Witch novel, Kimberly Frost has made a fan of me. NOT to be missed! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Title - Barely Bewitched (Southern Witch #2)
Author: Kimberly Frost


Tamara "Tammy Jo" Trask wants nothing more than to be a normal pastry chef. But last week she had to spell-cast due to werewolves (Book One / Would-Be Witch). Once she cast a spell the World Association of Magic (WAM) classified Tammy Jo as a witch and she unwillingly became subject to the laws of magic. Therefore, this week Tammy Jo's life is chaos again. WAM sends two representatives to help prepare Tammy Jo for her mandatory Initial Challenge. Should Tammy Jo refuse to take it or fail, she will face imprisonment or death. The biggest problem is that Tammy Jo cannot control her magic. But it is also strange that the Conclave has sent a wand-wielding wizard and a Class Eight fire warlock that is often used as a hit man. Not only does the magical hit man hate Tammy Jo instantly, but he claims that Mercutio (Tammy Jo's ocelot) belongs to him and he wants Merc back. Not if Merc or Tammy Jo has anything to say about it!

When a curse leads to a huge spill of pixie dust, the town goes wild. All the citizens are acting insane. Add to this that nature is growing so rapidly that vines are wrapping around vehicles and people. Tammy Jo needs the help of sinfully handsome Bryn Lyons, but WAM has declared him off-limits to her. He is not even allowed to help train her for the upcoming challenge. Her ex-husband, Zach, refuses to believe the things he saw last week had been real. So the cute deputy sheriff is in her way. Welcome to Duvall, Texas.

***** FIVE STARS! Forget everything you know about witches having warts on their noses and being evil. Forget everything you believe about faeries being tiny, full of sweetness, and darting about on dainty wings. You do not really know anything about witches and all your romantic childhood beliefs of faeries are false.

Kimberly Frost's Southern Witch series is destined for great things. Full of action, suspense, romance and humor, this story had me hooked from the first page until the last. If book one was "last week" and this book is "this week", then I simply cannot wait to see what will happen "next week" in Tammy Jo's life. Downright mystical! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Kimberly Frost
Title - Halfway Hexed (Southern Witch #3)


Tammy Jo Trask is a pastry chef in the small town of Duvall, Texas. She comes from a long line of witches, but has only come into her magical powers within the past two weeks. With her mother and Aunt Melanie out of the country, there is no one around to help guide or train Tammy Jo. This means that Tammy Jo's magic is often unreliable, often malfunctioning, or simply refusing to work.

It has only been four days since Tammy Jo had almost been incinerated and drowned. Her home is undergoing major repairs. For the time being, Tammy Jo is residing at the home of Zach Sutton, her former husband, who had given Tammy Jo permission to stay while he is temporarily out of town. Zach fully intends to seduce Tammy Jo and remarry her. However, Zach has some serious competition in the form of handsome and wealthy Bryn Lyons. Bryn also intends to seduce and marry Tammy Jo. Zach and Bryn have made no secret of disliking and being jealous of each other. Tammy Jo's feelings for both men have her heart strings tied up in knots. Before Zach had to leave Duvall, Tammy Jo promised that she would wait until his return before choosing between the men.

As this story opens, Tammy Jo has just finished making an exquisite centerpiece, her first chocolatier's commission, for the Texas Friends of Fish and Fowl's fund-raiser. The leader, Sue Carfax, is arriving to view and approve the chocolate sculpture. Lucy and Jenna Reitgarten and Mindy Glusky walk into the shop behind Sue. Though Tammy Jo has had to fight all sorts of supernatural being during the last couple of weeks, she is still unprepared when she is tackled by the ladies and kidnapped. Seems the ladies have formed another group named DeeDAW, Defending Duvall Against Witchcraft. After escaping the religious extremists, Tammy Jo is (almost immediately) kidnapped again. This time she is hit with a tranquilizer dart by a man she dubs "Scarface". Of course, once free, Tammy Jo goes to the police, but she is not their favorite local resident. After all, Zach is one of them, a sheriff's deputy, and Tammy Jo is seeing Bryn while Zach is away.

For her own protection, Tammy Jo has no choice but to turn to Bryn, who happens to be one of the most powerful wizards in the world. Tammy Jo and Bryn share a rare magical synergy, which allows each to tap into the other's powers when needed. Bryn has been trying to convince Tammy Jo to bond with him, making their magical synergy stronger. But the bonding spell would last for life or longer. Though Tammy Jo cares for Bryn deeply, too deeply at times, she refuses to cross that permanent magical line. Not only is the Lyons' family name listed as one of nine that her family line is never to become involved with, but the World Association of Magic (WAM) frowns upon their "entanglement".

This brings up the next set of problems. President John Barrett from the WAM arrives with his entourage to investigate Tammy Jo. Barrett hates Bryn for personal reasons and (in the past) has gone so far as to send wizards to collect evidence against Bryn - and to kill him. Barrett wants nothing more than to see Bryn fall. And who worse to examine Tammy Jo's entanglement with the wizard Bryn Lyons than his ex-girlfriend, Gwendolyn Vaughn?

As Tammy Jo tries to deal with all of this, she is also trying to figure out who sent her a package from London with a magical brooch. This brooch contains a trapped soul and triggers Tammy Jo to have her first premonition ever. Worse, the trapped soul is of someone very close to Tammy Jo and Bryn.

***** FIVE STARS! In a word, "Wow!" I have just finished reading this story and all I can think is "Wow!" If you believe my synopsis is long winded, let me inform you that there are quite a few other problems and events going on that I did not even bother to mention. There is more than one main plot line in this installment of the Southern Witch series. The author, Kimberly Frost, has done an outstanding job of ensuring that any new reader would have no trouble understanding what is going on and why. However, readers that have read the previous two titles (Would-Be Witch & Barely Bewitched) will enjoy the multiple subplots much more. A few surprising secrets involving Tammy Jo's living relatives are revealed. The backgrounds of both Tammy Jo's and Bryn's family lines are more deeply developed. And Merc, Tammy Jo's ocelot partner and super sidekick, is as protective as ever!

This complex, action packed, and romantic story grabbed me quickly and refused to let go until the last page had been read. Exciting and full of sass, Kimberly Frost's writing talent is one-in-a-million. I cannot recommend this story - heck, the entire series - highly enough! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Kalayna Price
Title - Grave Witch (Alex Craft #1)


It has been seventy years since the Magical Awakening, the day the fae decided to announce to the world that the people of folklore actually existed. Alexis "Alex" Craft is a grave with, able to speak to the dead. As a private investigator and consultant for the police, Alex has seen a lot of dark magic. She has even known Death for over eighteen years thus far - who looks hot in his black shirt and jeans. Death keeps his secrets tight and he never interferes in Alex's work. Until now. Had Death not shoved her out of the path of a bullet, Alex would no longer be breathing.

Alex is investigating a high-profile murder, a favor for the family that no longer claims her as a member. Alex ends up being attacked by the "shade" she is raising, which has never been heard of before. Worse, the wound is infected with a dark spell and it is spreading like a virus.

To solve the case Alex must team up with a new homicide detective on the force, Falin Andrews. The tough detective is obviously hiding something and keeps his secrets locked away almost as tightly as Death. Though Falin does not seem to like Alex and could hardly even tolerate her presence, he needs her help as much as she needs his. They have until midnight on the Blood Moon to stop a killer from casting magic so malevolent that it would cost Alex her soul and bring about massive destruction.

***** FIVE STARS! Author Kalayna Price has created a unique world for readers to submerge their imaginations in. Alex Craft's world still resembles what we (readers) are used to, so I still felt a sense of connection to the environment; however, the various types of magic, and their users, adds some serious ZING! to the whole experience. The character of Alex is bold, brave, honorable, and a totally down-to-earth woman that I could easily call a friend had she been real. This series is more addictive than chocolate. Totally yummy! *****


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Author: Claire Delacroix
Title - Rebel


People of the Republic are divided, not by skin color or native land, but by the S.H.A.D.E. (Sub Human Atomic Deficiency Evaluation) test given to all at birth. The children who had been assessed as defective, usually as a result of exposure to radiation while they were still in the uterus, are used as servants and test subjects for new drugs and procedures. But if shades are so mentally challenged or deformed, why do the norms keep most of them continuously drugged?

The angels now called Armand and Baruch sacrificed their wings in the hope of saving humanity. Their mission is to kill Maximilian Blackstone, front-running candidate for the presidency of the Republic. Until they complete their task, they will remain mortal. They keep the scars upon their backs hidden, so no one would know that they used to have wings. But when Baruch interrupts an assassin, the wounded angel finds himself in the hands of Dr. Cosmopoulos, who plans to dissect and vivisect him. Thus Armand finds himself alone, unable to rescue his brother angel and unable to complete the mission. However, Armand decides that since the lovely assassin caused the current problems, she would help solve them.

Theodora is a wraith, a woman who does not officially exist. When she is interrupted from taking out her target, she instinctively shoots the intruder so she can escape. Unfortunately, Theodora finds herself captured by a second intruder. As the two attempt to better the world in their own, individual ways, Theodora and Armand soon find their missions entwined. Working together, they also begin trusting each other. This trust blooms into more. But in their quest to save the world, will they be able to save themselves?

**** FOUR STARS! No need to fret if you have not read the first two novels (Fallen and Guardian). You are still in for a terrific paranormal romance set in the year 2100. However, I strongly recommend buying and reading them so you will receive this story's full effect. The main characters from the first two stories are minor ones in this explosive episode.

Armand's and Theodora's story is not, in my opinion, as exciting as the previous ones; however, I believe that is due to the complicated background of Theodora. This female assassin is a very complex character who has multiple layers to her personality, as well as, in her motives and priorities. I found Theodora to be even more intriguing than the angel due to this. If you are looking for a story that is different and intriguing, look no further than a novel by Claire Delacroix. ****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Zoë Archer
Title - Stranger
(Blades of the Rose #4)


Our story begins in the year 1875. Frontier woman Astrid Bramfield and her Native attorney lover, Nathan Lesperance, have left the Canadian Rockies and travel to England with fellow Blade, Catullus Graves. They are but two days shy of reaching Liverpool when Catullus learns that the lovely American journalist, Gemma Murphy, did not remain in Canada. Instead, she has discretely followed the trio in hopes of finding a story. After a short brawl in Liverpool, the trio has no choice but to keep Gemma close.

The Heirs of Albion are the Blades of the Rose's most persistent enemy. Within the Heirs' grasp is the Primal Source. It is the origin of magic and has the power to grant and embody the possessor's most profound hopes and dreams. The Heirs have unlocked the Primal Source and magic is beginning to go wild. Even worse, the Primal Source has begun the process of bringing the entire would under England's sole rule. To do this, magic has brought a legendary myth to real life. A giant version of King Arthur has been called in to being. Under the Heirs' influence, Arthur travels toward London. In his wake, magical beings from the Otherworld appear and begin to cause major chaos and destruction. Should Arthur reach London and touch the Primal Source, all hope would be lost.

Forty-one-year-old Catullus Graves has been with the Blades for twenty-three years. He is a reserved, bespectacled inventor with dark eyes and skin color. The acclaimed inventor is not only a genius, but a warrior whenever the need arises. He has witnessed a few of his fellow Blades find love with rare, strong-willed women; however, Catullus never thought he could be as lucky. But the redheaded journalist from Chicago is quickly changing his mind. Mixed-race couples are still frowned upon, yet Catullus and Gemma do not care. With the help of other Blades of the Rose agents, the inventor and magical journalist must somehow stop an unstoppable, legendary king.

***** FIVE STARS! This is the fourth installment in the Blades of the Rose series. All of the major and secondary characters from the first three titles have parts to play. Therefore, I strongly urge readers not to begin this episode until they have read the previous adventures.

Fans of the legends involving King Arthur will especially enjoy this story. Arthur is not the only mythical character to have a cameo role. But to tell more would cause spoilers, something I refuse to do. (I only decided to mention Arthur because his role begins early in the story and the plot revolves around his character.)

Zoë Archer dares to do what few novelists will. She shows that true love sees beyond skin color. Add this to Archer's own magical writing talent and readers are treated to an exciting roller coaster ride of majestic proportions. This story is not to be missed! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Zoë Archer
Title - Rebel (Blades of the Rose #3)


Set in Canada, 1875. The government had taken Nathan Lesperance when he was small. Now he is the first Native attorney in Vancouver. He is welcome neither with his sometime tribe nor white society. All his life Nathan has felt something wild within him, straining to get free, but he has always been able to beat it down. It is no big surprise to Nathan when his law firm chooses him to be the lawyer that must travel to the Northwest Territory. He is to meet up with the newly formed Mounted Police and claim the possessions of the late Douglas Prescott. He ends up being kidnapped and escaping a group of evil men belonging to a group called the Heirs of Albrion. He is found by a lovely recluse who will change his life forever.

Astrid Bramfield used to be a Blade of the Rose, protecting the world's magic from those who would abuse it. The Heirs seek out the world's most powerful objects infused with magic, dreaming of England's imperial supremacy over the world. Astrid's late husband had been her partner within the Blades. Together they had studied the Primal Source, until the Heirs killed Astrid's husband and stole the Source. Astrid is now a world-class frontiers woman and knows all about survival. But she keeps her distance from people, preferring to be alone. Then she finds Nathan, nearly dead, and sees within him a kindred spirit.

Astrid and Nathan are being hunted by the Heirs. They want Astrid, for her knowledge of the Primal Source, and Nathan, for the magical abilities he keeps suppressed. The pair must stay one step ahead of the Heirs as they search the frozen mountains for a legendary tribe said to be filled with shapeshifters.

***** FIVE STARS! With every story I read about the Blades of the Rose I become more and more intrigued. Each story seems to be better than the last. Zoë Archer has combined Historical Romance, Suspense, and Paranormal Fantasy to create a fascinating series that will take your breath away. (It is as if a Hitchcock mystery meets and Indiana Jones adventure and then gets a pinch of a Sookie Stackhouse novel.) I can hardly wait for the next story in this exciting series. An absolutely thrilling ride on the wild side! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Zoë Archer
Title - Scoundrel
(The Blades of the Rose #2)


As mankind developed, so did its capacity for destruction and abuse. To keep mankind from annihilating itself, magic needed to be hidden. Even though magic was sheltered in myth and legend, people managed to concentrate it into physical objects that hold great power. Those objects are known as Sources. Most are safely hidden from those that would exploit them, such as the Heirs of Albion. The Heirs believe that Britain and its citizens are superior to all others and should rule the world. They have already managed to get hold of the Primal Source from Africa. It is the oldest and most powerful Source of all. No one knows what horrors will occur should the Heirs manage to unlock its secrets. One group stands and fights the Heirs. They are known as the Blades of the Rose. The Blades believe that no one should rule over all. Where the Heirs pillage, plunder, and slaughter, the Blades help and protect.

London Harcourt never knew that her brother, father, and even her late husband were major players of the Heirs of Albion. The Heirs do not allow women in their elite group. London always thought they worked for the government in some fashion. Her father, Joseph Edgeworth, has a seat within the inner circle and is planning to subjugate the world's magic to British rule. After her smothering marriage and three years of widowhood, London is thrilled to travel with her father to the Greek isles. She only wishes the horrid men around her father were not accompanying them. London is the only known speaker of a dialect of ancient Greek that holds the key to calling down the wrath of the gods. Of course, London has no idea what it is her father wants her to translate. But then she meets Day.

Bennett Day has always had a way with the ladies. After all, a man has to have some stress relief after dodging lethal attacks to protect the Sources. When he meets London, it is obvious she has been kept in the dark as to the destruction the men around her has accomplished and have plans to do in the near future. Can Bennett and his allies open London's eyes to the truth? Once done, will the lovely and brilliant linguist join the Blades against her father? And can Bennett survive the spell London seems to be weaving around his heart?

***** FIVE STARS! This story is a Historical Romance with a touch of the paranormal. I believe that the story also has an "Indiana Jones" flavoring to it. Action, drama, suspense, and romance all blend together to form a whirlwind adventure that kept me super-glued to the pages. Well developed characters, with manners depicted true for their era, and a sold base-plot makes the story very believable. And minor sub-plots keep the story flowing smoothly, enticing readers to continue turning the pages for more. Admirably crafted and very addictive. *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Alayna Williams
Title - Dark Oracle


Until five years ago, Tara Sheridan had been a criminal profiler. She used science and her intuitive skill at Tarot card divination to track down the dangerous and depraved. Her last assignment included a serial killer who left her scarred from head to toe. Since then, Tara has been a recluse. But now the ancient secret society known as Delphi's Daughters is asking for her help. Delphi's Daughters are dedicated to salvaging hidden things, to preserving the intellectual and physical lineages of esoteric knowledge. Tara's late mother had been in line for the title of Pythia (leader) until cancer ended her life. Though Tara wants nothing to do with the society, she reluctantly agrees to help locate a missing quantum physicist named Lowell Magnusson.

Only a small percentage of the universe is made up of visible matter and energy. The rest is made up of dark matter. Lowell, on contract for the Department of Defense, was working on detecting dark energy. (Think of black holes.) But after an explosion, Lowell has gone missing and so has his research. Tara works alongside Agent Harry Li. They discover that Lowell's daughter, Cassie, has possible knowledge that makes her a target.

Tara's cards and sources soon show that the missing scientist is not the only danger in her near future. She has to protect Cassie, but there may be no way to protect herself from her multiple enemies.

**** FOUR STARS! The author has done an exceptional job of explaining the complex Tarot methods in easy to understand ways. Even though I know only a little about Tarot cards, I had absolutely no trouble understanding everything. However, due to each card's multiple meanings, in addition to the meaning of each card's placement within a pattern, the divination scenes are very long winded. Necessary, I understand, but still tedious. The characters' developments are well done, the plot is solid, and I felt an underlining tension throughout the entire story. These made the pages seem to fly by for me. I stayed awake much longer than I should have, but Tara's mysterious background kept me enthralled. I wanted to know more - now, now, now! Other than having to read slowly during the long divinations, I found this story to be fantastic. ****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Michelle Rowen
Title - The Demon in Me (Living in Eden #1)


Eden Riley did not want to become a "psychic consultant" for the police. But after helping a distraught client (on the psychic hotline she worked for) find her dog, Eden really had no choice if she wanted to eat. The client had been the wife of Toronto's current chief of police. The chief insisted Eden becomes their consultant on the force. The hotline agency, not wanting the close attention of the law, fired Eden. So Eden's choices were to starve or accept the chief's job offer. Per her late mother's will, Eden also inherited forty-nine percent ownership of a private investigations agency, Triple-A. Andy McCoy owns the rest of it. Problem is that the Triple-A is in the red and may close very soon.

Eden's psychic powers are unreliable at best. She does not believe she will be of any help to the police. Unfortunately for Eden, those paranormal senses DO work. After Detective Ben Hanson guns down a serial killer in front of her, Eden realizes that she is no longer alone in her body. The voice in her head introduces himself as Darrak. He is a demon, but no longer the evil being he once was. Thanks to a curse from a black witch three hundred years ago, Darrak jumps from host to host. This is the first time he has been able to speak directly to a host though. As a bonus, thanks to Eden's psychic energy, Darrak is able to take form during daylight hours. The downside is that unless they can locate the black witch and find a way to break the curse, Eden will die in one year.

As for Triple-A, Eden's energy has made it a hot spot for Other beings. If the being is no human and needs help, they are drawn to the Triple-A. The supernatural clientele is great for the business, but Eden only has a year to solve her own demon problem. It does not help Eden to know that a determined exorcist is hounding her either.

**** FOUR STARS! This is a solid beginning to a new series which I believe will only get better and better. This installment brings together the major characters for readers to meet and understand. It shows how Eden and Darrak first join together, as well as how Eden changes, or evolves, a bit. The ending is both climatic and shocking. A huge secret is revealed - which confirms my belief that this series will be spectacular - and foreshadows future events. I highly recommend this story to all fans of paranormal romance. ****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Patti O'Shea
Title - In the Darkest Night (Troubleshooters #4)


Should Farran Monroe ever return to her dimension her father would instantly have her executed. All her life Farran has known how worthless she was. Useless. Pathetic. Yet when a demon and a shadow walker begin showing up, Farran knows she is in deep trouble. To avoid capture, Farran must seek aid from the Gineal's Seattle troubleshooter, Logan Andrews. This is not an appealing fact because only a few months ago Farran and her father had battled Logan's girlfriend, Shona.

Kellan "Kel" Andrews had been captured, branded, and tortured for several weeks by darksiders. Though he is now well physically, he is a mental mess. He has horrid nightmares, flashbacks, insomnia, and turns on all lights come dusk. His music is set to a deafening volume in the hopes of drowning out the sounds of darksiders chanting in his memories. However, there had been one blissful moment of peace when he had been healing Shona's best friend, Farran. But after saving Shona's life, Farran had disappeared. Shona had the Gineal searching for months.So Kel is shocked when he opens his brother's door to find a terrified Farran begging for help. Though Kel has been removed from active troubleshooter duty by the magical council, he agrees to help Farran. While doing so, perhaps he can figure out how her simple touch can bring him temporary peace.

Farran and Kel soon have three shadow walkers hunting them, in addition to the demon. These shadow walkers are from another dimension. Little is known about them beyond the fact that they are relentless, with a Terminator-like dedication to completing their missions. Farran and Kel must learn to trust each other as they attempt to figure out why Farran, an almost magicless lady, is so important.

**** FOUR STARS! Patti O'Shea is an incredible storyteller with an ever-expanding imagination equaled by few. I would love to see more of the shadow walkers. Perhaps Rhyden himself will get a story told. (Hmm, Gineal-Shadow walker hybrid?) Problem is that I am in no way close to wanting the troubleshooter series to end. Very impressive! ****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Title - Naked Dragon (Works Like Magick Novel)
Author: Annette Blair


Set in part of Salem, Massachusetts. McKenna Greylock needs to make a mortgage payment in time to beat a greedy developer, Elliott Huntley, at this own game. Problem is that McKenna has less than ninety days to do so. McKenna must get her Victorian bed-and-breakfast up to code before she can even have paying guests, which is all but impossible since her contractor fell off a roof and is now disabled. In dire need of a jack-of-all-trades handyman, McKenna contacts Vivica Quinlan who owns the Works Like Magick employment agency.

Vivica sends Bastian Draonelli, but does not tell McKenna how "different" he really is. Bastian is a dragon warrior from the Island of Stars within a parallel plane of existence. Once a Roman Warrior before being changed into a dragon, Bastian has been morphed into a man once more in hopes of freeing his dragon brothers. To do so, Bastian must seek out his heart mate and make her quest his own. When Bastian breached the veil to our plane, two others slipped through with him. Jock is a small, blue guardian dragon. Dewcup is a mischievous teacup faery. But Killian, an evil sorceress, is determined Bastian will fail.

***** FIVE STARS! Forget the vampires and demons, give me the dragons! Full of suspense, humor, and romance, this novel is sure to please any paranormal or fantasy fan. The pixie, Dewcup, is not the only bit of comedy relief. McKenna has a cat that insists on wearing a tissue box as a hat. Dewcup enjoys riding on the feline as if the poor thing were a horse. For anyone that has read the author's novel title "The Kitchen Witch", you will be treated to a cameo or two by Melody Seabright! I really enjoy how the author sometimes gives a cameo to one or more characters from another novel. This is just one more way the author makes her stories special for her readers. Annette Blair is one in a billion! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Annette Blair
Title - Bedeviled Angel (Works Like Magick #2)


Guardian Angel Fourth Class Chance Godricson had been human eight years ago. That is when Chance died. But before the underground mall collapsed, Chance rescued one terrified lady, Queisha Saint-Denis. Queisha became Chance's first assignment as a guardian angel. Angus, a Scottish angel, is Chance's friend and fellow prankster. Angus reveals to Chance that the archangels have come to notice that Chance is spending so much time watching over Queisha that his other assignments are being neglected. Then Angus shoves Chance out of Everlasting and onto Earth.

Vivica "Viv" Quinlan is the owner of Works Like Magick, Salem's premier employment agency. Her clients are not human. Thus, Viv steps in to help Chance. It has become Chance's new duty, per the archangel triumvirate, to help Queisha through the upcoming ordeal that will test her limits.

Queisha has no idea who the man was that had saved her life eight years ago. Suffering from agoraphobia, Queisha is unable to leave her huge mansion home, except to stand on a small, yellow brick patio. Six years ago, Queisha had been a surrogate for the Fitzgerald couple and had given them twin daughters. Queisha has missed the twins every day since. Viv brings Queisha news that the Fitzgeralds have had an accident while mountain climbing. They named Queisha to be the legal guardian of Lace and Skye. Chance is to be co-guardian of the girls, never expecting to reveal who or what he is, an angel, complete with a Technicolor dream coat (a.k.a. wings), which he keeps tucked in pouches on his back that resemble regular muscles. However, Chance quickly learns that being back on Earth also means a resurgence of his physical needs, such as eating, sleeping, and desire. Every time he even thinks about his desire for Queisha, he sheds feathers. Can Chance help Queisha with her agoraphobia? Can he keep his secret of being an angel and the one who saved her years ago? Can he help Queisha draw the twins out of their shells? And how can he help when the Fitzgeralds' relatives, greedy for the little girls' inheritance, challenge for legal guardianship?

***** FIVE STARS! The story's focus is on angels, instead of dragons, this time around. Though the angel theme is fantastic, I personally prefer the dragons. No worries, the characters from Naked Dragon make brief appearances in this story. In fact, a couple of characters from a whole different trilogy even have cameos! As for Angus, the archangels punish him by turning him in to a bright red bearded cherub. Yes, you read that correctly. Angus is the messenger between Chance and the archangels. The character of Viv seems more tense and less approachable than in the first title to me. She did not loosen up until well in the story. But I am happy to say that author Annette Blair has succeeded, once again, in creating larger-than-life events and characters, somehow making them believable, and then adding her own special magic to bring it all to life. Utterly charming. *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Erin Kellison
Title - Shadow Bound (Shadow #1)


Talia O'Brien is twenty-six and has a PhD in anthropology. Her mother died at birth. She was raised by an aunt, also deceased. The description sounds as if she were a normal person. However, in a near-fatal car accident ten years ago, Talia came face-to-face with her biological father, Shadowman. He goes by many names. Death and Grim Reaper are used by most. He is wrapped in shadow, wields a massive scythe, and is feared by all - including Talia.

Adam Thorne founded the Segue Institute six years ago. In a concrete hole, beneath the institute, Adam keeps his brother, Jacob, in a cell. The institute exists for the express purpose of discovering how to kill a wraith. These anthropomorphic monsters are "deathless" and regenerate by sucking out the souls of humans. Jacob has become such a creature. Lead by a demon, the wraiths are organizing and call themselves The Collective. Adam has read Talia's dissertation and needs her on his staff. But locating her is difficult. Talia is being hunted by The Collective and is in hiding. The wraiths want Talia alive, though no one can figure out why. Once Adam has Talia, he must convince her that humanity is at the brink of destruction. Without her, life as we know it is over.

The situation is simple. She is the daughter of Death, able to use the shadows as a chameleon blends into its surroundings. She is destined to live apart from others and die in a war she did not understand. As horrible as the wraiths are, they are not Talia's greatest fear. That is reserved for what happens whenever she screams in fright. Death, the dark thing with red eyes inside the black wind of her scream, comes.

***** FIVE STARS! In all my years as a book reviewer, twice I have stated that a debut author would someday become well known and multiple best sellers in their futures. The first was John Grisham in the Legal Thriller genre. Years later, the second was Jacquie D'Alessandro in the Historical Romance genre. Now, again after several years, I have found a third, Erin Kellison in the Paranormal Romantic Suspense genre.

The shadows lurking within these pages are alive with horrible dangers that will keep readers quickly turning the pages until the very end. Well developed characters, a touch of romance, and overflowing with suspense, this story is unforgettable. But no matter how deeply engrossed you become, don't forget to breathe. *****


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Author: Tate Hallaway
Title - Honeymoon of the Dead (Garnet Lacey #5)


The vampire, Sebastian Von Traum, and the witch, Garnet Lacey, are finally married. But it seems as if the honeymoon will never begin. The newlyweds were supposed to be headed to Transylvania. Unfortunately, thanks to an ice-frost demon and her giant dog, they decide to deplane and are now stuck in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Well, in Saint Paul actually. It may be Garnet's old stomping grounds, but no one is too friendly with her. One of Garnet's former boyfriends, Larkin Eshleman, still claims to love her, even though he and his friends drug and kidnap her. Then there is the man who has been stalking Sebastian lately, James. Sebastian believes James is one of the Illuminati Watchers. Sebastian had been one of the Illuminati's founding members and the group likes to keep tabs on him.

To help Garnet through it all (or hinder her even more, depending on how you look at it) are two powerful entities. Athena (Goddess of War and Wisdom) and Lilith (Queen of Hell and Mother of Demons) both dwell within Garnet. Neither entity wants to share Garnet, so the witch is being treated to some fun-filled dizzy spells and strange visions. Good thing Garnet can depend on other sources, such as the FBI agent Gabriel Dominguez, for some aid.

*** THREE STARS! Characters from early titles reenter the story in the form of cameos or secondary characters. Word has it that this is to be the final installment of the series; however, I certainly hope that is not the case. I am left with too many questions on the fates of several characters. Written in the First Person, the author continues to treat readers with magical and humorous fun. Yet this time I never felt the danger, dread, or suspense as I did while reading the previous tales. Still, this story is a good choice to take along on your next vacation. ***


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Gayle Ann Williams
Title - Tsunami Blue


They call her Tsunami Blue. Nineteen years ago, as a little girl, she ran on a Thailand beach screaming, "Tsunami" over and over, alerting, warning, prompting people to run for their lives. On that fateful day, the sea had told her it was coming. The series of monster tsunamis devastated the world.

It is the year 2023. The US has been reduced to a series of islands. Blue had been raised by Uncle Seamus on an island near Washington State. That is, until Runners murdered Uncle Seamus. Cut off from all society, Blue broadcasts on the airwaves nightly, telling anyone listening whether the night would be calm or if they should run to high ground. But her message eventually reaches the wrong ears. Now she is the target of Runners, ruthless pirates who want to use her ability of talking to the ocean for their own personal gain. Her only hope of survival is with a near dead stranger who has washed up on her beach. Soon after saving Gabriel Black's life, Blue begins to wish she had left him for dead. Gabriel might just be working for the Runners himself.

***** FIVE STARS! An adventurous, water-logged tale of survival and romance in a chaotic future. This story is heavily flavored with the salty tang of what could happen to the world should Mother Nature decide to turn her wrath upon humanity. Filled with intense characters, this tale caught my attention very quickly and set the fast pace that would sweep me through one dangerous moment to the next. Sublime! *****


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Author: Elisabeth Naughton
Title - Marked (Eternal Guardians)


Acacia "Casey" Simopolus recently lost her last living relative, her grandmother, to cancer. Now Casey is beginning to notice the symptoms within her. Casey works part time as a waitress in a strip club. A dreadful headache has Casey leaving work a bit early. As she drives off, Casey spies what appear to be large animals mauling a human. This is the first time she has ever seen daemons. Casey cares for the man, Theron, until he is well enough to leave. With his speedy healing, that does not take long.

Theron is not human. He is one of an elite band of guardians against those who would destroy his world, Argolea, if they could. King Leonidas is dying. His sole child and heir, Princess Isadora, is weak and many doubt her ability to lead when the time comes. To save Isadora's life, the king orders Theron to locate Casey and bring her to the princess. With Casey's death, Isadora will live and Argolea will be saved. But Theron suspects that Casey is his soul mate. Will Theron sacrifice his one, true soul mate or all of Argolea?

**** FOUR STARS! Heavily flavored with Greek mythology characters, this story is a wild ride on the darker side. Elisabeth Naughton's writing style lets the tale flow smoothly and never insults the intelligence of the reader. This author has definitely caught my attention. I look forward to finding out whether the next story is as well done. Recommended! ****


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Author: Vicki Lewis Thompson
Title - Chick with a Charm (Babes on Brooms #2)


Hot divorce lawyer, Griffin Taylor, has been coming into the Bubbling Cauldron with his two friends/coworkers at happy hour for quite some time now. Yet no matter how Lily Revere flirts, teases, and all but bluntly displays her interest in neon lights, the man refuses to ask her out. As a witch, Lily can and does resort to magic. Even though it is forbidden to alter the behaviors of others, Lily brews up a devotion elixir and discretely slips it into Griffin's drink. She soon regrets doing so. If Lily can resist Griffin's temptations for twenty-four hours, the elixir will wear off with no harm done. But should Lily go to bed with him during that time, she would never know if Griffin truly desires her.

Griffin has seen what love and marriage can convince people to do. So even though he finds Lily irresistible, resist her he would! Then he suddenly changes his mind, drops his defenses, and goes after the desirable witch.

*** THREE STARS! This is a very good story, but the character of Lily does not come across to me as wild and reckless as I thought she would be. Lily's sister (from a previous title) plays a secondary character this time, filling the role of Lily's conscious early within the tale. However, it is Daisy, Lily's golden retriever, who I enjoyed watching. This smart dog stole the spotlight often. I am very interested to know what Vicki Lewis Thompson will pull out of her magical hat next! ***


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Author: Angela Knight
Title - Master of Fire (Mageverse)


Giada Shepherd is a brilliant chemist and an immortal witch. She, and those like her, dwell in the Mageverse. Their duty is to save our world from itself. Her current mission is to protect the life of Logan MacRoy, the mortal son of (King) Arthur Pendragon, leader of the immortal vampires. She is undercover as a new civilian forensic chemist for a nearby county. Under the direct orders of Arthur, Giada is not to let Logan find out about the recent string of Latent murders or that she is his bodyguard. Most of all, Giada is to not become Logan's bed partner. Should Logan make love to one of the Magekind three times, his Gift would be triggered and Logan would become an immortal vampire.

Logan has no idea that his new trainee is more than she appears to be. Logan investigates arson, bombing, and drug related crimes within Greendale County. He knows that sooner or later he would have to accept the Gift, but Logan does not feel ready to end his mortal life and fight at his father's side as yet. What he IS ready for is an affair with Giada, but she is fighting the passion smoldering between them. No matter, their priority is to capture a bomber. One that seems to enjoy booby-traps.

***** FIVE STARS! It is no wonder to me as to why each title of the Mageverse series keeps hitting the best seller lists. I have yet to be disappointed in any of them. Technically, this is the ninth story of the series. Some are full-length novels. Some are short, part of anthologies. ALL are Angela Knight-style (a.k.a. Unforgettable!)

The story of Logan and Giada's bonding begins and ends in this title. The ongoing schemes set up by the immortal villains will be continued in the next story, titled Master of Smoke. However, Logan and Giada's adventure reveals the names of those guilty, as well as some major surprises! Angela Knight is truly the Goddess of Immortals! In-Freaking-Credible! *****


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Author: Alyssa Day
Title - Atlantis Redeemed (Warriors of Poseidon)


In Rome, the year mortals call 202 B.C., Brennan is cursed by his father, Poseidon. Brennan lives a life bereft of all feelings until he should meet his one true mate. Whenever Brennan's true mate is in his sight, all his repressed emotions and urges will overcome him. But each time she is out of his sight, Brennan will forget all about her. When his true mate finally dies and her soul has flown, only then would Brennan remember their times together. The madness that followed should kill him.

Present date: Brennan does not remember going wild, killing a vampire the Atlanteans needed to question, or having threatened his own friends and fellow warriors over a human female, Tiernan Butler. The question that haunts him now is whether he was losing some of his control and finally going insane, or whether the curse was coming to its fulfillment. Either way, Brennan must work undercover with the investigative reporter if they are to have any chance of discovering the truth behind some scientists and their horrifying experiments.

Tiernan Butler had a lonely childhood due to her ability of being a living lie detector. She can hear a lie, even a half-truth. But it sure comes in handy with her career as an investigative reporter. When she discovers the truth behind the experiments, only the wildly attractive Atlantean can protect her from those who wish her harm. But who would protect her from the Atlantean?

**** FOUR STARS! The thought of being devoid of emotions during life's rough patches sounds like a blessing to me. But not if those emotions were being stored deep within me and would eventually all spring forth in an overwhelming flood of anguish. It is hard for me to imagine one lifetime's worth of emotions (good and bad) being bottled up to explode, much less over a millennia's worth. Yet the author has somehow managed to capture the bubbling sensations, the fanatical intensities, and express them in writing. Every character is well developed, but Tiernan's and Brennan's are exceptionally so. You do not have to read any of the previous titles of the series to thoroughly enjoy this story; however, those who have read them will enjoy seeing some very familiar names playing secondary roles with vital parts to act out. One thing is for sure, Alyssa Day has a ferocious writing talent! ****


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Author: B.K. Walker
Title - Dares & Dreams


Set in Northeast Harbor, Maine. As the story opens, twenty-year-old Iolanthe "Lannie" Spenser is mentally preparing herself for her father's funeral. With her is Jack Jones, best friend of her father's and considered by Lannie to be her second father. Lannie has grown up accepting the fact that her paranormal gifts made her different from others.

A mysterious woman and her two watchmen (a.k.a. bodyguards) appear often at Jack's bar, Dares and Dreams "D&D", where Lannie works. The woman is Lannie's mother, Selene, who had left when Lannie was but six-weeks-old. Selene is half vampire and half witch. Selene explains that Lannie's gifts are minor compared to what she will soon be able to accomplish. On the night of Lannie's next birthday, two months away, she will come into her full powers. Lannie will be the strongest any of their kind has ever seen. For Lannie's safety, she must join Selene's Coven.

The ceremonial dedication is not the only turning point Lannie's life will face. War between their kind is imminent. An evil vampire named Jaracaca, Kind of the Delhi Coven, is determined to make Lannie his own and use her power to expand his kingdom. Selene urges Lannie to allow herself to be turned into a vampire by one of her Coven. Not only would this give Lannie immortality, but it would then be impossible for the King to capture her, bite and be the one to turn Lannie into a vampire, and then be her Master. However, Lannie has recently found love with a very special man named Ash.

Ash's dreams only told him where to travel and who to search for. He is a Warlock with no Coven, a drifter. After locating Lannie, he quickly falls in love with her. Ash tries to keep his being a Warlock a secret from Lannie, but some things simply cannot be hidden for long.

**** THREE AND A HALF STARS! This story is written entirely in the First Person view. Most of the time it is Lannie narrating; however, it switches to Ash often. Once it even switches to one of the King's minions. Usually the name of the character taking over the narration is written in big, bold print, to warn the reader. Yet there are places that it shifts with no notice.

The plot is awesome! It is not too complex, a bit mysterious, and very intriguing. A few of the secondary characters jumped out at me, such as Jareth and Kali, who guard Lannie. I sincerely hope to see more of them in the future. I believe Jareth's tale could be even better than Lannie's. Author B.K. Walker has created a world that is too good for just one visit! ****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Barbara Monajem
Title - Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil


Bayou Gavotte, Louisiana, is much like any other town. However, there a re a few residents who have a gene that has caused them to sprout fangs during puberty. Ophelia Beliveau is one of those vampires. After years of having to deal with guys who are irresistibly drawn to her, due to her allure, and being constantly stalked by those who believe they cannot survive without her, Ophelia has kept her distance from me. However, her self-imposed exile must end when a neighbor vandalizes her precious garden. Normally Ophelia would deal with the problem herself or call upon the aid of the underworlders who often acted as protectors. But this time Ophelia simply calls the cops.

When Gideon O'Toole arrives to deal with the destroyed garden, he is also on his cellular phone trying to convince his sister to have her friend come forward to report that someone is blackmailing her. In fact, blackmail has been spreading all over town, but no one will step forward. Therefore, the police can do nothing. Gideon is drawn to Ophelia immediately - of course. Yet his will is strong enough for him to keep a polite distance and not act like all the other men have. That did not mean he wasn't going to try his best to get the lady to date him - and hopefully more. Soon dead bodies start showing up and someone is trying to frame Ophelia for a rash of crimes. If Gideon cannot clear Ophelia and arrest the real villain quickly, he has no doubt that one of the town's vigilantes will kill him for the failure.

***** FIVE STARS! Definitely one of the best paranormal romances I have read this year. Author Barbara Monajem has made an instant fan out of me. The story grabbed me immediately and never let go. I admit that I did not even try to resist its pull either. The main character of Ophelia came across to me as strong, stubborn, independent, and self-sufficient. However, she showed a bit of vulnerability too. There are also several secondary characters that I could not resist. I hope Zelda (Ophelia's thirteen-year-old niece) and Constantine (a handsome-as-sin vampire rock star) will get their own stories told someday. They managed to steal the spotlight more than once. Downright phenomenal! *****


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Author: Michele Bardsley
Title - Come Hell or High Water (Broken Heart #6)


Phoebe Allen is a single mother of a four-year-old named Danny who is currently with his father and out of town. Phoebe is also a vampire, Turned only weeks after Danny's birth. She resides in Broken Heart, where the super natural are protected. Connor Ballard has been in Broken Heart for the last month and has slowly seduced Phoebe into his bed, tricking her into becoming his mate. It is too late for Phoebe when she finally learns of Connor's deceit. She is now mated to a half demon.

Thanks to a prophecy, Connor has pulled Phoebe into a situation fraught with pain and deceptions. But the young vampire is about to learn how to be more dangerous than even the worst demon in Hades.

**** FOUR STARS! This story speeds up quickly and seldom slows down as Phoebe finds herself being catapulted from one dangerous event to the next. The author uses just about every type of supernatural being to entertain her readers this time. (Demons, vampires, fairies, goddesses, hellhounds and more.) If you are looking for a simply paranormal romance, this is not it. I found this story to be deep and complex with multiple ongoing undertones. Intriguing! ****


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Author: Nalini Singh
Title - Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter #1)


Elena Deveraux is a Guild Hunter. She mainly hunts runaway vampires. Those who sign a contract with an angel to Make them know that their first one hundred years is spent in the angel's servitude. Should a vampire run, he is hunted down and returned to his angel for punishment or death. Elena is the best. She is hunter-born. She did not choose the dangerous career of a hunter, it chose her. Born with an ability to smell and track vampires, Elena became shunned by her family.

The Archangel of New York is the legendary Raphael. He hires Elena to hunt someone for the Cadre of Ten. Anyone Elena dares to tell anything about her assignment would be instantly killed. Elena is to hunt one of the Ten, an archangel who has gone insane. She needs only to locate her target and Raphael will do the terminating. But Elena would have no outside help; she is basically on her own.

The more secrets Elena learns about angels, vampires, and archangels, the more those powerful beings wish her to be permanently silenced once her job is done. And as much as Elena and Raphael clash, they are also attracted to one another.

***** FIVE STARS! An intense story set in a fantastic world where mortals and immortals live among each other. I will never think of vampires or angels the same way again. This compelling tale immediately grabbed me by the throat and refused to let go! *****


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Author: Nalini Singh
Title - Archangel's Kiss (Guild Hunter #2)


Guild Hunter Elena Deveraux wakes up from a year-long coma to find herself changed. She is now an angel with wings the colors of midnight and dawn (black and dark blue). She currently resides at the Refuge, a place of sanctuary, unknown about by humans. Elena's fragile body is still weak. She has not learned how to fight or balance with her new wings, much less fly. Her beloved, the gorgeous and dangerous archangel Raphael, is used to always being in control. But Elena has never done will with authority and still refuses to allow Raphael total control of her actions. In fact, anytime Raphael enters her mind without permission, Elena pushes him out - which should have been impossible for anyone to do.

As they begin to learn about each other, an invitation to a ball in Elena's honor is received. The event is to be held in Beijing, by the archangel Zhou Lijuan. To refuse would be a sign of weakness. Elena begins rigorous training to prepare for any surprises that may be awaiting her arrival. Lijuan is evolving and now has the power to bring the dead back from the grave. These pets are called the Reborn and are hardly more than gruesome reanimated corpses.

As Elena prepares, the Refuge is being shaken to its very core. An angel among them has targeted Elena, even going so far as to break the supreme law which forbids the abuse of a child. Raphael and his Seven protect Elena as she uses her hunter-born abilities to track a deadly and cunning foe.

***** FIVE STARS! If I am asked whether the Guild Hunter series is worth reading my answer is always, "Posi-lutely!" This is a stunning world filled with dark and beautiful characters that have already enslaved a huge fan base. Vivid and compelling, this exciting story will quickly grab your imagination and never let so. Imprisonment has never been so seductive! *****


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Author: Vicki Lewis Thompson
Title - Blonde with a Wand (Babes on Brooms #1)


Anica Revere refuses to become involved with a mortal man before telling him she is a witch. But when her handsome date, Jasper Danes, pushes her too far, Anica ends up breaking a much more serious rule. It is forbidden for one to use their powers to alter a being from one form into another. In her anger, Anica changes Jasper into a cat. By doing so, Anica finds herself stripped of her powers. For help, Anica turns to her sister, Lilly. It is up to the witch sisters to find a counterspell before the Wizard Council finds out what has happened. And until Jasper can be turned back into human man, Anica is powerless, which leaves her with some personal problems. No powers mean that her home and place of business are without any magical wards. Mischievous fairies or worse can walk right in.

Jasper thought Anica's no really meant yes. Finding himself transformed into a cat has made him furious. Yet while contemplating strategic forms of revenge, Jasper realizes that a cat's view of the world is a real eye-opener. There are numerous things he is coming to appreciate that he had never had time to pay attention to before. It is also hard to stay mad at the gorgeous lady that is responsible for his predicament, especially when she rubs his belly.

***** FIVE STARS! This is the first of a new series, but a couple of characters from previous novels make guest appearances. Filled with warmth, romance, and some spunky humor, this scrumptious story will keep readers laughing loud and often. *****


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Author: Dakota Cassidy
Title - Accidentally Demonic (Accidental #4)


Casey Schwartz's job is to escort two trouble-attracting twins everywhere they go, day and night. If she cannot keep the twins from getting into trouble, it is up to Casey to do some damage control. So when the twins get too wild at a bar and a photographer is trying to snap some scandalous pictures, Casey steps in his way. The next thing Casey knows is waking up in jail for assaulting an off-duty cop. Her sister, Wanda Jefferson, comes with two friends to bail Casey out and try to piece together what happened. But mild mannered Casey seems to have had an attitude adjustment, so when one of Wanda's two friends makes her angry Casey sets the woman's hair on fire! Answers to the group's numerous questions begin when Clayton "Clay" Gunnersson walks in the door claiming he is responsible for everything.

Clay had been so close to finally getting rid of Hildegard, the demon who has been the bane of his existence for far too much of his vampire life. Unfortunately, the demon blood Clay had on his person is accidentally spilled on a mortal woman, causing her to become uncontrollably enraged. Like it or not, and she does not, Casey has become half demon and there is no going back. Casey is shooting fireballs from her fingertips, levitating, and sprouting horns. If that is not enough to wrap her mind around, Casey learns that her own sister, Wanda, and the two friends with her are also paranormal. Casey must learn to control her sudden tempers and how to use her powers without harming anyone. But can the still-human half of her control the half that is malicious demon?

***** FIVE STARS! Dakota Cassidy seems to get better and better with every book she writes. In my opinion, this story is the best thus far. Seeing the three main female leads from the three previous titles of the series made everything more fun and realistic. Readers will thoroughly enjoy this romp with the paranormal. Fun, humorous, and booty-licious! *****


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Title - Dead & Gone
(Sookie Stackhouse #9)
Author: Charlaine Harris


Sookie Stackhouse can read minds. The minds of the Were are strange, but doable. Vampires, however, are unreadable. To Sookie, vampires' minds come across as simply a blank space. This is precisely why Sookie prefers to date vampires. Her little rural town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, seems to be overflowing with all types of Supes lately. Only the vampires have revealed themselves to the humans. Since most humans no longer fear vampires, the Were and Shifters have decided it is time to reveal themselves as well. (This is about where this title's story begins.)

The newest revelation goes pretty smoothly. Yet there are humans that condemn anyone or anything unhuman. So when a Were is found crucified behind the bar Sookie works, it is believed to be a crime of hate. Sookie believes it is up to her find out who did the horrible crime. But there is an older, more powerful race of unhuman entities than the vamps, shifters and Were. They are known as the Fey and the race is preparing for war. Sookie finds herself under attack simply because she is related, distantly, to one of them.

**** FOUR STARS! As usual, more is going on than I can tell without huge spoilers. Though the story reveals the identity of the crucified Were early on, I do not feel comfortable telling the name because the Were's identity has a major impact on the story plot; therefore, I left it out of my synopsis. If you have not followed the Sookie Stackhouse novel series, you will be totally lost. The list of characters is vast and knowledge of their histories within the series play a big part of understanding and enjoying the multiple plot lines running in this story. I have not watched the television series (though I am purchasing each boxed season for later) because I do not want to confuse any differences that may be between them. So please do not assume that if you have watched every television episode, then you would fully understand this title's story.

When it comes to writing vampire drama, Charlaine Harris is a force to be reckoned with! Marvelous! ****


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Author: Charlaine Harris
Title: All Together Dead
(Southern Vampire #7)


Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in Bon Temps, Louisiana, with telepathic abilities. Over the past couple of years, Sookie has become used to being surrounded by all types of creatures humans used to believe were only myths. Vampires have come out-of-the-closet and humans are still getting used to their undead existence. However, humans do not as yet know about shape shifters, changelings, faeries, or others.

Sookie was betrayed in her not too recent past by her long time vampire love, Bill. Sookie's other vampire lover, Eric, is no longer the man she cared for. Yet Sookie has managed to find herself in another relationship; this time with a shifter (weretiger). The only thing left for Sookie to deal with now is the long-planned vampire summit in Rhodes.

Sophie-Anne Leclerq, the Queen of Louisiana, has been a refugee in Baton Rouge since Katrina hit her home base in New Orleans. At the summit, Sophie-Anne will be on trial for the murder of her husband, Peter (King of Arkansas). Sookie is to attend the trial with the queen, not only because she is the only witness to Peter's death and needs to help clear Sophie of the charges, but also to stand by the queen during negotiations of supplies and read the minds of any surrounding humans for possible treacheries.

Secret alliances and back room deals are happening everywhere. Many are testing Sookie's abilities and intelligence or are planning on ways to own her. The Fellowship of the Sun may have spies within the summit as well. Yet through it all, Sookie is well aware that even more betrayal is going on deep within the shadows. This is one summit that many people (human, vampire, and were) may not walk out of.

*** I have followed this series from the first book and given many great reviews; however, I am a bit disappointed in this installment. Before the summit begins, most of the pages are filled with names and background information for characters who made appearances in (most, if not all) the previous titles. Each of those characters have one or two small, unneeded scenes. The first hundred pages could be totally cut out of the novel and I would not have missed a thing. Once the summit finally begins, the pace picks up and get a bit interesting. From there on the book is a political mystery within a non-human government. All-in-all, wait for the paperback. Hopefully, Sookie's next adventure will be back to par. ***


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Title - The Best Gift
Author: Wendy Marham


What a delightful surprise this little gem was! I couldn’t imagine how the author was going to build this story but it didn’t take long before I was hooked!

This sequel to “If Only In My Dreams” follows Clara, a very appealing woman, as she continues her life with Drew, the love of her life and the reincarnation of the man she fell in love with in 1941 during her first ordeal of time travel. Clara’s world is turned upside down Christmas morning after sharing the best news of all with her beloved husband. Midway through an earthquake, she suddenly wakes to find herself in their home, surrounded with moving boxes, very pregnant and……alone. Clara’s anguish and confusion are tangible and believable, as is her fear as she tries to figure out when she is and where her husband and un-born child are—or are they even still alive?

*****FOUR AND A HALF STARS! This is a poignant romance that will keep you up at night, as you must find out what happens to this loving family! Make a pot of tea, keep the tissues handy and curl up with this highly entertaining love story-with-a-twist…a perfect holiday treat! *****


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Reviewed by Tracey Naylor.


Title - The Taking (A Deadly Sins novel)
Author: Erin McCarthy


In New Orleans, during the 1800s, a young Felix Leblanc makes a deal with a demon of greed to better life for himself and his mother. In doing so, Felix becomes an immortal as well and a bound servant to the demon until the end of time. Felix is a powerful voodoo practitioner and must use his talents for whatever his master demands.

In the present date of New Orleans, the heiress named Regan Henry finds the courage to leave her mean husband, Beau Alcroft, right after attending a Christmas party. Felix's card reading helped Regan to make the decision she has been contemplating for quite some time. Regan buys a large house and locates an old journal by Camille Comeaux. Unknown to Regan, Camille had been a nineteenth-century client of Felix's. Camille's ghost haunts Regan's house and is more than just a bit dangerous.

Regan is beset on all sides. Beau is trying to win her back. Her parents are trying to convince her to return to Beau. Regan and Felix are becoming close as they attempt to deal with Camille's ghost. And more is going on than Regan could ever believe possible. Regan soon finds her very life, if not her soul, is in jeopardy.

*** THREE STARS! Ghosts, demons, voodoo, and hot bedroom scenes make up this Louisiana story. Camille's past is revealed bit-by-bit, mainly in Regan's vivid dreams, throughout the book. In my opinion, it is no different than flashbacks and the continuous jumping of time lines became irritating after awhile. I found this story to be intriguing, but it is not the author's best work. ***


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Title - Shadowlight (Kyndred #1)
Author: Lynn Viehl


She used to be Minerva Starret. Then she was killed. Now, ten years later, she is Jessa Bellamy. With one touch she can see anyone's darkest secrets. Jessa calls her ability Shadowlight. She keeps her ability totally secret and uses it in her job. Her company screens new employees for other businesses. Her ability makes the company a success. Yet no matter how solitary she is, no matter how hard she strives to stay out of the spotlight and blend in with everyone else, Jessa's ability is eventually noticed.

Jonah Genaro's company, GenHance, Inc., is a front for his darker work. The public believes the company is searching for the cures of genetic birth defects. The truth is that Genaro is searching for the orphan babies that were used in experiments back in the 1980's. These kids had abilities encoded in their cells deliberately. As each person is located, Genaro has them taken, preferably dead, so the company can harvest those abilities. Genaro sends Bradford Lawson to take Jessa and bring her in.

Gaven Matthias learns when and where Lawson plans to kidnap Jessa. Just before Lawson takes Jessa, Matthias cripples him and rescues Jessa. But Matthias cannot release Jessa. Genaro's company has power everywhere. Jessa will make it on to the Top Ten Most Wanted list within twenty-four hours. Matthias must take her to an underground fortress and keep her there until she realizes he is one of the good guys. Lawson hunts them, seeking revenge against Jessa, and he is no longer human.

**** FOUR STARS! A good beginning to the series. This story is not as suspenseful as its Darkyn universe counterparts, yet the flavors remain pretty much the same and decent foundation is forged for the Kyndred series. Lucan and Samantha, Darkyn, have secondary roles to play, but are kept out of the loop and are mainly witnesses to events. The ending, of course, is left wide open; however, Jessa and Matthias's main tale is tied up nicely. I did not feel cheated or disappointed as I finished reading the last page. A great beginning. ****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Title - Believe (Time Travel)
Author: Victoria Alexander


College professor Tessa St. James does not like Arthurian lore. The legends have grown so much that many people believe it could have actually happened. Besides, Tessa knows that the Middle Ages had been full of sickness, smelly, and she considers it to be the worst time in history. So when her mother mailed her an old "non-fiction" book about Merlin the Wizard, complete with illustrations, Tessa had no real urge to read it. Yet every time Tessa glanced within the book she noticed odd changes. The book title altered, new illustrations kept appearing and the captions kept changing. Then one amazing illustration captured her interest. It was Sir Galahad kneeling in a chapel. And then Merlin pulls Tessa out of the Twenty-First-Century and into the chapel of the Middle Ages.

Long ago, Merlin wished to forever preserve the special qualities of Arthur's reign and not have them sullied by the scrutiny of history. So he cloaked it all in magic and the legend began. Therefore, no one knew that the stories and legend were true. Now, centuries later, Merlin is tired of people, such as Tessa, who reminds others that everything of Arthur and Camelot were myths and fairy tales. Merlin's sense of humor has him choosing Tessa, a veritable Middle Ages grinch, to teach a lesson to. Though the overall picture of King Arthur's reign cannot be changed, the little details could. Knowing Tessa thought Sir Galahad to be "a hunk" in the picture, Merlin pulls her back through time to help the knight in his quest to locate the Holy Grail. Until Tessa completes the quest with Sir Galahad, she may not return home. Her biggest problem is not how attracted she is to the knight with a huge ego, but that no one believes a MERE woman able to survive anything more than the simplest task. Certainly not a quest! Time for Tessa to open up a modern day can of whoop ---.

***** FIVE STARS! Victoria Alexander actually seems to breathe life into her characters. This story almost had me wondering whether the legend could actually have happened. The character of Merlin is extremely well done. The wizard is full of witty humor but can also be as serious as a heart attack. In a word - PERFECT! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Title - Blood Kin (Blood Lines #3)
Author: Maria Lima


Keira Kelly has come into her full powers. Like it or not (and she does not), Keira is the Kelly heir. Her great-great-grandmother Gigi orders Keira to come to British Columbia to begin her training. Her vampire lover, Adam Walker, remains in Texas to oversee his people and do the normal things all vampire kings must. Her best friend, Bea, has still not recovered from her horrifying ordeal a few days ago and refuses all contact with Keira. Her former lover, Gareth, is still in a coma. However, Keira can ignore Gigi's summons no longer.

Due to severe weather, Keira's group must land in Vancouver. The delay is no real problem since the Kelly Family owns a condo there. With Keira are her shapeshifter brother, Tucker, and his vampire life-mate, Niko, and the Sidhe prince, Daffyd ap Geraint.

Vancouver is hosting a folk music festival. But Keira's group cannot enjoy it because Daffyd has disappeared. As they search for the missing Sidhe, the group learns several shocking secrets. These revelations will change their lives forever.

*** THREE STARS! The third installment of the Blood Lines series has finally been released! This time I was not on the edge of my seat as danger surrounded Keira. Instead, the story is full of politics. I must admit to being disappointed at the lack of physical danger. However, for those following the series this story is vital. Book three reveals many twists, surprises, and strengthens the foundation on which the heir plot will grow in future stories. ***


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Title - Night Shadow
Author: Cherry Adair


Alexis "Lexi" Stone has finally gotten out of the Accounting department and into the field. Being a T-FLAC operative is dangerous, but Lexi has yearned for the day she would work in a black op. Even though Lexi has no powers, she is now working with the psi unit. The Wizard Council wants to know if one of their top wizards, Alexander "Alex" Stone, has become a traitor. (Same last name, but no relation.)

Alex cannot believe that Lexi has been recruited and is now an operative. Though she has absolutely zero experience, Lexi has become involved in one of T-FLAC's deadliest missions. Alex is determined to keep the lady safe. Easier said than done. Alex's powers have been fluctuating lately. If his powers falter at an inopportune moment, both of them would perish. Protocol is to report his power troubles, but Alex feels that his abilities are needed too much right now. Several groups of terrorists "Tangos" have been taking hostages, demanding ransoms, and then releasing LZ17 (killing themselves and all the hostages) long before the given deadline. The numbers of the Tangos seem to be endless. The Tangos are appearing all over the globe, targeting no one country.

*** THREE STARS! I had a hard time keeping the two main characters separated in my head. The names Alexis and Alexander both have "Alex" in them. As for the nickname of "Lexi", that small letter "i" is easily overlooked. (The same last name gave me no trouble at all.) Other than the two main characters having nicknames and first names WAY too similar, I found this story to be very good. The plot builds slowly at first, but if you read closely you can figure out the Who and Why long before the operatives do. Well worth your time and money to read. ***


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Title - Caleb (Shadow Wranglers #1)
Author: Sarah McCarty


Caleb Johnson appeared at her bakery every morning, just before Allie Sanders opened, for two of her bear claws. Allie has all but announced her attraction to Caleb, but he has always kept his distance. However, Caleb is not as uninterested in Allie as she is beginning to believe. Caleb is actually a vampire with the ability to walk in sunlight. Though he knows a vampire should have nothing to do with a human, he cannot resist seeing her every morning. Caleb's three brothers are not the only ones who have noticed his fascination with Allie. The D'Nally werewolves have too and one of them attacks Allie as revenge for whatever Jace, one of Caleb's brothers, had done to the pack. A second wolf rescues Allie from the first. Somehow Allie knows her rescuer is Caleb.

Caleb lives on the Circle J with his three brothers, who are also vampires, and the McClaren werewolf pack. Caleb's wounds are life threatening and even though the brothers know Caleb will be royally ticked off at them, they feed Allie to Caleb to save him. By the time it's all over, Allie becomes something rare - a female vampire. Not only that, but Allie is considered a miracle when she begins to suspect she is pregnant with Caleb's baby. Vampires are only made. NONE have ever been born. Allie has become a prize and several are coming to claim her.

***** FIVE STARS! Sarah McCarty doesn't just pave a road for her readers to blindly follow. Instead, she plants a seed at the beginning of the story which quickly grows into a tree with numerous branches, each leading to multiple scenes of action, danger, romance, and intrigue. I am not only interested in more of the Johnson brothers, and quickly, but also would love to see more on the McClaren and D'Nally packs. This series is destined to be a winner! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Title - Demon Ex Machina
(Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom #5)
Author: Julie Kenner


It has been three weeks since Kate Connor learned about the demon dwelling within the new body of her late husband, Eric Crowe. Kate is trying to focus on how to terminate the demon without killing Eric - again. You see, Kate is a Demon-Hunter. Married to her Hunter partner, Eric, until his first death, Kate finished grieving and now has a new family. This means Kate is torn between her late husband and her current husband, Stuart.

Stuart Connor is up-to-date on Kate's secret life as a Demon-Hunter. He has even stop running for county attorney and begun renovating old homes to resale. In his spare time, Stuart helps care for their toddler son. At night, Stuart trains to fight demons with Kate and their fourteen-year-old daughter, Allie Crowe. After all, Stuart has a family to protect.

Even though Kate has learned about the bound demon, Odayne, Eric has still been keeping vital secrets. He must break down and reveal how Odayne got within him if Kate has any hope of saving Eric's soul. There is not much time left either, because Odayne has become strong enough to start taking temporary control of Eric. To make matters worse, Odayne's ancient demon-lover shows up to help the demon merge and become one with Eric.

Life in San Diablo has always been interesting, but lately it has become ... well, Hell.

***** FIVE STARS! Author Julie Kenner is famous for creating intriguing characters, pitting them against overwhelming odds, and then tossing in more than just a few pot holes along the road to cause chaos. This is the fifth book in the series and the story has yet to slow down or begin to bore. New readers will not find themselves totally lost; however, they may be confused a time or two. No matter. I have no doubt that they will be fascinated and rush out to pick up all the previous titles. This is an outstanding series that continues to be a winner! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Title - Deja Demon (Demon series #4)
Author: Julie Kenner


Katherine "Kate" Connor is a Level Five Demon Hunter with Forza Scura. Until recently, Kate had thought her nights of hunting and killing demons were over. Instead, Kate now has a late husband (Eric) whose soul resides in a school teacher's body (David), a teen daughter (Allie) who wants to train to become a Demon Hunter and to spend more time with David since her biological father's soul is dwelling within, a toddler (Timmy) to potty-train, and to assister her current husband (Stuart) with his political campaign. That is much more than any other mortal wife should have to deal with.

Now an old enemy is about to show up. Demons and zombies are constantly after Kate because of some sort of prophecy. It seems that Kate is the one destined to wield the Sword of Caelum and destroy the Decimator, sending him to Hades for all eternity. But Kate has never heard of this prophecy or the sword. Of course Stuart realizes something strange is going on with his wife, but since he knows nothing of demons and Kate's night duties, Stuart is worrying about the state of their marriage.

***** Julie Kenner has written another winner! This series just seems to keep getting better and better. The way Julie Kenner mixes the super natural with ordinary modern day people and things just astounds me to no end. This is not a series to miss and this is the best story of the series thus far! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Title - Demons Are Forever (Demon series #3)
Author: Julie Kenner


Until fifteen years ago, Kate and Eric Crowe were Hunters. They roamed the globe searching for and destroying demons. They retired to San Diablo, California, when Kate was pregnant with Allison "Allie". But Eric died while Allie was still young. Kate eventually remarried to a man named Stuart Connor, who treats Allie as if she was his own. Just under three years ago, Allie became an older sister to little Timmy. On the surface, they look like such a nice and normal family.

Well, Kate Connor may live in the suburbs, but she is certainly no ordinary soccer mom. Until recently, Kate was happy with a normal life. Stuart is about to run for San Diablo County Attorney. Timmy is well into the Terrible Twos and thinking about entering the Horrible Threes early. Allie is a teen, complete with all the drama the title brings. That is more than enough for any woman to handle. Kate only came out of Hunter retirement because demons began showing up in the area and Kate is determined to keep her family safe. Few people know of Kate's secret life. Laura Dupont, her neighbor and best friend, helps with research. Eddie Lohmann "Gramps", once her alimentatore (coach/mentor during Hunter years), may be over eighty but you would never know it if you saw him kicking demon butt. Father Ben helps with archive research and helps hides the bodies (after the demon is banished) in the Cathedral catacombs. David Long, Coronada High's mysterious chemistry teacher who helps Kate hunt. And recently, Allie entered the elite circle, but only because she had been kidnapped by a demon a couple of months ago and almost became collateral damage.

Kate is now forced to reveal her secret life to Allie. Time is of the essence. Seems the demons are getting active again. Worse, the demons are attacking very close to home! From what little the demons reveal during encounters, they are attempting to release Andramelech "Andre", one of the high chancellors of hell, from his shackles. Should this happen, the entire world will be in deep trouble. Also, Kate learns that Eric had been an active Hunter until his death. Of course, Kate feels betrayed. Eric had kept his hunting a secret from her and often lied about his where-abouts. Clues now show that Eric had some sort of connection with Andre, had kept in contact with the Vatican, and knew another hunter named Nadia Aiken (who disappeared only five years ago).

Allie is almost fifteen-years-old now and looking forward to the day she gets her permit to drive. To look at Allie, you would never guess that only a couple months ago she had escaped being slain by a demon in the local museum. Allie now knows that demons are horribly real and that her parents used to hunt them down. Naturally, Allie wants to research the mystery surrounding her dad's death. After seeing her mom kick demon butt, Allie wants to train as a Hunter as well. Her mom only agrees because she knows Allie would train behind her back. And for some odd reason, the demons seem to be showing up where ever Allie is.

Looks like Demon Hunting runs in the family...

***** FIVE STARS! The story focuses more on the mystery of Eric's past and Kate's relationship with Allie this time around. Don't worry, there are plenty of demon battling scenes to enjoy. But by probing Eric's history and putting Allie into the mix, the author has opened up a whole new can of worms with lots of future plot potentials. This series just gets better and better! The author writes the character of Kate so well that I could almost believe she exists. I found myself empathizing with Kate's maternal instincts. I cannot recommend this novel highly enough. I eagerly await the next title, Deja Demon, due for release in Summer 2008! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Title - California Demon(Demon series #2)
Author: Julie Kenner


Katherine "Kate" is a Level Four Demon Hunter. She and her deceased husband, Eric (also a Level Four), retired from their positions fifteen years ago. Eric died five years ago, from a human mugger ironically. Kate raised their daughter, Allie, alone. Eventually, Kate married Stuart Connor, who is about to publically announce his political ambitions. Allie is now in Coronado High School and has a two-year-old brother named Timmy, whom she adores. No one in the Connor family has any idea of Kate's previous job. Eddie lives in the household and is an ex-Hunter too. When he appeared a few months ago, Kate was dragged back into her former position at Forza Scura. There are just too few Hunters around and someone has to make sure San Diablo, California, is demon free. Having two kids is good incentive for Kate to quietly dispatch any demon that comes to her attention. Her best friend and next door neighbor, Laura Dupont, knows all about Kate's fiendish job. She witnessed Kate dispose of a demon during the nursing home infestation. Laura is happy to help out by gathering information via the internet or babysitting while Kate goes chasing demons. After all, Laura has a daughter, Mindy, to keep safe from demons too. However, this time the evil is hitting closer to home!

Kate keeps her home and work lives separate; which is good since her work involves random slaughter. But her work is interfering with the local high school this time. Allie has a crush on one of the boys on the surfing team. And there is a new teacher at the school that seems strangely familiar to Kate. Looks like another High Demon is trying to dig its claws into the area. Kate and her unusual helpers need to find out what the demons are up to, stop them, and get rid of any necessary bodies - without ending up in jail. Kate may look harmless, but she is the busiest, and dangerous, soccer mom on the block.

***** If anything, this novel is even better than the first. Author Julie Kenner packs Kate's adventures with a lot of amusing bits while keeping the dangerous soccer mom familiar to all the suburban readers. Being able to empathize with Kate's normal daily life makes it all more believable. And what good mother would not do all she could to keep her kids safe? (Even battling demons.) An exciting series that leaves me begging for more! *****

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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Title - Carpe Demon (Demon series #1)
Author: Julie Kenner


Once upon a time Kate had grown up and trained at the Vatican. She was a Level Four Demon Hunter. She fell in love with another Hunter, Eric. They destroyed more than their share of demons, zombies ... you name it. Eventually they married and had a baby, Alison "Allie". Thus they retired. (Few lived long enough to retire.) They chose to live in San Diablo, California, a town famous for its holy relics.

Years have passed. Allie is now fourteen-years-old with all the normal teen troubles. Eric is dead. Kate has married Stuart Connor and they have a two-year-old son, Timmy. Stuart is going to run for the County Attorney seat. Kate has a normal family in a normal town with normal suburban problems. For over fourteen years her days have been filled with diapers, bake sales, and PTA meetings. Her nights have been filled with more diapers, taxi service for Allie and her friends, and trying to be the perfect wife of a man with political aspirations. If not for her best friend and neighbor, Laura Dupont, to support her emotionally and help out with the kids, Kate would no longer have any hair to pull out. During all that time Kate has not seen, smelled, heard of, or killed any demons. NO ONE knew about her past career. But that is about to change.

One of the High Demons, Goramesh "the decimator", is in town. Kate has demons coming through her kitchen windows and attacking her at the trash can outside. Somehow, the demons knew she had once been a Hunter. Kate's reflexes are still there, but not nearly sharp enough to deal with a demon invasion! Kate has no choice. It is time to go back to work.

***** If you like Charlaine Harris's "Sookie Stackhouse" series and the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" TV series, then you going to LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this one! Kate has lots of dry sarcasm and hilarious wit that kept me alternating between laughing aloud and biting my nail down to the quick. I feel sorry for anyone who misses out on this priceless gem. *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Title - Edge of Dawn (Light Warriors #3)
Author: Patti O'Shea


Shona Blackwood is a glass artist who has lost her ability to create. There had been no forewarning; the creative block happened as if someone had flipped a light switch. The only good thing that has occurred recently is Shona's new friendship with Farran. After only two months, Shona and Farran have become as close as sisters. But Farran is not as sweet as she seems.

Shona does not know it, but she has an older brother. It is highly possible that the enemy presence detected by the Gineal may be targeting Shona in an act of vengeance. Therefore, the Gineal council assigns the task of protecting Shona to a magical troubleshooter named Logan Andrews. Shona is not aware that magic actually exists, nor that she is a dormant blocked off from the magical abilities within her, and Logan is under orders not to tell her. It is not long before Logan finds himself torn between his loyalty to the Gineal and his feelings for Shona. Things become much more complicated when Logan realizes that Shona is not just a dormant.

***** FIVE STARS! I found this to be an amazing story with unlimited potential for the author's magical world to grow. Action, suspense, romance, and a fair amount of magic keep things hopping. I never grew bored. Brava! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Patti O'Shea
Title - In Twilight's Shadow
(Light Warriors #2)


Maia Frasier was raised among the Gineal and trained to be a troubleshooter. Several years ago, when Maia finally realized that she had fallen to the dark forces and that her younger sister, Ryne, would be sent to kill her, Maia willingly ceded her magical powers. Now she lives in Minneapolis, human but not human, struggling to survive as normal humans do. Maia believes her days of dealing with demons. So she is aghast when a wounded enforcer turns up in her home insisting on sanctuary and claiming that Ryne's life is in danger.

Creed Blackwood is after a high level demon in the area. He desperately needs Maia's help to hunt the demon down, especially since Creed believes his powers are becoming erratic. Lately Creed has been blacking out, acting strangely, and doing things he does not later recall. Creed's Gineal reputation has always been for being cold and lethal. He was the strongest and baddest troubleshooter until Ryne's power level became known. By rights, Creed should have gone to Ryne for sanctuary and help since she is the troubleshooter in charge of the Minneapolis area; however, Creed had withheld vital information in the not-too-distant past which almost caused Ryne's death. (Story in the book titled "In the Midnight Hour".) Needless-to-say, Ryne would refuse. Worse, Ryne would call for healers to help Creed's condition, something he does NOT want.

Maia wants to deny Creed sanctuary too. But when she learns that the demon he is hunting is Seth, Maia knows she really has no choice. Seth is the main reason Maia fell to dark forces. When Maia ceded her magical powers, she also managed to betray Seth in the most devious of ways. The very thought of Seth coming back for revenge terrifies Maia, but even worse is finding out that the powerful demon is after her sister, Ryne.

***** This is the second installment of the Light Warriors and it is just as potent as the first. The main characters of the first book, Ryne and Deke ("In the Midnight Hour"), are secondary characters in this one. Author Patti O'Shea manages to convey how hard it had been for Maia to give up her powers, how difficult it still is for her to fit in the human world, as well as how frustrating it is for Maia not to be allowed to know anything that is going on since she is now consider to be an Outsider. The story is so well written that Maia's anguish and despair seemed to dance on my nerves, making this a compulsive page-turner. *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Title - The Gift
Author: Deb Stover


Elizabeth "Beth" Dearborn is a former Chicago homicide detective. She used her "empathic gift" to solve all the murder cases assigned to her. Variations of the gift runs in her family line. When Beth opens herself up to her gift, she sees more than a vision of how a person died. Beth actually becomes one with the victim. Beth sees what the victim did. Beth smells what the victim did. Beth can hear what the victim is thinking as if she were thinking it herself. However, it is the last sensation that drove Beth to drink; Beth feels what the victim did. As if it were happening to herself, Beth feels every stab, gunshot, punch, suffocating moment ...

For the past three years Beth has worked as an insurance investigator. She has not touched so much as a drop of alcohol. The Avery Mutual Insurance Company sends Beth to Brubaker, Tennessee. After seven years, Tyrone "Ty" Malone, at the urging of his oldest daughter, is trying to have his missing wife declared legally dead. Lorilee had simply vanished. Lorilee's father had received a typewritten letter shortly thereafter, postmarked from London and allegedly from Lorilee herself, claiming she left voluntarily to begin a new life. Those who knew Lorilee well believe the letter to be bogus, because Lorilee would never have left her three kids willingly.

When Sarah, Ty's oldest daughter, asks Beth to drop by one night, Beth agrees even though a horrible thunderstorm rages. Upon reaching the foyer of the Malone home, Beth's gift is activated by a trapped female spirit. Stranded at the Malone home due to the bridge washing out, Beth avoids the foyer as she investigates the large insurance claim. Even after three years, Beth cannot let herself open up to her gift. But the foyer's spirit is determined to contact the very reluctant empath in residence. For her, Beth calls in her cousin, Sam. There is no guarantee the spirit is Lorilee or that the spirit would answer Sam's gift.

The longer Beth resides in Ty's home, the more she comes to care for those who live there. The attraction between Beth and Ty begins to deepen and threatens to bloom into something much more powerful. Can Beth allow herself to fall in love with Ty and his family? Could Ty possibly believe Beth about her "gift" or would he think her crazy? But most of all, can Beth find out what really happened to Lorilee before whoever is trying to stop her - permanently - finally succeeds?

***** FIVE STARS! From the moment I began reading I knew that I would not be stopping until every last page had been read. The very first sentence sunk its deep hooks within me and pulled me into Beth's story. (I admit that I did not go kicking and screaming either.) The story is very well written, with nothing I would consider to be "over the top" or unbelievable. Backgrounds of the main and secondary characters are well developed and their emotions seem genuine. I honestly believe this to be a fantastic story and Deb Stover carries it off with her usual élan. *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Title - Spirited Brides
(2 books in 1 / Paranormal Regencies)
Author: Amanda McCabe


Book One: One Touch of Magic

Sarah, Lady Iverson, is continuing the work of her late husband's. They, along with Mr. Neville Hamilton, have been excavating an ancient Viking village on the Ransome estate. They had permission from the old marquis; however, he has died too. The estate is inherited by the nephew, Miles Rutledge. Will the new owner allow the dig to go forward?

Miles is no longer in the military. Since his return, Miles has seen how horribly the ex-soldiers are treated, especially the ones who have become handicapped while fighting. Miles is determined to give jobs and build cottages to house unfortunate former soldiers and their families. Problem is that the richest soil for growing crops is currently being excavated by a lady that he is growing very fond of.

**** FOUR STARS! Though my synopsis mentions nothing about spirits or ghosts, rest assured they are in the story. A Viking witch, Thora, guards a cursed treasure. I admit that the only paranormal section that I found is near the end, but do not make the mistake of believing this tale to be boring or uninteresting. The romance between the two main characters is pretty straight-forward. There are no huge misunderstandings that will make you grit your teeth in frustration. And due to commotions caused by Neville Hamilton, his new bride (Emmeline), Sarah's sister (Mary Ann), and a former soldier (Patrick O'Riley), I found myself highly entertained. ****

Book Two: A Loving Spirit

Miss Cassandra "Cassie" Richards has lived the last fourteen years in sunny Jamaica. After the death of her parents, Cassie agrees to move in with Aunt Chat at her home in Bath. Her best friend and companion, Antoinette Duvall, goes with Cassie. Lady Willowby (Aunt Chat) hopes to perk up Cassie's mood by accepting the invitation of her friend, Lady Royce, to visit several weeks at Royce Castle in Cornwall. Cassie has always been fascinated with stories of ghosts and the ancient castle would be fun to explore.

Phillip, the Earl of Royce, is working on a series about the wars of ancient Greece. Though he agreed to let his mother have visitors for several weeks, Phillip hopes he will not be forced to entertain them and lose precious work time. However, once Phillip meets Cassie, he finds that work often slips his mind. As for ghosts in his home, even though the young earl does not believe in spirits, the ghosts believe in him. These spirits decide that matching up such a "free spirit" as Cassie and a "stuffy scholar" as Phillip would be so much fun!

***** FIVE STARS! This story overflows with ghosts as well as romance. Not only does the author have an interesting plot or two, but she also lets readers experience interactions between the ghosts and the living characters. More than one sub-plot keeps events moving along at a steady pace as well. Fun, witty, romantic, and a bit of humor blends together to make this story into a capital read! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Maria Lima
Title - Matters of the Blood (Blood Lines #1)


Keira Kelly resides in Rio Seco, Texas. Hills Country. Population: Very little. Her entire powerful paranormal family moved to Canada. Keira stayed behind to babysit Marty, the cousin unlucky enough to turn out totally human. But something sinister is happening in little Rio Seco. And by a quirk of fate, Keira's "Change" has begun - twenty years early. Until her powers decide which talent will be dominate, Keira will be subject to a variety of them. So is Keira simply having violent dreams of Marty dying or are they visions?

Tucker is Keira's 1,200-year-old brother. He is a shifter, hellhound form, and one of the best trackers. Seems Great-Great-Granny Gigi, head of the family, knows that Keira is Changing and sent Tucker to babysit her! Keira must admit that Tucker is coming in handy. Keira has to figure out what is going on while avoiding entanglement with Sheriff Carlton Larson, a former lover. And after last seeing Adam Walker in London two years ago, Keira is surprised to learn he is the one who has purchased the abandoned ranch, Wild Moon, gave it a face lift, and now takes inhuman guests. Until now Keira had not known that Adam is a vampire and the leader of this tribe. Of course Adam had not known that Keira is a Changeling until now either. As the two learn about each other and their attraction for each other deepens into something more precious, the danger level heightens rapidly.

***** FIVE STARS! This is the reprint of the story that had previously only had a small mass publishing. This title and book two (Blood Bargain) will be reprints and have a much grander mass publishing. The third and final title (Blood Kin) has never before been published. The entire trilogy will be released by the end of October 2009. I love that because it means I will not have to wait six months or a year between titles.

Instead of writing a typical human and vampire saga, this author has two inhuman characters as the main couple. Only a few of the local residents show up as characters in this first title. That is probably due to the fact that readers need to learn the main/secondary characters and their backgrounds for the trilogy. Part mystery, part paranormal romance, and all suspense, I fully expect this author to gain a large fan base. Very well done! *****


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Title - Obsidian Prey (Ghost Hunters #6)
Author: Jayne Castle


Lyra Dore, proprietor of Dore Tuning & Consulting, found an amethyst ruin in an underground rain forest three months ago. It was the find of the decade, if not the century, on the colonized planet of Harmony. But then Amber Incorporated, one of the two major amber monopolies on Harmony, stepped in and legally stole it right out from under her. Worse, Lyra had no idea that the man she was dating owned Amber Inc. Security. It was typical Dore bad luck. The only ones Lyra let emotionally close to her lately was her best friend, Nancy, and her artistically talented pet dust bunny, Vincent.

Cruz Sweetwater thought he was protecting Lyra when he took her amethyst find. Even though she is furious with him and refuses anything to do with him, Cruz is not finished with her. Part of his family line's talent is recognizing their soul mates on sight. For Cruz, that is Lyra and he fully intends to win her back. First he must deal with two problems. Someone has stolen an artifact from the company vault. And five people are trapped in a chamber (down in the ruins Lyra found). Even though all evidence is pointing to Lyra for both problems, Cruz has no doubt she is totally innocent. But whoever is causing the problems has Lyra targeted for more than simply being his scapegoat.

***** FIVE STARS! Jayne Castle is a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz. Once you read this story you will understand exactly why the name Jayne Ann Krentz is infamous! Here are two strong-willed characters with overwhelming problems clashing with their unwanted, but sizzling, attraction for each other. That alone makes for a good story. But Castle/Krentz never settles for a good story. This author aims for excellence. And she has struck the bulls eye with this one! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Title - Thirteen Chances
Author: Cindy Miles


Christian is a fierce Welsh Crusader who, with his last breath, vowed that he would forever await his Intended's love. His spirit has been earthbound ever since. Emma, upon Christian's departure for the Crusades, performed an ancient spell to keep him safe; however, Emma made a mistake and it backfired. Due to this, every seventy-two years Emma's reincarnated soul returns to Arrick-by-the-Sea. She never knows why she is drawn to the place and she never recognizes her true love. Every time Emma returns, Christian has to make her fall in love with him. And every time, no matter how any of the white witches try, Emma dies, leaving Christian heartbroken and devastated.

After eleven failures, the four Ballaster sisters are given the mission to reunite the lovers. Everything is checked thoroughly. Everything goes exactly as planned. Yet the fail and Emma dies for the twelfth time. It is decided that very desperate measures are called for. They have seventy-two years to get everything ready for a thirteenth try. But this time they are using an all-or-nothing type of spell. This time either Christian and Emma will finally be united or it will be over - forever.

Flash forward to our present time period. Emma Calhoun is a professional photographer in Savannah, Georgia. For months she has yearned for something unknown. Upon spying pictures on the internet of Arrick-by-the-Sea in Wales, Emma knows she simply MUST go visit. She takes the entire month of October off and makes reservations to stay at the Ballaster House B&B. Emma has no idea that her eternal destiny awaits.

***** FIVE STARS! Oh my word. From the first page, until the last, this story grabbed me by the heart and refused to release me. The author blends magic, humor, and an eternal romance to create a story that will long linger in your thoughts. I would be interested in reading more tales of the Ballaster sisters' missions. Very well done and highly recommended. *****


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Author: Kelly Ferjutz
Title - Ardenwycke Unveiled


Tessa deGroot is a sculptor. During her divorce settlement, from her former husband's family, she receives a grand stone manor along the Hudson River in New York called Ardenwycke. The house had been built over two hundred years earlier by a deGroot settler. No one has lived in the house for twenty years, yet it is still livable and up to housing codes. During her first visit to Ardenwycke, Tessa feels something strange in an upstairs hallway and faints. It is only the beginning of several odd phenomena Tessa will go through.

Maximillian "Max" MacDougall, a local house inspector, and Annette Williams, Tessa's lawyer and long-time friend, is with Tessa when she passes out that first day. Max and Tessa are immediately attracted to each other and begin dating. Tessa avoids the hallway that always makes her feel cold or strange. Oddly, no one else, including the live-in staff members, feels anything strange while in the hallway.

From outside one day, Tessa notices a round window that looks to be along the eerie hall. Unable to locate the window from within Ardenwycke, Tessa begins taking measurements. Results suggest a hidden room. Tessa has Max help her locate and open the concealed door so she may begin exploring the hidden room. Tessa finds the journal of a young lady who had been imprisoned within the room by her father long ago. Max becomes concerned by Tessa's obsession with the room. Yet the lady's spirit urges Tessa onward. It may take drastic measures for Max and Tessa to uncover Ardenwycke's past and deal with what they learn.

**** FOUR STARS! This Paranormal Romance is set in the present time, yet I was also treated to episodes from Ardenwycke's past. I found events of both time periods to be very interesting. Personally, I disagree with Max and Tessa's decision on what to do with the room, yet can understand the reasons behind their choice. (Perhaps the author will someday create a second Ardenwycke House story. I would enjoy watching Tessa's descendants deal with that room or another section of the manor. I cannot help but feel that the spirit's mother has a story to tell.)

Kelly Ferjutz did an excellent job blending mystery and romance into a paranormal setting without the story becoming confusing. In my personal opinion, the romance between Tessa and Max seemed a bit rushed. After Tessa's experiences with her former husband, it felt to me as though Tessa did not hesitate or worry enough about her relationship with Max and what could happen if they ever wed. Tessa did worry a bit toward the beginning, but the physical and mental scars from her previous marriage should have caused Tessa much more concern as her relationship with Max progressed. Again, however, that is just my personal opinion. I really liked how the author used Tessa's sculpting talent to create a more eerie feeling for me, as the reader, toward that hidden room. I cannot explain more without minor spoilers, but that touch was ingenious! A terrific story that readers will not soon forget. ****


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Author: Barbara Bretton
Title - Laced with Magic


Once upon a time, Aerynn Hobbs cast a protective charm over the small Vermont town of Sugar Maple designed to keep it safe from the sharp eyes of the real world as long as one of her female descendants walked the earth. The town is made up of witches, ghosts, shapeshifters, trolls, vampires, and so much more. There are but two exceptions. The first is Chloe Hobbs, who is half-human and half-sorceress. She has only recently come into her powers and they are unpredictable. She is also the last female Hobbs descendant. The town keeps close eyes on her for that reason. Chloe is nearing the age of thirty and is still unwed. So the people of Sugar Maple are worried that Chloe may not produce an heir to the charm. The second is Luke MacKenzie, who is full-human and the acting chief of police. Though Chloe and Luke are in a relationship, it has not reached a serious level as yet. Worse, Luke really did not want kids.

Karen MacKenzie, Luke's ex-wife, arrives in Sugar Maple in a frazzled state of nerves. Their dead daughter, Steffie, has been calling her on her phone, reaching out for help. Isadora, a cruel Fae leader who has been banished from our dimension, is holding little Steffie's spirit hostage. Should Chloe help release Steffie, Isadora would also be freed.

**** FOUR STARS! The book is written in the first person. The first person view hops (very often) between Chloe, Luke, and Karen. Switching view points every few pages became irritating for me quickly, but the story was too interesting for me to stop reading. If you have not read the previous title, Casting Spells, you will still have no trouble enjoying this story. The author did a terrific job of giving new readers the back information needed in a way that will not aggravate those who did read book one. To get that perfect amount of information takes major talent and Barbara Bretton makes it look easy.

The ending of the book will disappoint some readers. I like to warn readers whenever a story ends with a cliff-hanger, because many prefer to buy the full series (or trilogy) and then read them back-to-back when the entire saga has been published. (The main plot line in this book does have closure though.) This story is well worth your time and money. I enjoyed it very much. ****


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Author: Dakota Cassidy
Title - Kiss & Hell


Delaney "D" Markham was not born with the gift to see and speak with dead people, she acquired it. Not many people want to be around, much less date, a crazy ghost lady. Lucifer promised D fifteen years ago that he would seek vengeance. Looks like the time is nigh. D is in the middle of a séance when Clyde shows up and refuses to leave. D is not interested in anything Clyde has to say since he just lost her rent money. When D finds out that Clyde is a demon, she totally throws him out. However, it seems a binding spell of some sort keeps Clyde coming back to her side.

Clyde Atwell has only been deceased for three months. Lucifer has marked D with an ASAP stamp and tossed into the "vengeance - long overdue" file. All of Hades is buzzing with the news that the Head Boss has finally decided to deal with Delaney. Clyde used a typo to get out of Hades and into the position of being the one ordered to bring D down to Hades. Clyde confesses all to Delaney, but she is not buying it. Clyde swears he died from an explosion in his lab and woke up in the underworld. He claims that he never did anything during his life to have him thrown down into Hades without being given the choice of going upstairs or taking a bribe from downstairs. He has one month to find out what happened the day he died, and thought that perhaps he could help Delaney out by giving her advanced notice that Lucifer is after her and her brother, Kellen. But is Clyde telling the truth or setting her up for the fall of her afterlife?

**** FOUR & A HALF STARS! A humorous romp that left me breathless from laughing at times and nervous at others. This author's pen seems to ooze poison and congealed laughing gas all at once! The secondary characters are as strange, sassy and lovable as D is. I can hardly wait to read more. And there HAS to be more. Cassidy's world is too much fun for a single visit. ****


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Author: Tracey O'Hara
Title - Night's Cold Kiss (Dark Brethren)


"The Troubles" happened over fifteen years ago. Toward the end of it a six-year-old girl, Antoinette Petrescu, witnessed the slow, cruel murder of her mother by Dante Rubins. She has hated the vampire race ever since, even the one who rescued her, Christian Laroque. Antoinette has grown up to become a fiery and strong willed woman. She is an elite Venator. She hunts down the parahuman criminals.

When the foundation of the CHaPR council between the humans and parahumans begins to crumble, Antoinette reluctantly accepts Christian's help to repair it. When Antoinette begins to suspect Dante has returned no one believes her, stating that Dante perished. Yet Antoinette is almost positive Dante is nearby, possibly the latest serial killer the police search for.

Did Dante somehow survive and come back for Antoinette or is someone else behind the happenings? As for Christian, is he really planning to help or is he using her as bait to draw out the bloodthirsty dreniacs?

**** Author Tracey O'Hara has created a dark and foreboding world on Earth where humans know that other species sit at the top of the food chain as well. There are many terms and organizations to learn whenever a new species is introduced to readers. In the back of this book is a small glossary for anyone who begins to feel overwhelmed. Yet I, as the reader, never felt confused. Everything is so well written that the meanings of terms seemed obvious. My only real problem was keeping up with all the characters' names and positions. There is no glossary to help with that. The heroine, Antoinette, is a real hot head, but I could understand the constant tension bubbling just under her skin due to her traumatic past. An exhilarating story! I eagerly await the next book in the series. ****


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Author: Tate Hallaway
Title - Dead If I Do (#4 Garnet Lacey)


Garnet Lacey and her vampire boyfriend, Sebastian, are due to wed in two weeks. Garnet's parents have arrived and have been told that the groom is undead, not that they believe the news at first. But seeing Sebastian's zombie-vampire-witch-former lover, Teréza, show up in a public restaurant to curse Garnet and try to kill Sebastian certainly puts them on the road to believing. The parents will also have to learn about the other paranormal beings in Garnet's life, such as the Goddess Lilith, the Queen of Demons, sharing her body and Sebastian's half-vampire son.

Teréza's curse begins immediately. The baker cannot do her wedding cake, the awesome band has been replaced with a polka band, the bridesmaids' dresses get mixed up and are totally wrong ... the list goes on and each thing is worse than the last. It is beginning to look as though no one will live to see Garnet's wedding day.

**** This paranormal romance overflows with danger, excitement, and mayhem; however, whenever things become too stressful a healthy dose of irony or comedy shows up to ease the way. Tate Hallaway has an amazing talent for story telling. ****


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Author: Shannon K. Butcher
Title - Burning Alive (Sentinel Wars #1)


Helen Day has been haunted by the visions of her death. She burns alive while a handsome man watches. He smiles the entire time and never tries to help her. So when Helen sits in a diner with her waitress friend, Lexi, and sees the man from her visions, she knows her death is in the near future.

Drake sits in the diner with his two friends and fellow warriors waiting for night to fall. They are of the Theronai race, long-lived beings that battle the monsters and demons that prey on the unsuspecting humans. The evil creatures are called the Synestryn. All female Theronai were killed over two hundred years ago. There is only one, hidden back at the home base and she is bonded with someone. Male Theronai automatically draw in energy from the world and store it for the female to siphon and use as a weapon against Synestryn. With no females, the men are in constant pain. When Drake spies Helen in the diner, he is drawn to her. The slightest touch of Helen erases all his pain. Thus Drake finds himself unable to let her go. He must force Helen to go with him and his friends. Lexi escapes, but Zach, one of Drake's companions, goes after her. Finally Drake's people will have hope! He needs only to get Helen back to their home base so it can be determined why Helen is able to ease pain as a Theronai female should and if there are more in the world like her.

***** This is the first of a new paranormal romance series. It looks as though Lexi will be getting her own story told. Hopefully she will be the main focus in book two. If the rest of this series is even half as great as this one, the author has an award winner on her hands. I will even go so far as to say that this is one of the best paranormal romances I have read all year. The story caught my attention on the very first page. From then on it was non-stop action, romance, and suspense. I cannot recommend this book highly enough! *****


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Author: Dakota Cassidy
Title - The Accidental Human (Accidental Friends #3)


Wanda Schwartz is recruiting new saleswomen for Bobbie-Sue Cosmetics by placing ads in papers. She never expected to have a man answer the ad. How a man can be a hunk, straight, and also sell a record breaking amount of cosmetics in a single day is beyond her though. Too bad he came too late. Wanda has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and has started creating one of her famous "to do" lists. One item on the list is to resign from Bobbie-Sue Cosmetics. At the same time, Wanda is wondering how she is going to break the news to her two unusual best friends. Nina is a sassy mouth vampire. Marty is werewolf. Having paranormal best friends means Wanda has options that most others do not. But Wanda does not want to be anything but human.

Wanda's new star salesperson is Heath Jefferson and he does not want to be transferred to a new regional supervisor. He wants Wanda. And to Heath's surprise, he wants Wanda more and more as time goes by. Never in his longer than normal life has he felt this way for a woman. Perhaps being human again is not such a bad thing. After all, now he can seriously consider becoming attached to Wanda and enjoying mountains of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups! She feels the same way about him, so why does Wanda insist on treating their time together as a temporary fling? He knows she has some sort of secret, but it cannot be as shocking as his. Can it?

**** I must admit, this is a different type of paranormal phenomenon romance, full of quirky mishaps and heartbreaking scenes. In my opinion, this is the best of the trilogy. Wanda is a character that many can relate to and the manservant, Archibald, is a sweet dear. Brava! ****


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Author: Jeaniene Frost
Title - At Grave's End (Night Huntress #3)


Catherine "Cat" Crawfield is known as the Red Reaper by the undead world. She is half human and half vampire. By her side is a Master Vampire known as Bones. Just as things are beginning to settle down for the pair of lovers, trouble rears its ugly head. Patra is determined to kill Bones and Cat is even more determined to stop her. But Patra is not just the daughter of Cleopatra, she is even older than Bones and thus, much more powerful.

Tate Bradley is Cat's second-in-command. He has deep feelings for Cat but waited far too long to confess them and lost her to Bones. Per an agreement with Don Williams, Cat's uncle and boss who leads a special department of Homeland Security, Bones turns one human from Cat's elite team into a vampire - Tate.

With the aid of a newly formed alliance (and two vampires who are very famous men in human history) they must stop some dark magic from its lethal source.

***** Jeaniene Frost has become one of my favorite authors to date. Action, danger, and intrigue run rampant throughout the story, from cover to cover. Spicy subplots keep the tensions high as the main plot keep its readers glued. This series is better than chocolate! *****


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Author: Caridad Pineiro
Title - Danger Calls (Calling #1)


Diana Reyes, FBI agent, is serious about her job. She is a "by-the-book" kind of woman. However, she also knows that some things cannot be explained, such as the existence of Ryder Latimer. Ryder is the man she loves. He is also a vampire. They have already lived through one tough adventure. (Last book "Darkness Calls" ISBN 0373273533) Ryder is still too weak to be out in the sun as yet. Weak or not, danger is near.

Dr. Melissa Danvers has taken on the role of caretaker for Ryder Latimer, as her relatives had before her. Until her parents died last year, she had no idea that Ryder was vampire. She only knew that Ryder had always been there for her and her family. He was, and is, like a godfather to her. Melissa is still catching up on the journals her relatives had written. Problem is that someone has recently slipped into her office at the hospital and stolen one of the journals her father had written. As a precaution, Melissa must ask for help from Sebastian Reyes.

Sebastian is Diana's brother. He gets enough money by being a security consultant for businesses that he does not have to work outside the home. He also makes computer games as another source of income. He and Melissa had one night together (last book). Sebastian is sure that it was merely for comfort, at least on Melissa's side. Thinking she could not be interested in him, he has kept his distance. So when she shows up at his door for help, he is thrown for a loop. Can he possibly scan all the journals and encrypt the files and the database for her without becoming too involved with her?

In the darkness, someone watches Melissa. The stolen journal does not tell enough. Soon other steps will have to be taken. More people will have to be silenced. Melissa will help or die.

***** This is an ongoing series by Silhouette's Intimate Moments books. The first book, "Darkness Calls", had fans begging for more. Silhouette heard the cries for more and responded by making it a series. This novel is the second in the new vampire series by author Caridad Pineiro. (The third book is due for release in October 2005. Of course, the date of release may change.)

This time readers get to see a bit deeper into the personalities of each character. The relationship between Diana and Ryder as secondary in this one. The author focuses much more on the relationship between Melissa and Sebastian. There are some pretty steamy love scenes between the new couple, but more time is given to the suspenseful plot of murder and dark researches. Caridad Pineiro is an author to keep your eyes on. This series has the potential to only get better and better! *****


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Author: Caridad Piñeiro
Title: Temptation Calls (Calling #2)


Samantha Turner looks young, frail, and sweet. In truth she is ancient, strong, and extremely deadly. Samantha is a vampire. She wants to be mortal or at least pass for one. Since she moved into the neighborhood and opened The Artemis Shelter (a halfway house where women and children can heal and find a way out of abusive relationships), crime drastically reduced. The people that live in the area believe Samantha is, somehow, responsible for all their good fortunes. They don't know how right they are! Samantha only ventures outside during the day whenever the sun is weak. At night she patrols the neighborhood, going rooftop-to-rooftop, helping people and stopping crime. Then came a drive-by shooting. Samantha's speed let her save three of the children, even though she took two bullets herself. This could not be covered up. Others were dead in the street or wounded. Police and paramedics would come. Mortals who would ask questions that she dare not answer.

Detective Peter Daly did not believe Ricardo's story. Ricardo claims to be the sole witness. But evidence points to Samantha being the witness instead. Why would they lie? What are they hiding?

Samantha and Peter find themselves attracted to each other. Samantha knows she should get rid of Peter, yet she is drawn to him. Then her vampire friends begin disappearing.

***** This series may be in the Silhouette line, but it is anything but normal. "THE CALLING" is a vampire series unlike any I have read. In 3/04 the series began with "Darkness Calls". Fans yelled for more. So in 6/05 "Danger Calls" was released. This story is the third in the series. Don't worry, each book can easily stand alone. You have no need to read the previous novels to fully understand and appreciate this one. Yet I recommend that you do so. Characters from earlier books show up to assist the new characters.

Author Caridad Piñeiro writes engrossing novels of the darker side of life. Sometimes I wonder if the author writes in blood, because the story simply oozes with realism. I often forget that vampires are not real. This is an outstanding tale that I highly recommend to all. *****


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Author: Caridad Piñeiro
Title - Fury Calls (Calling #3, Nocturne #60)


Blake Richards had never turned anyone until four years ago. He had been overcome by hunger and took too much from Meghan Thomas. To save Meghan, Blake had to change her into a vampire. She has hated him ever since. Now Meghan is a chef at the restaurant, Otro Mundo, which is owned by two other vampires. Blake wants desperately to prove that he is no longer an untrustworthy punk. He even gets a job at Otro Mundo, doing the worst tasks the owners can think up for him, all without a single complaint.

When vampires begin dying in the Manhattan vampire community, the investigation must be swift and justice even swifter, without any humans finding out. (Well, except for a few trusted humans.) A drug equivalent of Ecstasy for vampires has hit the area. It had been outlawed for over a millennia by the vampire elders because the drug's effects are deadly and uncontrollable.

Sun Tze Lee is an Asian vampire, one of the Kiang-shi. They are unlike the typical vampires that have a pulse. They Kiang-shi have no breath, no pulse, no living flesh. They keep themselves oiled so their flesh does not rot off. All Kiang-shi were evil when they lived. After dying, before they are buried, they are reanimated by evil. They care for no one, vampire or human. Sun Tze has plans for those at Otro Mundo and then the world. None of it is good.

***** Let me start this with a warning ... This story has violent sections, including physical violations (male and female). No one under the age of eighteen should read this Dark Fantasy. Having said that, if you do not mind the darker fantasies, then this story rocks! It is obvious from the start who is supplying the drugs, but the author does not really try to keep that a secret. Of course the tension is thick between the main characters at first, but watching Blake strive to prove himself worthy is humorous, as well as romantic. This author has created a vampire world that is more believable than most of the others on the market. An absolutely fantastic read! *****


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Author: Cat Adams
Title - Magic's Design


Talos Onan is a midlevel commander in the Overworld Police Agency (OPA). The agency is tasked with the duty of protecting Earth from all magicians intent on doing crime. Talos, born into the mage guild of firecrafters, is one of three officers who attempted to halt a secret underground prison break. When they fail, Grand Master Vegre escapes. Vegre is an infamous fire mage. He is the only Guilder known to control the Creeping Darkness. It is a spell that removes heat and light so completely as to achieve total darkness over an area. Vegre and his minions intend to totally change the world to fit his desires and rule over all people, whether they can utilize magic or not.

As for magic, it has become scarce. The Sacred Tree of Life is the source of all magic in the world and it is dying. The only guild house able to heal it is the Parask, the soul-conjurers. However, all magicians in this generation were told that those of the Parask Guild betrayed them and doomed millions of humans to death. The Parask were shunned, outcast. Many were executed.

Mila Penkin works for a law firm. New Year's Eve is approaching and she has booked the office party at the Palace Hotel. Mila has always had the gift of healing, but her memories have been blocked. She recalls nothing of magic or her training. With the help of her grandmother, Baba Nadia, Mila must somehow break the mental barrier and remember her soul-conjuring training. Then they and the attractive constable, Talos, must save the world and heal the Sacred Tree.

*** Lots of "verve" in this story. It has a wonderful plot, but the story does not flow smoothly at all. There is A LOT of background information that readers must wade through. (Magic history, Parask Guild history, Mila's history [before her mental block, as well as after it], the Sacred Tree... the list continues.) That does not leave much room for the trust to grow, romance to bloom, or for taking action. The trust and romance felt very rushed to me. Mila's block was overcome too easily, too quickly. I do not believe she should have been able to work magic at all, much less well, before her block crumbled.

If this is a stand alone tale, my opinion is that it is good and worth your time to read, but nothing special. If this is the first of a new series, my opinion is that the story makes a solid foundation, but all the background information did not have to be stuffed in the first book. It could have easily been spread out to the next couple of stories. I could find no "series title" listed at the web site of Cat Adams (a.k.a. C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp) or the online book stores I visited. ***


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Authors: Jennifer Crusie, Anne Stuart, Lani Diane Rich
Title - Dogs and Goddesses


Abby Richmond inherited the Temple Street Coffeehouse from her grandmother. Abby's mother wants to sell it, but Abby does not know what she will end up doing with it. When Professor Christopher Mackenzie shows up, he explains that Abby will either have to bake the cookies for a reception tomorrow or somehow refund the deposit he had given to her grandmother. As Abby ponders her unexpected dilemma, she reads a flyer about "The Kammani Gula Dog Obedience Course" that swears it can teach her to communicate with her dog, Bowser.

Daisy Harris spent two horrible days dogsitting her mother's seventeen pounds of Jack Russell named Bailey. Daisy's mother claims to have suddenly become allergic to her dog. But after the two days of dealing with the uncontrollable dog her mother claims that Daisy must keep Bailey at least another week. That is when a flyer about a dog obedience course shows up. As they approach the meeting place, Noah, a handsome dog trainer, appears.

Ancient History Professor Shar Summer has hit middle age, is frustrated with her boyfriend, and is doing her best to fulfill the promise of completing her grandmother's book about a goddess named Kammani Gula. Shar is about to give up on the book (and the boyfriend) when a flyer hits her. What could it hurt? It might actually help. So Shar and her dog, Wolfie, go to the obedience course. It is during the meeting that Shar talks with the instructor, claiming to be Kammani, and spies a statue of Samu-la-el, Slayer of Demons, who was once sacrificed by Kammani.

Abby, Daisy, and Shar come together. As they exit the meeting, after drinking Kammani's tonic, the three start to REALLY communicate with their dogs. Unknown to the women, they are descendants of Kammani's three most powerful priestesses and the goddess intends to train more than just their dogs.

***** Three well known authors combine their powerful talents and create a magical story that readers will never forget. The tale is very well written and flows so smoothly that I cannot tell where one author stops and another picks up. Dark, haunting, and dangerous for all who dare to read this beauty. *****


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Author: Vicki Lewis Thompson
Title - Casual Hex (Hex #3)


Fairy Prince Leo of Atwood Kingdom must prove to his mother that he is worthy of the throne by showing himself capable of a selfless act. To do this, Queen Beryl sends Leo to Big Knob, Indiana, to meet Gwendolyn "Gwen" Dubois. Prince Leo's quest is to meet Gwen, help her overcome her shyness, and become self-confident with men. Prince Leo has never put the desires of others before himself. He has been a playboy his entire life. Yet to earn the crown he must succeed in the quest, no matter how undesirable this human mortal must be. But once the prince meets Gwen and sees her beauty, the task seems easy. Leo begins entering her dreams and giving Gwen the hottest time of her life.

Gwen enjoys her dream lover until the botanist from Paris finally arrives in tow to view the tropical planets found thriving in their snowy forest. Jean-Marc Chevalier has enjoyed the emails with Gwen and looks forward to meeting her, as well as examine the plants. One look at Gwen and Marc is certain he has met his perfect woman. Marc only has to a few days to be in the area. He needs to think quickly.

To the public, Dorcas and Ambrose Lowell as relationship counselors. In truth, Dorcas is a witch and Ambrose a wizard. Having succeeded with two previous couples, the matchmakers have turned their attentions to Gwen. Marc is Gwen's soul-mate and the pair conspire to bring the couple together. However, a certain prince does not want to give Gwen up. Let the rivalry between mortal and fairy begin!

***** A terrific romance filled with a wide variety of zany characters, including an ADD dragon trying to earn his golden scales. The story is very well written and the plot flows smoothly throughout the book. In a word: Magical. *****


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Author: Jaime Rush
Title - A Perfect Darkness (Darkness, Book 1)


Since a young age Amy Shane has been able to see colors around people and eventually figured out what each color and glow means. At the age of five, she lost her last parent to suicide. It is no wonder that Amy grew up a loner. Now around the age of twenty, Amy still tends to avoid people, except for "Uncle" Cyrus Diamond. Amy works freelance, retrieving data from computers and software. (With a great ninety-five percent success rate!) But even talking to clients on the phone is becoming a problem because the colors and glows are actually starting to come through the phone lines lately. Then a stranger breaks into her bedroom late one night. With only a few sentences he changes her life forever. Amy hardly has time to be afraid before more men break in, claiming to be FBI, and drag the first away. Since Cyrus worked for the government, Amy turns to him. Cyrus confirms the man was a serial killer and she is lucky the FBI reached her in time. Yet for the first time in Amy's life, she does not believe Cyrus is telling the truth. Amy soon learns that the stranger's name is Lucas Vanderwyck and that he has been the man entering her dreams and keeping to the shadows. Amy and Lucas share some sort of psychic connection.

As Amy digs deeper, Cyrus becomes worried. At this rate, Amy would quickly learn the truth about who and what she is. Should that happen, Cyrus will no longer be able to protect her.

***** This is the first in an outstanding new paranormal romance series. This is not a new author with little or no experience. (Jaime Rush is the more widely known as Tina Wainscott.) With this new name, Jaime gives readers more of the suspense they crave. From the very beginning my attention was caught and I will not even pretend that I wanted to get free. I read the entire story in one afternoon, rarely coming up for air. The more I read, the deeper the conspiracy went. Paranormal Romance gets no better than this and I cannot recommend this title highly enough. *****


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Author: Jamie Leigh Hansen
Title - Cursed


A curse was cast by one of the most powerful of the original fallen angels, Maeve, the goddess of lust. The chaos caused was horrible. Then someone interfered with Maeve's curse and trapped her in the Tunnels of the Forgotten Ones. It has been almost a millennium, but now Maeve is free at last. She is weak, but her strength grows quickly. First Maeve will find out who interfered. Her vengeance will be swift and merciless. Then she will search for her powerful emerald.

Elizabeth "Beth" Raines has a life in Seattle as a designer and beta-tester of software applications. But for now she must return to Spokane and place the weight of the world on her shoulders. Her mother is dying in the hospital. Her brother is in prison. Her sister was in drug rehab, but has disappeared. Beth must not only care for her dying mother, but care for ten nieces and nephews. The house is run down, there is little money, and the kids delight in making things worse. There is seldom even escape in sleep. A monster stalks the corridors of her dream realm. Sometimes she can slip into a room of paradise with Alex, a man she care for but cannot have without harming him.

Alex Foster knows Beth has a secret. For the past twelve years she has pulled him into her dreams and ruined him for any other woman. But Alex has secrets too. He is a healer. He can heal inflicted wounds. But not if they be natural, such as cancer.) Alex knows that danger hunts Beth and the ten special children she is caring for. And only Alex and Beth's combined supernatural gifts can save them all from horrible deaths.

*** Though the plot is sound and characters are interesting, the narration needed by a pair fallen seraphim takes away some of the intensity of the story. However, I can understand why the author wrote this tale in such a way. Readers can learn much from the fallen pair that would be difficult, if not impossible, to learn from the main characters. If you have not read the first book, Betrayed do not fret. You will totally understand what is going on and why. All-in-all, an interesting twist in the paranormal romance genre. ***


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Author: Jordan Summers
Title - Red (Red Trilogy, Book 1)


Set in the year 2160. An electromagnetic barbed fence stretches across the southern half of the North American continent, bisecting what used to be California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas in order to limit illegal crossings from no-man's land to the republics and keep out unregistered individuals - unknowns.

Gina Santiago "Red" is part of the elite International Police Tactical Team (IPTT). They are charged with the duty of terminating the criminal careers of unknowns. When the team leader immediately closes a crime scene as an animal attack, even though Red believes otherwise, Red decides to use some of her accrued vacation time to simply ask a few questions in the nearby border town of Nuria.

Morgan Hunter is Nuria's sheriff. No one in town likes outsiders and everyone is keeping one huge secret. Red can tell that even Morgan, though forthcoming with help and information of the area, is holding back vital info. More women die with the same MO, yet still no one talks. The closer Red gets to solving the deaths and learning the secrets of Nuria, the more frightened she becomes. Red is the killer's next target, not because she is snooping around, but because Red has a secret that even SHE is not aware of.

**** When I, as the reader, was seeing things from the killer's point of view, all is written in the first person style. Switching point of view styles is a bit confusing and kept the story from flowing as well as it could have. Though the story does not tell the killer's identity until toward the end of the book, it is extremely obvious who it is. However, as the first of a paranormal trilogy, this story sets up a solid foundation and I look forward to the next installment. ****


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Author: Kay Hooper
Title - Blood Sins
(Bk 2 Bishop/Special Crimes Unit)


The Church of Everlasting Sin is led by Reverend Adam Deacon Samuel (a.k.a. Father). The church has been in the Grace, North Carolina, area for about ten years. Most members live on the compound, a community in themselves. Few are seen outside the compound. The children do not attend public schools and more than a few of the kids inside the church know that something is not right. The girls have the most to fear.

The Haven organization knows that the church is somehow involved in the area's deaths. Bodies have been found in the river and X-rays showed that virtually every bone in the bodies had been pulverized, yet there were never any marks to indicate how this happened. Undercover agents have already given their lives to ferret out information and even helped a few of the children to escape. All that is really known is that at least one of Father's closest advisors is a strong psychic and no one can get a read on Father because he is like a null field.

Special Agent Noah Bishop of the FBI's Special Crimes Unit recruits Tessa Gray to play the role of a grieving widow and the new owner of property wanted by the church. Tessa, like most of the agents, has a unique gift or two. But if the SCU has to rely on her, an untried psychic agent, then they must be desperate indeed.

**** This is the second novel in the series. If you did not read the first book titled "Blood Dreams", you may want to consider doing so before beginning this story. However, the author has done a good job of updating new readers within the first few chapters. Some characters from the previous book return to play secondary roles in this one. Tessa and the police chief are the main focus this time around though. Be warned that there are some graphic scenes in this story. Readers learn about Father's early childhood. (Not a pretty picture, trust me on that.) Still, the author retains her own outstanding gift of being able to write about paranormal talents and make them seem as if they are business as normal for the characters. I was shocked to realize that as I read the story I was taking everything as common every day stuff instead of fiction. Well done! ****


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Author: Annette Blair
Title: Sex and the Psychic Witch


Harmony Cartwright lives in Salem with her sisters, Destiny and Storm. Eight months ago the triplets were homeless. Now they not only have a home with their half-sister, Vickie, but also have co-ownership of a vintage clothing store named The Immortal Classic. They are hereditary Pictish witches and each has a psychic gift. Destiny reads the future. Storm reads the present. Harmony reads the past.

At a charity costume sale, Harmony's gift leads her to purchase a gold gown. Upon opening her mind to the gown's past, Harmony learns that it once belonged to a woman named Lisette. The sisters find a Celtic puzzles ring hidden in the hem. Reading the ring's past leads Harmony to Paxton Castle. The castle resides on a small island where, it seems, a spirit or two are in need of her help.

King Paxton is the heir of Paxton Castle. He wants nothing more than to fix it up and sell it off quickly. Everyone who has lived in the castle, himself included, has had nothing but misery and misfortune. The construction crew King hired is on a tight schedule. But staying on schedule is almost impossible with all the bad luck running rampant. Then there is the problem of the loud ghostly wailings. Everyone is on edge. But when the hot babe enters the area, peace and quiet descends. King offers Harmony a job as a live-in peace keeper with Gussie, the castle's ghost bent on spreading discord. With Harmony around, perhaps his crew can get some work accomplished. While there, Harmony has King's permission to pillage the castle for any vintage clothing she may desire. King has no idea that a couple of surprise visitors are en route which will turn his world even further upside-down.

Harmony is in vintage heaven! As Harmony looks for treasures, she also tries to understand what Gussie wants. As a plus, King is a hot stud she hopes to play with very soon. Too bad the man has an ice rod stuck up ... Well, she'd just have to thaw the man out. As for the Gussie, the spirit could very well be the strongest negative entity Harmony had ever encountered. She may need her sisters' help on this one.

***** Harmony and King may be the main focus of this novel, but Destiny and Storm meet their future matches within this tale as well. There are more hot scenes and teases than in the author's previous stories, but hey, bedroom time is positive time. (No negative vibes to strengthen the ghost at all.) The story has its own type of balance as well, building and connecting each twitchy witch, and their individual kittens, with each non-believing male. The section where Harmony and King meet Gussie sent chills down my spine. And each time Gussie toyed with someone, those chills would reverse direction and go straight back up. These triplets bring pure fun to the story with each outrageous stunt; and it all leads up to witchy climax that will warm your very soul. Author Annette Blair just may be a witch herself. I can hardly wait until the next Cartwright triplet spins her spell. Out-freaking-standing! *****


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Author: Annette Blair
Title - Gone With the Witch
(Triplet Witch Trilogy #2)


The Cartwright sisters are identical triplets. Each have their own unique psychic gift, in addition to the bonds they share together. Storm is the Goth sister, blue hair color and all. No one understands Storm's power. Storm hears and sees the present, of all things. For most of her life, Storm has been hearing children crying. Her sisters, Harmony and Destiny, thought it was buried guilt making her hallucinate and they kept mute about it. In truth, Storm needs to go on a journey and learn what her spiritual psychic mandate is. Since Storm keeps hearing a baby cry whenever she is around Aiden McCloud, the hunky best man at Harmony's wedding, she decides to follow the sound of the cries.

Aiden McCloud is a wanderer. He has never wanted to set down roots. Aiden owns a motor home and goes where ever he desires. Lately, however, he has been desiring a certain sorceress with blue hair and sassy attitude. "How can a guy ignore a walking orgasm in the shape of a Goddess with magick laughter and satin skin?" But Storm's talk about going on a psychic journey to find a crying baby somehow connected to him just scares Aiden. Therefore, Aiden did what any brave man would do in that situation; he ran! Too bad for him that Storm's powers include telekinesis, if she is passionately mad enough, and she is beyond furious when Aiden tries to run. Time for a little abduction.

Once Aiden convinces himself that he would go alone with Storm's quest of finding a crying baby somehow connected to him (just to prove her wrong, of course), his eyes begin to really open. On their journey, Storm stops the motor home whenever she hears a crying baby's psychic plea. Seeing Storm rescue a few kids begins to shake him up. After all, if Storm was right about those kids in need, then perhaps she really does hear... No! Not something he wants to think about. This is not all fun for Storm either. Her gift for locating kids in need of rescuing leads her to a casino. Within, Storm meets an older version of herself, except with a wicked way of looking at life. Yes, "throw a little water on that woman and watch her melt. Her name is NOT Glinda!" Storm also finds an unexpected surprise. (But you must read to find out what it is.)

As the two travel, their attraction to each other intensifies to frightening proportions. Their little love trip is even hitting the national news. But most importantly, Storm must learn to trust her instincts, accept her powers, and be true to herself if she were ever to have any hope of ever loving a wanderer.

***** A spellbinding story that totally knocked my socks off! No ghosts this time around. Instead, a much more serious topic is covered. Once again I find myself in awe over the author's ability to make the characters so memorable. This is a perfect for your next vacation or day alone and will leave you with a big smile on your face. Author Annette Blair writes priceless romance adventures. *****


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Author: Annette Blair
Title - Never Been Witched
(Triplet Witch #3)


Destiny Cartwright is the middle witch. Her visions are of the future. Destiny clears her mind, picks up her paint brush, and a picture forms. It has been that way for as long as she can remember. However, when a certain architect, Morgan Jarvis, comes near, Destiny has trouble clearing her mind and focusing. The man unnerves her. Morgan does not want to be around Destiny either for the same reason. So as the friends and relatives go on a short trip to Scotland, Destiny and Morgan remain behind. Of course, neither knows the other stayed behind, but everyone else does and uses the fact to bring the two together.

Destiny goes to the Paxton Lighthouse for some meditation time. While in her safe circle late one night, Destiny learns that the spirit of the last lighthouse keeper, Horace, is still present. There is also a young girl spirit, Meggie "Megs", who passed on just before entering her teen years. With Megs is Buffy, the name Megs gave to her silent and loving angel. Yes, a real angel. Megs is Morgan's twin sister and she has remained to help her brother remember certain things and accept other things. But to do this, Megs needs Destiny's help.

Morgan never speaks of his past. When he finds Destiny down stairs in his lighthouse all he wants is for her to leave! Well, it is not his lighthouse yet. But the paperwork is all but finished. Problem is that they are both stuck on the little island until the boat returns later in the week. Morgan knows that Destiny and her sisters are physic and witches. After all, her sisters married his friends. So when Destiny starts speaking about the spirits and the angel he is not too surprised. Yet Morgan is downright shocked when Destiny starts talking about Megs. He never spoke of her or of the angel picture she drew long ago and named Buffy. To Morgan, his future is not looking too bright. On the plus side, Destiny is one hot witch. Things could be worse. (And with that jinx, it does.)

***** This is the third, and last, sister's story in the Triplet Witch Trilogy. If you missed the stories of Harmony and Storm you will not have any troubles. Each book is a stand-alone story. (But for those interested, and you very well SHOULD be, the first is titled Sex and the Psychic Witch. The second is titled Gone With the Witch. This time the author combines magic and love in such a way that even a statue would find its heart moved. There are many silent messages for readers to discover and I, as the reader, found myself amazed at how many times I compared events in the story to events in my own life's past. No, I am not psychic (or am I?), but I have no doubt that all readers will find themselves finishing this story with hearts warmed.

The sisters and their new husbands are totally out of the story until near the end. Total concentration is on Destiny, Morgan, and the spirits. (For full effect, read this on Valentine's Day or an anniversary of some sort.) The character of Megs is especially well done. Anyone who has kids or siblings aged twelve or thirteen cannot help but believe so. She comes across as mature while still exhibiting a tantrum or two. A perfect ending to a witchy trilogy. Annette Blair's writing is pure magic! Highly recommended! *****


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Author: Rowena Cherry
Title - Knight's Fork (Gods of Tigron)


Prince Djarrhett Raven Perseus Pendragon Roland Djames ('Rhett) is with the Fugitive Empress Tarragonia-Marietta (Aunt Tarra) and the Empress Helispeta (Grandmama Hell) when he unexpectedly finds himself having his fortune told. The results cause more than a few royal eyebrows to lift in wonder. It also gives those in power some interesting ideas. 'Rhett is a Saurian Ambassadorial Knight with his expertise in deceiving, spying, and killing people. Unknown to many, 'Rhett is extremely honorable. This is one reason of why, when approached by Electra to "donate sperm" and impregnate her, 'Rhett refused.

Electra-Djerroldina, Queen Consort of Volnoth, and her Mate (a.k.a. husband), Viz-Igerd, are required to produce an heir. Since King Viz-Igerd cannot impregnate her, Electra hopes 'Rhett will. If 'Rhett and Electra were to have an affair, it would meet the Imperial definition of High Treason, the lives would be forfeit, and war would be declared. But Electra does not want an affair. She wants to freeze the sperm and use it to "help" the king get his needed heir. Electra would then hope Viz-Igerd never learned the child was not his biologically, but if he did, chances were he would be grateful to Electra for her actions on his behalf. Once Electra all but gives up hope on 'Rhett changing his mind, she is sedated for - she believes - the space trip back to her mate.

Tarrant-Arragon, pulls his weight as the Saurian Dragon to have Electra smuggled aboard the ship 'Rhett will use for an upcoming quest to Earth. Once it is too late to turn back, Electra is to be awakened. Once on Earth, 'Rhett and Electra were to find themselves marooned there. While 'Rhett and Electra deal with the problems of being forced together (and having to deal with a teenaged royal who wants to acquire a harem of Earth women), King Viz-Igerd is being led to believe that 'Rhett and Electra ran off together. War is in the air!

***** When "forked" a chess player usually has a choice, but it is between two losing propositions. Knowing this, the story takes on an interesting flavor. Like the previous novels in this series, most of the story is filled with plots, counter plots, royal politics, threat of war, et cetera. The big difference between the alien royals in this story and our planet's political leaders is that the Djinn royals have a good reason for it all - survival of the Djinn species. The Human species has only greed in a variety of different forms.

Unlike the previous novels in this series, less time is spent (ahem) physically donating sperm. There are a few heated moments, such as 'Rhett using an apple to learn how to kiss, but most of the story is like watching a chess game, except with more than two players. And I can hardly wait to see what becomes of 'Rhett's half-brother, Devoron, and Prince Thor-quentin. Fantastic! *****


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Author: Mary Janice Davidson
Title - Fish Out of Water


Fred the mermaid's life has gotten entirely too interesting. Granted, she no longer has to worry about exposing her secret since the Undersea folk have made themselves public, but now the masses of ordinary humans who don't grow tails when they hit the water are fascinated by merfolk and Fred has become something of a celebrity now. Furthermore, she has to help plan a wedding, thankfully not her own, but there's a certain prince pressuring her to do that, too. Then, there's the situation with her natural father, who turns out to be not dead after all, her other potential paramour coming back to town, and the little matter of Undersea folk suddenly disappearing.

**** Can Fred hope for happily ever after? She's certainly no shrinking violet "little mermaid" type, but she's just as much fun in a different way. Snappy, sardonic humor is Ms. Davidson's trademark, and she does not disappoint her fans in Fish. The only drawback is seeing the series end, but knowing when to call a halt is a strength. Though the story does hint at sensuality, there is nothing nearing erotic content, so this is a perfect novel for those who have moved beyond her Jennifer Scales series but are not ready for Queen Betsy or some of the more provocative titles. ****


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Barb Hendee
Title - Blood Memories


The shocking suicide by sunlight of an old friend is the catalyst that sends lovely vampire Eleisha into a tailspin that has her examining not only her personal history, but what it means to be a vampire, and realizing what an ugly life it can be. However, she is not the only one looking into the latter; a group of human policemen is doing likewise, and they know who she is. With new allies, Eleisha sets out on a quest for truth and survival that will force her to confront the man who made and abandoned her and open a new world to her as well.

*** Though riddled with flashbacks that many readers generally find off putting, this is an intriguing begin to a series. There is a mystery, but it is mostly about Eleisha's journey to awareness and discovery of herself after being alive, in one form or another, for over a century. As this is the first, world building entry in the series, it is to be expected that much of the text would cover defining parameters, rather than setting forth a complex storyline. Ms. Hendee's fans will be gratified to know she writes just as well on her own as she does in tandem. ***


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Natale Stenzel
Title - The Druid Made Me do It


Eight years ago, Riordan walked out on Janelle. Now, she finds herself the guardian/judge of Robin Goodfellow, aka, Riordan, as he makes amends to all he has hurt by his thoughtless actions. As part of the deal the fairy court makes with her, she is granted the gift of healing, but as she is forced to deal daily with the man who broke her heart, she wonders if it's worth it, and if she can be the right judge for him. She also finds herself falling for him all over again and faced with the fact that he is doomed to never know love, thanks to a curse. Could she be the one to break it?

*** Both light hearted and serious, this is not your ordinary romance, and if you think pucas are all six foot tall rabbits, think again. Riordan is no Harvey. You'll laugh, but you'll also be moved. ***


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Author: Christina Dodd
Title - Into the Flame (Darkness Chosen #4)


Having learned she is not a true Wilder, but came into the family via baby switching, Firebird must also confront another issue related to birth origins; her son's father, who has no idea the boy exists. To say the least, Douglas is ticked, but such domestic matters will have to wait as the fourth icon has been found and the Wilders' ancient enemies are determined to keep it from joining the other three and thus ending the deal with the devil that has bound both families for centuries. What price will freedom exact?

**** The series ends on a strong, high note. Passions run high, though things never get overly graphic. Loyalty, love, and strength resonate on every page. Truly, this is the best of the series. ****


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Katie MacAlister
Title - Zen and the Art of Vampires
(Dark Ones #6)


As forty looms on the horizon, Pia decides to take her fate in her hands and join a romantic tour of Europe, hoping to find Mr. Right before it is too late. However, the male fellow travelers she finds herself stuck with are duds and no one is catching her eye, and worse, she's not catching any eyes, until she spots two mystery men in an Icelandic town. Suddenly, she finds herself the center of attention for two warring groups, both of whom want some mysterious power she allegedly has for their side. One side is dedicated to wiping out vampires, and the other are the vampires themselves, one of whom considers her his soul mate. However, Pia does not want to be bossed around by any of the domineering men who have stepped into her life, even if she finds herself drawn to the one who has claimed her. She also does not want to be the go to girl for every ghost on the planet, but thanks to some stone choosing her, she is. Boredom is definitely a thing of the past, both for our heroine and the reader.

**** You can't lose out when reading a Katie MacAlister book. Humor is a given and so is a story that could be played more seriously, but would not be nearly as much fun without her unique that keeps things singing until the end. ****


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Author: Laurell K Hamilton
Title - Swallowing Darkness


If Merry thought that her pregnancy would make her life any easier, that is, she would have fulfilled the Queen of Air and Darkness' terms of heirship, she was sadly mistaken. Rather, the twins in her womb have made her at least twice as much of a target as ever and placed her at the center of a war that is fought on multiple fronts as both the Seelie and Unseelie courts attack her and her cousin, Cel, does not take his defeat lying down, either. Bloody battles are bad enough, but her personal losses sting all the more as her foes come against her through the men closest to her heart, the fathers of her children. As the situations come to their heads, Merry finds that she must make a choice that will cost her dearly, however it goes.

***** With the seventh volume of this series, the reader gets a payoff that is both bittersweet and yet, welcome. It feels as if things have drawn to a close on Merry's world, but it is done so well that it is hard to regret. High fantasy elements are mixed in with urban fantasy in this satisfying story, but you do need a scorecard to keep track of all the characters. *****


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Kimberly Raye
Title - Just One Bite (Dead End Dating #4)


Lil Marchette has been around for centuries and has seen just about all the world has to off, the good and the bad. Now she resides in New York and owns Manhattan's hottest dating service. Lil's clients are not always human either. Still, the last person Lil expected to se was Vinnie Balducci, a member of the Snipers of Otherworldly Beings "SOB". Vinnie informs Lil that she has three days to find him the perfect wife or be staked. Vinnie's perfect wife would not be easy to locate with a year's time, much less three days because the woman must conform to Vinnie detailed list.

At the same time, the three demon Prince brothers are after a rogue spirit who has possessed a human. Big problem is that the possessed human is Lil's assistant, Evie.

**** This entire story is filled with sass, kick-butt adventure, and humor. The author has definitely made a name for herself in the Urban Fantasy field. As much as I enjoy Lil (and most of the other characters), I could not help but enjoy Dr. Mandy Dupree even more. Perhaps some day Mandy will get her own series. (Hey, it could happen!) In the meantime, readers will enjoy the latest installment of the D.E.D. series. I look forward to the next story. ****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: C. L. Wilson
Title - Lord of the Fading Lands
(Tairen Soul series #1)


"His Esteemed Majesty, Rainier vel'En Daris Feyreisen, the Tairen Soul, King of the Fading Lands, Defender of the Fey." With an introduction such as this, everyone knows that the Fey king is a force to be reckoned with. Unlike most of the Fey, Rain can call upon more than one elemental magic; he can call upon all of them. Rain knew love once, but it died along with all his gentler feelings at the Battle of Eadmond's Field, where his mate, Sariel, had breathed her last. At Sariel's death, the Tairen within him broke free and Rain succumbed to the Wilding Rage. Rain had shapeshifted into his Tairen form, a ferocious black feline with glowing purple eyes and long wings, and nearly destroyed the world in a rage of Tairen flame. That happened a thousand years ago. Since then Rain has lived in the Fading Lands, self exiled.

The Fey and the Tairen races are dying. Rain risks his life to ask the Eye of Truth how to save them from extinction. The Eye finally answers. The key to their salvation rests in the mortal city of Celieria. Only to save his people would Rain return to Celieria. The Truthspeaker, Lady Marissya, leaves the Fading Lands for her annual trek to Celieria the next day. Rain goes with her and their Fey warror escorts. Before they even reach the human king and queen, Rain's instincts react, revealing his Truemate. (A Truemate is the one person who holds the other half of a Fey's soul.) Truemates are the equal of each other. Most Fey never locate their Truemates. A Tairen Soul, such as Rain, has NEVER had one ... until now.

Ellysetta "Ellie" Baristani is the eldest daughter of a master woodcarver. No one can understand how such a lowly girl, much less a mortal, could possibly be the Truemate of a Tairen Soul. Ellie has also been betrothed to Den Brodson, a man she loathes. Rain must somehow legally break the engagement to claim Ellie as his mate. She is the rightful Queen of the Fey. Then Ellie must willingly (and unconsciously) accept their magical bond. Otherwise Rain will die, along with the Fey and Tairen races. Should this happen, there would be nothing to stand in the way of the evil Elden mages and the human race would be doomed to soul-binding slavery.

***** The spine of this book says the genre is Paranormal Romance; however, I am here to tell you that this title is in the Fantasy genre. Men, do not let this series pass you by. This series will enthrall you, even against your will. (Just ask my husband!) The second title, "Lady of Light and Shadows", is due out within thirty days of this book's release. The two are a complete story. Yet enough is left open for more books in the series, should the author decide to continue it. I, for one, sincerely hope so. I cannot recommend this story highly enough! OUTSTANDING! *****


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Author: C. L. Wilson
Title - Lady of Light and Shadows
(Tairen Soul series #2)


Sequel to The Lord of the Fading Lands.

Rainier vel'En Daris, King of the Fey and Rairen Soul, had literally stepped from the sky to claim Ellysetta "Ellie" Baristani, a woodcarver's daughter, as his queen. Ellie is being groomed for her new life among the nobility and the royal courts. Ellie still does not understand the horrible nightmares that plague her or the frightening powers within her; however, it has become very clear that her life is in danger.

The evil High Mage Vadim Maur has minions everywhere. His apprentice, Kolis Manza, almost has the proof needed to show that Ellie is the one for whom Vadim has searched over twenty years for. Kolis has gotten close to the mortal queen and Ellie's former fiancé. It is only a matter of time. Once proven, the High Mage will claim Ellie's soul. Using Ellie, Vadim will enslave the world.

***** Do not begin this book until you have read Lord of the Fading Lands. Otherwise you will not fully understand what is going on. Believe me when I say that fans of either Fantasy or Paranormal Romance novels will LOVE both of these books. I cannot stress hard enough to the men out there that they will enjoy these two titles.

Having said that; I found this title to be as awesome as the first. It ends in a very good place. The author may either stop there or continue onward. The action is mostly non-stop, so make sure you have plenty of time to read before you even open the cover. I see awards in this author's future. This is a highly addictive series and I hope to see more! *****


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Author: C.L. Wilson
Title - King of Sword & Sky
(Tairen Soul #3)


The plight of the Fey is more dire than most can understand. They live in the shadow of extinction. Only two months ago Ellysetta Baristani had been the daughter of a woodcarver. Now she is the Feyreisa. She is the first female Tairen Soul. Her mate is Rain, once the last Tairen Soul, Defender and King of the Fey.

Now Ellysetta, Rain, and the warriors who have blood sworn their newly-born souls to the Feyreisa travel through the Mist and into the Fading Lands. The Massan council, consisting of five Fey lords who work with Rain to govern the Fading Lands, do not fully trust Ellysetta even though she has been the source of several miracles. Ellysetta is still Mage-marked. No matter that the gods and the Eye of Truth show Ellysetta to be working for them, the Massan's trust is weak. And this may very well mean the death of all Fey and Tairen.

Few of the Tairen Pride live. One-by-one the unhatched kitlings die in their shells - never to purr or fly or breathe flame. Ellysetta is their only hope and she feels helpless. All the while, the High Mage Vadim Maur puts his evil plans into motion. Should Vadim succeed, the world would fall.

**** Readers finally learn exactly what the High Mage is up to. The answer is far worse than I could have imagined. Therefore, I am glad that the imagination of the author is more devious than mine. Most of this (third) installment of the Tairen Soul series is Ellie and Rain getting settled, healing, worry, and researching the illness of the kitlings. Information on the High Mage slowly trickles in and sneaks up on readers. Yet the entire book is pure enjoyment. Be warned that this has a cliffhanger ending. I know many hate that; however, this episode ends in a good spot. C.L. Wilson writes bliss. ****


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Author: Katie MacAlister
Title - Up In Smoke


Though she begins this adventure thinking her tangled love life, caught between the demon lord to whom she is bound as unwilling consort and the dragon wyvern, Gabriel, who she loves, is her biggest woe, May Ling soon discovers that is hardly the case. The search for an ancient artifact, trying to save May's life, and heading off conflicts in the dragon, mortal, and demonic worlds makes romance take a backseat. And, when all is said and done, May and Gabriel might have the biggest problem yet right in the middle of their living room.

**** This author is a sure bet if you want to laugh while being absorbed in a dramatic, fast paced storyline. Her spin on the paranormal paradigm is one that is both fascinating and completely giggle worthy. Her herons and heroes are honest and could be real, if they weren't dragons, doppelgangers and friendly demons like Jim. ****


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: L.L. Foster
Title - The Acceptance (Servant #2)


Gabrielle "Gaby" Cody now lives in another section of town. A more dangerous and seedy part. Without meaning to, Gaby has become the protector of the street walkers that reside in her run down building. She never thought Detective Luther Cross would find her, but he did. Unfortunately, Luther showed up right when her Paladin senses got a target on pure evil in the form of a ten-year-old boy. Because of Luther, the boy got away. Gaby may not know why the boy was targeted, but she knew evil when she was near it. There are bad people, and then there are true corruptions passing themselves off as human. To Gaby, they do not deserve rehabilitation or life in prison. They do not even deserve an easy death. Gaby destroys whatever corruptions God tells her to with no questions asked. And that boy definitely deserved Gaby's special attentions.

The boy was not what he appeared to be. Oren was a master of disguise and more evil than Gaby could possibly have imagined. The recent deaths of street walkers was due to Oren and his aunt and uncle. With the latest girl dead, Oren chose Bliss to be next. Circumstances changed that plan. Oren wanted Gaby since she would last much longer. Luther kept getting in the way though. Then there was Gaby's friend, Morty, and his new girlfriend, Detective Ann Kennedy. Gaby seemed to have surrounded herself with cops. But Oren was determined.

**** Not as good as the first book in the series, but still wonderful. Tough and loner Gaby is starting to change due to her new friends. Readers get to watch Gaby as she learns that God does not intend to keep her apart from her humanity. Gaby gives up a few of her special secrets to Luther and I have to give the detective credit, he is keeping an open mind. I enjoy the fact that Gaby is still a mystery to him. Morty is no longer the goofy nerd from book one. Since Morty found his purpose in life, he has changed. Ann is perfect for him too. With Morty, Ann, and Bliss at her back, and Luther beside her, Gaby is morphing into an amazing lady. ****


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Author: Joy Nash
Title - The Crossing (The Immortals #6)


The Immortals in the books series are warriors who keep magical beings like fey, vampires, demons and shape shifters in check. The main character Manannan mac Lir is a member of this secret society from the discussion of past actions throughout the book. It is also hinted at early in the beginning he is indeed immortal, this fact is later verified through plot exploration. The book opens in an interesting manner with Mannanan mac Lir 'call me Mac' waking next to some random 'fangirl' with whom he seemed to have shared a night of carnal pleasure - whose name he tries valiantly to remember for the next few pages. Eventually he is able to convince said 'fangirl' to leave his abode, after wards he leaves to get some beer at the local pub where again his steps are dogged by 'fangirls'. After being chased from place to place by 'fangirls' he runs to his friends castle where it is theorized by the resident witch that he has absorbed some death magic, which has caused his physical maturity from teen to adult. Unfortunately he also learns there has been a death magic attack on a fey village which falls under his guardianship. Quickly he runs to the village, where he learns the magic has been reversed, saving the life of a baby faerie. Jubilation abounds in the village as thanks are given to Mac. Mac knows he did nothing and his ire is peeked when he quickly finds the trail of strange magic used near the village. The singular magic twins death and life magic - an impossible feat - calls to him and leads him to find a witch by the name of Artemis Black. Artemis sadly does not know who Mac is, causing an uncharacteristic blow to his fragile male ego. Then Mac bodily kidnaps the witch who twined death and life magic, while she challenges Mac as she stealthily steals his heart and captures his soul. Eventually the two embark on a trip which will change and entwine both of their lives forever. Mac and his siren sidekick Artemis Black journey through the hell - yes actual hell - on a crusade to return a child's innocent soul. Bound by a demon's promise, Artemis must venture forth while Mac is drawn into hell to pursue Artemis who slipped through his fingers. On the way they find the love they both thought was impossible in each other.

**** This reads as a great stand alone book. As part of a series it could be much better. Since I didn't have the rest of the series under my reading belt, the importance of Manannan mac Lir's numerous and varied titles fell a little short of impressing me. It was also most mysterious why 'fangirls' found Mac so incredibly handsome, his physical description seemed sinisterly similar to my town's sanitation team leader. From my experience with other series, such as Laurell K. Hamilton's Merry Gentry series, sex with a fae is more enjoyable than sex with a normal human, but this isn't addressed outright in this book. Because of the fantastic elements inherent in the story's plot, a prologue explaining the world's quirks may have helped me like the book more, as well as introduce the series to uneducated readers. The Immortals in the book could have been explored a bit more, also the reason why they were all Immortal. The Scottish setting and immortality immediately made me think of another series - Highlander. Luckily Joy Nash writes so well this similarity is cursory at best. Secondary characters, although gifted with beautiful names, their physical descriptions and place in the world remains a mystery. Enough of a mystery to place this series in my "'round to it category" - but not up with my 'must read'. At the beginning of the book, setting is not apparent, which rather than turn me off from the book, compels me to read more. Mac, the ubiquitous moody male lead in every romance novel, shows surprising ability to grow and change as a character, unlike most two-dimensional romance book males. From allusions to previous books we realize Mac has changed from a carefree teenager to a brooding 30-something, filled with ennui from his banal bacchanal. This previous character development which occurred in earlier books drew me in further and made me think that this would not be the usual romance novel plot line. The life magic vs. death magic plot line rule creates a beguiling juxtaposition within the series which must be explored further. So many things in this book hint there is a more complex and exciting world which richly deserves exploration. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. ****


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Reviewed by Danelle Callahan.


Author: Jennifer Ashley
Title - The Redeeming (Immortals series)


To stop a war, Tain must swallow his considerable pride and seek out half demon cop, Samantha, for help in solving why female demon whores are going missing. If there is a serial murderer on the loose, not finding out who it is could set off a conflict among the demon clans that would engulf all of creation. Tain needs Samantha, both for her skills and because he could love her. However, the woman is half demon and demons tortured him for centuries and she may be on the side of good, but she has seen him at his worst, when madness had turned him evil and weak. Moreover, she is mortal and surely a love between mortal and immortal is doomed to being dust in the wind.

**** The series only continues to improve. Tain presents us with a fascinating hero who was once the villain. It's also fun to see Septimus and other cast from past books again. With a tightly woven plot, this book flies by and also stands alone well, for the benefit of new readers. ****


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Kathryn Smith
Title - Let the Night Begin


For thirty years, Olivia Gavin has hated her husband, Reign, for turning her into a vampire against her will. She left him on their wedding night because of this, but now she needs him. Her mortal nephew has been kidnapped and the price of regaining his freedom is Reign. Not revealing this, she turns to her ex for help and he is willing to give it, for the price of a reunion. Olivia agrees, though she expects him to die so that her relative will live. However, she had not counted on falling in love again.

*** Though this story stands alone fairly well, it is the fourth in a series, so some readers might feel the gaps inherent in jumping in a series at other than Book I. That aside, the complexity and passion of the story should enthrall most lovers of the paranormal. Some elements are disturbing, but overall, it's an intruding tale with enough complexity to keep your mind active. ***


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Cassandra Clare
Title - City of Bones (Mortal Instruments series)


One day, Clary is an ordinary, albeit shy girl. Suddenly, she discovers who she is and what her true heritage is. Immediately, she is plunged into a world of magic and mayhem, battling against a dark lord and trying to rescue her mother who has disappeared. With new friends at her side, Clary must discover how to use her vast powers and defeat the enemy, or more than her mother's life will be ended.

*** This is a highly complex novel that the most young people will be most able to handle. Though some topics broached are unsuitable for younger readers, the element of reality that is added by the darkness will be appreciated by others. Those who have written fan fiction for any length of time will also cheer the fact that, as I understand it, one of their own community has made good in the world of real writing. I have heard that Ms. Clare began in that area and it is easy to see she honed her talents there to good effect. ***


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Title - Acheron


His birth was heralded by prophecy, eleven thousand years ago. He would been slain on account of his odd eyes then and there, if it were not for the fact that if Acheron died, so would his "twin," the crown prince of his land. Yet, from that time on, he was the hated child of his family, loved only by his sister Ryssa, but even her compassion and royal place could not save him from being sent away to the most demeaning of slaveries that would come near to breaking him. Though he knows freedom for a time, he soon finds himself in chains again, forced to the most humiliating, debased service, doing unspeakable acts for the pleasure of others. Yet, he now finds someone else to love him, the goddess Artemis. Or is she just another user? Then, things happen that will forge destinies for millennia. Ryssa was taken as Apollo's concubine and bore his child. Then, the god's enemies killed them both and his revenge created the Daimons, as well as killed Acheron. However, Acheron finds his life in death, discovering his true heritage as the child of Atlantean gods. He also learns how treacherous his lover is. To counter the evil, Artemis creates the Dark Hunters, and binds them to Acheron. If any of them ever discover love and want to be free, she will allow it, if Ash will pay the price in her bed.

In the modern world, Acheron continues to serve his purpose as the leader of the Dark Hunters and pay for their lives when needed, but now, someone is about to discover his secret. Tory, a young scientist who is seeking Atlantis, has found his sister's journals. If that were not bad enough, she might be able to set free Ash's mother, an act that would rain death upon the world. That could happen anyway; for she has captured his heart and Aphrodite is not a goddess who bears rivals lightly.

***** This book is almost impossible to sum up in a few lines. With a massive, multi-faceted storyline that will draw you in and make you want to read fast, but need to read slowly so as to catch all the details and nuances, it forges a pivotal chapter in Dark Hunter history. Your heart will bleed for Acheron and many scenes are violent and graphic. However, the characterizations are brilliant, driving the many plots forward. Truly, if you love character dominant stories, this is a perfect book for you. It's also an excellent stand alone one, though this is a series not to be missed. Changes take place that will be felt in all future books, and I can't wait to see what the effects are. *****


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Jean Johnston
Title - The Storm


In the Cat, we saw one side of a love story involving two sets of twins. Now, Rydan and Rora must find their way to each other, something only complicated by his solitary ways and her need to not be touched. Moreover, Rora and her sister have a tough time trusting this family that has taken them in, and in winning the trust of the growing clan. With mishaps and magic providing the background, though, love can overcome even the highest, strongest walls around toughened hearts.

**** Ms. Johnston's created world is one that is becoming a comfortable place in which to park one's mind. Each brother provides a fascinating portrait, and the women they love are equal to the task of winning them. The author has truly turned their "Curse" into a blessing, for readers, that is. Her characterization skills are among the best out there. ****


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Patricia Briggs
Title - Cry Wolf


Anna is a true rarity among her people, an Omega werewolf, one who brings peace to the savage souls. After escaping her initial, brutal pack, she finds a new life among her mate, Charles', people, but it is not without trouble. Werewolves are facing public exposure and a serial, homicidal wolf is on the loose. It is up to Anna and Charles, who began the book terribly injured, to find the murderer and stop the dark magic that is brewing.

*** Though set in the same world as the Mercy books, this is not contingent upon you knowing that series to appreciate this one. However, I do feel I would have enjoyed it much more had I read the short story that introduced Anna and Charles. That being said, Ms. Briggs continues to build a credible world with plausible rules that shape the characters within it. Seeing the strong loyalties and fidelity of the wolves, the complexity of the magics, and the new concepts introduced will draw the reader in and make for an enjoyable reading experience. ***


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Caitlin Kittridge
Title - Night Life


Policewoman Luna Wilder lives up to her name; she is definitely on the wild side and the moon does control her. The edgy cop's inherently bad attitude is only exacerbated by the cycles of the moon, but for her, that time of the month means that the full moon is bringing out the animal in her, the werewolf. This can be both a plus and minus on the job, making her too willing to do whatever she has to in order to nail the bad guys, even if it means crossing lines. When a serial killer begins a path of ritualistic destruction across her city, Luna will put both her career and heart on the line to stop him, even if he turns out to be her new lover.

*** For fans of action intense, plot driven stories, with little emphasis on characterization, you will love this. The standard tropes that have made series like Crimson City or sans the paranormal angle, the Executioner, Dirty Harry, Modesty Blaise, etc. come together in this initial volume. You will either love or hate it, with little in between. ***


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Christina Dodd
Title - Into the Shadow


Long, long ago, one man made a deal with the devil that damned his descendants for all time. Unless they could recover the four fragments of a lost Madonna icon, the family was doomed to all their males being consigned to Hell and their women to madness. The current generation is the first to have hope. There are four sons born into the Wilder family and so far, two of them have found not only the love that is also part of the requirements to break the curse, but half of the fragments. Yet, now hope has been lost because the third son, Adrik, has been reported to be dead.

Far away in the Himalayan mountains, scientist and archeologist, Karen Sonnett, finds herself swept into what almost seems to be another time when the mysterious Warlord kidnaps her to be "his woman." Then, just when she begins to love him, he sends her back to civilization to protect her from his enemies, with the command to "watch for me." Two years later, he returns, though at first she does not know him. Not only is he the Warlord, but he is also Adrik, and needs her to help find the third section and free his family. The clock is against them; Adrik's father is dying, and news of his death only sped up the process. Can Karen forgive him and save his clan?

*** Although a very dark book, this makes the light that there is shine so much more clearly, like diamonds on black velvet. Granted, I was not thrilled with the brutal way in which Adrik coerced Karen into his arms, but the redemptive message of this novel was perhaps made stronger by the ugliness that contrasted. ***


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Jacquelyn Frank
Title - Damien (Nightwalkers #4)


The Vampire Prince, Damien, has heard about the recently located Nightwalker Library. When the Demon King, Noah, first asks Damien is he knows of any vampire scholars to join the other Nightwalker races in exploring the library, the answer is no. However, his most trustworthy vampire companion, Jasmine, seems to thrive on knowledge, curiosity, and intriguing ideas, making her the perfect vampire for the task. When Damien escorts Jasmine to the library, he spies Syreena, the younger sister of Siena (Queen of the Lycanthropes). Damien has been fascinated with Syreena's be-colored hair, opposite-set harlequin eyes, and fierce protective nature ever since he met her in the recent past.

When Syreena is captured and taken away by the powerful Demon traitor named Ruth, Damien races to her rescue. To save Syreena's life, Damien must bite her, which is against vampire law. Before the pair knows it, they are too attracted to one another to stay apart. Can the Vampire Prince and Lycanthrope Princess find a way to be together? And when Ruth gets a powerful new partner, can anyone stop them?

**** There seems to be some filler pages in installment of the Nightwalker series. The entire prologue seems unnecessary to me, as well as the mentioning and information of some characters. Otherwise this story is as great as the ones before it. This is not the author's best work, but it is enjoyable. A note to possible new readers, be sure to read this series in order or you will have major spoilers. ****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Jacquelyn Frank
Title - Elijah (Nightwalkers #3)


These are such interesting times. Druids are being rediscovered and Imprinting with Demons. Hybrid children are being born with potentially new and powerful abilities. The bond of Imprinting pairs are happening with a frequency that is almost alarming. And since Siena became Queen of the Lycanthropes about fifteen years ago, the war between Demon and Lycanthrope has ceased. Siena has chosen to remain celibate so she would not have to share her reign with a mate who may possibly destroy the fragile new peace. During her father's reign, many beings of both races died. The Demon Warrior who killed most of her people is Elijah, the Demon King's Warrior Captain and right-hand man. Siena's people called him the "Demon Butcher".

When Siena comes upon an all-female sect of necromancers in Lycanthrope territory about to strike the killing blow on Elijah, the huntress immediately shifts to her puma form and rescues him. But while nurturing the Demon warrior back to health, Siena and Elijah become lovers and Imprint. Siena has no choice but admit that the Demon is her mate, yet she also knows that she cannot make Elijah the King of the Lycanthropes without civil war.

***** The traitors, Ruth and Mary, are leading the female necromancers and have become a great threat to both the Demon and the Lycanthrope races. The author has added more Nightwalker races to the story and, in doing so, has created more drama for her readers. Hints are given of even more Nightwalker races to be added into the series. Perhaps this will happen within the next book or two. If this keeps up the series may never come to an end, much less a satisfying one. I cannot help but wonder if the author, Jacquelyn Frank, will be able to top this installment of the Nightwalker series. This is one string of tales that just seems to get better and better. *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Jacquelyn Frank
Title: Gideon (The Nightwalkers #2)


Gideon is a Body Demon. He is the most revered Ancient in all of Demon society, past and present. He is the best medic; therefore, when King Noah asks him to care for Bella during her pregnancy, he instantly agrees. Bella is part Human and part Druid. She is still getting used to her hybrid powers. Since an Imprinting between a Demon and a Druid has not happened in so very long, Gideon is the obvious choice to care for her. Everyone believes Gideon to be cold hearted. This is as Gideon wants it. In fact, Gideon cracked nine years ago and stole a kiss from Magdelegna "Legna" in the gardens and has not forgiven himself since. Jacob, Bella's mate, is an Enforcer and had to stop Gideon from attacking a human due to that single kiss. Gideon has been in a self-imposed exile ever since, only coming back to do as King Noah requested of him. But coming back meant seeing Legna again. Somehow she keeps him off his mark. She never reacts the way he logically expects her to. And in the nine years of being away, his need for her has no lessened.

Magdelegna is a Demon of the Mind. She is an empath and consummate diplomat. Gideon's kiss nine years ago left her wanting. When Gideon spurned her, Legna was humiliated. Now that Gideon is back, Legna plans to keep her distance from him. This is not easy since the medic seems to notice something is wrong with her. Truth is, Legna is scared of how rapidly her powers are maturing since a necromancer nearly killed her a few months ago. If not for Jacob and Bella, she would be dead. But her growing powers makes Legna wonder if she is destined to still change into a monster, even though she had been rescued. Eventually Legna and Gideon clash, only to find themselves Imprinting.

But as Legna and Gideon begin to explore each other and their new Imprinting, attacks begin. Someone has learned about the reemerging of Druids among the Demons. Bella and her unborn child have become targets. Problem is figuring out who. Queen Siena of the Lycanthropes and Prince Damien of the Vampires step in to help. History with both races are shaky. Can they be trusted to help? Or is one of them still an enemy?

***** In this installment of THE NIGHTWALKERS series, the author not only gives readers a volatile love story between two dominate natured demons, but also lays the foundation for Lycanthropes and Vampires to enter future episodes. Once again I am amazed at how well written the story is and how believable the characters are. Author Jacquelyn Frank's writing talent shines brighter than an evening star. *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Jacquelyn Frank
Title: Jacob (Nightwalkers, Bk 1)


Demons are not the hideous monsters of Human myths. Demons look no different from the Humans they protect. It is against the law for a Demon to lie with a Human. The fragile mortal body would be torn apart. But the Samhain and Beltane full moons can bring madness to any Nightwalker. The Enforcer overtakes any Demons that falls prey to their basic desires for humans and brings them to justice.

He is Jacob the Enforcer, an Earth Demon. He is every blade of grass. He is every predator. He is what has been from the beginning of all time. He can manipulate gravity, communicate with all living things, and even move tectonic plates against each other with a single thought. He is Nature, and She is he.

For over seven hundred years Jacob has resisted temptation. But while tracking a dark necromancer, who had Summoned (kidnapped) a Demon, in New York City, Isabella Russ falls upon him; literally, from a window several stories above. Jacob catches her, never realizing that simple touch will not only change Jacob's life, but the lives of all Demons.

***** OMG! I was riveted from the very first sentence until the very last. There is much more happening, due to Isabella's presence, but to tell anything of the heroine would be major spoilers. However, I can tell you that some humans are special. You will have to read to find out who and why. Author Jacquelyn Frank made ALL the characters so realistic that I could almost believe they were real. I came to care for all the secondary characters, each and every one! And I can hardly wait for the next Demon's story. (BTW, it will be Gideon, the Ancient one. Release date in late May 2007. Third will be Elijah. Release date in early December 2007.)

I feel bad for anyone who misses this new series! An outstanding achievement! *****


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Author: Cait London
Title - For Her Eyes Only
(Bk 3 Aisling-Bartel Triplets)


Centuries ago the Viking known as Thorgood the Wolf claimed a powerful seer, Aisling, as his own. One known as Borg challenged Thorgood for the woman and was defeated. With Aisling's unlimited gifts, Borg could have ruled the world. Instead, he was left with nothing. Borg put a curse on the line of Thorgood and Aisling. The Men of Wolf, the Protectors, pledged to safeguard Aisling and her children through time.

Leona Chablis, the oldest of the triplets, has been a widow for five years now. Leona has been told that she has more than one gift and the ability to be the strongest, even stronger than her world-famous psychic mother, Greer Aisling. But Leona wants nothing to do with her heritage, much less her gifts. That does not stop the nightmares of the evil man with piercing black eyes or of the visions about Aisling, her ancestor. Leona's sisters, Claire and Tempest, are married to "Protectors", men descended from Thorgood's warriors. Their bonds keep them safe. Leona is the only triplet without a Protector. Even though Leona refuses to admit her fear, Aisling's words still haunt her: "He's coming, a descendant of Borg. He wants to kill you, or worse - he may take your mind. Once done, the bond that keeps your family strong will weaken and they, too, will suffer." (Permission for quote given by the author.) Worse, Leona cannot deny that she can actually feel the evil man's presence. He is very close and getting ready to strike.

Owen Shaw and his sister, Janice, have been living in the area for two weeks. Janice is no longer mentally stable. She keeps talking about "him" and spirit voices telling her awful things. Owen seeks Leona's help for Janice. Janice has a minor psychic talent and Borg's descendant has been using her, as he has so many others. Unable to turn away the fragile young lady, Leona begins testing her powers. Leona and Owen soon come to understand that everything is about to come to a head. One of the ancient lines, Borg or Thorgood, is about to be ended forever.

***** I hated seeing this trilogy come to an end. After reading the story of each triplet, I feel as if they are close family friends. On the plus side, this means the author, Cait London, can begin a new trilogy to charm me all over again. I can hardly wait!

This story is very haunting, but I could not help but feel that one or two things were repeated too often. (My copy is unedited and the actual book may not have the repeats.) Since this is the last book of the trilogy, more time is spent on dealing with Borg's descendant than on the romance developing between Leona and Owen. However, I am not unhappy with how the author got around this problem. I will say no more on that. In this story, every character plays an important role and the plot has multiple layers. The sisters, their mother, and even their new husbands are all secondary characters (most via phone) and vital to Leona's story. I loved every minute I spent reading it! Now come on Cait London, charm me up some new friends to read about. *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Colleen Gleeson
Title - When Twilight Bleeds


Though she escaped a mad vampire, Lady Victoria now has the face her greatest enemy, herself, as she feels sure that the encounter left here on the edge of becoming one of the undead herself. As she wrestles with this, a sinister plot by the vampires to take over England begins to emerge, one that sounds feasible since a new discovery allows them to walk in the daylight. Evil has never been closer to Victoria than at this time, nor has her personal life been so fraught with troubles, ones that could make her work suffer.

**** The love triangle hinted at in past novels comes to fruition in this entry in the series. Intense action, though, keeps things moving, so that while you are aware of the situation, it does not get boggy. Victoria's character development is building in most intriguing ways, as is the entire ongoing plot. Even those who shun historically set novels should pick this up for the excellence of the writing, the ability to be sensual without being graphic, and the outstandingly built paranormal world. ****


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Kim Lenox
Title - Night Falls Darkly


Though she has a large chunk of her memory missing following an accident, Elena Whitney still has dreams of working as a doctor, and enigmatic Lord Black might be able to help her achieve not only that dream, but might have answers she needs. There is much more to him than meets the eye to Archer, Lord Black. A member of an immortal race, he exists to protect humanity, and at present, he must stop Jack the Ripper, before the mad killer can harm Elena, much less others.

*** A new and fascinating mythos is being created before our eyes in this book. This spin on Immortality has some hints of things that have been done in the past, but is also quite original. Readers are in for a mental treat, with no tricks. ***


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Teri Garey
Title - A Match Made in Hell


Ever since she died and came back, Nicki Styx's life has been one replete with the weird. For one thing, she sees dead people, well, dead women. She can't see dead guys, like her long lost twin sister can. If seeing ghosts is strange, then the whole sister thing is doubly so. It turns out that Nicki's current lover was married to the long lost twin sister, Kelly. Nicki first meets Kelly when Kelly is in a car wreck during which their equally long lost birth mother who was on her way to reunite their "family", was killed. Now, Mama Peaches is haunting Nicki with enigmatic warnings meant to keep "Miss Perfect" (Kelly) from danger. Some would see the final strange point as a plus; a truly hot guy seems dedicated to stealing Nicki from her man; the only problem is, the reason he's "hot" is he lives in Hell. It would seem the devil wants a new bride, and Nicki has been chosen, but he'll take her twin if he can't have her. So, whether she likes Kelly or not, Nicki faces either a fight she can only barely hope to win or making an ultimate sacrifice to save a woman she barely knows or likes much.

***** This is a fun, compelling, page turner. Laughs and suspense are perfectly melded so that you just cannot put this book down. Granted, some of the situations seem a bit over the top, but that only adds to the humor. Moreover, Ms. Garey conveys a level of heat without getting graphic, an art that is being lost and is appreciated greatly. I truly look forward to reading more of her work. *****


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Author: Susan Squires
Title - One with the Darkness


One mistake has haunted vampire Contessa Donnatella di Poliziano for millenia. If only she had turned the one man she ever loved, infected him with the Companion, she would have known love through the ages and passion beyond belief. Yet, she did not, and has been lonely since. Now, thanks to da Vinci's invention, she might be able to reverse that error. Traveling back in time, she finds Jergin again, the noble slave she once owned, but she has lost her memory of the future. Only ghosts of déjà vu, feelings, can guide her to not repeat her mistakes. Will her second chance be fulfilled satisfactorily, or will Donnatella doom herself in a new way?

**** Intriguing and complex, this story sweeps readers to a very distant land with rich words and imagery. Even if you are not into time travel or vampires, if you love Roman history, this will be a mental delight for you. ****


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Author: Christine Feehan
Title - Turbulent Sea (Drake Sisters #6)


Joley Drake is one of seven daughters of a seventh daughter and endowed with special gifts that could be both blessing and curse. It was her spell-singing talent that made her a megastar. When she opens her mind she can feel the hopes and dreams of the people in the audience. Jerry, the band's manager, has warned Joley that the threats against her have been escalating. Seems she has at least one nutcase fan fixating on her, not to mention the holier-than-thou slime calling himself "the Reverend". But the only man that Joley craves is Ilya Prakenskii, a man too dangerous for her in so many ways. Ever since he had zapped her palm with a spell months ago her palm has been imprinted with his touch and his scent. She has been marked as his.

Ilya is the lead bodyguard of Sergei Nikitin. Nikitin's public image is of a charming businessman. But Nikitin is more of a Russian mobster with a violent and bloody past. Nikitin even has Brian, Joley's best friend and lead guitarist, believing he is harmless. But Joley is a Drake. She can read people through touch. And she can feel the darkness and evil in Nikitin without laying a finger on him. Ilya is a different story though. And when Joley's life is threatened on tour, she has no choice but to let down her mental guards and let Ilya in.

***** You do not need to read the previous titles in this series to totally enjoy it, but you should if you wish the full effect. The author did a fantastic job at updating new readers to the series, and refreshing the memories of others, without making it sound like a lecture. Author Christine Feehan always strives to please! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Vickie Lewis Thompson
Title - Wild and Hexy


Though they are stuck in the wilds of hick country, Dorcas and Ambrose do their best to make it an endurable posting. The wizardly pair can't leave until they convince George the dragon to take up his duties. All he really seems to want to do is play poker and not necessarily honestly. To pass the time, Dorcas and Ambrose start a match making service for magical beings. While one of their targets is rather unusual, finding a mate for the lake monster Dee Dee, the other is quite normal, for Big Knob. Annie Winston has come home to bury her mother, giving geeky Jeremy Dunstan a shot to pursue the love he dreamed of from afar. The big problem is, Annie does not want to stay and he does not want to go. Both situations will prove challenging, of course, so much so that handling George has to take a back "burner", even if he is their primary goal.

*** This is a fun, somewhat sexy, though not overly explicit read. I absolutely adore the eclectic mythological characters, especially George. You just have to love a cardsharp dragon. The human element is interesting too, so treat yourself to laughs. ***


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Author: Larissa Ione
Title - Pleasure Unbound


Tayla's entire life has been dedicated to the eradication of evil. Becoming a Slayer forged her into a weapon against demons. For her, the world was simply black and white; demons and other such beings were bad and needed to be eliminated. Then, a kind, handsome demon doctor saves her life. She finds him remarkably attractive and not at all evil, but perhaps the only one more surprised than she by the results of their encounter is Dr. Eilodon himself. Tayla may be the mate he needs to head off an unpleasant metamorphosis that he is fated to undergo unless he has a mate. That's only the beginning of surprises and revelations for the star-crossed couple. Tayla will have to face unwelcome truths about herself and the world around her, but she'll have to stay alive to do so. There's an operation going on, but this one does not save lives, rather takes them for organ harvesting. It's up to Tayla and Eilodon to stop them.

*** Though there were several scenes I had to skip because they were just too racy, most readers will not be bothered by them. The rest of the book was a fascinating read, creating a new, complex world that lovers of urban fantasy will want to explore. Action, sardonic humor, and romance make it a story with wings. ***


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Author: Lucy Finn
Title - If Wishing Made it So


While attending a high school reunion, Hildy Caldwell half hopes to get a second shot at a Mike, her once upon a time sweetheart, but has little true belief it will take place. Then, not only does she win big at the casino, but finds a genie bottle. Tony G, the one time centurion, cursed now to be a genie, is more than willing to help her make her dream come true. However, Hildy has some competition in the form of a fiancé, and besides, she does not want a wish born love, but the real thing. In any case, Tony is fun to have around, but when his former gangster master wants him back, Hildy and everyone she cares for are in danger.

**** If you are wishing for a fun read that's not pure fluff, then - all I can say is granted. Though I was not expecting the way it ended, I was not disappointed. I'd love to see more of Tony, in fact. There are lots of laughs, danger, and a truly deep message contained in this delightful package of words. Ms. Finn is a rising star, don't miss out. ****


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Author: Mary Janice Davidson
Title - Undead and Unworthy


Whoever said "it is good to be queen" was obviously not queen of the Undead. Betsy finds the office to be one filled with constant challenges, such as having her dead evil step mother pop up to make acerbic comments while she and new husband, Sinclair, are in the middle of intimate something's, having to raise her orphaned baby half brother, put up with the fact that her best friend's guy hates her guts simply because she's a vampire and might have used her powers on him when needed, and having the devil's goody two shoes daughter for a half sister. Then, there are the fiends, the mindless vampire zombies that she inherited after killing Nostro. Suddenly, they've regained their wits, thanks in part to her, but are they happy? No, they are out for blood, specifically, Betsy's, though they will not hesitate to go after anyone else in their way. Trying to keep her friends that are subject to death alive and help on murder cases in an effort to maintain peace with Jessica's cop boyfriend will make Betsy's afterlife a little too interesting for comfort, but just right for readers.

**** As always, this is fun to read, though there is an added seriousness that gives the story a bit more depth and in my opinion, improves it, though there was nothing at all wrong with the unimproved plot-line. Betsy's unique voice is witty and very easy to relate to. I also love it that she's in a steady, committed relationship that remains consistent throughout the series. I am not sure what the unworthy portion of the title refers to, for this is well worth your time. ****


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Author: Rhianna Samuels
Title - Shaking Off the Dust (Kindle version)


Hannah's good heart is about to lead her into trouble and treasure, you might say. One good dead and a sneeze that makes her inhale ghost dust saddles her with the spirit of a late friend, a quest for the truth, and a sexy partner in her travails. Soon, she and Takesho, the aforementioned sexy partner who was also a friend of the now ghostly Tom, are fighting terrorists, trying to uncover a plot, attempting to stay alive, and falling in love. However, if they are not careful, they'll become spirits too, and even the dead don't get to rest in this world.

**** Ms. Samuels has created a fascinatingly complex landscape in which events come at you hard and fast, like an action movie, something that you normally don't associate with spooks. Her characters are richly faceted and fully realized, even the bodily challenged of them and the romance sizzles. There's something to appeal to almost every sort of fan. ****


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Author: Candace Sams
Title - Electra Galaxy's Mr. Interstellar Feller


When an intergalactic male beauty pageant is to be used as a cover for a weapons of mass destruction weapons deal, Police woman Carter Sagan finds herself partnered with the arrogant Oceanus Keir Trask. Of course, that is not his real name; the beings on his world assume no ignorant ape of an Earthling could pronounce their real names. Agent Trask's dignity is going to be severely tested, as are his assumptions about people of Earth, in the days to come. Instead of a brainless ditz, he finds Sagan intelligent and beautiful, a person of worth, one he could love even. Sagan is also surprised by Keir, but falling in love has to come second to finding the culprits and stopping the exchange before hundreds, perhaps more, die. Staying alive themselves would also be a good plan.

*** Candace Sams always manages to mix serious subjects with enough humor to keep things fun. Her books read like a well written movie, with vivid pictures painted in the readers' minds and fast paced action that carries you along to the exciting, thrilling end. ***


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Author: Jean Johnston
Title - The Cat


Four of eight Sons of Destiny have their wives and their island is becoming a prosperous country in its own way despite the odds against it. However, the remaining twins, especially Trevan, are becoming impatient for their wives to come and help fulfill the prophecy. Then, low and behold, two show up, twin sisters Amara and Arora. Amara, like Trevan, is a shapeshifter, one destined to be queen of her land, but who was forced to flee to save her sister who has a gift the mages their covet. Needless to say, she does not trust magic men, and now, she has landed amid a whole tribe of them. Moreover, all this talk of destiny and how she's been ordained to be Trevan's woman does not sit well, even if she is attracted to him. Besides that, Amara is as strong willed as the reigning queen, Kelly and the two women just do not seem fated for friendship. Can strong, clashing wills deny destiny? Find out for yourself.

**** Once again, Ms. Johnston scores a triumph in this compelling series that is among the more well built. Not only can each book stand alone, but the rules are just complicated enough to be interesting, but not hurt your brain. Furthermore, there are no cookie cutter plots here. Each son's story is unique and fits the characters well. As much as I hate to see the end in sight, seeing what this talented lady can do next will be a treat. ****


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Author: Amanda Ashley
Title - Night's Master


Almost immediately, Kathy McKenna and Rafe Cordova are drawn together, and not just because the lovely bookstore owner can sense paranormal beings, such as vampires, which is what Rafe is. Despite all the good common sense arguments against getting involved, the two fall in love at the worst possible time, in the midst of a war between vampires and shape shifters and just as after a lull of a quarter century, hunters are on the rise again and more sinister than ever. This time, not only are were creatures and vampires in danger from them, but so are ordinary humans whose deaths could be useful. Love is a battle when your heart belongs to the undead.

**** How can a book be charmingly sweet yet edgy at the same time? I don't know how, but Amanda Ashley invariable makes it happen and in a unique way that keeps me impatient for her next book. The family ties she forms that provide the foundations of her worlds make you care about them, whether it's the Cordova family, or Edward the hunter turned vampire, or any other set. Night's Master is almost impossible to put down, but is also gentle enough to be relaxing. I love how she conveys the sensual without being graphic and how Rafe respects his lady's morals. We need more of that in this world, in both reality and fiction. My hat is off to my fellow Amanda. ****


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Author: Maggie Shayne
Title - Lover's Bite


Following the events of Demon's kiss and the subsequent scattering of Reaper's cohorts, vampiress Topaz decides to look into her own past. Offering his help in her quest is fellow vampire/conman, Jack Heart. However, the rogue has already stolen both her money and her heart, leaving Topaz with little trust for him. Yet, after a heated, in multiple ways, negotiation, they come to an agreement. Topaz's destiny lies in uncovering the truth about her heritage, but it's a dangerous journey and with the CIA on their tails and treachery afoot, the stakes are indeed high. Risks will be taken, both physical and emotional, that no one could have anticipated.

**** Exciting action, well constructed romance, and biting humor keeps the pace of this story about the undead alive and kicking from beginning to end. Jack strongly reminds me of another Jack; Jack O'Neill of Stargate, which is an asset. Charming cons are great heroes. Though this, like her famous Wings in the Night series, is about vampires, Ms. Shayne's is able to make the two worlds distinct, yet both are worthy of exploration. ****


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Author: Lynn Kurland
Title - With Every Breath


Sunshine Phillips is swept back in time to help Robert "Cam" Cameron and his clan, but this does not distress her as it might some people. Her family regularly steps forward and back in time, thanks to gateways on their lands. Unfortunately, she can't find the gate home when she's ready to leave and remains in the past long enough to fall in love with her abductor. When the two are forced to high tail it to the future, they become separated, only to find each other again after Cam has lost his memory and become engaged to another woman. Can Sunny re-win his love, and even if she does, will honor allow him to give it to her?

***** Re-entering Ms. Kurland's world of time travel and ghosts is always a joy. The stories are light, but not fluffy, set in a well constructed world that shows love is far more than sensuality. She never goes for cheap emotionalism or tries to evoke interest cheaply, managing to be sweet without being bland. This is a heart tugging, yet feel good read, one anyone can enjoy. *****


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Author: Angie Fox
Title - The Accidental Demon Slayer
(Lizzie Brown #1)


Lizzie Brown had never met her grandmother, Gertie, before now. On Lizzie's thirtieth birthday all she wanted to do was put her job at Happy Hands Preschool out of her mind and meet up with her friends to celebrate. Instead her biker grandmother shows up, gives Lizzie her first hug, and promptly tosses (and locks) her in the bathroom. Gertie explains that she is a witch and that Lizzie is the Exalted Demon Slayer of Dalea. Lizzie believes the woman is insane until the very second she turns thirty-years-old. At that second, Lizzie believes that Gertie's insanity is contagious because something happens inside of her body. Then Lizzie is attached by a demon out of her toilet. From then on Lizzie is on the run. Gertie's biker coven performs a rite to protect Lizzie, but Lizzie only pretended to drink the foul smelling concoction. So Lizzie unprotected and untrained for the demon-slaying job that has been forced upon her.

Dimitri Kallinikos is a shape-shifting griffin and tells Lizzie that he is her protector. Truth is that he needs a demon-slayer to help him rescue his sisters from (ahem) Hades. When Gertie disappears, Lizzie must rescue the grandmother that she has only recently met and has already come to care for.

*** I found this to be a great beginning to a series with a lot of fabulous potential. The story is very fast paced and witty, but not believable to me. I had a grandmother who rode motorcycles, raced cars (even personally knew many pro racers), and did wild things for fun, yet still the character of Gertie never seemed realistic to me. Do not let my opinion stop you from picking up a copy of this crazy and humorous story though. This really is a great beginning to the Lizzie Brown series and I am looking forward to the second novel. ***


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Author: Dakota Cassidy
Title - The Accidental Werewolf


Mary Andrews is a sales rep for Bobbie-Sue Cosmetics. She is training two new recruits when she ends up bitten by a huge dog. She soon notices her appearance is changing - and NOT for the better.

Then Keegan Flaherty shows up at her door claiming that he was the dog that had bit her. Marty believes Keegan is a hunk, but too insane for her. But when she is kidnapped and escapes in a very super natural way, Marty knows Keegan is not crazy at all. In fact, he may be the only one who can help her.

**** The humor seems over-the-top to me. Comedy overflows in this story of a hairy cosmetic diva. There were times I thought the comedy to be forced and the character of Marty began to irritate me. However, remember that is only MY opinion. All-in-all, this is a delightful change of pace from other stories in the genre. ****


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Author: Michelle Bardsley
Title - Because Your Vampire Says So


Ever since the vampires took over Broken Heart, life has been different, yet carried on in an alternately mundane and overly exciting fashion. Now that the Taint has been cured, things should be calmer, but there are those who want to destroy what has been achieved there and to put an end to all Turn Bloods. Moreover, there is a Prophecy, that the vampires and lycanthropes will be united, and Patsy is at the center of it. The new vampire mom just wants to raise her still human son and maybe find romance, even if it is a forbidden one; she has fallen for a werewolf, which is a huge No-no, and live her second life. Unfortunately, powerful forces are out to stop her from doing anything but dying permanently. On the bright side, Gabriel has vowed to keep her safe and he's possibly the hottest guy she's ever seen, even if he can turn furry.

**** Like the prior two books, this is a fun read. Yet, unlike most comic romances, it has a true history worthy of an epic fantasy, complete with legends and a glossary. If you like a bit of depth with your humor, then you do want this series in your To Be Read pile. ****


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Christina Skye
Title - To Catch a Thief


When a rare sketch of Leonardo DaVinci's is stolen, it falls to SEAL Dakota Smith to find it, but to do so, he will have to rely on the skills of Nell MacInnes, the lovely daughter of an art thief, and an expert par excellence at determining authenticity. Both have trust issues, but can't deny that the friction between them is turning into a different sort of heat than enmity With the ghosts of Draycott Abbey looking on, the pair will discover that there is more than one treasure to be found.

*** Two favorite series come together in a fusion of greatness The edgy action from the SEAL series combines smoothly with the haunting setting of Draycott, making Nell and Dakota's romance come to vivid life before our eyes. Also, supporting characters and the mystery plot are well developed and realized. You will see why this lady is a fan favorite. ***


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Author: Samantha Graves
Title - Out of Time


Whether her psychic gift is a blessing or a curse might at times be debatable for Jillian Talbot, but when having it lands her in the middle of trouble and places her life in jeopardy, her inclination is to the latter. It appears that she is one of the few who can use a crystal lens to view the secrets of the past and gain treasures with it. There are criminal elements who will kill for it without hesitation. Another who wants it also desires to get out of the crime business. Simon Bonner at first appeared to be her rescuer, but as it turns out, he needs Jillian just as much as the less savory faction and his line of work represents all Jillian wants to avoid and hates. He's a looter, and she believes treasures should be preserved, not profited from. He's the lesser evil and the only one who can keep her safe as they engage in a high speed race across the country in search of treasure. It's time to face the past in more than one respect.

*** Edge of your seat suspense rockets you forward from page one. The fast pace still allows for character development , thankfully, though even more interesting than the main heroine was her sister, Raven. Perhaps we'll see her in the future? Intriguing issues are raised that will give the reader pause long after the last page is turned. ***


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Author: Tate Hallaway
Title - Romancing the Dead
(Dead series, Book 3)


Wisconsin used to be such a normal place. At least that is what Garnet Lacey used to think. Now she is engaged to a vampire, Sebastian Von Traum. Harboring within Garnet is Lilith, a Goddess known as the Mother of Demons. The Vatican witch hunters now believe Garnet is dead and the FBI has closed her file. She is on the verge of purchasing the occult bookstore she currently manages and co-founding a brand new coven. Things are finally beginning to look up for Garnet.

Reality comes crashing down when Sebastian suddenly disappears and Mátyás, his son, suddenly shows back up. Mátyás swears he is not trying to kill her or his dad this time, but Garnet wants nothing to do with him. Problem is, she has no choice. Someone has painted a magical target on Garnet's back and someone is trying to steal Lilith away. With Sebastian gone Mátyás may be her only hope of surviving.

**** You do not have to read the previous two titles in the series to fully understand all that is happening. The author did a good job of making sure that new-comers are not lost. Fans of the Southern Vampire series will thoroughly enjoy this story. Lots of danger and comedy set within an extremely well written plot. ****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Erin McCarthy
Title - Fallen


In New Orleans, 1849, Anne Donovan worked as a streetwalker to survive. Anne physically knew all sorts of unnamed men until John Thirous. John paid the Madam well to keep Anne available for him. Each night John (a.k.a. Gabriel St. John, a fallen angel) arrived for an escape with opium, absinthe, and Anne's touch. Only with the three things did Gabriel feel as close to heaven as he could any long, until he awoke to find Anne murdered nearby. Anne had been stabbed seventeen times with a bowie knife, her face and breasts mutilated. Gabriel had no idea whether he killed Anne or not. His penance is to be forever denied love. Should he seek pleasure with a woman, she will suffer deep despair.

In New Orleans, today, Gabriel writes true-crime novels. In doing so, often the murder is solved. This is what Gabriel hopes will happen with his latest endeavor. Jessie Michaels, Anne's descendent, has been murdered in Naples in the exact same manner as Anne had been. Gabriel asks Sarah Michaels to help him write the story of her mother's. Sarah is a forensic scientist. Between the two of them, Gabriel hopes to solve, not only Jessie murder, but Anne's as well.

The two find themselves attracted, something neither of them wants. Can they work together without becoming lovers? And what if they cannot?

**** Though I found this to be a fast paced and well written story, I never came to care for Gabriel. Something in the fallen angel simply never seemed real. Sarah, however, I found to be the total opposite. Sarah is a strong female character that I admired throughout the tale. This story is well worth your time and money to pick up. ****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Judy McCoy
Title - Making Over Mr. Right


After the muses fail their performance review; Zeus is 'modernizing' Mount Olympus' business practices, you see, Zoe finds herself sentenced to Earth to be productive in a modern sense and to learn technology. As her time among the mortals draws to a close, she has one final job, a photo shoot for business tycoon Theo Maragos, a handsome, rich geek. In the process, she finds herself following in dear old dad's footsteps and falling for a mortal, but she'll have to leave soon, and Theo is not thrilled with her secretive nature. Plus, Zeus will surely not be delighted to lose another child to a mere mortal, successful or not.

*** Reading Ms. McCoy is like indulging in candy, without the calories. Light, fun humor keeps the pages flying. I love the idea of ancient beings being forced to deal with high tech gear and seeing how they do it. Hopefully, a few more Olympians will bomb out when they go before the judge, so we readers will win. ***


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Christina Dodd
Title - Touch of Darkness


To free his family from the ancient curse that condemns them to Hades, Rurik abandons his career as a pilot to go on a quest for the pieces of an icon that has the power to end his ancestor's deal with the devil. Just as he nears the second object of his search, Tasya Hunnicutt, quintessential girl reporter, barges into the cave where his hunt has led. From then on, the once upon a time lovers find their fates joined. The intrepid pair, all the while fighting their attraction to each other, race against time and try to stay ahead of those who want to stop them. Tasya is determined to avenge her family against a clan of assassins, not suspecting until it is too late and her heart is given, that Rurik is related to them. Yet, his part in breaking the curse can only happen with her help, according to prophecy.

*** Energy and adventure crackle off the pages of this high speed romance. Ms. Dodd always writes with wit and humor. The cliffhanger on which she ends this novel is guaranteed to win readers for book three. ***


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: P.C. Cast
Title - Warrior Rising


When the goddesses get utterly fed up with the Trojan War, not to mention with all the inaccurate information that myth, legend, and history have recorded about it, they decide its time to intervene. Since Achilles is the key to stopping it, they decide what he needs is a good woman, and thanks to Venus' time in the modern world among mortals, Kat, a twenty first century woman in the prime of her life, is chosen to go back to the time of the Iliad and tame a berserker warrior. Before she can though, she and her best friend, Jacky, are killed in a car wreck. While that's disconcerting, it's no problem, really. The goddesses simply transplant their souls into the bodies of a Trojan princess and her maid. As the princess, Kat combines a younger, more beautiful body with her intellect and skills to easily win over her "master." Yet, though Achilles loves her and longs for peace, he lives under a curse and fate seems determined to carry out his doom. Only a great sacrifice might have a slim chance of stopping that, if Kat is willing.

**** Most Trojan epics can be summed up in the phrase long and boring. No wonder Venus, Athena, and company got their fill of it. This is the exception to the rule. With snazzy, snappy wit and loads of humor, Ms. Cast has made the epic interesting again. Her spin on things is far different than most, but that is what makes it wonderful. ****


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Susan Krinard
Title - Dark of the Moon


After fleeing the consequences of killing his master, vampire enforcer Dorian Black finds himself up to his fangs in trouble when he rescues the foolish, brave, and possibly insane Gwen from drowning in the East River. A troublesome mortal is the last thing he needs as a mafia-like power struggle for control in the vacuum left by his master's death erupts. Rival gangs war to control New York, and this could be the biggest story of Gwen's short life, which will be even shorter if the Dorian can't keep her safe. The inherent irony of his situation is readily apparent; her key to achieving her professional dreams would expose him, yet he loves her and wants her to live.

**** Ms. Krinard perfectly conveys the bleak setting of the early twentieth century as the nation struggled to get on its feet between the great wars. Her themes of redemption and the subtle tribute to Gift of the Magi evidenced by the particular dilemma the hero and heroine face are classics that are used effectively. ****


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Author: Kendra Leigh Castle
Title - Call of the Highland Moon


Normally, the worst thing you have to worry about when taking in a stray is fleas, various messes, or possibly that the animal is diseased. The critter turning into a hot naked guy running both away from and towards destiny just is not something that would cross your mind, but it's what Carly gets when she takes in a rather large dog that turns out not only to be a wolf, but Gideon, a werewolf crown prince. Bound together by evil circumstances that include the weather and rival wolves and by a growing attraction for each other that goes against all the rules and logic, Carly and Gideon become involved in a power struggle and the search for an ancient artifact dating back to the time of the Patriarchs.

**** Weaving together romance, adventure, and lore, Ms. Castle has the start of a fantastic series here. All sorts of passionate feelings crackle to life on the pages, shifting dynamically as lycanthrope mythology is reinvented for this new world. This belongs on the keeper shelf beside Susan Krinard or Ronda Thompson's shapeshifter romances for sure. ****


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Jenna Maclane
Title - Wages of Sin


After her parents' deaths, Dulcinea Craven discovers herself to possess wild magic that is almost impossible for her to control, at least initially. A stray thought has the power to turn a weasly man into, well, a weasel. A desire to burn her mourning clothes catches them aflame. She must get control of her powers soon, though. Kali the Destroyer, the Queen of the Vampires, is on the edge of taking actions that could turn the mortal world into a living nightmare, and it is up to Dulcie to put a stop to her fiendish plot. Will the fact that she herself is slowly turning into a vampire be an asset or a negative?

*** I am a particular fan of vampire stories in which vampires are defenders of humanity, to the point of slaying their own kind. Those books are few and far between, but when they come along, they tend to be quality and this is no exception. The author's ability to build a complex world where there is well defined good vs. evil makes her prose strong and vivid. Seeing how Dulcinea, or Cin as she comes to be called, evolves will be intriguing. ***


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Author: Nalini Singh
Title - Hostage to Pleasure


Ashaya's cooperation with the Silence was ensured by the constant threat to her son, and so she is forced to work on a project that will control all Psy's forever. But, she is no beaten down mind, using a daring plan, she fakes her own death and flees, but the new world in which she finds herself is one filled with its own dangers, as well as passion unlike any she had ever dreamed could exist in the arms of a killer. Dorian might only be a latent among the Changelings, but he's also their most deadly member. Together, these two formerly loveless individuals are something Psynet never anticipated, or wanted to.

**** Perhaps this is the most exciting and complex yet of the books in this series. Ashaya's dilemma is certainly among the most poignant and Dorian as her damaged hero is irresistible. ****


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Author: Amanda Quick (a.k.a. Jayne Ann Krentz)
Title - Second Sight (Arcane Society, Book 1)


Set in the Regency era. Miss Venetia Milton’s parents died over a year ago in a train wreck. Since then Venetia has had the responsibility of providing for her maiden aunt, Beatrice Sawyer, her sixteen-year-old sister, Amelia, and her nine-year-old brother, Edward. Having an excellent talent for photography, Venetia had made due. But when the Arcane Society employed her to photograph its collection of relics and artifacts things began looking up. The Arcane Society paid extremely well and in advance. Venetia left Bath, traveled to meet her new employer, Gabriel Jones, and earn her pay.

Venetia and Gabriel knew each other less than a week. During the last time together they were intimate. Before they could speak about any possible future together, they were interrupted by two men attempting to steal a two-hundred-year-old strongbox. Gabriel had his coachman take Venetia to safety before going to hunt his prey.

Gabriel Jones was a Hunter. The Arcane Society members consisted of secretive, reclusive eccentrics who were obsessed with the arcane and uncanny. Gabriel’s psychical abilities made him a predator, a hunter. Once the two would-be thieves were taken care of, Gabriel decided to let people believe he was dead. However, three months later, when he learned Venetia had opened a gallery in London and has been portraying herself as his widow, he knew that she had unwittingly placed herself in grave danger. Gabriel had no choice but to pretend to be Venetia’s returned-from-the-dead husband and move in with her family to keep her safe.

**** Let me say first off that you should NOT read the first four books of this series in order of release. Instead, read them in the order events happened. Read in the following order:

SECOND SIGHT, Book One
THE THIRD CIRCLE, Book Four
WHITE LIES, Book two
SIZZLE & BURN, Book Three

I found this story to be very exciting. This author writes in such a way that the impossible suddenly sounds very possible and totally logical. Not many authors can pull this off. However, Krentz seems to have cut her teeth on the challenge and succeeded. BRAVA! ****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
Title - White Lies (Arcane Society, Book 2)


Set in the present. Clare Lancaster had been raised by her mom and great-aunt in the San Francisco Bay area. She had been a teen when her powers hit her. Clare is a human lie detector, an exotic, level ten. She is also the illegitimate daughter of the multimillionaire, Archer Glazebrook, owner of Glazebrook Industries. Archer knew nothing about Clare’s existence until now. Of course, Clare knows a lot about them already. When her half-sister, Elizabeth, emails Clare for help, Clare jumps to the rescue. Brad, Elizabeth’s husband, has convinced everyone that his wife is unstable. Fearing for Elizabeth’s life, Clare uses her abilities to save her half-sister. In doing so, Clare loses her job, her boyfriend, and her reputation. Rumors are that Clare had an affair with Brad before killing him.

Jake Salter is a Hunter, an exotic, level ten. The Jones & Jones agency sends him to Stone Canyon, Arizona, in search of cabal agents. All of the Glazebrooks are members of the Arcane Society, just as he is. Archer helps Jake get into the high circles while he hunts. However, Archer never told Jake that Clare was coming back to the area. Archer has only known about Clare for a few months, when she came down to help Elizabeth. Since then Clare has not been able to find a new job. Archer hopes Clare will accept a position he has in mind. But Clare’s presence makes some serious waves. Brad’s mother, Valerie, has become an alcoholic and is determined to have revenge on Clare. Myra, Archer’s wife, does not want Clare around to remind her of Archer’s one night stand. Elizabeth is thrilled and Jake is irritated. Clare’s presence complicates his mission. Not to mention the fact that he finds himself unusually attracted to her.

Jake’s closeness affects Clare the same way. In addition, someone is trying to kill Clare. Soon Jake and Clare realize that the best thing to do is team up. With his hunter abilities and her lie detector abilities, they make a hot team!

***** Let me say first off that you should NOT read the first four books of this series in order of release. Instead, read them in the order events happened. Read in the following order:

SECOND SIGHT, Book One
THE THIRD CIRCLE, Book Four
WHITE LIES, Book two
SIZZLE & BURN, Book Three

I found this episode of the series to be totally enthralling. I could not pull myself away. I ended up missing a lot of sleep. Be sure not to begin this story until you have several hours to dedicate to your reading. In my opinion, Jayne Ann Krentz is one of today’s hottest paranormal romance writes on the market! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
Title - Sizzle & Burn (Arcane Society, Book 3)


Zack Jones works for the J&J (psychic) Detective Agency that is on retainer to an organization (the Arcane Society) devoted to paranormal research. They have an ongoing battle with another secret organization, dubbed Nightshade, that stole a secret alchemical formula that can enhance a person’s psychic power.

Long ago, Judson Tallentyre absconded with the formula. J&J sent Wilder Jones to locate Judson’s lab and destroy it. That is the night that little Raine Tallentyre will always remember as the Night of Fire and Tears. Aunt Vella Tallentyre raised Raine mostly on her own before eventually winding up at St. Damian’s Psychiatric Hospital, where she died. During that time, Raine grew up and learned how to use her inherited level-ten clairaudent senses. When Raine touches something formerly touched by an individual during a strong emotion (such as rage, fear, or desperation), Raine can hear what the individual was thinking or feeling.

After Vella’s death, Raine is getting her aunt’s house ready for sale when she comes across a young woman trapped in the basement. The lady was to have been the latest victim of a serial killer that had been kidnapping streetwalkers in the Seattle and Portland area, the Bonfire Killer. However, by rescuing her, Raine has placed herself in the killer’s sights.

Since Raine, the daughter of the infamous Judson Tallentyre, was involved, Zack is sent. Zack’s talent is a level-ten mirror talent. He senses things by touch. He is able to anticipate and second-guess his opponents. Not only is the Bonfire Killer in the area, but so are agents from Nightshade. Nightshade believes that Raine knows where her father left hidden notes about his formula experiments. Zack and Raine must team up to fight their common enemy while trying to understand the bonfire of passion that blazes between them.

***** Let me say first off that you should NOT read the first four books of this series in order of release. Instead, read them in the order events happened. Read in the following order:

SECOND SIGHT, Book One
THE THIRD CIRCLE, Book Four
WHITE LIES, Book two
SIZZLE & BURN, Book Three

This is the best of the first four stories in this amazing series by Jayne Ann Krentz. If nothing else, this author has proven herself to be multi-talented with her writing skills. Somehow this author is able to blend together a modern contemporary and a paranormal romance, yet keep everything believable. Outstanding! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Amanda Quick (a.k.a. Jayne Ann Krentz)
Title - The Third Circle (Arcane Society, Book 4)


Leona Hewitt’s power is crystal working. Crystal workers are held in a very low opinion in the Arcane Society due to the legend of Sybil, the rival of the Arcane Society’s founder, Sylvester. In her time, Sybil used the green Aurora Stone often. The crystal is useless unless it is activated by someone with the very rare talent. The Aurora Stone was stolen from Leona’s mother eleven years ago. So when Leona received word that Lord Delbridge currently had possession of the stone, she crashed his party to retrieve it. The last thing Leona expected was to meet Thaddeus Ware, especially while he was standing over the body of a streetwalker with her throat slashed.

The papers call the serial killer the Midnight Monster. Gabriel Jones, the new Master of the Arcane Society, has given Thaddeus the job of finding out the name of the killer and stopping him. The killer is not only an intelligent madman, but is also a Hunter. Using a Hunter’s psychical abilities means that the normal police would never capture him. When Leona crashes into Thaddeus, he immediately sets out to get her to safety. However, it turns out that the lady is after the same artifact he is. Circumstances soon compel the two to join forces. For Leona’s protection, she and her extraordinary dog, Fog, move into a townhouse with Thaddeus and his formidable great-aunt.

Another secret society, The Third Circle of the Order of the Emerald Tablet, has been promised the Aurora Stone as a gift from Lord Delbridge and they are en route to pick it up. The Third Circle will also need someone able to work the crystal. It just so happens that Lord Delbridge knows about Leona’s crystal talents.

**** Let me say first off that you should NOT read the first four books of this series in order of release. Instead, read them in the order events happened. Read in the following order:

SECOND SIGHT, Book One
THE THIRD CIRCLE, Book Four
WHITE LIES, Book two
SIZZLE & BURN, Book Three

In this story readers will see the J&J agency’s birth. After this book, the story jumps to the modern day with the title, WHITE LIES (book two). Readers get the last of the solid foundation needed to set up the rest of this series. Krentz made sure to keep all of the era’s rules of etiquettes in mind as the situation evolved around the story’s characters. I found that the secondary characters are almost as interesting as the main. The great-aunt is included in a sub-plot, which makes the entire story even more entertaining. Highly recommended! ****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
Title - Running Hot (Arcane Society #5)


She goes by the name of Grace Renquist. She has been running from her past for over a year. With her new identity Grace lives in Eclipse Bay, Oregon. She even managed to pass the background check when she applied for a job with J&J. From her computer in Eclipse Bay, Grace works as a reference librarian in the Society's Bureau of Genealogy. She specializes in the familial patterns of genetically inherited psychic traits. Her psychic talent is Aura Profiling. She can read more in a target's aura than anyone else. So it is no wonder that Fallon Jones, head of the West Coast office of J&J, chooses Grace for a simple ID job. All Grace has to do is check out Eubank's aura to see if he murdered someone recently. Eubank is en route to Hawaii. Luckily, Fallon already knows of someone who resides on Hawaii to partner Grace.

Former Homicide Detective Luther Malone has the high-level talent of Aura Manipulation. Financially, Luther is broke and accepts the J&J job as bodyguard for Grace. Good money for simply sitting in a lavish hotel while a librarian peeks at Eubank's aura. But Luther had no idea the librarian would be so young or easy on his eyes. The reading of Eubank is a cinch. Problem is that close to a dozen Nightshade operatives are gathering at the hotel at the same time. Something big seems to be happening. Luther begins a bit of investigating while Grace remains in the background. After all, she has zero field experience. Unfortunately, Grace notices someone about to murder one of the hotel's staff with a psychic voice. By saving the employee, Grace makes herself the target of a psychopathic opera singer who is determined to locate the librarian and give her personal performance.

***** The story takes place in the present. Though Grace and Luther are the primary characters, a few characters from previous titles are mentioned or make cameo appearances. In my opinion, this is the best story in the series thus far. With every installment of this series, the people get more interesting and the danger escalates. Breathtaking! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Nina Harper
Title - Succubus in the City


Lilith "Lily" Ad-Hzar is much more than she seems. Over three thousand years ago she was a minor Princess of Babylon and a Priestess of Ishtar. Now she is a succubus, a servant of Satan. Even more, she is one of Satan's inner circle. (Satan is normally seen as a female mortal.) Lily seduces only the creeps around her, takes them some place quiet for a little bed action, and once the men have had their moment of heaven with Lily, they automatically turn to ashes and are delivered to Satan's realm for the reward they so richly deserve. Of course, this makes Earth a little safer for the mortal females.

Lily has three great girlfriends. Desi is a Desire demon. Eros is the Eroticism demon. Sybil is a Greed demon with the gift/curse of prophecy. (She makes a killing on Wall Street in more ways than one.) So Lily has it all. Three great friends, a sympathetic uberboss with impeccable style and no worries about her figure. (She can eat anything and never gain an ounce.) With all those advantages, any woman should be totally happy. But after three thousand years being beautiful, thin, immortal, and serving up bad boys, Lily is beginning to feel lonely.

Nathan Coleman is devilishly handsome. He is a P.I. in the area looking for Craig Branford, a pharmacist from Long Island who has disappeared. Nathan's search has brought him to Lily's apartment in New York. He claims that he only wants to ask a few questions about the missing man; however, ever since Nathan has shown up, Lily and her demon girlfriends have been attacked by a hunting organization called Knight Defenders.

***** A terrific first novel for a new series where demons are not always the "bad guys" (or girls). Be warned that this is NOT a stand-alone book. Nothing is really resolved at all and will be continued in future books. Speaking of this, the next book will be titled Succubus Takes Manhattan and the release date will be around November 25, 2008. But in my opinion, this series is destined to be a winner! Fun, imaginative, wild, and sexy, this is one author that I cannot wait to read more from. Brava! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Lynne Viehl
Title - Twilight Fall


Her gift allows Liling Harper to heal in ways that defy medical explain, but can she heal the broken heart of an immortal Darkyn Lord? Against all odds, the woman Valentin Jaus loved survived being infected with his blood, though it should have killed her. When he meets Liling, he finds someone desperately in need of help only he can give. There are those who want to use the young woman for all the wrong reasons, who see her as nothing more than an experiment. Keeping her safe makes V alerting;'s heart long to open and love her, but does he dare?

*** Twilight Fall is a moving story, but I strongly suspect that you need to have read the prior five books in the series to truly appreciate it. Some of the terminology and mythos was difficult to follow as a result of. Ms. Viehl makes a good use of language and showcases the diversity of her characters effectively, and one cannot help but appreciate the beauty of her writing. There is one scene that sensitive readers may wish to skip as it edges towards vulgarity, but as it does not contribute to the plot, this should not be a problem. ***


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: J.D. Warren
Title - Bedlam, Bath, and Beyond


Suddenly, Samantha can't remember how she arrived at this point in her life, her perfect life, to be specific. Yes, she has two absolutely delightful children, an adoring husband, and lives the ideal, suburban, Stepford Wife existence. However, she does not know what her past is beyond the last three years. Once her mind has awoken to this, the illusion begins to crack and she soon discovers that no, she does not love her husband, he does not love her, the two monsters that are the twins are not her children, and her mother in law is not her mother in law. None of it is real or her life. In actuality, it's all a demonic construct in which she's been trapped, like a figure in a snow globe, until Cor, a Fey being who acts like a supernatural cop, enlightens her and rescues her. Now, back in Vegas, her hometown, Samantha must reconnect with her mother while trying to stay out of the hands of her former captors and thwart their vile plans for the human race. Fortunately, Cor is still there for her, still helping her, along with his "kid sister."

**** From the cover, you'll expect a snappy comedy, but there's more to this story than that. Yes, there is humor, but the emphasis is more on action, danger, and a touch of romance than on tossing out random witticisms. This is a good thing. It's Tam Lin meets a caper movie, but only the good parts of one. ****


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Dawn Thompson
Title - The Bride of Time (Time Travel)


The story begins in London, the year 1903. Tessa LaPrelle is a scullery maid. When framed for stealing, Tessa flees with pursuit hot on her heels. Somehow, via Lay Lines, she travels almost one hundred years into the past. Tessa finds her morning has suddenly become dusk. Instead of London, she is in Cornwall. It is now 1811.

Tessa is mistaken for someone applying for a governess position at Longhollow Abbey on Bodmin Moor. With nowhere to go and only the clothes on her back, Tessa accepts the governess job. Her charge is named Montclair "Monty" Albert Montague the third. He is the nine-years-old ward of Giles Longworth. (Monty had been the stepson of Giles's sister until she died the year prior, leaving Monty in the care of Giles.) The tension between the child and the surrogate uncle is palpable and Tessa finds herself in the middle of it all. She realizes from the start that Monty is not quite normal, though she is unsure as to why. Monty often seems dangerous and sends chills down her spine. As for Giles, he is an artist with a fondness for brandy. He just happens to be the artist of a painting Tessa had enjoyed viewing in a London gallery during her own time period. In fact, Giles is currently working on the painting Tessa enjoyed the most, The Bride of Time.

Giles is not sure where Tessa came from since he never bothers to ask for references. She is a lady of mystery, an enigma. She came to him out of the night like an answer to a prayer. Though Tessa takes the job of governess, Giles hopes to persuade her to pose for him. Giles needs her to care for Monty, and for him to use her likeness in his current painting, but at the same time Giles must protect her. Monty is one of the lycanthrope, werewolf, and last month the child bit his hand. Giles knows that there is a very good chance that, come the full moon, he will change. The bite of a werewolf is contagious.

Tessa has never been superstitious, but after traveling through time (more than once) she must admit that some supernatural things cannot be explained away; they just ARE. Tessa and Giles find love in the arms of each other; however, Tessa is pursued for a crime she did not commit in her time and Giles is accused of multiple deaths during his. Only together can they hope to find eventual happiness, but how and where seem to have impossible answers.

***** Author Dawn Thompson left our own time period February 8, 2008, but she has left behind a few wonderful stories for her fans. This book, The Bride of Time, is the first published story since the author's death. In my opinion, this is also Dawn Thompson's best work to date!

The idea of beginning a story in the past, then having one of the main characters travel through time deeper into the past, is not new; however, few are as well written as this. There are similarities between the two chosen time periods and the author uses these to actually enhance the tale, making it all believable. As for the secondary characters, I found myself caring for a faithful butler and admiring an elder Gypsy woman. The story pulled in, not only my interest from the first, but my emotions as well. I almost felt as though I stood beside Tessa during her ordeals, peering through the foggy mists for the unknown dangers therein. Fans of reading time travels, historicals, supernaturals, and gothics will adore this book. A thrilling run through some of England's dangerous times, with love as their only escape! I cannot recommend this story highly enough. *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Lisa Rene Smith
Title - Colin's Conquest


Not just any human can be transformed into a vampire, or Blood Seeker as they prefer to be called. Because she is one of the rare few who can be, Joanna attracts the attention of Colin and of his youngling, Ben, which leads to her becoming their initially unwilling guest. Though she finds the whole bizarre scenario difficult to comprehend, this unusual "father and son" manage to endear themselves to her, but not all Blood Seekers are as kindly inclined. Joanna is a prize others would gladly destroy Colin to gain, and though she knows it not, her love for him could spell chaos for this entire new world to which she has been initiated.

**** With humor and warmth that reminds you of Lynsay Sands' Argeneau clan or Kerrelyn Sparks' vampires, yet with a hint of the poignancy that Lori Herter brought to her blood drinkers, Ms. Smith has created an intriguing series. It is hard to know which of the two vampire males is the most enjoyable, Ben or Colin, for Colin is as suave as you could want, yet Ben has a joie de vive that is utterly captivating. Furthermore, she ends on a cliffhanger that guarantees you will not want to miss Book II. ****


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Sharon Sala
Title - The Healer


Saying that Jonah had an unusual childhood would be an understatement. Initially, he was literally raised by wolves until he was brought to humans at the age of two. Early on, he discovered that he had the gift of healing in his touch, but when he heals the wrong person, his life turns to a living hell, forcing him to run, to hide, or face being a lab rat. When he stumbles into a certain diner and meets Lucia, or Luce, he gets his first bit of luck in years. Lucia also has a gift she dares not expose to public scrutiny, the ability to talk to the animals, though not quite as humorously as Rex Harrison did in Doctor Doolittle. Two orphaned, lonely souls find their mates when they meet and love comes as rapidly and magically as can be imagined. However, danger has followed Jonah, as it did the prophet of old. When the final confrontation comes, will good or evil be triumphant?

**** If Sharon Sala writes it, it is worth reading. Though it might not be my favorite of all her works, under any name, her words are both gentle and forceful at the same time, having an ethereal quality that draws you into another time and place that is just half a step from reality. ****


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Author: Nina Bangs
Title - Eternal Pleasure


For sixty five million years, the Eleven have waited for this time, the time when the world would be poised on the edge of a violent change, one that would wipe out mankind, unless they, the protectors of humanity, could triumph against their foes. Now, with the long prophesied event upon them, it is up to Ty Endeka and his ten "brothers," for want of a better description, along with Ty's driver, Kelly, to prevent what would amount to Armageddon. For her part, Kelly had no idea what she was getting into when she accepted the job to chauffeur the sinfully handsome man, or any idea what he truly was. She did know Houston could get strange, but as she enters Ty's world, she finds out exactly how weird. Her planet is on the line here, and now, so is her heart. Ty is not an ordinary guy; in fact, he's so different that even if he saves the world, Kelly's looking at a broken heart, but she still has to risk it all.

***** This is a complex book, one that is tough to sum up without letting the cat, complete with sharp fangs, out of the bag, and that would absolutely ruin your enjoyment of this marvelous novel. Ms. Bangs can be relied upon to deliver a story worth her readers' time and money, but she truly reveals her range of ability in this one. We are used to light comedy from her, and it's there, but coupled with high drama, action, and concepts that are brand new, at least to me. Her hero is like nothing you've met before on the printed page, and I seriously doubt elsewhere either. As a native Houstonian, I can add in that she captures the city itself well, too, and a couple of places where she mentioned supernatural goings on taking place, I had to think, "You know, that could explain a bit." *****


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Author: Nora Roberts
Title - The Hollow
(Sign of Seven, Book 2)


Once upon a time, three young boys performed a dark ritual to bind their friendship, but in doing so, awakened an ancient evil that has gone on a killing spree at seven year intervals in their small hometown. As the time for its return approaches, the trio unites to stop it. Now adults, the men need their other halves, the women who are their soul mates, to help them use the powers that the ceremony bequeathed them, in order to put the chaos to an end and atone for their foolish act. Fox's resultant "gift" from that night was the ability to read minds, and in Layla, he finds a soul with a similar blessed curse. For her the emphasis is on the curse side, and she is unable to deal with having such a power, or the sudden connection she finds with this man. Despite her struggle, it is something she must learn to accept, for herself, for Fox, and for everyone she cares for's sakes.

**** The drama and tension continue to cast their spells over Ms. Roberts' legions of fans. Her ability to weave relationships is fantastic, and she makes the utterly unrealistic seem totally believable. You will never go wrong with one of her books, and this is not the exception to the rule. ****


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Author: Eve Kenin
Title - Hidden


Set near the end of the twenty-first century. All countries and governments crumbled over fifty years ago, replaced by harsh wastelands.

Tatiana and her siblings, Wizard and Yuriko, had been engineered before birth in an isolated laboratory buried by the Old Dominion. Tatiana spent half her life underground, in a cage. Gavin Ward, a man with unlimited resources and no conscience, often sliced bits of her away to study and experiment upon. Gavin and Tolliver, the mad man's partner, believed her to be a key, to both genocide and salvation. Together, the men used her genetic tissue to create a plague that could decimate the world.

Tatiana has escaped the underground lab. Now she is out to kill Ward, Tolliver, and anyone else who gets their thrills by creating plagues. It soon becomes apparent that one of Gavin Ward's plagues has gotten free. Those exposed are contained for the moment. The bodies of the poor victims slowly rot away, leaving mutated zombie-like creatures. The only hope of a cure rests with Tristan, a man Tatiana came across recently in the Northern Waste. No matter how attracted Tatiana is to Tristan, she keeps him at arm length. The scientist may be the world's only hope, but should he learn what an enigma she is, not to mention all her unusual abilities, Tatiana could very well find herself an imprisoned lab rat all over again.

**** This tale begins with the same taste as "Mad Max: Beyond Thunder Dome" and transforms into the same flavor as "Resident Evil". I cannot think of a better way to describe it. The story jumps around a bit, letting in parts of his and her pasts seemingly at random. Yet, somehow, the author makes the whole thing work. The ending feels rushed to me, but all-in-all I found Tatiana's story to be extremely well done. ****


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Author: Lynsay Sands
Title - Vampire, Interrupted
(Argeneau Vampires, Book 9)


Though Marguerite is beloved by her entire family, it appears that not everyone holds her in equal affection; someone is determined to remove her pretty, seven hundred year old head from her shoulders. Just as her life has taken this dangerous and deadly turn, she meets Julius, another Immortal who gets into her heart like no man ever has, including her late husband. Could he be her lifemate, after all this time? Has he found her just in time to lose her to another's desire for revenge, and what secrets will be revealed as he enters Marguerite's life?

***** Humor, romance, mystery, and delightful plot twists make this one of the strongest Argeneau books yet. Marguerite is a mature heroine, yet still innocent in a way, and not at all worn out or angsty. The complexity of her situation might boggle the mind, but after being a supporting character for so many novels, it's time she got her own, very meaty story. I just hope there is more to come. *****


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Author: Katie Macalister
Title - Playing With Fire


May is a Shadow Walker and a notorious thief. Created to be the clone of a na-aid, Cyrene, she often seems more vibrant than her "twin." Perhaps this is why fate has dealt her this hand, to be the mate of the wyvern of the Silver sept of Dragon, Gabriel. She never planned to fall in love with anyone, she doesn't like romance and all that stuff. Besides that, she has to avoid a demon lord, a blackmailer, and the law of the Otherworld. But, she can handle dragon fire and Gabriel is certainly agreeable, even though May tried to steal from him. The fate of the world and the hearts of two lovers are once again bound in this latest adventure in Ms. Macalister's exciting realm.

***** Elevated to primary player status, Gabriel is truly the star he was always meant to be. Fans of the Aisling Grey books will be thrilled to finally see him get his due, and have no fears, Aisling, Drake, and Jim are significant co-stars in this. I did miss our favorite cabbie, but am sure we have not seen the last of him. If you love your daring deeds liberally sprinkled with good humor, then this is a perfect read. *****


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Author: Terry Spear
Title - Heart of the Wolf


Long ago, Bella fled her wolfpack in order to escape a forced mating with another werewolf, one she not only did not love, but who was worthy of fear. Besides those two facts, her heart had always belonged to Devlyn, although she was a red and he a gray. When she is captured while in wolf form, Devlyn is the one who rescues her, and it is he who stands beside her as the past catches up to her. Because she rejected the red wolves' alpha, a band of rogues is killing human women and searching for Bella. Now, she must face the results of her choices and the man who forced her to make them. Yet, because she knows now that Devlyn loves her and will fight for her, Bella has something she did not have before; hope.

**** Ms. Spear has built a fascinatingly complex world that fans of Kelley Armstrong or Susan Krinnard will feel right at home visiting. It is nice to see a beta hero get a starring role as well, since not all guys can be Superman, but still be strong. Though she is a new author to me, Terry Spear is definitely a name I will now be aware of. ****


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Author: Shanna Swendson
Title - Don't Hex with Texas
(Enchanted Inc. #4)


Katie Chandler left her job at Magic, Spells & Illusion, Inc. in New York to return to her hometown of Cobb, Texas (population 2,500). Not that she wanted to leave, but felt like it would be best for everyone, especially for Owen Palmer, the man she loved. Cobb is not on any major magical power lines, so the chances of any magical enemies showing up are between slim and none. Katie had lived her entire life in Cobb without seeing anything remotely strange. Of course, Katie slips back into her old life seamlessly. She lives on the family farm, works at the family store (Chandler Agricultural Supply), fends off her mother's attempts at matchmaking, and is totally bored! That changes when her mom comes home talking about the strange things happening in town; things no one else even seemed to notice but her.

Katie's first thought is a rogue wizard, but that is ridiculous. No major magical power lines mean weak spell casting, if any. The rest of the family wants to commit her mom, but Katie cannot help but wonder if her mom is an immune, like herself. So Katie goes into investigation mode. Sure enough, some hooded figure is casting minor spells and committing petty crimes. Katie reports the activity to her old boss Merlin (Yes, THAT Merlin!) and soon Sam, a friendly gargoyle from her past, shows up to scout around. Then Katie spies a magical advertisement in a local magazine. Phelan Idris has an online correspondence course set up and is teaching (to those with at least a small amount of magic and can actually see the ads he placed) how to work magic. This is not something Sam and Katie can deal with alone.

When Owen Palmer shows up to help out, Katie realizes that time and distance have not lessened her feelings for the powerful wizard. Her matchmaking mom insists Owen stay at the farm too, in a room near Katie. Things heat up even more when Idris brings in a large group of amateur wizards and has them target Owen. But Idris forgot one thing; Cobb is still part of Texas and you simply do NOT hex with Texas!

***** Word has it (in the Advanced Reviewer Copy of this book) that this is the conclusion to the Enchanted Inc. series; however, author Shanna Swendson left one large thread dangling. Fans will be disappointed should this be the last adventure of Katie and Owen. I have high hope that the author will take that thread and run with it!

As always, Shanna Swendson has blended romance, magic, suspense, and humor to make one of the best stories of the year. If you have not read the previous titles you will not be lost, but you will not get the full impact of the subplots either. My advice is to start with book one, Enchanted Inc, and read them in order. Surprises, twists, and loads of fun await any reader smart enough to pick up this gem! *****


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Author: Gena Showalter
Title - Darkest Pleasure


Reyes is the last man Dannika should trust. For one thing, he's bound to the demon of pain and forbidden to know pleasure. For another, he and his cohorts kidnapped her and have tried to exterminate her family. Yet, now, she is the one woman he wants and he is the only man who can keep her safe. Mortals determined to end Reyes and his fellow Lords of Darkness' existence have tried to use Dannika, demons want her dead, and now, she learns she and the other women in her family are they key to some sort of treasure. Her choices now might be the difference between love and death, and could prove critical for the world itself.

**** Of all the books in this series, this is the most moving and compelling. The concluding chapters will simply stun you with the drama of them. I'm reminded somewhat of the Key to Time series from the classic Doctor Who era and also of Terry Brooks' earliest works. However, there is much more romance and passion in this. You will not be sorry if you add this to your collection. ****


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Author: Lynsay Sands
Title - Vampires are Forever


Being woken from a sound sleep to go fetch the surfer dude of her boss' family from the airport does not make Inez a happy camper, but she obeys and heads to Heathrow to pick up Thomas Argeneau, only to have him appropriate her cab and take off. Despite this rocky start, when they meet, Inez soon realizes Thomas is more than a slacker and he sees that she is his soul mate. However tempting romance is, it will have to wait until they accomplish the mission that brought Thomas overseas; finding his beloved aunt, Marguerite, the clan's matriarch, who has recently decided to end her decades of being a SAHV, stay at home vampire, and become a private detective. She has gone missing, and all of her children and the nieces and nephews for whom she has been a de facto mother, are more than a little worried. It's no simple quest, but one that gives the two new lovers ample time to get to know one another as they race around the globe pursuing leads and staying barely a step ahead of danger.
**** Whether vampires are forever or not, I hope the Argeneaus are. Fans of the series can always expect good fun as well as romance, and this time, they get adventure as well. Though there are few surprises, it's a comfortable read that moves well before ending with a mystery yet to be resolved, making you very eager to plunge into Book III in the trilogy. ****


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Author: Jamie Leigh Hansen
Title - Betrayed


Two lovers in catlike fashion, have nine lives, moving through the centuries as they strive to break the curse that keeps them apart. Hampered by amnesia with each new birth, yet still under the gaes, Kalyss enters into her tenth life, the one that is her, and her beloved Dreux's, final opportunity to be together. If she fails this time, he will be doomed for all time and she will pass into the afterlife alone and without love. This time though, her memory of all her pasts comes back with violence as her magic is awakened and with it the realization of her mission. Haunted by nine lives worth of mistakes and not knowing who can help her now, Kalyss will need all that she has ever been to achieve her goal. Unfortunately, in the end, the ultimate choice is not hers alone to make.

*** Though this is a very different, unusual read, be advised that like all reincarnation themed novels, there is much jumping around in time as past and present shift abruptly. Nonetheless, this is an ambitious, imaginative debut and hopefully, readers can look forward to more from this author. She certainly redefines character growth. ***


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Author: Cait London
Title - A Stranger's Touch


At the tender age of ten, the Bartel triplets were taken from their home (without the mother's knowledge or consent) for testing at the Blair Institute for Parapsychology. What followed was three days of horrible experiments and testing before their mother, Greer, could swoop down and rescue them. Greer had been away, helping the police with a case at the time her three daughters had been taken. Those three days were so traumatic to the little girls that they would never be able to forget a moment of their time within the institute.

Tempest is the middle girl. Greer believes that Tempest holds more of their ancestors' Viking blood than the others. She is a fighter. With a light touch, Tempest simply KNOWS about the object's owner. At all times, Tempest wears gloves. In fact, she is well known for the hot pink elbow-length gloves she often wears. For so long she has been hunting a certain old brooch. This brooch has a sort of curse on or against her family. Finally, Tempest has the brooch almost within her grasp. Problem is the current owner, Marcus.

Marcus Greystone is used to women throwing themselves at him. He is handsome, rich, and goes through women like tissue. Tempest is the only one who had ever spent the night with him and left before he even woke up the next day. Marcus has a meticulously structured life now, the aftereffect of a chaotic childhood. He uses the brooch as bait, to lure Tempest back to him, and offers her a bargain: Tempest uses her abilities to help solve the twenty-one-year old cold-case murder of his parents near Lake Michigan and she may have the brooch.

Tempest, like her sisters, could be very vulnerable near water. Water could act like some sort of portal for danger. To help Marcus, Tempest must constantly be near Lake Michigan. Tempest is in danger from whatever evil entity is connected to the brooch. There is also danger from the mortal world. As Tempest digs into Greystone's past, someone begins getting nervous.

***** I simply cannot say enough wonderful things about this story. It grabbed me within the very first paragraph and never let me go. I repeat, it NEVER let me go. The characters are realistic. It is so well written that I could easily see and understand everything Marcus, Tempest, and the other Bartels felt. Make sure you have a quiet day ahead, order pizza, and turn off all connections to the outside world before you even open the cover of this gem. Absolutely fantastic! *****


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Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Title - Dream Chaser


Xypher has one chance and one month to save himself from an eternity in Hades and to claim revenge on the woman who sent him there. However, the woman in question is no lady and she manages to use dark powers to bind the Dream Hunter to a mere mortal, or so she thinks. It turns out that Simone is no mere mortal, but one used to dealing with ghosts, Dark Hunters, and all things strange. Her gift is to be able to help those who have been wrongly killed find peace, and while she might be a somewhat limiting factor for Xypher, as the love between them develops, she becomes his great strength as well. By loving him though, the good doctor becomes embroiled in the war between the Destroyer and Acheron's allies. Not only souls, but the fate of the world comprise the stakes now.

**** Though the Dark Hunters are my favorite beings in this world, aside from Acheron himself, the Dream Hunters are also fascinating and this story is no less so. I would have liked to have a few Ash/Aphrodite scenes, but the lack did not keep there from being the humor that has marked this series from singing between the darker counterpoints. Don't let this pass you by, especially if you love to see redemption. ****


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Author: Charlaine Harris
Title - From Dead to Worse


In the aftermath of Katrina, many towns in Louisiana struggle to cope with the havoc and fall out. There is a storm coming, though, that makes nature's fury seem pale in comparison. The head of Las Vegas' vampire kingdom wants to take over Louisiana and Arkansas, and is prepared to do it in a bloody fashion, no pun intended. Since her love life has entangled her with the local vamps, Sookie Stackhouse finds herself smack in the middle of things; as if she didn't have enough to juggle between her were-tiger boyfriend vanishing, tensions between the aforementioned former vampire romantic ties, and her perpetual family woes that have just taken an interesting twist or two. When the smoke clears, will Sookie be among those still standing?

**** Both fun and tense at once, this series remains a consistent winner. Sookie's plain talking view of life is easy to read and relate to; she somehow makes it seem almost normal to be in love triangles with vampires and were critters or to have kin that are of the fey sort. Rather than being angsty, she rolls with the punches and makes even the worst moments worth a smile. Fans of the series should enjoy, at least I did, the way her romantic life alters in this book. ****


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Author: Margaret Lucke
Title - House of Whispers
(Supernatural Properties #1)


Claire Scanlan is starting her life over again. It is her first day on-the-job at Golden Gate Properties in the Bay Area and she is late for the team meeting. She arrives just as her boss, Tess McMillan, is handing Avery Collier the property that should have belonged to Claire (had she been on time). Since Claire arrives at the same time Tess gives it to Avery, the boss decides both ladies could meet Ben Grant, the seller, and let him decide which woman would get the listing.

Ben Grant's brother, the world-known architect Stefan LeGrande, not only built the house going up for sale, but it is also the one Stefan chose to live in with his family. People refer to the masterpiece as the LeGrande House. Problem is that Stefan and his family died in the house, a quadruple homicide. It is said that the son killed them before turning the gun upon himself. Only Eden, the stepdaughter, survived. Eden had spent the night next door with a friend. Eden is very young and refuses to go onto the street, much less enter the house again. As it is, no one wants to actually purchase and live in a home, no matter how grand and famous, with such a violent background. Two other real estate agencies had already failed to sell the house. Yet when Ben meets Claire and Avery, he knows immediately, by sheer instinct, that he is going to choose Claire. There is just something special about her.

The moment the door to LeGrande House opens, Claire smells blood. However, no one else does. No one else feels the sudden chills or hear the ghostly whispers either. But Claire refuses to decline the offer of listing the estate. The commission on the sale would be huge and selling something that so many others could not would boost her career. Of course, Avery is not happy with this at all and is determined to sell the house even though it is not her own listing. It is up to Claire to somehow explore her new senses and try to figure out exactly what the restless spirits are trying to tell her.

*** The story starts out slow, but gradually picks up speed. The character of Avery is the best. Everyone knows of an employee like her. She is the perfect back-stabber in business that looks so perfect and charming while stomping all over coworkers with her high heels. The author carefully dishes out parts of her past in such a way that I cannot help but feel sorry for her. I understand where Avery is coming from, why she is the way she is. Even so, I found myself hating her for her scruples and work ethic. However, all the characters are not as well developed. As for the romance blooming between Ben and Claire, they seemed to jump into bed way too fast to be believable. It seemed almost out-of-the-blue. Otherwise, their romance is great. I hope that Claire's untapped powers have some surprises in store for me in the next installment. ***


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Gena Showalter
Title - The Darkest Kiss


For centuries, Anya has lived to seduce and cause chaos, but now she has managed to cause Cronus, the ruler of the Underworld, to want her dead. Yet, Lucien, the incarnation of death, does not inspire anything like fear or hate in her, just desire. Though Lucien finds it unbelievable that a beauty like her could want a scarred warrior such as he, he finds himself torn between duty and the passionate yearning Anya inspires. When it appears duty will win out, Anya reveals information that sets Lucien and his brother warriors on a quest to stop something that could cause worse than the world ending to befall creation, thus gaining a slight reprieve and a chance to become even closer to this powerful being she is coming to love as much as she lusts for him.

*** Ms. Showalter presents intriguing concepts in this imaginative tale. Though I would have enjoyed a bit more of a balance between the main story and the heat, there is plenty of solid plot to satisfy the intellect, while those who crave the more sensual will be sated. ***


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Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
Title - Undead Next Door


At first, Jean-Luc thinks she's a spy, but Heather just wants to redo his designs into fashions for real women. Thus begins a romance that is more unusual than any she might have imagined falling into. From that moment on, he can't get her out of his mind, especially when his oldest enemy makes her into a target on which to avenge the grudge he's born Jean-Luc for a few centuries. You see, the two adversaries are both vampires, and this pretty mortal and her daughter have landed in the middle of a war between them. No matter how much Heather might love the new man in her life, can she deal with the truth of what he is?

**** As with all other works by this talented author, you are sure to find yourself drawn into an exciting, yet fun world. The Love At Stake series is filled with fascinating vampires and the mortals who love them. As the world continues to grow in complexity, it becomes as addictive as Choco-Blood is to the vamps. ****


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Author: Kat Martin
Title - A Season of Strangers


A day at the beach turns into a pivotal moment for two sister, Julie and Laura, especially Julie. For a moment, time freezes and they are taken from the world, but when the moment is over, they do not quite know what happened. In a seemingly separate event, Julie's boss, Patrick Donovan, the man she has loved from afar has a heart attack that should have killed him, despite his youth. Yet, somehow, he not only survives, but seems reborn. No longer is he a drunken, addicted playboy, but now lives cleanly and is exactly the right sort of man to love Julie and for her to safely give her heart to. Changed or not, Patrick has to face the consequences of his past, consequences that might prove deadly for both he and the woman he loves. However, since he is not truly Patrick, but an alien who has borrowed his body for a short time, he has little to risk, except to his heart.

**** Ms. Martin has written perhaps her most fascinating and complex novel to date. Adventure is mingled with heart touching and rending moments. I loved the movie Starman and even the novelization of it, and this not only compares to but surpasses it. Definitely put it on your TBR list, even if you don't normally read alien books. ****


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Author: Nancy Atherton
Title - Aunt Dimity, Vampire Hunter


Lori Shepherd's life in England is happy, albeit unusual; she lives with a ghost who regularly advises her on how to solve mysteries, the titular Aunt Dimity. Lately though, Lori's been somewhat off, largely due to her five year old sons entering school for the first time and her separation anxieties. This all takes on a new sense of urgency when the boys report seeing a vampiric figure lurking nearby. Since she does live in a benevolently haunted house, Lori, despite being skeptical, can be open minded enough to entertain the idea that such beings exist, and begins to investigate. As she does, rumors of Dracula's cousins, forty year old murders, family secrets, and madness fuel her sleuthing spirit. Yet, the truth is something she never could have imagined.

**** The gentleness of this book makes it a great read for mystery lovers of any age. Though innocent enough to be safe for those still reading Nancy Drew, there is enough sophistication to interest their parents as well. Aunt Dimity is a fun spook, but the living are just as eccentric and add equal amounts of color to the landscape. ****


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Author: Lori Handeland
Title - Thunder Moon


Grace McDaniel may have been forced to accept that werewolves exist, but she's still the epitome of pragmatism. She had believed that the monsters were all gone, taken care of by the Jager Sachers, but now, something is killing people, leaving them heartless. Is it the new doctor in town? There is something odd about Ian Walker, to be sure, but she does not want to believe him, the man she is falling in love with, evil. Trying to prove him innocent, to stop the murders, stay alive, and keep Edward's blasted band of merry men and women out of her town, Grace will have to believe in more than she wants to and make sacrifices that would break any heart, even one as braced against sentiment as hers.

***** Ms. Handleland has created a stunning story that has just enough action, romance, and magic to make it one for lovers of all sorts of urban fantasy and adventure. The only bad thing about it is there are implications that the tales of the Night Creatures might be at an end, and I would severely miss Edward and company. *****


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Author: Nancy Haddock
Title - La Vida Vampire


What if Gidget had been turned into a vampire, albeit two centuries plus ago? She might have become Francesca Marinelli's best vampire girlfriend. Cesca has been around for a long time, but she's new to the world, since she was buried "alive" for over two hundred years and has only recently rejoined the world. She's discovering both that and her powers, and finding many surprises. She's definitely different from most vamps you'll read about; she's a virgin, prefers drinking Starblood to straight from the vein, likes to shop at Wal-Mart, and loves to surf. She also has a job, working as a guide for a ghost tour. Life, or afterlife, whatever you want to call it, is good, until a smarmy client turns up dead, and Cesca is a suspect, and there's a version of the KKK for vampires after her. She also has a stalker and a potential new boyfriend. Whoever thought being undead, or underdead rather, was all eternal life and being cool had better think again! At least the new guy seems to be a good protector and it does seem like Cesca's gaining some extremely handy new talents.

**** Cesca is a vampire that I'd like to get to know; she'd be a fun friend to have. Adding in a murder plot and a touch of romance only sweetens the deal. If you enjoy watching humorous mysteries on television or at the movies, you will adore this. The comedy is not banal, but natural, adding to the action and helping it along, not simply injected for a gag's sake. ****


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Author: Natalie Stenzel
Title - Pandora's Box


Have you ever been given a box as a gift? I don't mean a box with a gift in it, but a box? If you have, then you know how Pandemina (Mina) Avery feels when she learns her grand inheritance is an ancient cornerstone, which may or may not have something valuable inside it. Well, from the description of the possible contents, valuable is in the eyes of the beholder. However, she soon learns that what the stone contains is something either of far greater worth than a mortal can calculate, or an incredible pain in something, or a bit of both. She unleashes a Puca from the stone, and lets chaos, magic, humor, and unexpected romance into her own life. The Fey being is NOT a giant rabbit with a fondness for taking a drink, but he, Riordan, can shapeshift, and let's just say one of his forms is temptation embodied. However, he's got a quicksilver disposition, a wont for trouble, and he is otherworldly, so Mina might be better off with Teague, the handsome man who has come into her life recently. Torn between two loves, she can never anticipate the resolution to her problem, which is only the beginning of a whole new set of two thousand year old troubles.

**** By now, you should be wondering what this is all about, but to tell you more would be to ruin a lovely story. At first blush, it's just a paranormal, romantic bit of fluff, but as you get into it, a depth is revealed. This is only fitting, given how wrong Mina was about her inheritance. If Ms. Stenzel ever takes it into her head to plot a murder mystery, she will rival Agatha Christie on talent for red herrings. ****


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Colleen Gleason
Title - Bleeding Dusk
(Bk 2, Gardella Vampire Chronicles)


In the wake of the devastating events of the last book, Victoria finds herself striving to adjust to her new role as the head of the Vampire hunters just as the vampires are maneuvering towards yet another play for dark power. Victoria and her fellow Venators must prevent them from gaining the secrets a puissant alchemist holds, secrets more valuable than turning lead to gold, and more deadly for the human race if the monsters learn them. Once again, she finds that she must place trust in the two men she dares not trust, though her heart begs her to love them both, Max, the man who she first met as a fellow hunter, but who has since seemed to be on the side of the vampires, and Sebastian, the grandson of a vampire, and a man with more secrets than anyone has any business having. As blood is spent all around her, Victoria follows a path that will lead her to the most ghastly of fates and require even more sacrifices.

**** Gripping action will chill your blood, and the detail of the prose is so vivid that you will believe it is all happening right here and now around you. The "triangle" continues to intensify, but to my view, Sebastian might be the stronger contender. He and Max are two of the most intriguing anti-heroes to come on the scene. Even if you normally shun historicals, if you love a good story, particularly a good vampire one, get this whole series. ****


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Karen Neches
Title - Earthly Pleasures


Skye's life is Heavenly, literally so, as she has never lived anywhere other than Heaven itself. She's a greeter, in charge of helping newly deceased souls adjust to being dead. When Ryan Blaine, one of the hottest stars on Earth, has a near death experience and is in Skye's office for only a moment, it's long enough for her to fall in love. Heaven is a bit less perfect for her after this meeting, but this is truly a star crossed romance. Besides, he has a lover back on Earth, even if he's finding her to be less than the angel she once was.

*** Granted, if you exam theology in this book closely, you'll not be happy, but if you take Earthly Pleasures as a simple, sweet story, you will find it a light, enjoyable read. Skye's interactions with the newly dead girl, Chelsea, are particularly fun. Though not a profound book, it is fun. ***


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Author: P.C. Cast
Title - Chosen (House of Night, #3)


Zoey Redbird has far more problems than your average teen faces. First off, she's been Marked as a fledgling vampire; second, she is the most powerful fledgling in ages and has been set apart for service to Nyx; third, rather than cutting ties to her human boyfriend, she imprinted him; fourth, the hottest guy and the hottest teacher in her school both seem to want her; fifth, her best friend was turned into an undead monster; sixth, she has discovered her mentor is not Glinda the Good, but an evil, two or more faced expletive deleted, and seventh, the person she can trust most turns out to be the one she thought was the evil witch with a b. Finally, her birthday is on Christmas Eve. The last may seem inconsequential, but her dislike of that fact begins a chain of events that will culminate in several of those problems being lifted, but not in a way Zoey finds at all comforting or positive. Being Chosen is not only an honor and a gift, but a burden, not to mention, a pain in the backside. Soon, Zoey will find herself being cut off from those she loves and left with only her knowledge that she has a great evil to stop.

***** Be prepared to be as completely blown away as you probably were a few months ago when you closed the Deathly Hallows. You might even be more floored. This is a stunning, intense, story that will, no pun intended, grab you by the throat and refuse to be put down when you hit the halfway point, if not sooner. I wanted to slowly savor Chosen, but once the action kicked up the pace, it was impossible to not finish all at once. The character development is incredible and drives this series. I want the next book RIGHT NOW. *****


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Author: Karen Kelley
Title - Double Dating with the Dead


What do you get when you put two ghosts from the Old West, a devout skeptic, and a psychic together in a hotel? This book is the short answer. Selena sees ghosts and tries to help them move on; in fact, she has a successful business doing so. Trent does not believe in all the mumbo jumbo and is dedicated to unmasking her as a fraud and exposing her in print. Thanks to her mother's manipulations, the couple winds up staying together for two weeks in a haunted hotel where Selena will do her best to convince Trent that spirits are real. They even strike a wager on it, though Selena wouldn't mind losing and spending a night in his bed. Meanwhile, the two ghosts are not happy to not be believed in and do their best to take full advantage of the situation. They are also lonely and don't' want the pair to leave. So, they prolong things as much as possible.

*** Even though things get a bit too focused on the steam rather than spooks, this is a fun read, especially with the final twist in the tale. I loved the ghosts, their love story was as much or more fun than the human pair's. ***


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Author: Catherine Anderson
Title - Morning Light


Loni McEwan's life was shattered by the consequences of her psychic gift two years ago, but when a new vision points her in the right direction to find a lost, missing boy, she follows her instincts and reaches out the the one man her talent says can pull off the rescue, Clint Harrigan, a devout non-believer in psychic mumbo-jumbo - until faced with proof that she's for real. Soon, the somewhat antagonistic pair find themselves working as a team in the wilderness, fighting the elements, the odds, and an attraction that neither was prepared to discover as they race time to save a life.

***** It may be impossible for Ms. Anderson to write a bad book. Though technically, this would not be shelved on the Christian fiction aisle, Loni and Clint's strong moral convictions formed by their faith make it an excellent book for all put the most Puritanical Christian readers. Even those put off by the, as some people call it, "weird" stuff, i.e., ESP, that element, though vital, is not a prepossessing issue for the most part. What makes this book are the characters and their building relationship set against the background of a life or death quest. *****


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Author: Lynn Kurland
Title - The Mage's Daughter
(Nine Kingdoms, Book 2)


She was simply Morgan of Melksham before. She was a shieldmaiden, a mercenary famous for a disgust of magic and mages. Her life changed forever when she had laid her hand on a magical knife fashioned by Mehar of Angesand and her dreams began. Morgan found out too late that Miach was not who she had been led to believe. He is, in fact, all the things Morgan has hated her entire life. He not only has magic, he is a prince and an archmage! In the end, she had drank a poisoned brew from Lothar and nearly died. But Morgan wins her fight with death and recuperates with Nicholas, the man who practically raised her. Once able to stand, though not well, Morgan travels to the one place she knows Miach will not follow her, to Gobhann. It was in Gobhann where Morgan trained in sword battle under the infamous Scymgeour Weger. Once novices enter the gates they leave by either earned Weger's mark to leave or (according to rumor) are tossed off the highest tower. In Gobhann Morgan would regain her strength and since no magic works within the gates, Miach will be just a painful memory.

Prince Mochriadhemiach "Miach", archmage of Neroche, may have taken Morgan to Nicholas for care, but he kept tabs on how she fairs with his magic. When Miach can no longer sense Morgan, he rushes to find her. Miach risks his life, his honor, and the safety of not only the realm of Neroche but all the Nine Kingdoms together to fetch her out of Gobhann. To do so, Miach must enter the gates and earn Weger's mark without magic while trying to locate Morgan and convince her to leave with him. The thought of a future without Morgan is too painful for him to even consider. But Morgan refuses to acknowledge her magic or destiny. It is up to Miach to help Morgan overcome her fears.

Morgan is in for many more surprises than she could possibly imagine. She quickly learns who her powerful parents really were. This is followed by being presented to her royal elven grandparents, who believed her dead until Miach brings her forward. During it all, Morgan and Miach are being hunted by dark and evil creatures who are able to side step much of Miach's magic.

Neroche is under a slow, but calculating, assault by some unknown species of magic. It is the same magic their dark pursuers are made of. Unless Miach and Morgan can figure out the source and a way to defeat it, the entire Nine Kingdoms will fall. Yet before that is possible, Morgan must find the strength and courage to face who and what she really is, as well as allow herself to love an archmage.

***** In book two, vital secrets are revealed in all their splendid and revolting glories. The publisher, Berkley, is lucky to have found this author before Baen, BL, TOR, or another did. There is romance, but no bedroom scenes. This is romance in a mercenary's way. (Try to figure that one out!) You do not have to read the first book to understand everything. This story updates the new readers and refreshes the memory of previous readers. (I missed book one, but will locate it.) With this single title author Lynn Kurland has become one of my favorite fantasy authors; though this trilogy is not classified as Fantasy. My husband is currently reading this title and seems as enthralled as I found myself to be.

All-in-all, this is one wild ride with a huge magical touch added. The story flows smooth as silk. The ending does not tie up all loose ends, yet I did not feel cheated in the least. I can hardly wait to see what happens next! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Carrie Vaughn
Title - Kitty and the Silver Bullet


The saying goes you can't go home again, and if you are a banished werewolf, this is doubly so. However, when her Mom is diagnosed with cancer, Kitty will defy the laws and everyone who would stand in her way to be there for her family. Of course, she finds herself in trouble. Between landing in a war between two vampires battling for local supremacy and becoming the incentive for other werewolves to defy the abusive Alphas of her former pack, Kitty and her new lover have their hands more than full, and this time, Cormac can't bail her out, since he's in jail. It's time for her to learn what she's made of, no matter what.

**** True to life, human drama and supernatural pathos are intricately woven into perhaps the most intense, compelling, and fascinating of all the Kitty books. Though there is less humor, given the situations, Kitty is one of the best characters to hit the scene, and the two men in her life, especially Cormac, continue to provide added depth to the mix without getting up to one's chin in angst. ****


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Author: Kimberly Raye
Title - Your Coffin or Mine?


Countess Lil's plate is full trying to keep her credit cards paid down enough to continue with her steady shopping therapy trips without humiliation, keep her parents off her back about providing pure blood grandchildren, trying to help her brother's wedding to the mortal Mandy come off while appeasing her mother who wants Lil to match said brother with another born vampire, and now, she needs to find Ty, the made vampire bounty hunter she has fallen for, albeit unwisely, and who is captive and mentally asking her for help. Vicariously feeling his pain is only added incentive to accomplish the goal, but she genuinely cares for him, even if the relationship should not be pursued. As Ty's time runs out, Lil keeps on searching, not counting the cost, much, and running into trouble.

**** Making a date with Dead End Dating means you have room in your schedule for mental fun. Lil and her cohorts keep you chuckling, even in high tension moments. Just relax and have another bite of brain candy. ****


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Author: Christina Dodd
Title - Scent of Darkness (Darkness Chosen Book I)


After a thousand years, the Wilder family is offered its first glimmer of hope. Thanks to a deal with the devil a millennia ago, all the men in their family are cursed and gifted. Their gifts grant them extraordinary abilities, but the price is their souls. Yet, when Jasha Wilder, the eldest son of this generation, realizes he loves Ann Smith, his plain Jane assistant, and she is chosen by a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary, breaking the curse becomes something they can believe might be achieved. However, from her birth, Ann has been under the scrutiny of Hell, and with dark forces out for her blood, Jasha will have to fight to keep his woman safe.

**** Beauty and the beast takes on an unusual direction as it is the beauty of the soul versus the beastly soul that is the focus here. Though the subject matter is quite dark, it is in the darkest night that poets say millions of stars provide you with light. Moreover, there is an unexpected warmth seen among the Wilder family members that also stands in contrast to their doomed status. Scent of Darkness is an intriguing start to what promises to be a compelling series. ****


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Author: Deborah Wright
Title - The History of Lucy's Love Life in Ten and a Half Chapters


Though Lucy and Anthony are both phobic about committing, they find themselves on the brink of doing just that with each other, and Lucy runs from that. She wants to be free to pursue other men, footloose and fancy free. Or does she? When she gets hold of a time machine, she has an opportunity to find out how well she knows herself and soon encounters Ovid, who turns out to be a coward, Lord Byron and his crowd, and Al Capone. Things go truly badly with Capone though, and she finds she has to undo time to fix things, but the price of doing so is as stiff as that of not doing so, it would seem. How many times can one woman lose her true love? How will Lord Byron cope on reality TV? These and more questions are answered in ten and a half fun chapters.

**** I've endured many chick lit novels and enjoyed quite a few time travels, and this is nothing like any of them. Comedic thrill abound, making it read something like one of the humor oriented Doctor Who episodes, if Bridget Jones was a companion, that is. The strongest aspect is the constant sense of not knowing where this story will take you, as Ms. Wright throws curve ball after curve ball at her readers. ****


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Author: Laurie Brown
Title - Hundreds of Years to Reform a Rake


Josie Drummond finds herself not only hired by a ghost, but as part of her work, taking a trip back in time to prevent her employer, Deverell Thornton, the Ninth Earl of Waite, from meeting with a ruinous event. A modern woman in the Regency era is somewhat of a fish out of water, but with the help of Deverell the ghost and her own wits, she manages. She also begins to fall in love with the living man, Dev, who is in his own way as charming as the ghost he will become. Romance might be the angle she would like best to pursue, but there are mysteries to solve, a fraud to unmask, and she does need to decide which version of the Earl of Waite she belongs with, all before Deverell's power is exhausted and she has no hope of ever returning home.

***** Combining multiple unusual plot devices into a compelling romance that sweeps across the centuries, Ms. Brown gives her readers a fascinating story filled with twists and surprises, particularly the startling ending. Josie's love triangle is perhaps the one that of all literary triangles can be considered truly unique. How many people fall in love with the same man, but have to choose which version of him to be with? Though this is clearly a satisfyingly complete tale that leaves little to no room for it to become a series, readers will want to keep their eye out for more from this talented author, at least this one shall. *****


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Author: Michele Lang
Title - Netherwood


In the cyber world, plain Sheriff Talia Fortune can be Amazonia, a warrior woman capable of besting the Avenger in the arena. Between the two foes, there is respect and a definite heat that she never expects to encounter in the flesh and blood world. However, when assigned to check on affairs on the planet her uncle oversees for the family company, she will meet the Avenger face to face and find that his real world is far more dangerous and exciting than any fictional world created by circuits and bytes. In truth, Kovner, aka, the Avenger, is a futuristic sort of Robin Hood, bent on toppling those who want to enslave humanity into virtual existence. Though at first dedicated to her duty, as Talia learns more about what the world is, what her beloved grandmother has become, and perhaps most importantly, how much she loves the real Kovner, the Sherriff finds herself wanting to join the outlaws. Though she has never believed in souls or religion, as both are illegal, Talia just may have discovered hers and will have to fight to retain them.

**** It's difficult to sum up this book without spoiling it. Ms. Lang's writing has always been superb, yet the complexity of this plot and the relationships she has made integral to its furtherance shows that she is light years ahead of the game. Though there are elements of Robin Hood, the Matrix, Braveheart, and the Prisoner, just to name a few things implied in the text, they are freshly blended into something new that will challenge your mind and keep you hooked. Unrealized elements in all the implied archetypical stories are brought into a fuller, better focus than they have been before in other media. Particularly enjoyable is the realization and exploration of what it means to be human and possess a soul. ****


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Author: Sara Reinke
Title - Dark Thirst


The Brethren are an ancient clan of ruthless vampires. They live on about 1,750 acres split among four families in Kentucky. Nobody bothers them. It is very secluded and isolated. No one comes or go, except illegal immigrants who are paid under the table - until they are slaughtered like the meat they are considered to be. They live very long lives. Their metabolisms and healing capacities were so far accelerated beyond those of humans that nothing short of a bullet to the head or a stake through the heart could kill them. The men take care of business and finances, the women tended to homes and families. Teen Brethren females are wed to Brethren men far older than them in arrangements preordained by the Elders. Women have no say in the rules or governing of the clans, no voice among the Council. They feed and sate their bloodlust after the males have finished. No one ever leaves the clans. No one ever leaves those secluded acres.

Brandon Noble is the grandson of Augustus Noble. Augustus is referred to as The Grandfather. (He is what most humans consider The Godfather, of the movies, to be.) While young, Brandon walked in during a robbery. To silence Brandon, the thieves beat his head and slit his throat. Help for Brandon arrived just a moment too late. His attackers were slaughtered, but from then on Brandon has been deaf and mute. Unlike his other kin, Brandon is horrified by his birthright. When time came for Brandon's bloodletting ritual, he shunned it, earning the Brethren's lasting wrath.

The last time Brandon considered leaving home for a special college for the deaf, The Grandfather broke all the bones in one of his hands. His brother, Caine, took pleasure in breaking all the bones in Brandon's other hand. It took a year for his hands to heal. Once Brandon is ready to attempt leaving again, he made sure no one knew in advance before disappearing. Brandon went to the only person he knew outside the clans, his former tutor, Jackson Jones. Jackson had known that something was strange about the Noble family and made sure Brandon knew he could come to him if he ever needed anything. Problem is that when Brandon arrives, Jackson is not home.

Angelina "Lina" Jones takes care of her brother's plants whenever he is out of town. She is stunned to find Brandon in Jackson's domicile. Being a cop, Lina first thought him to be a burglar until she had a clear view of him. Lina wants to help Brandon, however, the man refuses to tell her who he is running from or why. At the same time, Lina has her own problems. But she cannot deny her attraction to Brandon. They may be of different races, but love is color-blind, and Brandon is keeping secrets - secrets she plans to discover.

***** I was a bit confused at first, while trying to picture the characters in my mind's eye. Brandon, according to the cover, is white. Lina is black. I am SO happy to know that this author is color blind! I was beginning to believe that I would never live to see the day that writers would dare to cross-race the main hero and heroine. I believe that if it happens in today's world, then it should show in today's stories. This one does! Brava! Author Sara Reinke writes in a smooth flowing style that I found extremely easy to read. Nothing is so detailed as to become confusing. The focus is on the plot with the romance being a close second. There are a few secondary characters (one of Brandon's sisters and Lina's former partner) that may very well get their own story told soon. At least I hope so! Be warned that this book is a stand alone tale, but strings are left dangling for future problems with the Brethren. I eagerly look forward to the next segment of this mafia-style, vampire saga. *****


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Author: Lynsay Sands
Title - The Accidental Vampire


Victor Argeneau finds himself with the less than pleasant task ahead of dealing with a possible rogue vampire, i.e., one that is biting people, not using bagged blood. When he arrives in the small town where she is, he seems to be expected, and the "rogue" is anything but what he expected. Elvi (short for her nickname - Elvira) is a very pleasant young appearing woman who is treated as something between a local treasure and pet. Her fellow townspeople treat her well and willingly donate blood. In fact, it's a local custom for boys to visit her for a birthday bite when they come of age. Living up to their expectations can sometimes be a trial, but Elvi takes it all with good humor. What's more, she has no idea how she became an immortal, what their laws are, or what she really can do. Victor finds himself teaching her and realizes that he can't kill her because she is innocent at heart and his life mate. He also has competition for her hand as several other vampires have responded to an ad the town placed to get her a husband, and someone else wants her dead. Finding out who and handling the personal situation that is prepossessing, will provide him with an interesting and, for us, fun time.

***** Without being silly, the humor in this book is kept up in a steady stream. Ms. Sands has given us the best Argenau book since the first one. I loved Elvi's naiveté and the entirety of her town citizenry. There is a real warmth that infuses the story. What's more, new readers can jump in and "get it" without any past books being read, but please, if this is your first, go buy the first six. They are marvelous. *****


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Author: Catherine Anderson
Title - Morning Light
(Christian Super NaturalRomance)


One person in each generation of the MacEwan family receives a "gift". The chosen is known immediately upon birth by a strawberry mark. Thirty-one-year-old Loni MacEwan has more powers than ether her mother or grandmother. Loni considers her gift to be more along the lines of a curse. Psychometric divination is the most powerful of her gifts. Sometimes she touches something and gets a "nasty jolt". Loni sees visions of the owner. Sometimes Loni even feels all that the object's owner did! This is why Deirdre, Loni's older sister, is worried about Loni leasing a house that is not newly built.

All Loni's life she has dreamed about a certain cowboy. Loni knows she will meet him someday in her life. That time has finally come. Loni accidentally bumps into the man. Problem is that upon contact, Loni immediately knows his son is in a raft that has overturned. The small boy is alone, except for his dog.

Clint Harrigan is a no-nonsense rancher. When Clint bumps into the woman his first thought is how lovely she is. When she begins telling him about his son being in danger, Clint decides the woman is just nuts - especially since he does not even have a son. But when Clint sees the drama unfold on the local news, exactly as Loni described, he begins to listen.

An orphaned boy is lost in the dense Oregon wilderness and, according to Loni, only Clint can save him. Loni and Clint trek into the woods to find the boy. As time passes, the pair begins to open up to each other. Their journey just may bring them together in more ways than one.

**** A sweet romance with a bit of magic and a lot of faith. This story shows that just because someone looks or sounds odd, it does not mean they are crazy. ****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Katie MacAlister
Title - Ain't Myth-Behaving


In Stag Party, Cernunnos needs a goddess, but he is not interested in a virgin, despite that being the requirement for his mate. However, he finds a loophole that allows him to choose the woman he feels is his soul mate. Now, if he can convince her that she's right for the role and avoid getting killed by a wannabe-god and deal with the ex from Hell, life will be perfect. Norse Truly takes us to the Norse pantheon, obviously, as well as touching on the Flying Dutchman legend obliquely. Brynna discovers she is a Valkyrie and can see the "life challenged," aka, ghosts, when she is rescued by a cursed ghost ship and its sexy crew. If she can break the curse on them, she'll have found her soul mate, but some things are easier said than done.

**** Fun is a sure bet when Katie MacAlister's name is on the cover of a book. Each diverse tale is a laugh a page and well worth investing your time and money in. ****


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Amanda Ashley
Title - Dead Sexy


All vampires are supposed to be contained inside the Park, but suddenly, Regan finds one has escaped. Yet, she knows Santiago is not the one committing the murders that have suddenly cropped up. In fact, he also is after the killer; an old enemy of his, a werewolf with a long grudge and evil heart. Regan and Santiago's mutual attraction has now turned her into a target for the vile creature to use as a weapon to hurt his nemesis. However, Regan is not one to take things lying down. Even if she has to lose her humanity, she will be no one's tool or victim.

**** Readers who have enjoyed Ms. Ashley's unique spin on vampires, one that is both warm and fuzzy, while retaining a high level of tension, will certainly enjoy this. New elements are added to the one's we've come to rely on being in her books, and an intriguing new world of night beings comes alive before our eyes. ****


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Author: J.D. Robb
Title - Creation in Death


The past has come back to bite Eve Dallas, but this time, it is her professional, not personal history that is haunting her. Her failures have been few, but one killer eluded her in her younger days, and now, he's back. This time, she is determined to get him, but he is equally committed to taking her down and is drawing a bloody canvas designed to lure her to him. Could this be the case that ends it for Eve?

***** Incredibly enough, this series just continues to get better. The intensity of the action doesn't detract at all from the characterization. You might as well be comfortable on the edge of your seat with this; it's a nail biting read, but immensely satisfying. I cannot praise it highly enough. *****


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Author: Candace Havens
Title - Like a Charm


Being seen as the cause of a colleagues death, no matter how unintentional it might have been, is not a good way to advance ones career. In fact, it will probably have the opposite effect, as Kira Smythe discovers. After losing her position in a high powered law firm, she returns home to Sweet, Texas, only intending for it to be a visit. However, when a kindly old lady leaves her the library and she has a life altering illness, Kira discovers a new life, one in which she can see dead people. She also begins to discover love, fortunately, with a living man. Now, she has choices to make, pushy ghosts, and the chance to make dreams she did not know she had come true, if she doesnt join the ghosts, that is.

*** No pun intended, but this is a charming story. I love the quotes that begin each chapter and the lists Kira compiles to separate virtually every chapter. This is a homey, heart-warming, yet sharply funny book. ***


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Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Title - Upon the Midnight Clear


Up until now, we have not seen many female hunters of any variety; Dream, Night, or Were. For the first time, a lady Hunter is featured. Leta was once a goddess, but is now a Dream Hunter. Though she is not supposed to have emotions, she is beginning to feel again. So, perhaps it is love, not duty, that impels her to protect her charge, the solitary actor, Aidan, who has hidden himself away from the world and who is targeted for death. Moreover, his deep rooted anger can provide Leta the necessary power to defeat her enemy. At first, it is hard to convince him of the truth of Leta's fantastic story, but danger and truth make him believe. Yet, this new foe is dangerous and ruining a new love would only fit in with his mad plans.

**** Love, betrayal, passion, and dreams combine in an out of the ordinary Christmas treat for Sherrilyn Kenyon's multitude of fans. Aidan is dark and brooding enough to be a gothic hero or a hunter himself, but is not so gloomy as to be a turn off. How he and Leta transform each other is a miracle to see, and getting further insights into this complex and fascinating society is always a thing to be enjoyed. ****


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Author: Patricia Waddell
Title - True Deception (True series #2)


Aedon Rawn is from the planet Korcia. He was part of the Fleet. Four years ago his wife and daughter were killed by Rendhal's pirates while being passengers on a transport. Aedon's combat experience, nerves of steel, a remarkable instinct for guerilla warfare tactics, and self-sufficiency made him a perfect for the special role the Directorate gave him. By playing the role, Aedon would have a chance at revenge against Governor Avis Rendhal of the planet named Hachyn. Hachyn was originally colonized as an industrial planet. If its factories are being converted to produce weapons, they need to be destroyed. Once Aedon reached Hachyn, he was to contact Eiven Jein, the leader of the Hachynite Citizens for Freedom.

Aedon meets Kala Char'ari, a woman who has dedicated her life to freeing her people. Kala is the only one who meets Jein face-to-face. To reach Jein and his freedom fighters, Aedon needs Kala. Kala only agrees to let Aedon meet Jein because it is the Korcian's price for the grenades the rebellion needs desperately. That does not means she trusts the man though. Her pistol never wavers. However, Aedon earns their trust and he joins their quest to dethrone Governor Rendhal. Hachyn is part of the outer regions. The outer regions take up half the galaxy. That means, if Intel is correct, a big army and a lot of weaponry. The Conglomerate may be planning on taking on the Korcian Empire and the League of Planets. Aedon's Directorate duty is to give the Directorate a complete report on what Rendhal has up his sleeve. The truth turns out to be much worse than anyone has predicted!

Governor Rendhal knows that if the rebellion succeeds in breaking away from the Conglomerate, other worlds will follow. This cannot be allowed to happen. With only six weeks to crush the rebellion, the governor puts Commander Denikin Esarell in charge. Commander Esarell is a brilliant, charismatic monster with a gift for cruelty. But Esarell believes the governor to be too weak. Esarell has his own dark agenda and should he succeed, more is lost than simply the galaxy!

**** The main characters from the first book, Cullon and Danna, are mentioned only briefly in this book. I wish there had been more. Alas, perhaps at a later date. Aedon and Kala are a phenomenal pair too. The author clearly showed that they both had pasts that pounded them hard and yet they have ended up quite planished, smooth and tough. The duo, in my opinion, do not mesh as well as Cullon and Danna, but I was not fooled for a minute. Aedon and Kala are still a perfect match for each other.

As for the plot, it is very well done and easy to follow. Readers do not have to read the first book (True Blood) at all. For those of us that often buy a book, only to find out it's not the first in a series, this is terrific. No matter what order you read the books, you will never feel lost. There is no need for the author to explain anything from previous books. This book stands alone in the plot and in the romance. All-in-all, a grand addition to the TRUE space opera. ****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Katie Macalister
Title - Holy Smokes


Aisling Grey's life just keeps getting more complicated. She's supposed to be just a Guardian, but as it turns out, she's far more than that; the mate of two Dragon Lords of different septs, one she is trying to plan a wedding to and the other she'd just as soon be without, she's also a demon lord by accident, and somehow has become a Prince of Hell. The last one has put her on the outs with the Guardians, now she has to get a proscription against herself lifted and try to get out of being a Prince. Yet, the lure of evil is constantly niggling at her to use her power and the wedding is complicated by all her issues, including sept politics. Add to that that she's expecting, and you can see why Aisling's on overload.

**** Fun paranormal romance has several Co-queens, and Ms Macalister definitely is one of them. Aisling's adventures are a mental feast that is the sure cure for a face that lacks a smile. Her entire supporting cast is one you will look forward to experiencing anew with each book. There is warmth, and not just from the dragons. You can feel her love of her people and you will share it. ****


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Cynthia Cooke
Title - Rising Darkness (Nocturne)


For generations, a curse has prevented the women of Emma's family from experiencing love, for the moment they find their true love and consummate the relationship, they become doomed to lose him. Now, Emma has the chance to break the curse, but there is a demon who wants to use the power of her fate to re-enter the world. To protect her, the Cadre, a powerful group of humans and paranormal beings, sends Damian, a vampire who hunts demons and paranormals who have gone bad, among them, his own brother. However, it is clear that Damian might not have been the best choice; he and Emma fall in love quickly. Yet, they must be strong and remain apart, or risk Hell itself.

*** I am very interested in this new world; the Cadre promises to be an intriguing group to explore. Emma and Damian's story is poignant and yet, exciting. She proves to have a strength that her injured heroine status belies, while he is tortured, but not whiny. This is a definite must read for vampire lovers. ***


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Author: MaryJanice Davidson
Title - Dead Over Heels (Anthology)


*** For years now, Ms. Davidson has created feisty, flakey, fun heroines who charm her readers and escort them to worlds that are just a bit wider than our own. In this charming anthology, we get to "daytrip" to three of them for the price of one. Though Fred is not the heroine of the Survivors, one of her fellow mermaids finds a delightful romance with a conceited newsman she rescues. It may not be the Little Mermaid, but it's definitely more than a splash of fun. If you adore the Wyndham Werewolves, then go with one as she tries Speed Dating, Werewolf style, in an effort to wed before she's thirty. However, my personal favorite brings us to Betsy, the Undead Vampire Queen, as she and Sinclair go on their honeymoon in Undead and Wed, and try to make peace with Betsy's best friend's boyfriend who hates their guts. Something sinister is going on that will force enemies to work together, but it really does a number on romance. The best part of all though is the tantalizing taste of the next Undead book at the end. I can hardly wait. ***


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Author: Cindy Miles
Title - Into Thin Air


One last assignment separates Gawan, an earth locked guardian angel, from becoming mortal and having a life of his own. Heaven's saved the best, and most challenging, for last. Ellie is not alive, but she's not exactly dead, either. She's in a coma, but has amnesia, so helping her resolve her issues and return to her body is problematic. That's not the main reason this is a tough assignment; as it happens, Ellie is Gawan's soul mate. Unfortunately, if she returns to her body, she'll no longer remember him and he won't remember her, either. If she dies, she'll become the angel and he the human, and they still will not be together. Is there a way to solve this? Of course, but you'll have to read to find out.

**** This may remind you, from the synopsis, of Just Like Heaven or City of Angels. However, it's far better than either, and is what I was hoping for each time I watched either DVD. Ellie and Gawan's story is sweetly angsty and poignant, but also funny. The cast of Spirited Away enriches it with added humor, and fans will love returning to that world, in any case. Sequels are seldom better than the first book, but there are exceptions, and this is one. Yes, Christmas is over, but it's a perfect any time gift for anyone who loves romance and loves ghosts. ****


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Author: Jennifer Ashley
Title - The Gathering (Immortals series)


Only one Immortal brother remain unaccounted for, until now. Hunter, Kali's son, finds himself naked and in a lion cage in Leda's lonely refuge. After he cleanses her of death magic, the time comes for the witch and warrior to join the others in the Coven of Light to battle for their lost brother, Tain's, soul and for the fate of the world. Working with vampires, half-Sidhe, and a half demon, all of whom are choosing life for the time being, they risk everything to defeat the demon who wants to remake the world in his/her own image and is poised to sacrifice all five brothers to do so.

*** In this final entry in the compelling series, the true complexity of the plot unfolds. Though Hunter and Leda have an intense, fast paced tale of their own to tell, I found myself most fascinated with the characters who merely lent support, specifically, Tain, Samantha, Mac, and Septimus. It is my sincere hope that one of the three authors who gave birth to Immortals, or some other gifted lady at Lovespell, will pick up the dangling threads and tell their stories fully. ***


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Author: Nalini Singh
Title - Mine to Possess


Talin and Clay share a history, one that contains both love and pain. When fortune reunites them, Tally needs help that Clay is the only person to whom she can turn to for. She works with troubled youths, and now, they are turning up missing and dead. She needs the Changeling to help save the missing and find out what is happening and stop it. Their world is changing, thanks to the fact that several Psi's have rebelled against Psi-Net, but the counter-measure being taken against such defiance and the potential dangers of unchaining such powerful minds from the silence poses a host of new threats. It will take dedication, passion, and all the strengths of the Changelings, humans, and free Psi's to hold it together.

*** Ms. Singh's world building is as fascinating as the characters with whom she populates it. Watching the dynamic evolution of a society so severely divided is a compelling saga that almost does not need the added bonus of the cross-cultural romances, but it is love as much as a quest for freedom that has caused such changes. That becomes more evident with each story. ***


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Author: Michelle Rowen
Title - The Lady & the Vamp
(Immortality Bites #3)


The Ruby Eye will grant a wish once every thousand years. As the time for it to be able to do so approaches, two once upon a time friends are in a race against each other to gain it first. Janie's enigmatic, cruel Boss has ordered her to bring it to him and kill her rival, or she and her sister face the most unpleasant of deaths. Killing her rival should be easy for her, despite the crush she once had on him, for she is a vampire hunter, and Quinn is now a vampire. He is determined to find the Eye and wish for humanity, but seeing Janie and hearing her need changes things. As they get closer to it and to each other, their impossible situations continue to become more and more painful.

**** Excitement, a strong, character driven, intense plot, and wicked humor keep this story racing. It's a true gem, that adhere to some conventions, but at the same time remains fresh. As usual, Ms. Rowen delivers a winning story. Enjoy it. No fooling. ****


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Author: Amanda Ashley
Title - Dead Perfect


Because she is dying, Shannah seeks out Ronan, a vampire, and asks for the Dark Trick, thinking to trade a death sentence for Undeath. Though he denies her request, Ronan does want to keep the tragic beauty in his life. He can preserve her with doses of his blood, while at the same time using her as a front for his alter ego, that of a female romance author. It was only supposed to be a job and perhaps an act of compassion, but of course, it becomes more. Yet, Ronan lives in a dangerous world and Shannah is on borrowed time. What future can they have?

**** Both poignant and at times, funny, this story once again affirms Ms. Ashley as truly adept at her craft. I love the concept of Ronan hiding behind Shannah to preserve his anonymity. This is a lovely, exciting tale you will fall in love with easily. ****


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Author: Maggie Shayne
Title - Demon's Kiss


Reaper has never been one to "play well with others," nonetheless the vampire finds himself teaming up with a diverse group of other vampires and Chosen when rogue vampire Gregor and his nutty protégé need to be taken out of circulation. Among his cohorts is Seth, a recently turned young man who finds himself drawn to the enigmatic new vampire, Vixen, who they rescue from Gregor. Though he can tell she is hiding something, Seth cannot turn his back on her. Yet, when he learns what her secret is, will this new love be able to endure? Will they live long enough for that to even matter?

*** This Wings in the Night entry is definitely more action driven than prior books. The ensemble cast is a varied lot, filled with diverse personalities and talents. It is almost impossible to identify the main focus of it, so multi-layered is Demon's Kiss. Hopefully, as this is Seth's story, Reaper will get his own time to shine. ***


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Author: Melanie Jackson
Title - Divine Night


He penned adventures that have thrilled the hearts of readers and movie goers for centuries. Yet, perhaps Alexander Dumas' life was one that would rival even a Musketeer's for adventure and excitement. What if he were still alive? That is something Harmony is about to learn after she meets Alex, the immortal man who has continued his career, spinning fictions out of his own life. However, he is a lonely man, especially since losing his one, true love. Now, Harmony offers him the hope that true love can happen more than once, but first, he must deal with another immortal, one he thought he had destroyed decades ago. St. Germaine is supposed to be dead, but he's back, and Alex must stop his evil, or no one will have a happily ever after.

*** Building on the complex, innovative plot begun two books ago, Ms. Jackson continues her version of a saga of immortals battling against evil. If you are unfamiliar with the prior works, it is highly likely that you'll feel a bit asea. Once more, the author's creativity is demonstrated, proving why she is a star among paranormal romance writers. ***


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Author: Susan Squires
Title - One with the Shadows


Kate never meant to use her "gifts" for any reason other than profit. Fleecing the rich was all in a day's work; then, she makes a mistake and steals a fabulous emerald that is not a mere gemstone. It has power and brings into her life Gian Urbano, an enigmatic gentleman who wants the stone from her. The emerald can either drive a human into madness, or make one of his people, the vampires, powerless. What makes the situation worse is that Gian is not the only one after it. An ancient, evil female vampire, who loathes him, seemingly above all others, has plans for conquest that require it. Gian is willing to use charm and money to acquire it, but his enemies would coerce and kill. Then, there is the stone itself to consider. It wants to go home, thus requiring Gian and Kate to undertake a journey that will take them to distant Arabia , a land full of sun and little shade. Yet, danger can be an aphrodisiac, as the couple will soon learn to love each other more than their own lives.

**** Rich details enhance this powerful, dark, intense story of an epic quest and good versus evil. Ms. Squires always shows how her heroes and heroines rise above their scars, proving that nobility results from becoming better, not bitter, which is what turns her villains to darkness. No one has more evil villainesses than she creates. Somehow, she also interweaves an extensive background into the narrative without bogging things down, and keeps all her stories in one universe, but make each stand on its own. She is a gem. ****


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Author: Jenifer Rardin
Title - Once Bitten, Twice Shy


Jaz is one of the best agents the CIA has when it comes to investigating the paranormal. In fact, her skill has attracted the attention of Vayl, the most adept vampire agent. He has gone as far as to request her as a partner, and when this vamp wants something, he is not refused. Though reluctant to have a partner, Jaz finds that they work in perfect harmony. It will take all their combined skills and knowledge to handle the latest threat they are assigned to stop. Their foe is about to combine black magic and high tech bio weapons to achieve his evil goals, and even if it costs Jaz's life and soul, they have to stop him. However, things are more complex and deadly than they appear.

*** Fast paced action, sarcastic wit, and edgy thrills make for a taut, can't wait to see how it ends, tale. Jaz and Vayl's partnership is one that will benefit readers for some time to come, I predict. ***


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Author: Brenda Joyce
Title - Dark Rival


In the distant past, Master of Time, Royce, hears the call of a woman, begging for his help. Yet, the time is not right to go to her, and so he waits over five centuries to meet Allie and save her life, in the process, completely falling for her and losing his own life. Grief impels Allie to journey back in time and try to change destiny, but the consequences may be more than she bargained for when she began.

*** Although I did not find this an enjoyable as book I in the series; though I must grant whenever a time travel novel attempts to deal with the inherent paradoxes created by the use of such devices, the results tend to be baffling, Ms. Joyce has written a compelling set of stories that will fascinate readers. The entire concept of Masters who take care of time and deal with demons is one that is intriguing and worth any fan's time. ***


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Author: Lynda Hilburn
Title - The Vampire Shrink


Despite a whimsical name, Dr. Kismet Knight is as practical as they come. So, when a young woman walks into her office needing counseling on how to deal with her vampire lover, Kismet thinks she's just dealing with an extreme Goth, someone who is pretending to be, or believes themselves to be, involved with a vampire. Even when she meets vampires, she does not believe. Then, she has no choice to but to accept the truth. Vampires are real and one is a serial killer, with her name on his list of upcoming victims. Fortunately, there is a very powerful, very hot vampire who has been in love with her for much longer than she has been alive.

**** Ms. Hilburn has created a world filled with intriguing twists and turns. Watching the skeptical doctor's conversion into a believer is as interesting as the murder mystery. Kismet has a unique voice, both practical and cynical, and retains that quality even after she believes. I encourage those who love vampire stories or a good mystery to discover this gem of a novel. ****


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Rene Lyons
Title - Tempting Darkness
(Templar Vampire series #3)


For two months, Lucian is trapped in a dungeon with the human woman, Jessica, a constant temptation to both his seven century long vow of celibacy and his intense vampiric hunger. They are kept there for no other reason than Stephan wants revenge on Lucian, simply because he came home after his death. Now, he has turned literally into his brother's keeper, but in a horrific way, using every opportunity to torture Lucian. The Templar Vampire knows he must achieve an escape for both himself and Jessica before it's too late. Yet, he also knows the terrible price that their freedom will exact.

**** This is a very different book from the two previous volumes in the series, with a decidedly different focus. Those who have followed the storyline will be most intrigued by the additional details given about the mythos of the Templar Vampire Knights and their sacred duty. Perhaps Tempting Darkness is the most intense of the three novels to date, with its themes of sacrifice, family, betrayal, and revenge. It is also the most powerful. ****


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Author: Carole Nelson Douglas
Title - Dancing With Werewolves


Several years ago, it seemed as if everyone expected Y2K to bring about the End of Days. It fizzled in this world, but Delilah Street's Earth, it was appocolyptic in the true sense of the word- revelatory. Rather than ending life, it revealed that witches, were-beings, vampires, and all things mystic are real. Delilah is not a witch or other para-being, at least she doesn't think she is, but she does investigate them for a local news station until she gets on the wrong powerful being's bad side. That, grief, and seeing her "twin" dead on CSI Las Vegas V impel her to shift her residence to Vegas and try to find out who the mystery woman with her face is. Delilah thought she was alone in the world. Now, she might not be. CSI's producer, Hector Nightwine, provides her with a job and a place to live. He is only one of the intriguing males who will come into Del's life. The vampire, Snow, wraps her wrist in an enchanted bracelet with strange powers that couuld lead to trouble. Ex-FBI agent, Ric Montoya, provides her with help, via his dowsing powers, and romance. Then, there is her new dog, a wolf hybrid, who could be considered her familiar. Her investigation will show Delilah just how complex and dangerous the world is. CinSims, beings who replicate matinee idols, a werewolf/vampire war, mystical spiders, and Vegas itself keep the action fast paced and filled with rich images. Delilah may have bitten off more than she can chew, or it might just be the start of something wonderful. My vote is for the latter.

**** Ms. Douglas's return to fantasy is a triumph. She has enhanced the present reality with magic and excitement that leaps off the page and never slows down. Readers' minds will be filled with vivid pictures, but never too much information. Yet, despite the fast pace, there are raw, emotional moments that will strike your heart. Though set in Vegas, this book is not a gamble. You can only win if you read it. ****


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Author: Laurel Bradley
Title - A Wish in Time (Time Travel)


In the seventeen hundreds in Scotland, Magda offers a final kindness to an old woman accused of witchcraft, not knowing that Auld Annie truly was a witch and so when she promised the young mother-to-be a wish, she had the power to make it so. Even if the granting would take over three centuries to fulfill. In New York, in the present, Maggie and her husband, David, long for a child, enough so that they are taking drastic medical measures to procure one. As Maggie goes under for her procedure, Magda goes to sleep beside her husband, Davy. When the two women wake, they have changed places. Now, each struggles to adjust to a new world, a new life, and a man who is and is not her husband. One of the men believes his wife has gone nuts, the other is able to accept what has happened, but withholds his complete love. Yet, the two mixed up couples find themselves falling in love as one set prepares for a birth and one continues to wish for it to be. Will the two women ever find their proper times?

**** Ms. Bradley has written a sweet story that shows how much of a miracle kindness can be and examines the importance of a baby in a family's life as well as what makes us who we are. Readers would do well to search out what may be a hard to find treasure and get this for their collection. ****


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Author: Mary Janice Davidson
Title - Swimming Without a Net


After taking a year off from romance, Fred Bimm, the mermaid, is confronted with the need to deal with her People of the Sea half of her ancestry when she is summoned to a major meeting at the command of her would be fiancé, Prince Artur. When she and her best friend, Jonas, arrive, she also discovers her other potential suitor, Thomas, has been invited. Though he's strictly a land dweller, Artur is compelled by fairness to make sure he has equal access. Now, Fred just needs to learn merfolk etiquette and protocol while navigating the stormy seas of love and politics while her people debate joining the biped world. She also has to somehow keep her boss, who has arrived to continue her romance with Jonas, from learning she's a mermaid. What fun!

**** Fred may be having a bad day, but readers will be delighted with the results of this latest comic romp, or would that be swim? Although many of the story elements will be familiar to fans of Ms. Davidson's body of work, it is a comfortable read, perfect for a mental escape in a high pressure season. Fred's unique circumstances give a new spin on the conventions we love in these stories. If you need a laugh, then you won't go wrong buying this book, or anything else by MJD. ****


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Author: Lauren Willig
Title - Seduction of the Crimson Rose


While researching a two hundred year old mystery, Eloise Blackwood uncovers romance as well as answers to her puzzle. As she reads of the past, seeking clues and hidden meanings, she learns of the romance between the seductive, delicious Lord Vaughn and Mary Alsworthy. Becoming a spy was a means to an end for the recently jilted young lady, yet she finds herself infiltrating the ranks of France's most elite espionage group, in an effort to help stop Napoleon's plans against her country. Somehow, as she does so, Mary also manages to make Lord Vaughn care more about her than the cause he has served with such fidelity. Changes, choices, and danger shape the lives in the past, and in the present, the heroine finds her own lover, a descendant of the very people into whose lives she delves.

*** Reminiscent of Father Greeley's Nuala McGrail series, this gives readers two stories for the price of one. What a deal! The two different styles of narrative blend smoothly, yet remain distinct, so that you always know where you are. Telling multiple stories at once, effectively, takes great skill, yet Ms. Willig has pulled it off. Her fans will not be disappointed. ***


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Author: Alyssa Day
Title - Atlantis Awakening (Warriors of Poseidon)


Erin Connors is a ninth-level witch of the Seattle Circle of Light. Ten years ago an ancient vampire, Caligula, massacred her family. Since then, Erin has been filled with the need for vengeance. In a stroke of irony, she must team up with the legendary Atlantean warrior, Vengeance "Ven", in order to defeat a growing threat in the area. Erin is able to call upon the Wilding, a type of magic that few are able to control. Erin is also a rare breed of witch; she is a gem singer. A gem singer is one whose soul resonates with the spirit of the stones of the earth. Until Erin, the gem singers of the Nereids were thought to be only myth; however, the Atlanteans are seeing a lot of "mythical beings" from the ancient scrolls popping up in the area.

He is known as The King's Vengeance. It has been his name and duty for centuries. Now that Atlantis's warriors have risen, Ven must help wage a war against the vampires. More humans are being turned into vampires every night. Caligula is building an army for unknown reasons. Ven has never liked witches, but they are better than dealing with vampires. The feisty witch, Erin, strikes him as different from the instant they meet. Ven is able to hear Erin's gems sing! He quickly realizes that he does not want the witch to leave his sight. An intense and dark desire flows within Ven that he is almost unable to control. Problem is that there is no time to consider what is happening or why.

Lady Riley and her unborn child are dying. No one knows why or is able to stop it. The only chance to save them is for Erin and Ven to depart Atlantis, battle the undead and shifters, and recover the Nereid's Heart - a ruby of immense power. Time is quickly running out.

**** This time the story revolves around the second heir to the throne. In the first book of the series, Ven seemed stronger than his older brother, Conlan. Where Conlan must use subtle diplomacy and strategy, Ven uses strength, battle training and weapons. I found it fascinating to watch Erin break through his barriers (while he broke through hers). You do not have to read any of the prior books in the series to understand what is going on, but those who do will find it add to the drama. I found this story to be an engrossing read and can hardly wait to read Justice's story. ****


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Author: Nina Bangs
Title - One Bite Stand


Daria is beautiful and kind, which means she lives with two strikes against her, since she is a harpie. To prove herself, she is sent to the Woo-Woo Inn to try and claim a powerful soul for Hades. Success will mean she has a place in her family, failure does not bear contemplation. A target is not hard to find, since the Inn is the vacation spot of choice for all magical beings who are anyone. Declan MacKenzie, vampire, would be a perfect soul to claim. Sparkle Stardust, cosmic trouble maker/fashionista extraordinaire, thinks so as well, but she has a very different match up for the two in mind. She's bound and determined to get them together, by any means necessary, and believe me, she's an expert on temptation. Unfortunately, she's also a little crippled this time. Her partner in trouble, Ganymede, is being very distant these days. Of course, there is also a cosmic disaster to avert, but is that really more important than love?

**** It's always a fun trip to the Woo-Woo Inn. Even though I'm not a cat person, I adore Ganymede and Sparkle, so seeing them is a treat. Declan and Daria's story is a winner, but it's the side story between the trouble makers that kept me most intrigued. Ganymede proves he's more than a powerful meddler. Hades will remind a lot of you of Screwtape, and this is a good thing. Make your reservations at the Inn, with no reservations. You will enjoy this. ****


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Rene Lyons
Title - Daystar
(Templar Vampire, Book 2)


Thanks to her sister, Lex has become a part of the world of the Vampire Knights Templar. She is not a vampire, much less a knight, but she is among the few who is trusted with their secrets and allowed to hang out with them. For one, Constantine, aka, the Dragon, she is more, much more. She is a constant source of temptation. Moreover, she is also the keeper of the power of the Daystar, and that means every evil vampire in the world will want to use her. The time is fast approaching when she will have to go through a trial in order for the Daystar's power to be made manifest. That will either end her life or change things forever. In the time she has left, Lex wants to share her love with Constantine, but can he get past the horrors he lived through centuries ago?

**** Ms. Lyons is most adept at building a complex fantasy world and keeping it interesting. Her version of vampirism has much in common with tradition, yet adds new aspects that make it wonderful. There are elements to the plot that remind me of Buffy, but they are things that should have been explored in that show and were not, so I am delighted to see them, in some way, given treatment here. ****


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Author: Rene Lyons
Title - Midnight Sun


Centuries ago, a band of Templars was cursed to "live" as vampires. Yet, despite this, they still aspire to redemption and hope to regain a chance at Heaven. Thus, Rogue, Constantine, Sebastian, and Tristan have spent the last six centuries fighting evil. Yet, they live with cold hearts and let no one outside their fellowship get close to them. Then, they rescue Allie from a renegade vampire. The mortal woman becomes a regular part of their world, and one that Sebastian cannot ignore. Giving in to the love that she longs for would only place her in danger, especially with the evil brand of vampires becoming more reckless and daring.

**** Though the theme of vampires seeking redemption is a rather common one, Ms. Lyons spin on it is not trite at all. Having the vampires live together as a company, as well as their vocation being Christian, is unique. Moreover, they do not get too broody, which can be a flaw in many such stories. There is plenty of action and romance to keep the story moving and the world that she has built is very intriguing. ****


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: J.R. Ward
Title - Lover Unbound


Vishous has been chosen by the Scribe Virgin to sire more of the Brothers, but he has found a human woman he loves, Dr. Jane Whitcomb, and she is not the woman the Virgin has chosen for him. Despite this, Jane is able to not only heal his body, but his terribly damaged soul and he is able to do the same for her. However, Vishous is part of a war, and sometimes in wars, there is collateral damage, even among those who are beloved.

**** Ms. Ward's writing is compelling and she is an expert at drawing characters. Readers should be aware, though, that there is very disturbing imagery as Vishous, who has only experienced perverted "love" until Jane, has flashbacks of his early life and as he describes his current preferences with regard to sex. The ending is very original, but will trouble those of us who like conventional happily ever afters. ****


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Author: Lucy Finn
Title - Careful What You Wish For


Ravine is a down-to-earth, practical attorney who does things her own way. Then, she finds a genie, and suddenly, things have to change, starting with her. Gene is not your ordinary Genie. He's only been one a few decades, cursed to fulfill wishes by a man whose woman he might have dallied with, and gotten caught. He's also not Arabian, but an Aussie. It does not take long to realize that there is something more between them than master and servant; for one thing, Ravine refuses to treat him as a slave, preferring to call him her partner. Yet, both know that once a third wish is made, he will have to depart.

***** This story has something to touch all your emotional senses; humor, drama, touching moments, and romance. Gene is the most charming jinn I've ever encountered, a perfect contrast to Ravine's type A-ness. If you have never read or actively avoided genie stories, then this exceptional book deserves to be your first, and if you love them, then definitely get it. *****


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Author: Robin T Popp
Title - Lord of the Night


Eric Winslow finds himself in an entirely unenviable position when Kacie Renault kills a powerful vampire. He has sworn to protect her, but like her victim, who happened to be his best friend, Eric is a vampire. Yet, something more is going on; it becomes apparrent that there is a plot to against Eric and all for which he stands. There is a second difficulty as well. Eric finds himself falling for a woman trained to kill his kind.

**** Kacie and Eric's story is a compelling one, drawing on the complexities of family life and the quest for political power, as well as the abiding theme of transitions. Readers will delight with the changing relationship between the young woman and the man she has respected and who has watched over her all through her life. If you have missed the earlier books in this series, this one stands well on its own, so you may freely dive into it before backtracking. ****


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Author: Ronda Thompson
Title - Confessions of a Werewolf Supermodel


Lou Kinipski has the most unusual beauty secret of any of the top models on the catwalk. In fact, given what it is, you probably should not refer to the runway as the catwalk. Until seven years ago, she was drop dead ugly, then she turned into a werewolf. Once she bruises from an attempted rape that triggered the change heal, she's gorgeous. Because she killed her would be rapist, she went on the run, got a new identity, and became a star model. Life is good, with only a few concessions to her condition required until someone begins killing women who look like her and Lou's past starts to become an issue. Making things even more complicated are the four men now in her life; a sleazy, but still somewhat charming PI, the photographer she's had a crush on for years, the policeman who is the lead on the case, and a vampire. At least two of them could be handy, considering that she's definitely on the killer's list of victims. Romance is not Lou's biggest concern, however. Worry about her past and if she has a future are vying for that role.

***** I loved this! Suspense and fun are mixed so well that you are on the edge of your seat and laughing at the same time. Seeds of wonderful stories that should be told are scattered throughout the pages, making you want to revisit Lou and her world again. This is a definite keeper. *****


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Author: Kathryne Kennedy
Title - Enchanting the Lady
(Relics of Merlin)


Set in London, 1882. Do you believe titles (such as Duke, Viscount, and Earl) were simply given to people because of service to the Crown, marriage, or birth? Think again! The higher the title one has tells how powerful the person's magic is. The Royals have the most power. The only power Prince Albert cannot defeat is Relic-magic. Therefore, it makes perfect sense for him to keep Sir Terence Blackwell close. Sir Terence is a baronet and Prince Albert's spy. He cannot use magic, but he is a shape-shifter. The were-kind are immune to magic. Magic can neither harm him, nor fool him into believing glamours. This is vital for Crown's safety. Sir Terence's animal form is a lion and he is able to smell dark magic. His main duty, secondary only to Prince Albert's safety, is to hunt down the thirteen Relic-stones made by Merlin long ago. Six of them have been found.

In Felicity Seymour's world magic is everything. Her parents' magic had been very strong. One would think that Felicity, being the only child born before their deaths, would inherit their power. However, Felicity could not perform even the simplest spell. Yet one man does not seem to mind her lack of dowry: a dark and handsome baronet who had managed to scare away the rest of London's Society misses.

On the day of Testing, Sir Terence smells Relic-magic. He tracks the scent to Felicity Seymour. If Felicity did not pass her testing, she would lose her duchy and any hope of marriage. Though Sir Terence sees no Relic-stone, he could smell the dark power on her. Is she using it herself, or was it being used against her?

***** London has always seemed magical to me and the author, Kathryne Kennedy, casts her own glamour in this story. Not only are there were-kind and magical powers, but there is also a "dragonette". (Picture a small dragon, once hatched, that only grows to the size of a ferret.) Felicity has a dragonette for protection. It cannot fly, but it has lots of sharp teeth and can breathe fire. It is the simple, but fascinating, touches such as this that make the story so enchanting. Every page overflows with romance, fantasy, and suspense. OUTSTANDING! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Karen Marie Moning
Title - Blood Fever


Mac continues her quest to find Objects of Power for Jericho Barrons, her enigmatic boss/partner/mentor in her education as a Sidhe Seer. Their main goal remain the powerful book that holds the key to controlling both Fey and human worlds, and Mac still wants justice for her late sister, but there are other considerations. New and old enemies confront her, Barron's is as much a thorn in her side as he is a help, and there is V'lane, the Death by Sex Fey who is determined to have her. Mac will be challenged in ways she has never imagined and forced to change in ways she would have never expected.

***** This new world's development remains a fascinating, intriguing source of wonder for lucky readers. Mac and Barrons are a fantastic pairing, though they do not lay down their swords long enough to realize it. Even though I normally prefer more romance, there is a subtle tension and enough interesting action that the lack is not a deficiency. Indeed, it would be out of place. I cannot wait until the next one. *****


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Author: Lori Handeland
Title - Hidden Moon


Claire Kennedy's tenure as mayor of Lake Bluff Georgia is about to become the most interesting of any mayor's in the sleepy town's history. The sudden appearances of odd wolves and Gypsies at almost the same time seems a little strange. Then, people who give Claire a hard time begin to disappear; is the handsome Rom who has taken a shine to her involved? Is there magic in the air, and is it black or white? Before Claire can find happiness, these questions have to be answered.

**** If you have missed the Night Creatures series, for shame. However, as each one can stand alone easily, you will have no problem being sucked into this evolving universe. Fans will take note that there is a new sort of werewolf introduced, one even Edward will not know how to deal with, once he arrives. It's wonderful to see that there is more to Ms. Handeland's realm than we knew, and now I want to see what's next. ****


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Author: Jean Johnson
Title - The Master


All the worries fans have had over the fate of the lost brother, Dom, who was kidnapped back in The Sword, can be put to rest. Though despite the title, we find him sold as a slave, it would seem that this is simply the hand of destiny, guiding him to the woman who is meant to help him fulfill his part of the curse. Considering how well it's turned out for Wolfer and Saber, I'm not so sure that they should not call it a Blessing. Serina treats Dom well, and even helps him find a way to re-establish contact with his brothers. In turn, he teaches her much and advances her work greatly. However, she wants to have a child, and all of Dom's comments seem to indicate he does not. Besides, he is determined to return to his brothers and sister-in-law; he does not know that the latter is now plural, and she can only follow if her son is welcome. Can their issues be resolved?

**** Though light on conflict and mostly lacking the appearance of the excellent supporting cast of the Brothers of Destiny, this is a worthy addition to the series. New revelations about the fates the eight men and the women they love face is revealed and it seems as if there is far more to the curse, or as I think of it, blessing, than they guessed. I'm eager to see how Ev, the next brother in the queue, fares. ****


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Author: J.M. Jeffries
Title - Blood Seduction


Major Ursula Carlson is head of a special elite force. Her unit consists of vampires, each already long-lived. Not only has Ursula come to highly respect those within her unit, but also considers them friends. So when Ursula learns that her superiors intended to betray the vampires and eliminate them, she must choose either her military career or commit the equivalent of treason and warn her unit.

Elder Turi is considered the vampire leader. When Ursula informs Turi of the impending attack, he knows that her defection from the military has cost her dearly. Her bravery allows Turi the time needed to contact Solomon, a vampire with the ability to walk in daylight, and then relocate everyone to safety. Once done, the real battle begins!

***** J. M. Jeffries is the name used for the writing team of Miriam Pace and Jacqueline Hamilton. This undead duo proved their talents to me in previous books. This time, however, the team proved to me that they have gotten even better! Do not open a book by J.M. Jeffries until you are sure you have plenty of alone time on your hands. To stop reading, once you have begun, is not an option. *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Christine Feehan
Title - Dark Possession


MaryAnn saw Manulito die, she's sure of that. Ever since, she has been mourning him, yet she only met him briefly. Despite her own illogical grief, when she is summoned to South America to counsel a young woman, she is willing to help, not realizing that Manulito is behind the summons, that he is alive because he is Carpathian, and they have a hard time dying. When they meet again, he is able to understand why he could suddenly see colors and feel again. MaryAnn is his lifemate, the one he has sought and been faithful to for lifetimes. Though he is no longer in danger of turning vampire, there are other perils threatening their new love. Dark mages, old grudges, were-cats, vampires, and the fact that MaryAnn is human, with no trace of Carpathian blood make life uncertain for them. Moreover, she is not willing to put up with his macho attitude and is angered by the changes she sees as being forced upon her. However, there is more to MaryAnn than she knows.

**** To some extent, this 18th story in the line follows the standard formula established in Dark Prince. Yet, it also has new twists to keep it fresh. New races are introduced and old histories revealed for the first time. Fans of the series won't want to miss it, but it could potentially stand alone. Having followed the Dark books since the first, it is difficult to determine whether a newbie could enter at this point, cold. The best advice would be, just read them all. ****


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Author: Melina Morel
Title - Devour


An especially blood spree of murders by werewolf has New York gripped in fear, and the prime suspect is Pierre de Montfort, a charming, viscious, recently outed lycanthrope. Paul Dujardin revealed his identity to the world in order to pull him into the open so his partner, Catherine Marsais, can fulfill her goal of ending the Montfort werewolf line. Unfortunately, his actions have placed the woman he loves, Julie Buchanan, in danger. Equally disturbing in a different way is the fact that Catherine and Paul's boss wants Pierre alive. Why? And, what is Ian Morgan's role in all this? The handsome vampire has very personal reasons for wanting Pierre stopped, and he wants to get more personal with Catherine.

*** Though more grim in tone than your average paranormal romance, Devour isn't dark enough to qualify as out and out horror. You should be aware that some scenes do get grisly. A guy could probably feel comfortable reading this book, because despite the fact that there are two romances, neither overwhelms the action plot. Ms. Morel's story should have a broad range of appeal, with elements of urban fantasy, horror, and romance all skillfully intertwined. ***


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Author: Jaci Burton
Title - Hunting the Demon


Set in Australia. Dominic "Nic" Diavolo had been kidnapped by his father, Ben, while he was just a child. Now his father is dead (though he does not know it), yet Nic is having nightmares about demons worshipping him and his father's voice is in the background encouraging Nic to accept all the demons offer. Nic has no idea that Ben was a Lord of the Sons of Darkness. And now that Ben is dead, Uncle Bart needs to find the Black Diamond and conduct a ceremony quickly.

Shay Pearson is a hunter with the Realm of Light. No one in the Realm knows that Shay is also a little bit psychic. Shay acts as bait to capture Nic. The Realm needs to know how much demon blood is within Nic, if he is in league with the Sons of Darkness, and if they can convince Nic to join the Realm. Derek, Nic's brother and also half demon, has not seen Nic in twenty-five years. Should Nic be too deep into the Sons of Darkness, then Nic will die by Derek's hand.

Nic is caught between two warring realms and needs to stay alive long enough to figure out who his friends are and who his enemies are. At the same time, Nic and Shay deal with the sparks (Zing!) that fly whenever they are around each other.

**** Derek and Gina had their story told in the previous book, Surviving Demon Island; however, you do not have to read it in order to thoroughly enjoy this romp in the outback. Author Jaci Burton has done an excellent job on making the plot line believable. Even knowing it was not real, I still found myself half-way convinced it all was! That is talent, readers! Absolutely perfect for reading on the beach or in the mountains. This adventure is definitely worth your time and money. ****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Susan Grant
Title - How to Lose an Extraterrestrial in 10 Days


Eriff was kidnapped from his home world at a young age. His mind was wiped and his body implanted with bio-engineered enhancements. He was the first child to become a REEF - Robotically Engineered Enemy Fighter - an assassin.

His last mission failed. He is stranded on Earth. His computer system was trying to terminate him. Whether he had succeeded or failed the last mission did not matter. Clearly, his employers wanted him dead. He is rescued and, ironically, offered a chance at a new life by his former archenemy, Cavin of Far Star. REEF is renamed Eric Sanders and he is sent to the suburbs of California. His cover is to be a Secret Service Agent protecting Evie Holloway and her children in light of her family's elevated role dealing with the Coalition. His internal computers may be offline, but Eric still has his training and instincts.

Evie Jasper Holloway told her senator sister that she did NOT want the Terminator as her bodyguard. How could she trust an unstable REEF with her own life, much less her two kids'? Eric shows up anyhow. When the bullets start flying, Evie becomes grateful for the protection, REEF or not. It is not long before Evie comes to realize that Eric, without the computer system controlling him, is very human indeed ... and very attractive.

***** This is the REEF from book two (My Favorite Earthling). During the second book I cheered the Jasper family to victory and hoped the REEF would die. When I learned that this assassin was to be the hero of book three, I laughed. I was positive that there was no way the author could make me feel anything but disgust for this futuristic terminator. But oh how I ate those words (thoughts?) within only a few pages of the story. Author Susan Grant proves her writing talent as never before! Her poisoned pen did more than make these characters seem real to me; Susan Grant brought these characters to vivid life. Now if only the daughter, Ellen, could get a story. *****


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Author: Patti O'Shea
Title - In The Midnight Hour


Ryne might be a member of the magical security guards known as the Ginial, but even she would never have believed that she'd wake up with a nude, former cartoon man in her bed. Deke had been trapped for nearly five years as a toon after a powerful witch failed to kill him. Not until Ryne realized there was a human soul inside her favorite animated character did he have any hope of rescue. Unfortunately, his freedom might only be temporary. If Ryne cannot find the right spell to permanently reverse her evil nemesis' enchantment, Deke will return and be lost forever.

*** This very original, extremely imaginative tale is only flawed by the overly descriptive scenes of Anise, the cruel, former magical troubleshooter who imprisoned Deke and who once mentored Ryne, mentally torturing the heroine. Those faint of heart can skip those and never feel the loss, though. Without the graphic excesses, this would have been a four star read. The world building is intriguing and makes you want to know more about this new magic race. ***


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Author: Beverly Barton
Title - Sanctuary (Raintree 3, Nocturne)


Seven years ago, Mercy Raintree and Judah Ansara crossed the boundaries established by their families' ancient feud. As a result, a forbidden child was born and kept a secret from her father until Judah returns to Raintree country and discovers her existence. Mercy is terrified he will either take or kill her child, Eve. She would be his heir, but such half-breeds are doomed by law to be slain. There is a further danger, Judah's half-brother wants his crown, and another potential heir, one as powerful as Eve, would be seen as a threat to be killed. A little girl is now at the center of a magical civil war, and about to come into her destiny.

**** This trilogy ends on a very strong note. If you love Jennifer Roberson's work, particularly the Cheysuli series, then you will savor this. Ms. Barton's talent has made what was simply an enjoyable set of stories fantastic. ****


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Author: Dawn Thompson
Title - The Ravening (Blood Moon series #3)


Set in Cumberland, England, 1871. Milosh has lived over four centuries. He is a vampire-hunter. During this long space of time his name has become legend. Milosh is a vampire, but has no blood lust due to a blood moon ritual. He is alive, not undead. Milosh tracks an age-old nemesis, Sebastian Valentine. Sebastian is a monster able to take the form of a wolf or multiple bats at will. Once again the hunt has brought Milosh to Whitebriar Abbey, home to his close friends, the Hyde-Whites. However, Whitebriar Abbey is in ruins. The place had been destroyed by fire only six months prior. As Milosh takes shelter in the crumbling mound he comes across a young gypsy, Palmona; and for the first time in centuries, finds love. But Milosh lets down his guard for a moment, and Palmona, needing blood, bites Milosh. The result is that Palmona becomes immune to the blood lust and Milosh loses his immunity.

Palmona had been dancing under the moonlight when Sebastian mesmerized her. He would have succeeded in changing her had the members of her caravan not heard her scream and come searching. In fear, the caravan leaves Palmona to die. Palmona flees the call of the wolves and takes temporary shelter in some ruins. There, she meets Milosh. Legend says that Milosh knows a cure for vampirism; so Palmona stays in hopes of getting the cure. At first, Palmona fears the Romanian (with good reason). But it does not take long for the young gypsy to fall in love with Milosh. During a moment of weakness, Palmona gives into the blood lust. It is a moment she long regrets. Other vampires quickly learn that Palmona took the White Wolf's blood and is immune to the blood lust. Palmona is now the target of all the night creatures. Milosh, the vampire-hunter, has become that which he has hunted for four centuries.

Milosh calls upon the Brotherhood to keep her safe, even from him. The Brotherhood obeys Milosh, but call upon the Hyde-Whites to strike the death blow, should it be needed. Milosh and Palmona race to get the ingredients for the Blood Moon ritual. The time of the eclipse draws near. Another will not come for over two years; far too late for Milosh. As the duo race against time, Sebastian and his minions are on their trail, and friends watch in hopes of a miracle.

***** This is the third book in the Blood Moon series. Readers have been waiting for Milosh to get his own story, myself included, and this tale was definitely worth the wait. The author did a wonderful job. There were times in the story that I saw no way for Milosh and Palmona to win. Characters from the two previous books (the Hyde-Whites) eventually enter the story, giving the entire series a more realistic touch. If you have not read the first two books, do not worry; this is a stand-alone story. However, I highly recommend that you pick up the first two titles (Blood Moon & The Brotherhood) and read all three in order. Should you do so, you will get a much deeper emotional impact. And as you begin reading, hold onto the seat of your pants, because you are in for one heck of a ride on the darker side! *****


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Author: Dawn Thompson
Title: The Brotherhood (Blood Moon series #2)


Joselyn "Joss" Hyde-White is the offspring of two vampire-turned-vampire-hunter parents. The parents completed a blood moon ritual which keeps them from having bloodlust. However, they are still vampires and shapeshifters. No one knew if Joss would have the taint his parents did, until he hit puberty. At age thirteen, Joss first shapeshifted into a wolf. Joss may have abilities, but he is not undead. He is very much alive, unlike most vampires. But now Joss is grown up and new symptoms are revealing themselves. Joss now finds the smell of blood to be extremely enticing. No bloodlust, but it is enough to make Joss decide that it is time to go to the Cumberland estate, Whitebriar Abbey, and speak with his parents.

The North Country is having a blizzard and Joss is but one hour from Whitebriar Abbey when he comes upon a coach bogged down on the moor. After chasing off a wolf, he finds five passengers within the coach. Only one is alive, a female, buried under the other four bodies that the wolf had savaged. Of the coachman there is no sign. Once at his estate, Joss learns that his parents are not in residence. The antiquated butler, Bates, is the only member of the staff aware of what Joss and his parents are. Yet even he has no real answers. The young miss turns out to be named Miss Cora Applegate. Due to events in her recent past, Cora has zero trust in men. Joss may have saved her life, but he is still male.

When people begin showing up at his door, people Joss knew had been dead in the coach, things begin to get ugly. Cora is in danger. Joss must somehow make Cora believe that vampirism is real and the area has become infested with vampires. Joss has no idea that things are really bad until Milosh appears. Milosh is from Romania and had been mentor to Joss's parents. Now Milosh takes Joss under his wing. Milosh has been tracking an age-old nemesis, Sebastian Valentin, who is determined to bring low the house of Hyde-White. Joss must learn about the Brotherhood, as well as about himself. At the same time, Cora and Joss become more and more attracted to each other. Just as romance seems possible, the estate becomes under siege from the undead.

***** Oh my! Author Dawn Thompson's writing is so descriptive that I felt as though I were there. The characters within this story do not just come to life, they soar off the pages. This is the sequel to BLOOD MOON, the story of Joss's parents. Though Blood Moon was great, this tale is even better! I actually felt chills go down my spine once or twice. Fans of the old style of Gothic Romances will absolutely adore this book. I want to be part of the Brotherhood! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Karen McCullough
Title: Shadow of a Doubt


While investigating a murder that turns into a series of deaths, Detective Liz Ramsey finds herself breaking all the rules in handling the case. Her investigation leads her to Greg Conyers, a reclusive artist who lives in an isolated house near the first homicide with his dying mother. There is an instant attraction between her and him, but that does not blind her to the fact that he is a suspect. It does alter how she deals with things, something that could prove deadly.

**** Ms. McCullough proves her versatility as a writer, creating a book equal in quality to Wizard's Bridge, yet totally different. The psychological suspense builds with every turn of the page, until an ending you cannot guess comes out of the blue. The paranormal element is slight enough that those who look down their noses at that sort of book could possibly even overlook it, though it would be their loss. ****


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Terri Garey
Title: Dead Girls Are Easy
(Nicki Styx, Book ONE)


Nicki Styx thought it was just heartburn. After all, she is not even thirty-years-old. Next thing Nicki knows, she has the starring role of a TV medical drama. But it is not Nicki's time to die. As she heads for that bright light, she is sent back to the world of the living with instructions about the Golden Rule of "Do Unto Others..." These words do not make too big of an impression on Nicki until she wakes up in the hospital bed and meets her first spirit. Yes, Nicki now sees dead people.

All Nicki wants to do in life (or so she keeps telling herself) is to run the vintage clothing store with her best friend and business partner, Evan Owenby, and maybe go on a date with the hot ER doctor, Joe Bascombe. Yet after her near-death experience, dead people keep showing up and asking Nicki to do them favors. Nicki DOES get to go on a date with Joe, but it falls flat when Caprice, who owns the shop next door, is murdered. It gets worse; while Joe is with the police and offering his medical assistance, Caprice comes up to Nicki and asks her to get the murdering boyfriend out of jail.

But who ever said that all spirits were nice and harmless? Nicki soon finds herself being stalked and harassed by a "duppy" (A.K.A. evil spirit). And this spirit CAN harm the living. Nicki must either do what the duppy tells her to or she better find a voodoo priestess to help. Otherwise, Nicki may find those she cares about dying ... or worse, Nicki may lose her very soul!

OMG! I loved this book so much that I immediately went onto the internet to see if I could find other titles by Terri Garey. If there are any previous novels out there, I could not find them. And if this is the author's debut novel, then she has knocked my socks off! Author Terri Garey breathes life into her characters, even the dead ones! From the first page until the very last I was enthralled with the tale. I lost almost an entire night of sleep because I could not stop reading. The characters are totally believable. There are a few sub-plots that make the story run even smoother (if that is possible). There are a few side items that may carry over to the next Nicki Styx adventure. (Yes, there will be another. I checked.) However, if this is the only Nicki Styx novel you read, you will not feel cheated. This is a stand-alone story. This is an author to keep an eye on. I foresee awards in the very near future. BRAVA! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Erin McCarthy
Title: My Immortal


A deal with a beautiful succubus turns Damien du Bourg into an immortal, freeing him to live a debauched existence of debauchery and risk, yet binding him with chains of guilt. Marley Turner comes his way when her sister goes missing and all trails lead to him. Soon, she is discovering a fascination for a man who attracts and repels her and finding herself drawn into a world ruled by a demon lord who is all too willing to let her fill her sister's place in it.

*** In the end, things turn upwards and leave you feeling better, but it is a long, dark road, filled with flashbacks to get there. There are many scenes gentle readers will skim the start of and find themselves having to flip past, if they want to reach the happily ever after. The concept is intriguing, but it's a hard book to read. ***


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Title: Devil May Cry


For aeons, Sin has despised Artemis for stripping him of his powers and mocking him. When the former Sumerian god gets the opportunity to torture her, he grabs it eagerly, only learning after the capture that he has abducted not Artemis, but her secret daughter, Kat. Soon, however, he finds himself impossibly falling into at least lust, if not love, with the fiery young woman. However, they have bigger problems than his old grudge. The forces that the Dark Hunters were created, at least in part, to oppose are rallying to bring about the end of the world. Between utter destruction and mankind stands Kat, Sin, Artemis, two demons with the minds of teen aged girls, and Acheron, who is forced to stand against his own mother. Sacrifices will be made and secrets revealed in this action packed, masterfully written tale.

***** If you have mourned that Ash was just a supporting character in most previous books in this series, then you will be thrilled to learn he has a central role in this one. We learn more about the enigmatic man than ever before, and it's all intriguing. Though the by-play between him and Artemis is not meant to be the main plot, it will capture your attention and steal the show. Despite the overall seriousness of things, Simi, as usual, provides a great deal of fun and humor, as does her sister's straight man act. *****


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Kathleen Nance
Title: Phoenix Unrisen


Natalie Severine is a freelance reporter for NONE, New Orleans News Eyes. NONE specializes in the stories no one else would believe. When her boss sends her into the bayou to investigate mysterious lights, which he hoped would be aliens, Natalie finds exotic animal smugglers instead. She also finds Dr. "Ram" Ramses Montgomery, a veterinarian. Natalie knows Ram must have some hidden secrets. No ordinary human can have lightning fast reflexes or control magic. Ram never says he knows magic, but Natalie can feel it when they touch.

Natalie and Ram unite to track down the thugs smuggling in the exotic animals. Natalie has a personal stake in it; the smugglers followed her to her home, attacked her, and took one of the two rare woodpeckers. And she wants them back!

**** This story is set post-Katrina. The author seems to know the area well too. This makes the story flow smoother and more believable. Author Kathleen Nance has another winner with this book. I hope to see more. ****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Various
Editor: Charlaine Harris
Title: Many Bloody Returns (Anthology)


**** If you have, like me, always loathed your birthday, whether it's unfortunately placed on the calendar or any other reason, then this is the book for you. A wide range of well known fantasy authors have come together to celebrate how "sucky" birthdays can be. Most of the stories focus on vampires, though one or two do not. Jeanne C Stein's story stands out as one I wish was longer so I could see more where it would go as a witch and a vampire engage in a very unusual partnership. Fans of series will get to visit Morganville, see Sookie Stackhouse take on Dracula, revisit Henry Fitzroy, and catch up with Harry Dresden. Kelly Armstrong provides a story that does not clearly take place in her Women of the Otherworld, but it could. All in all, this is an excellent gift to give yourself or someone who needs an unbirthday present. ****


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Author: Donna Lea Simpson
Title: Awaiting the Fire


The Earl of Wesmorlyn seemed entirely too bland and safe to ever be a suitable match for Charlotte von Wolfram, yet they were betrothed, something Lyluph Randell is determined to stop from being completed. He knows the secret Charlotte and her brother hide, for it is his own as well; they are werewolves. With faux offers of friendship and help, he seeks to keep her from Wes, but the Earl is not all he seems either. Yet, his secret makes the growing love he feels for Charlotte utterly verbotten, leaving her vulnerable to becoming prey for a heartless man.

*** In many ways, this is a fairly conventional Regency; it is the secrets the protagonists carry that set it apart. I'd have enjoyed seeing more focus on Wesmorlyn's hidden life than the lycanthropic aspect, as his is a fairly original twist in the tale. However, fans of paranormals and Regencies, either or both, should love this. ***


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Author: Lisa T. Bergen
Title: The Begotten


It has long been known that not all of Paul's epistles were preserved in the New Testament. In Inquisition ere Italy, a centuries old secret hidden in one of those lost letters opens a new world for a band of varied Christians who find themselves confronted by enemies on two fronts. Paul prophesied of a time when certain followers of Christ would be granted gifts by the Holy Spirit, extraordinary gifts, and now, a young woman, a knight, a priest, and a mute, freed slave seem to be fulfilling his prediction. However, the more hidebound members of Church hierarchy and minions of Satan lead by a mage both want to put a stop to their work. Nonetheless, these faithful Christians are determined to do whatever Christ's gift demands of them, no matter what.

**** Though some comparisons have bee made to Dan Brown's work and to Tolkien's, I found it unlike both of these. Yes, the Gifted threaten to shake up the structure of the visible church, but since they are maintaining the true church in using their talents to their utmost, not trying to expose alleged lies, the comparison falls short. If you love gripping historical adventures with a strong, spiritual theme, then read this book. If you have ever felt opporessed for your faith, read this book. ****


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Jennifer Rardin
Title: Once Bitten, Twice Shy
(Book 1, Jaz Parker series)


Jaz Parker only looks normal. Truth is she is a former Helsinger (elite teams of vampire killers) turned C.I.A. paranormal assassin. She worked alone, taking wild chances to complete assignments, until Vayl requested her as a partner. Vayl is one of the eldest vampires still around today. He is also the best C.I.A. paranormal agent on the force. The government considers Vayl to be a national treasure. Jaz's duty is to be his bodyguard and his partner. Jaz was against the idea at first; but not for long. Within a few months the two had become a team to be reckoned with.

Vayl requested Jaz for many reasons; none of which he is ready to tell her as yet. He knows that ever since Jaz's incident last November she has been able to "smell" vampires. Vayl wants to help Jaz develop that talent into something more. He suspects (rightly) that Jaz has a few undiscovered abilities due to last November as well. When Vayl's blood supply is tainted, Jaz offers her own throat until a new supply can be located. Accepting the offer does not "turn" Jaz, but her blood is unlike anything Vayl has tasted in his centuries of existence. Jaz becomes his "avhar". Vayl becomes her "sverhamin". (You will have to read to understand. I refuse to give it away.) Feeling close to Jaz, Vayl gives her his ring, Cirilai. The ring has certain powers of protection.

But then Vayl's ex-wife enters the picture. Not only is she jealous of the bond between Vayl and Jaz, but she feels that SHE should be the one to receive Cirilai.

**** I do not touch upon the mission that Jaz and Vayl is assigned in this story due to the fact that my synopsis would triple in size. But rest assured that this novel is fascinating. The characters do not develop well until about a quarter of the way into the book. During this time, Jaz comes across as flat, as if she is only playing spy. Yet as the story moves along and more about Jaz's past is revealed, that changes. There are a few other secondary, but very important characters, in this book as well. A private investigator specializing in the paranormal is one. The other comes from a surprising place. (It is a surprise.) All-in-all, a solid foundation for this new series to build upon. Fans of Lilith Saintcrow's (Dante Valentine series) will enjoy this new team. ****


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Author: Allyson James
Title: Dragon Heat


For far too long, the black dragon, Malcolm has been trapped in this world in human form as the result of a coven's spell. Now, he has hope of returning to Dragonspace, thanks to Lisa Singleton, a young woman of unusual power who is linked to the immense puissance of the dragon orb. Unfortunately, for him, she is protected by a golden dragon, Caleb, who has recently taken on human form as well, to better ward his friend. But, nothing is as simple as it seems. The current coven is lead by a twisted, evil woman who wants to use Malcolm, Caleb, the orb, and Lisa for her own ends. Moreover, Lisa's destiny and past have an incredible secret contained within them that is the key to saving the world from a witch's terrible scheme. Two thousand years of fate are about to come to fruition, thanks to a magical love that defies all the rules.

**** Not many books surprise me, but this one is packed with aha moments. Ms. James' imaginative story is exceptionally intriguing. Though I did have to read around some highly sensual looking parts, most people will find those to be a plus, but their omission did not hamper the story. Malcolm is also a most interesting character and I do hope this is not the last we see of him. ****


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Author: J.R. Ward
Title: Lover Revealed


Though Butch O'Neal was simply human and not a vampire, much less a Black Dagger, he was part of them via the bond of friendship and Marissa, one of the females of worth, loved him, though such a thing was not looked on kindly by some. His ties and his humanity drew the attention of Mister X and the Omega to Butch, so that to hurt the Brothers, they took him, tortured him, and implanted part of Omega into him. When he was rescued, Butch had to fight for his life. The life he wins is one forever changed as he struggles to comprehend what Omega did means for him and the Brothers and to deal with his forbidden love. Yet, as if all that was not enough, the alterations of Butch's life are only beginning as prophecies come together and play out through him.

**** Butch's story reveals more about the Brotherhood than any of the prior entries in the series. It also takes the overall narrative forward by an almost evolutionary leap. Ms. Ward's imagination is stunning as her world grows in complexity and detail. Her talent for world-building is amazing, as is her ability to present a story that both focuses on one couple, but also is somewhat an ensemble piece. ****


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Author: Harper Allen
Title: Dead is the New Black


It is finally known which of the Crosse sisters is the one marked by the vampire queen, Tashya, known as the Brat, is the one slated to turn to evil. Yet, as her nature begins to darken, she does fight it and it will prove to be the very means of defeating the current reigning queen, if her grandfather's grand plan succeeds. If she fails, her sisters will have to destroy her.

*** Though not as strong a story as the first two in the series, Dead is the New Black brings the series to a satisfying conclusion and does not end on a pat, standard happily ever after. I'm not saying that it ends sadly, just that the resolution is slightly different from the norm. This is well worth tracking down. ***


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Author: Allyson James
Title: The Black Dragon


At only four years of age, Saba Watanabe saw a Baku. A Baku is a Japanese god of protection. It is six feet tall with the head of a lion, wickedly sharp teeth, a horse's body, bat-like wings, and a long, hairy tail. Even back then, her father knew she would be a wise woman some day.

Saba is now twenty-eight years old. She works in the San Francisco area for Technobabble (data programming). Saba had been a minion for a Black dragon named Malcolm. Malcolm, in human form, finished his eight-hundred-year exile about eight months ago and returned to Dragonspace. Until Malcolm left, Saba had been under Malcolm's thrall, with his dragon mark upon her. Now Saba is a strong witch. After Malcolm's departure, the first spell Saba learned was to resist a dragon mark. So when a White dragon entraps Saba on a train, trying to bind and enslave her with his own dragon mark, Saba is able to resist. Saba still has to call upon Malcom to rescue her from the White dragon.

Malcolm's attraction for Saba is still feverishly high. After temporarily chasing off the White dragon, Malcolm marks two men and appoints them as Saba's bodyguards. The Black dragon agrees to help track down Saba's dragon attacker, which is now terrorizing the Bay Area. Malcolm has a spell cast upon him to drain his strength. He needs Saba's help to remove the spell before he becomes too vulnerable. Yet to do so, they must locate a mysterious book hidden in the world of Dragonspace.

**** I learned a lot about Chinatown (and some of China's legendary history) as this story swept me away. Even though THE BLACK DRAGON (and DRAGON HEAT) obviously targets female fantasy fans, I believe men will be drawn to the series as well. There is more romance than most men would like, but the plot and action are so well done that men just may overlook the added romance scenes. This terrific book is perfect for reading on a cold and quiet evening in front of a warm fire place. ****


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Author: Sharon Sala
Title: Cut Throat


Cat Dupree's childhood ended the night her father was murdered and she was left for dead with a slashed throat. She survived and dedicated herself to finding the tatooed man who did this atrocity and avenging her father. For a time, she thought she had done so, then she discovers that the killer escaped and has fled to Mexico to live the high life on stolen money. She cannot allow that and so sets off to make sure that this time, he stays dead. She leaves behind her sometimes lover, Wilson McKay, who has his own set of worries to handle. Yet, when Cat runs into trouble, McKay is there for her, no matter the risk.

**** Once again, Sharon Sala has created a memorable, character driven story that draws you into the action. Though there is no mystery to solve, you are deeply snared by the sheer drama as it unfolds. It's not a conventional story, but is quite memorable. ****


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Author: Maggie Shayne
Title: Eternal Love


In the year 1689, when Raven St. James was twenty-one years old, Raven died beside her mother as a witch. They were hanged in the town square. Duncan Wallace had been a young Scot in training for priesthood. Duncan tried to convince his mentor, Nathanial Dearborne, that should he hang Raven and Lily it would be murder, not justice. When that failed, Duncan tried to reach Raven and help her escape. Alas, Dearborne had Duncan restrained until the two women died.

Raven is shocked to find herself breathing shortly thereafter. Raven returns to the only home she had ever known to find a note from her mother and a necklace. This was how Raven learned that she was part of an elite set of people, the Immortals. As a Light Immortal, Raven's crescent moon mark is on her right hip. In a previous life, she had died defending another Immortal. This was how Raven earned the Immortal gift. But there are Dark Immortals in the world too. Their crescent moon is upon the left hip. These witches have immortality by killing another Immortal and locking the Witch's beating heart in a small box. Whoever retains the box, retains the power. Problem is that the captured heart will eventually weaken and stop beating. The dark witch will begin to age and sicken. This is when the dark witch must kill another Immortal.

Raven leaves England and travels to America. In Sanctuary, Massachusetts, Raven is taken in by her aunt, who is mortal. This is where Raven meets Arianna, another Light Immortal. Arianna becomes Raven's friend and teacher. Raven must learn about dark and light witches and to how to defend herself. Duncan earns his Light Immortal crescent mark. Therefore, when he and Raven are reunited, it is Duncan who must learn. Biggest problem is that Dearborne is Duncan's father and a Dark Immortal. And if Dearborne cannot have Raven's heart, then he will just have to settle for Duncan's.

**** The old saying "Time is fleeting" is even more true for this story. From the Crusades, to American Indians, and onward, readers will witness time marching on as Raven's adventures continue. The author succeeds in creating a villain that readers will love to hate. Dearborne's character is evil personified. The author could not have done a better job. I can only hope that the next IMMORTAL book is as good as this one is. ****


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Author: Maggie Shayne
Title: Immortal Desire


As our story begins, a dead woman comes to life in the back of an ambulance. She had been thrown off the rooftop garden of a hotel in Manhattan. Newspapers claimed the young lady had jumped, an attempt at suicide.

Nathan Ian King is a collector and dealer in antiquities. No one knows that he is over four thousand, five hundred years old. He is a Light Immortal. All Immortals are marked with the unusual birthmark of a crescent moon. When Nathan reads about the young lady miraculously surviving the plunge with no visible injuries, but unable or refusing to speak, Nathan is sure it is Nidaba. However, Nathan believed Nidaba died over four thousand years ago in a fire. If the lady really is Nidaba, why has she not contacted him in all this time?

In 2501 B.C.E. Nathan had been a young prince named Eannaturm, Natum for short. He and the small girl, Nidaba, were close friends. People said that Nidaba was "born of the goddess". Whenever Nidaba became angry, things would happen (such as earthquakes). But today, Nathan does not believe Nidaba would like the man he has become.

After a brief visit to the hospital, Nathan knows the miracle lady is definitely Nidaba and he is determined to save her. This will be much easier said than done. The Dark Ones now know that the priestess Nidaba is still alive. Nidaba is one of the oldest Immortals and her heart would be a prize worth seeking.

*** An interest tale; however, it is too choppy and jumps around a lot during the first few chapters. This made it difficult for me to really get into the plot. The story flow does not seem to begin flowing smoothly until well into the book. Fans of supernatural romances will enjoy Nidaba and Nathan's story, but this is not one of Maggie Shayne's better novels. ***


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Author: Amanda Ashby
Title: You Had Me At Halo


To some people, finding out you had to have counseling in order to be cleared to enter Heaven might indicate you had gone in the other direction. Holly Evans is not adjusting to her death well; she has a lot of loose ends on Earth, chief among them being the fact that people are under the mistaken impression that she killed herself when she did not. To help her move up to Level 2, and eventually to Level 3 where her loved ones are, she will have to return to Earth by occupying someone else's body for two days while she works through her issues. That would be cool if she wasn't going to be inhabiting a guy, Vince Murphy, who was supposed to have vacated the premises, but wasn't dead, had just fainted. Now, while sharing space in a borrowed body, she has two days to resolve her issues and find out how she really died. It's no where near as easy as it might sound, and it does not sound easy at all. The worst part is, she is finding out that Vince was someone she should not have ignored in life, and now it's too late.

**** If you enjoyed Heaven Can Wait, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Just Like Heaven, or All of Me, this is a must read. Holly and Vince make for one of the most unusual couples ever, but they make it work in a funny, snappy, and sweet way. ****


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Author: Keri Arthur
Title: Embraced By Darkness
(Guardian #5)


Riley Jenson is part vampire and part werewolf. She had been forcibly given an experimental fertility drug in her past. She has developed a few interesting powers due to side effects, such as the abilities to see souls rise and spirits walk in the shadows. Riley never knows when another ability will pop up. However, they tend to come in handy during her job.

Riley and her brother, Rhoan, are Guardians; they are the super-cops, hunter-killers, of the nonhuman world.

When Blake Jenson, her family's alpha male, demands Riley help the pack, Riley is ready to tell him to get lost. Riley and Rhoan had been thrown out of the red pack back when they had been thirteen-year-old pups. But Blake throws down a verbal gauntlet when he informs Riley that should she refuse to help or fails in the mission her mother's life would be forfeit. Riley is now on the hunt for a serial killer. At the same time, Riley's lover is trying to convince her to quit her work. Yet should Riley do so, many will die.

**** This is the fifth book in the Riley Jenson Guardian series. The plot starts out immediately, on page one. Readers are able to dive right into the scenario. The action slows down two or three times during the course of the novel, but gets hotter than a blow torch by the end. This may be the fifth book of the series, but new readers will not find themselves totally lost. The author does a good job of filling them in. I found this to be a compelling story that held my attention well. ****


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Author: Patti O'Shea
Title: In The Midnight Hour
(Light Warriors #1)


Ryne Frasier is a magical troubleshooter. She is sworn to protect the innocent from harmful magic. For the last six years Ryne has been chasing Anise MacAlister, her former mentor. Anise is now completely corrupted from using dark magic. Since Ryne had been sent to Anise, at the age of twelve, for her formal live-in seven years of training, the Gineal Council decided Ryne knew the dark user better than any other and the best to hunt her down. But after six years now Ryne seems no closer to tracking Anise down, much less defeating the dark user in battle and bringing her before the Gineal Council.

Ryne has another mystery to solve now too. Ryne has been watching an animated private eye show on television at night. At the end of each episode, Deke Summers, P.I. takes off his glasses and stares into the camera. Ryne is positive she sees a real man's soul trapped within the character. Ryne takes a big risk and uses gray magic to pull the trapped man from the cartoon character.

Of course, this means the Gineal Council comes knocking on her door for using forbidden magic. They fear Ryne may be tempted over to dark magic since her mentor had been. But learning the reasons, the council grants Ryne time. Ryne's incantation grants Deke only temporary freedom. Anise's spell returns Deke to his cartoon at the next full moon - only two weeks away. No one knows why Deke is a threat to Anise. But it is clear Anise used a great deal of magic to kill Deke, and failing that, place the man within a cartoon character. Worse, Anise has found a way to bypass the protection around Ryne's home. Not physically, but mentally. Anise has been invading Ryne's mind and dreams recently. And Ryne's mind shield is slowly fading. It will not be long before Ryne is vulnerable.

***** This story starts out with a magical battle in a graveyard. Needless-to-say, it gripped me quickly and held on tight. The tale slows down a bit in the middle, but during that time readers learn more about the Gineal and watch as Ryne and Deke become close. Some secondary and minor characters (of Ryne's magical world) have their own charm and I have hope they will get their own stories told in the future. I found this to be a solid foundation for the author's new series to build upon and look forward to more from Patti O'Shea soon! Terrific new series! *****


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Author: Rachel Vincent
Title: Stray


Fayeth has made a life for herself away from her pride, pursuing an education and living a "human" life, where no one suspects she's a werecat. Then, she is attacked by a Stray, a feral werecat, other female weres go missing, and her family insists that she return home. Despite her protests, she finds herself back at the Pride, chafing at the bit every second. With members of her family disappearing, Fayeth is determined to find out who is doing it and make the danger stop. However, before she can, she becomes next on the victim list.

*** At a rapid pace, a new world is built, where otherwise normal seeming people shift into feline forms. The society in which they live is complex, and as much a star of the story as Fayeth and the mystery. Although this is a relatively massive tome, the tempo is kept so high that the pages fly. ***


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Author: Stephanie Rowe
Title: Sex and the Immortal Bad Boy


Paige Darlington no longer relies on Satan to supply her life force, but the Rivka may not have much life left in any case. Her former boss from Hell has turned her into a time bomb; a wraith lives inside her, just waiting to come out and turn sweet, perky Paige into a stone cold killer. She can no longer touch anyone, lest they die, even if they are immortal. Satan is no help; he did this to her, doesn't know how to reverse it, and is in a bad mood because Iris jilted him. Her only hope lies in either finding the scientist who invented the wraith or being cleansed in Heaven. She hopes Jed Buchannan, one of the few people she can touch because he's a shadow warrior and on Satan Junior's payroll, can get her into Heaven. There's just a few problems with that. Junior wants his dad's new toy and has the means to force Jed into betraying the woman he is falling in love with. Then, when the Council gets word of what Paige has become, she becomes a fugitive from them as well. With her life and soul, not to mention the world, hanging in the balance, Paige is in the worst fix any Rivka has ever been in.

**** Ridiculous comedy and hair raising suspense blend perfectly in this fast paced romance. The action never lets up as Paige's troubles grow deeper and deeper. You won't know whether to laugh or shiver most of the time. If you need a fun read, then this is the book for you. My one complaint is there was no preview of the next book in the end. I hope that does not mean the series is over, that would be a terrible shame. ****
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Author: Nalini Singh
Title: Caressed by Ice


Following the horrors she underwent at the hands of a Psy, Brenna should probably not want to get close to one, but the changeling is finding herself drawn to Judd Lauren, one of the deadliest Psy assassins ever created by the PsyNet. Now, he has escaped from his masters' control and moved outside of the Net to live among the shape shifting Changelings. His abilities and knowledge are vital to the Changelings when a killer begins to move among them, taking victims. Moreover, he is essential to Brenna's healing as she wrestles with what happened to her. Yet, Judd cannot allow himself to feel, though he knows how much Brenna needs him to. If he lets his guard down, she could die, or he could be damaged beyond repair.

*** The highly imaginative, compelling drama Ms. Singh began only continues to grow in complexity and depth. Readers need to be aware that they do need to have read at least the first in this series to understand the dynamics of this world. The author's world building skills are quite adept and admirable, and you need to know the full story to understand all the rules of it. ***


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Authors: Hannah Howell & Lynsay Sands
Title: Highland Thirst


Set in Northern England, 1511. Heming MacNachton and Tearlach MacAdie are cousins from Scotland. Their clans are not entirely human. They have some abilities that most do not and are long lived. Rumor has reached the clans that some men were gathering in groups to hunt them down. Thus, Heming and Tearlach have come to England, stopping at various inns, fishing for information. Word of the two Scots asking questions gets around. The cousins are ambushed at one of the inns.

First half is titled BLOOD FEUD by Hannah Howell. Sir Heming MacNachton regains consciousness to find himself in chains. Hervey Kerr, laird of Rosscurrach, is determined to force Heming into revealing the location of his clan and the secret of his long life. Hervey also plans to force his cousin, Lady Brona Kerr, to wed Angus, a vile and crude man she hates. Brona has no love for Hervey either. After all, Hervey beats her for the smallest reason. Therefore, Brona is not too shocked to find out that the prisoner is not a "monster" at all, even though he drinks blood. Brona releases Heming, and a few other prisoners, before beginning their trek to Heming's people. Brona is very attracted to Heming and, unknown to her, Heming intends to claim Brona as his mate.

Second half is titled CAPTURE by Lynsay Sands. Tearlach MacAdie regains consciousness to find hemself in chains. In the dungeon across from him, also in chains, is Lady Lucy Blytheswood. Wymon Carbonnel wants Tearlach's secret of long life. But Wymon also used Tearlach's ambush as the prime opportunity to murder Lucy's brother. Lucy can either go along with Wymon's plans to frame Tearlach for the murder and marry him (thereby making himself lord of Blytheswood) or die. Tearlach is too weak from torture to even plan how to escape. Good thing Lucy and her brother used to play in dungeons. With the skills taught to her long ago by her brother, Lucy and Tearlach escape. Now the race is on. Will Lucy reach the court before Wymon recaptures them?

***** This is one of those rare books where two authors cooperate with each other to create one fabulous novel. Each author takes a cousin, directly after the ambush, and tells what happens to each. Two heros, two heroines, and two supernatural romances. A very well done effort! *****


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Author: Lisa Jackson
Title: Sorceress


Set in the early thirteenth century of North Wales. Bryanna of Penbrooke has always stood out from the rest. It is something she has always hated. No one ever believed Bryanna when she was little and mentioned the people and animals around that no one else could see. She has always been plagued by visions and voices. She has always been a sorceress, though she has been careful to keep it quiet. Now she is compelled by destiny to fulfill an age-old prophecy and to save an innocent life. So she begins traveling, alone, toward Tarth, in hopes of receiving some answers. At the same time she searches for four jewels for an enchanted dagger. Bryanna never expected to meet a stranger deep in the woods.

Hallyd killed a witch sixteen years ago, but not before the beautiful vixen cursed him. Hallyd must now keep to the darkness, never to enjoy the slightest bit of sunlight. He has waited so long for the witch's daughter, Bryanna, to come. She is the one chosen by the Fates. He will make her lift the curse and then enjoy the other sinister plans he has devised for her.

Gavyn of Agendor is hunted by his biological father, Lord Agendor, and his hired killers. Horribly wounded during his flight, Gavyn stumbles upon Bryanna's campfire. He is shocked to realize that Bryanna is the woman from his dreams; dreams he has had for years. If she will let him, Gavyn will protect Bryanna while teaching her amazing things. But Gavyn has no idea that Bryanna is also being hunted. Nor does he believe that one so lovely could possibly be a sorceress.

***** This story hooked me immediately and never let go. As I finished one suspenseful section, I was shocked to realized that my body had actually gone totally still and I had been holding my breath along with Bryanna! Author Lisa Jackson has written a breathtaking tale that will leave you believing in magic and true love. Astounding! *****


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Author: Jennifer Armintrout
Title: Ashes to Ashes (Blood Ties, Book 3)


Carrie and Nathan's have been far from any sort of happily ever after scenario. In the short months that they've known each other, he has re-sired her as a vampire, they have been put under the scrutiny of the Voluntary Vampire Extinction Movement for various crimes, people they care about have died, not all of them have stayed dead, bounty hunters have pursued them, they've betrayed each other, and all that pales in comparison to what is on the horizon. The Soul-Eater is still out there forming his evil plans, but now, he is working both with and against the Oracle, an ancient being whose lust for revenge is millenia old. For the sake of the world and for each other, Carrie and Nathan have to stop them, and that means putting aside old grudges and jealousy. Therefore, Cyrus is needed, and he, too much set aside hatred. However, before Carrie can gain his help, things change again and she is forced to do something that will make both men she loves hate her. The story is just beginning then. From there on out, the complexity and emotional action only get more intense.

***** This series is one that only gets better. Readers should be prepared to be taken on a journey that will make them weep, yet want the story to never end despite or because of that. The ending is heart-shattering, yet I am already looking forward to the next story. *****


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Michelle Bardsley
Title: Don't Talk Back to Your Vampire


Just a couple of months ago, Eva Leroy was a normal mom/librarian. She's still a mother and a librarian, but outside of Broken Heart, she would not be considered normal. Thanks to a temporarily insane vampire, she and several other single parents are now vampires themselves and their town has been taken over as a haven for paranormal beings. Like all the others, Eva is adjusting, but she's still not happy when she's told she'll have to move because her house is in a blindspot. That becomes the least of her worries when hunters come looking for Nefertitti, an ancient, evil vampire who is controlling a pack of monsters. Even that little matter pales in comparison to the situation when Eva is infected with the Taint, the one disease a vampire can get, and faces dying slowly and painfully. She does not want to leave her daughter behind or to leave this world now that she's found love with Lorcan, the vampire who turned her. Somehow, the two incidents are related, though, and solving one might solve the other. She can hope, anyway.

**** Fun and suspense mix well in this latest entry in the rising paranormal mom-lit-romance blend genre. Broken Heart is an interesting place to visit; the way Ms. Beardsley has imagined building a society for vampires and lycanthropes is intriguingly inventive. I hope that there are many more stories there to tell. ****


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Author: Michelle Rowen
Title: Fanged and Fabulous


One bad date changed Sarah Dearly's life into an unlife and was the first step on the road to her gaining the reputation of being the vampire who slays slayers. That has both vampires and hunters afraid of her and wanting her dead. She also has two men who simply want her, but Thierry, the one she prefers, keeps trying to push her away. Romance really should not be at the top of her list of concerns. Someone is trying to kill her, even blowing up her apartment to do so. Sarah does not really know who to trust, who she should be with, or what is going on, but she's determined to get to the bottom of it. She'll have to, if she wants to stay undead and not just dead.

**** Fun vampire books are among the newer subgenres that makes reading a joy, and this is definitely one of the best examples of that kind. Ms. Rowen dares to defy the paradigms in at least one instance as she resolves matters in this book, making for a refreshing change as she does the unexpected. ****


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Author: Lynne Kurland
Title: When I Fall In Love (Time Travel)


Nicholas de Piaget and Jennifer McKinnon have something in common; both have given up on love. Eight hundred years separate them, but they also have something else in common; members of their families frequently travel in time. Thus, when Jennifer stumbles through a gate and finds herself in Nicholas' time, eight centuries in her past, she is calm about it, even fascinated. She does want to return home, but when the gate fails her, she finds herself falling for Nicholas. He knows she should return to her time and he ought to help her, but finds himself torn between love and duty.

**** Revisiting Ms. Kurland's world is always a joy. Familiar faces turn up again and it is comforting to see that they are still enjoying a happily ever after. There is little conflict to this sweet, lovely story, but if you just want a cheerful, positive, feel-good romance that will make your heart glad, then this is what you seek. ****


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Author: Robin T. Popp
Title: The Darkening
(Immortals #2)


With a demon preparing to launch an assault against the world, the best defense is to summon the legendary Immortals to stop him, especially since a rogue Immortal has joined the demon's side. Thus, after seven centuries of being kept safely and monotonously at home, Darius finds himself called to Earth. Unfortunately, there is a problem with the summoning. His mother wasn't overly willing for him to attend to the call and only reluctantly restored his life force. As a result, the life force is vulnerable and he could die and if he enjoys himself too much, Darius will get amnesia. Despite all the problems, he finds working with the female werewolf/bounty hunter Lexi to be an enjoyable experience, if a dangerous one. As they work to stop the demon and the rogue, Tain, the pair finds themselves falling in love. That is their great strength and weakness both.

**** I will say again, the Immortals shared world series is the best of the ones Lovespell has produced to date. The standard paranormal characters are subtly tweaked so that they become fresh sorts of beings. I love the running thread of redemption that is continuing from book to book as each brother deals with Tain's betrayal and look forward to seeing how it ends. This world definitely deserves more than four books. ****


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Author: Talia Gryphon
Title: Key To Conflict


Gillian Key's clients are not your average mental health patients. Nor is she your average shrink. Gillian is a Marine as well as a physciatrist, and possess qualities that make her an ideal therapist for any variety of life form. Her latest case takes her to the heart of vampire country to counsel a four century old vampire through his depression and solve a poltergeist problem. She's also working undercover. Dracula has decided to make a bid for power, and while many vampires are inherently good, as is the case with her client and his tempting brother, Dracula is anything but friendly. Her case work is fairly straightforward, even when she lands a new client, a werewolf with a fur allergy. However, her undercover role will take her to Egypt and even more exotic locales as she searches for a way to stop an insane ghost, an evil vampire, and how to rescue someone she cares for entirely too much.

**** With a story that is just complex enough to be attention grabbing, rich locales, vibrant characters, and multi-faceted mythology interwoven with current cultural icons, this book will draw you in and not let you put it down. It is impossible to pick which of the two heroes you like best, both are so intriguing. I hope this is the opening volume in a series, not a one shot. It is familar, but new, and quite fascinating. ****


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Author: Minda Webber
Title: The Reinvented Miss Bluebeard


Eve Bluebeard might be the daughter of the infamous pirate, but she wants nothing to do with the high seas, cutlasses, treasure, or rum. She just wants to live a peaceful existence in her home, the Towers, treating paranormal nutcases for various mental maladies while letting her housekeeper, Mrs. Fawlty, take care of domestic things. Of course, her name carries with it a lot of baggage that could incite people to be prejuidiced against her, so she has taken on an imaginary husband, Adam Griffin, who is fortunately out of the country for the foreseeable future. This gives her a different last name, one without perilous associations. This ruse should also keep her father's match-making plans from bearing fruit, forbidden or otherwise. Then, her "husband" comes home. Adam will readily admit to her, at least, that he's a fake, but before long, Eve is starting to think she might have met her match. However, Captain Hook intends to make her a widow.

*** Like Miss Webber's other books, this one is replete with jokes that challenge you to figure out to what they refer. The fun of that alone is enough to reccommend them. The story is also grin worthy, with a spunky heroine who is almost hoisted by her own petard. Deception always gets ladies named Eve into trouble, but this one can look forward to finding that the truth does make her ending happy. ***


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Author: Katie MacAlister
Title: Last of the Red Hot Vampires


Portia Harding was an uber-skeptic, but while on a trip to England, did agree to try to be more open to the idea that there was more to the world than what can be proven. Barely was the promise made than she had to make good on it. While relaxing in a fairy ring, she reads a summoning spell and in response, a woman calling herself the virtue, Hope, shows up, giving her the "Gift" before fleeing from pursuers unknown. Portia thinks she's just having a delusion, even after handsome Theo North shows up demanding that she grant him forgiveness and forcibly removing both her and her friend, Sarah from the fairy ring. The two women escape, but he continues to come after them, stating that he's a nephilim and needs her to forgive him. That's only the beginning of the weirdness. Odd people begin popping up to put Portia through "trials" so that she can join the Court of Divine Blood and take on her role as a virtue. Finally, Portia is forced to believe what is going on is real. Of course, by that point, the situation has turned dire. Theo has lost his soul and been turned into a Dark One, with her as his Beloved; and she has been accused of murdering Hope. Portia has scant days in which to complete her trials successfully, restore Theo's soul, and prove her innocence. She might also get to save the Court of Divine Blood in the process, but that's almost a side benefit. One thing's certain, when Portia is wrong, she's wrong in a big way.

**** Another certainty, in the real world, is that if readers are looking for clever, witty, paranormal romances, then they need look no further than Katie MacAlister to begin their list. Portia's conversion from skeptic to believer is filled with laughs and highlighted by moments of profoundness. This is the Best Dark One novel yet, and the ones that came before it were wonderful. ****


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Author: Susan Sizemore
Title: Primal Desires


Sofia Huniya does not know who she is, or what she is, until she is shown the truth about her heritage. She is a Wolf Tamer, a member of a clan who can control werewolves. It is this talent, at least in part, that draws Jason Cage, the vampire Prime known as the Beast Master, to her. His talent lies in taming ordinary wolves, but once, he also tamed feral werewolves. Now, with Sofia's cousin missing and a group of supremist, modern Nazi, bitten werewolves out to use Sofia and her cousin to found a new master race, Jason will have to make serious choices that could land him in jail or worse to save the woman he loves and perhaps the world.

**** With every new entry in this series, the world of the Primes grows more complex and intriguing. It is fantastic to see Jason get his own story after his intriguing entrance as a "guest star" in the last one. Seeds are sown in this novel that should bear fruit for many novels to come, and readers are very fortunate to be able to reap the reward. ****


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Author: Eva Swan
Title: The Bone Whistle


Summers on the Reservation hold little but boredom for Darly until she learns who her father really is. First of all, he is not dead, as she believed, but alive, somewhere under the hills. He is one of the wanaghi, a Native American version of the Sidhe. This knowledge sends her on a quest to meet her father and lands her in the middle of a war and on a journey that will lead her to her true love. Can she help forge peace between warring peoples and will Darly at last discover where she is supposed to be in life?

*** This could almost be classified as a Young Adult novel; however, the subject matter does get a little more mature than some parents may feel comfortable with younger teens reading. The narrative is told in simple, clean prose that is easy to follow and has some elements that will remind you of Charles De Lint. ***


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Author: Susan Grant
Title: How to Lose an Extraterrestrial in Ten Days


Once upon a time, a small boy's skill at tracking and a foolish bit of bravado resulted in him being given the "opportunity" for a new life, as a REEF assassin. He became one of the best at what he did, until he tracked Cavin Far Star to Earth, and failed to kill him. In fact, REEF was essentially killed, in one sense, yet he managed to survive. His mechanical parts were "dead" and had to go, but that restored his humanity and for the second time in his existence, he was given the shot at a new life. Cavin's lover, Jana Jasper, got her sister, Evie Holloway, to agree to take care of Reef for the ten days he needed to recover. Despite her initial doubts, Evie agreed and found herself fascinated by this new man, one who was far from being a heartless killer, but who needed her. Yet, Reef found his old instincts trying to control him once again. This places him in the fight of his life, for his own soul and for the right to love Evie and her family. However, not all Earthlings are as forgiving as Evie and her sister, and the man who created Reef isn't quite ready to let him go. Reef's strength will be tested in ways he never expected, but now, he has a new strength, love.

**** Of the three books in this series, Reef's story is the most satisfying, though they have all been wonderful reads. Redemption is a powerfully attractive theme, and Reef certainly needed it. This story will make you cheer. Replete with love, action, and heart-warming moments, it's a futuristic story that has heart and depth rather than flash and steel. ****


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Author: Mary Janice Davidson
Title: Undead and Uneasy


After months of planning, it is almost time for the Vampire Queen, Betsy Taylor, to marry her king, Sinclair. Unfortunately, the wedding is really the least of her concerns these days. First, her father and step-mother have been killed, leaving her the guardian of her baby brother. Secondly, her best friend is not faring well in her chemo treatments. Third, pretty much everyone else has disappeared, from her resident werewolf and fiend to the groom-to-be. Things just keep going from bad to worse and Bety just knows something is badly wrong. Does she dare risk opening the Book of the Dead for a clue?

***** As always, a peek into Betsy's "unlife" is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Emotions range from tense and terrifying, to laugh out loud humor, to profoundly moving, to warm and fuzzy. This is perhaps the most layered of the books in the series and the best. I hope Bety's reign is long and we get to continue experiencing it. *****


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Author: Colleen Gleason
Title: Rises the Night


Victoria de Lacy's year of mourning has come to an end and it is time for her to get back into the swing of things. However, that does not mean parties on the ton, but slaying vampires. The Queen, Lilith, may have been banished back to her lair, but her "son" is plotting a rise to power that would devastate humanity should it succeed. Things are made dicier by the fact that a human society is working to aid the vampires' rise to power and the fact that an ally has turned traitor. Victoria will face her most emotionally challenging crisis in the days ahead as she learns that there are shades of grey that make it very difficult to see who is on the right side.

***** Even if you normally do not enjoy novels with a historical setting, the Gardella series is one you should definitely consider reading. Complex characters drive the action forward and keep you guessing about what happens next. Like Victoria, I do not yet know what to make of the two main men in her world, Max and Sebastian. Both of them add elements of intrigue to the story arc that is utterly fascinating, with or without the romantic potentials they may represent. *****


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Author: Linda Andrews
Title: A Knight's Wish (Time Travel)


From time to time, most vehicle owners might like to take a sword or something to their car or truck and beat it to death, but not literally. Nonetheless, Kaylee looks up to find a kilted madman whacking her dilapidated truck with a sword in the middle of a rainstorm, so he can rescue her from the belly of the beast. From that point forward, her life changes in strange and wonderful ways. The madman is Malcolm, a Knight of the Living Five, and he and his children have been sent forward nine centuries to the present on a quest to find a mystical diamond. It only takes hours for the children and then their father to work their way into Kaylee's heart. As they strive to build a new life in this land, Kaylee is afraid to love too deeply, for they might be snatched away at any moment. They are not the only ones who have made their way forward in time. Enemies who also want the diamond and who are as evil as Malcolm is noble are also there and willing to kill, washing in blood all hopes of a happy future.

**** Reading this was a delight. Seeing the travelers from the past adjust to the present was charming and the twist in the tale is guaranteed to make you smile. I hope that all five of the gems have a story connected to them. ****


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Author: Marjorie M Liu
Title: Soul Song


Kitala was supposed to be M'cal's victim, her soul stolen by his song to give power to the witch who held his reins. However, the gifted, troubled psychic who is able to see death turns out to be the merman's salvation, loving him enough to set him free from the compulsion to obey the evil one. There is more going on than a woman's quest for power and youth. The witch is the most minor thing Kitala and M'cal will face as they fight the darkness and make sacrifices neither ever expected to be called upon to make.

**** The ending of this book is one of the more powerful ones I have ever seen, and is quite unusual. I'd love to see the full back story that goes with this book, going back to the days of Kitala's grandmother. ****


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Author: Vicki Lewis Thompson
Title: Over Hexed


As punishment for using some unconventional methods of therapy, witch and wizard duo Dorcas and Ambrose find themselves banished to a backwater town to counsel a dragon with ADD who has been shirking his guardianship duties. Since dragons are nocturnal, that leaves their daylight hours free, so the couple decides to open a relationship therapy service and chooses for their first victim -er client town hottie Sean Madigan. His problem is not that he can't get a girl; he can't get much done for all the girls, women, and ladies in town throwing themselves at him. Dorcas and Ambrose slip him a drug that damps down his pheremones, but less than a day later, he finds a woman he would like to charm. Maggie Grady has arrived in town and happens to want to buy the same property he's after. His purposes are preservation, hers are for progress, ie, installing a Walmart type store into the sleepy hamlet. For both business and personal reasons, Sean wants to be able to use all his charms, but they're all gone. In fact, every bit of magical help he has received has been somewhat lacking. Despite this, Maggie can see that he has some appeal, but duty comes first, doesn't it?

*** Filled with laughs, this is a charmer of a book that shows you best be careful what you wish for, you might get it. Dorcas, Ambrose, and the Dragon George are very interesting characters, especially George. I'd love to see more of him. ***


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Author: Amy Wolff Sorter
Title: Soul Obsession


Peggy Witwater has total belief in her Jewish faith. So she feels a harsh mental slap when congregational politics ends up bumping Peggy from the senior rabbi promotion. Still, for her people, Peggy could and would silently accept it. Then the new senior rabbi decides to stop several long standing traditions. Other than Peggy, all fear to speak out. Soon people begin to resent Peggy for rocking the boat. But these are minor problems next to someone being possessed.

Peggy has always hid her romantic feelings toward Daniel Grogan, even when he was moments away from walking down the aisle and into a loveless marriage. Just before Daniel is due to wed, he goes into convulsions. Once well, his fiancée dumps him for leaving her standing at the alter! Peggy takes charge and begins caring for Daniel once he is released from the emergency room. It is not long before they become romantically involved with each other. But Daniel's condition gets worse. After numerous black outs, visions, and some very dangerous incidents, Daniel is forced to believe that Peggy, his brother, and his sister-in-law (a psychotherapist) are correct when they inform him that he is being overtaken by the vengeful spirit of a lady he knew over the internet.

***** I may not be Jewish, but I enjoy hearing about other religions. I am always amazed at how similar many are. In this story, I came to realize that rabbis, priests, reverends, etc are all human. They are no different from anyone else. They are simply the guidance counselors for the people in their religious faiths.

Having Peggy bumped from an earned promotion was a stroke of genius on the author's part. I, as the reader, could easily sympathize with the female lead character. I quickly came to care for Peggy. The character of Daniel is not as likeable in the beginning; however, his character is totally realistic. Everyone in the world knows more than one person such as Daniel. And somehow, the author convinced me that Peggy and Daniel were perfect for each other.

Author Amy Wolff Sorter has created a marvelous gem that readers, no matter their religious preference, cannot help but lose themselves within. Filled with mystery, drama, ghostly possession, betrayal, and romance, this novel is sure to please! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Charlaine Harris
Title: All Together Dead
(Southern Vampire #7)


Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in Bon Temps, Louisiana, with telepathic abilities. Over the past couple of years, Sookie has become used to being surrounded by all types of creatures humans used to believe were only myths. Vampires have come out-of-the-closet and humans are still getting used to their undead existence. However, humans do not as yet know about shape shifters, changelings, faeries, or others.

Sookie was betrayed in her not too recent past by her long time vampire love, Bill. Sookie's other vampire lover, Eric, is no longer the man she cared for. Yet Sookie has managed to find herself in another relationship; this time with a shifter (weretiger). The only thing left for Sookie to deal with now is the long-planned vampire summit in Rhodes.

Sophie-Anne Leclerq, the Queen of Louisiana, has been a refugee in Baton Rouge since Katrina hit her home base in New Orleans. At the summit, Sophie-Anne will be on trial for the murder of her husband, Peter (King of Arkansas). Sookie is to attend the trial with the queen, not only because she is the only witness to Peter's death and needs to help clear Sophie of the charges, but also to stand by the queen during negotiations of supplies and read the minds of any surrounding humans for possible treacheries.

Secret alliances and back room deals are happening everywhere. Many are testing Sookie's abilities and intelligence or are planning on ways to own her. The Fellowship of the Sun may have spies within the summit as well. Yet through it all, Sookie is well aware that even more betrayal is going on deep within the shadows. This is one summit that many people (human, vampire, and were) may not walk out of.

*** I have followed this series from the first book and given many great reviews; however, I am a bit disappointed in this installment. Before the summit begins, most of the pages are filled with names and background information for characters who made appearances in (most, if not all) the previous titles. Each of those characters have one or two small, unneeded scenes. The first hundred pages could be totally cut out of the novel and I would not have missed a thing. Once the summit finally begins, the pace picks up and get a bit interesting. From there on the book is a political mystery within a non-human government. All-in-all, wait for the paperback. Hopefully, Sookie's next adventure will be back to par. ***


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Author: Shanna Swendson
Title: Damsel Under Stress


Kathleen "Katie" Chandler works at Magic, Spells, & Illusions, Inc. (MSI) She is immune to magic of all types. This is why Katie was sought out and hired by MSI. Being an immune means that Katie can see through any magical trick, spells, glamours, or illusions that MSI's competitors and/or business associates may try. It also means that Katie can see the magical creatures that walks among the normal human population.

Owen Palmer is the most powerful wizard at MSI, next to Merlin. (Yes, THAT Merlin. You read it correctly.) Owen and Katie have started dating. Dating is rough due to a major plot being hatched by some of MSI's rogue ex-employees. Not to mention the fact Katie is going to meet Owen's (foster) parents during the Christmas holiday, and they are pretty formal/regal people.

Enter the latest new magical creature to Katie's world, Ethelinda, her inept fairy godmother. Ethelinda means well, but it seems nothing goes as expected when she meddles.

Katie and Owen must work side-by-side to defeat the villains' plans. However, not only magical spells and rogue wizards are their problems. There are also subway-dwelling dragons to deal with and it looks as if Katie's two roommates may become targets are well.

***** YIPEE! The third installment of Katie Chandler's odd life is finally out! There is more going on with the villains in this episode. MSI seems to be dealing with some magical guerrilla warfare. Fans of this series may be a bit disappointed with the ending, but they may be assured it all means that there will be another MSI novel in the future. (Hopefully the NEAR future.) Clever, magical, and even some humor to keep you grinning all the while, DAMSEL UNDER STRESS is the perfect spell to cure your horrid Monday blues. Excellent! *****


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Author: Nora Roberts
Title: Valley of Silence


The final battle to seal whether humanity will live in the light or cower in darkness as prey for Lilith's vampires is fast approaching, and the six warriors of the Circle fill their days preparing themselves for it in Gaell. In the past two books, Glenna and Hoyt and Larkin and Blair have discovered true love, so it is no surprise that the little queen, Moira, and the vampire, Cian, wake to the love they have for each other in this one. However, the obstacles between them are greater than those facing the other two couples. She is a Queen, bound to her world, and he is a vampire from this one. Moreover, Lilith does not intend to let any of them live beyond Samhain. Not all the battles they face are on the fields of blood, there are conflicts that must be settled in the heart as well.

***** The only thing I hate about this book is that it is the end of the series! Cian is one of the most complex, multi-facted characters I've come across in a long time. His sarcastic wit made me laugh often, yet he also evoked tears in my soul. Moira makes a speech that will bring to mind thoughts of Aragorn and Lord of the Rings, making you want to cheer. Normally, I do not like epic battle scenes at all, but the ones depicted herein were so deftly handled that I could follow the action without being bogged down. Though the Eve Dallas series is my first love among Nora Roberts' books; under her own name, the Circle series, particularly this final volume, is her finest writing to date. *****


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Author: Erin McCarthy
Title: Bled Dry


Pregnancy, especially the unplanned sort, comes with all sorts of challenges. When the father is a vampire, someone the mom-to-be really thought could not sire a child and who she has not seen in the weeks since the begetting, the complications are initially squared. Brittany Baldizzi had no idea that Corbin Atelier could get her pregnant, and on their one time together at that. Him being a vampire makes things difficult enough. Finding out their child will be at least three-quarters vampire thanks to her recessive genes, is just one more hassle. Things only get worse from there on out. Corbin is not the most popular vampire in the world, given his scientific research into how to cure vampirism. Their child could become a bargaining chip to be used against him or a possible science experiment for less than kindly intentioned other vampires. That is enough to drive both parents batty. Then, Corbin finds out how difficult a pregnant woman can be and learns the true meaning of fear.

**** Light-hearted fun is mixed with edgy suspense as the hero and heroine confront the difficulties presented by their rather unique situation. Ms. McCarthy's spin on the vampire mythos uses new and old elements in an effective blending to build an exciting world. The political and medical ethical issues raised are ones that come very close to mirroring reality in a way that could give new perspective and insights into current events in a way that is more accessable to readers. The Vegas Vampires is a series that is not a gamble, but a sure bet for enjoyment. ****


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Author: Christine Warren
Title: The Demon You Know


Touching the wrong person at the wrong time gets Abby Baker into a heck of a situation as a fiend fugitive transfers itself into her body, along with a dangerous spell that other demons are after. Soon, she finds herself taken into protective custody by a pack of Lupines and various Others, including a good demon, Rule. Abby has to completely change what she has believed about otherworldly beings and adjust her attitudes rapidly as she deals with her unwanted guest and her protectors try to figure out how to handle the situation. The spell inside her is a time bomb, and it would not do at all for evil demons to get hold of it, since it is the magical equivalent of a nuclear bomb. The simplest solution would like as not kill Abby, something Rule finds himself increasingly unwilling to do.

**** Though initially I was worried that this would be a story too hot to handle, the one scene that qualified as such is easily read around, and the story that is left is fast paced and compelling. Abby's plight is one you will care about seeing solved, though aspects of it provide much amusement. The Demon You Know is a must read for urban fantasy fans. ****


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Author: Nina Bangs
Title: Wicked Fantasy


Eight centuries ago, killing Morrigan's favorite warrior netted Connall O'Roarke the curse of immortality and the gaes to always protect the man's descendants until the last one dies. He's been off duty for a few years because his last charge died and the next one hasn't shown up, so he spent his time helping run the Castle of Dark Dreams, Sparkle Stardust's realm of fantasies. Then, he gets word that the last Kavanagh is checking in, so Connall once more has to protect the offspring of the enemy. However, when he meets Gerry, he discovers she's a very attractive woman and a vampire. His duty will now never end, but considering how much he likes her, that is either a blessing or a further curse. Morrigan has also banned him from having relations with a Kavanagh. He might be released sooner than he expects, if whoever is trying to kill Gerry has their way. Between the would-be assassin, Gerry's determination to catch a serial killer, and Morrigan determined to stop them from acting on their desires, life is more interesting than Connall ever wanted it to be.

**** If you need a good laugh, then grab this one posthaste. The secondary plots alone are enough to make it a worthwhile read. Sparkle, Ganymede, Asima, and Fo, the talking cell phone/demon detector, keep you smiling or giggling throughout the story. The main plot is, of course engaging and fun, filled with surprise twists and turns around every corner. I truly look forward to finding out what trouble the cosmic troublemakers will caues next. ****


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Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.


Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
Title: Be Still My Vampire Heart


For some mortals, the only good vampire is a dead one; political differences such as good vamps, those who drink Fusion cuisine or rely on blood banks, vs the Malcontents who do things the old fashioned way, they kill for it, just do not matter. Emma Watson is that sort of mortal and between her work with the Stake Out group and her own vigilante justice exacted against any vampire she can catch while on Slayer patrol, she has made a definite dent in the vampire population. This only makes matters worse for Roman Dragonesti's vampire realm, since the Malcontents are sure he is behind the killings. Therefore, he needs to stop the Slayer, and among those sent to handle the situation is Angus MacKay, a Scottish vampire laird whose first meeting with Emma strikes sparks of attraction, but it takes a while for her to get past wanting to kill him. Love overcomes that, but there is danger. The Malcontents are bent on destroying both Emma and Angus, or forcing them to do so to each other. Meanwhile, a new kind of baby is about to be born, the first human/vampire hybrid.

**** Humor, romance, and edge of your seat suspense make this a triple winner. There are some of the most laugh out loud scenes in the entire series, particularly those with Dr. Phang, and the climatic confrontation with have you biting your nails. Threads from the earlier books are revisited and brought to a satisfying conclusion. ****


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Author: Kat Martin
Title: The Summit


Ignoring her dreams cost three friends' lives once, so when Autumn Sommers is haunted by visions of a little girl being stolen, she has to act on it. Her quest reveals that the child was taken six years ago. Her dreams evolve to reveal the girl, Molly McKenzie, as she is now. With persistence, she makes Ben McKenzie, Molly's divorced father, listen to her and gives him hope once more that his daughter might be alive. Soon, they are working together, trying to find Molly before it is too late, before the danger looming kills her, or worse.

**** This is a compelling story that grows more so as you get deeper into it. With events that feel very relevant and true to life, it will both chill you, then, in the end, give you hope and be reassuring. This should make everyone who reads this a "Kat" lover. ****


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Author: Cindy Miles
Title: Spirited Away


Forensic archaeologist Andi Monroe gets the chance of a lifetime when she is assigned to excavate Dreadmoor Castle where legends claims fifteen knights vanished without a trace seven hundred years ago. It does not take her long to discover that the knights are still there, "living" as ghosts, cursed to remain there forever, unless someone can be found to free them. In particular, one of them, their lord, Tristan de Barre, the Dragonhawk, fascinates her. She saw him once, years before, when his spirit helped save her life then vanished. Now, getting to know him is the most incredible thing that has ever happened to Andi. As their love blooms, however, the impossibility of the situation becomes apparent. Either Tristan and his men will remain ghosts and cursed, thus unable to touch Andi, or she will solve the riddle of their doom and they will depart this world and be at peace. Unfortunately, they are not the only ghosts around, and one remaining spirit is far from being a friendly specter.

**** I will agree with Julie Kenner's assessment; if you liked The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, this is a must read. Ms. Miles eloquently portrays an impossible love and the frustrations it causes both Andi and Tristan. My heart ached for them. The main protagonists are not the only stellar characters, though. All of the fourteen remaining knights and Tristan's mortal servant are equally engaging personalities. I definitely want to read more by this author. ****


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Author: Mary Jo Putney
Title: A Distant Magic


Jean Macrae was born in a leading Scottish Guardian (magical) family. Her family members are masters of the amazing powers that all Guardians use to protect their homeland. But Jean gets headaches whenever she uses more than a small amount of her scrying powers at once or for too long a time. As she boards a ship to visit Marseilles and attend a Guardian wedding, Lady Beth informs Jean that she will have an adventure. Jean should have paid more attention.

During the visit to Marseilles, Jean is kidnapped by Captain Nikolai Gregorio who claims that the Macrae family owes him a blood debt. Nikolai takes great delight in explaining what happened to him twenty-odd years ago. Nikolai ended it by informing Jean that her father saw him being abducted by pirates and, instead of helping Nikolai, allowed him to be taken as a gallery-slave. Nikolai threatens to sell her into slavery on the Barbary Coast. Jean's powers are far inferior to Nikolai, but her Guardian magic subtly suggest that his mind may be changed by a woman (her) with whom he is quickly falling in love with.

Elsewhere, another love story is happening. Adia lives in West Africa and is kidnapped by slavers. She is sold in Jamaica to Mr. Harris, who owns a sugar plantation. Adia grows up learning as much as she can; keeping a low profile by using a sort of shielding magic. While Adia is a maid for the oldest daughter, Sophie, Adia learns to read and write. When Sophie marries and moves to America, Adia goes with her and meets Mazi (now renamed Daniel), who had been another slave heading to market all those years ago. Love blooms, but can two slaves ever find happiness and/or freedom?

***** Two different love stories are happening simultaneously in this exceptional novel. They eventually blend together, making the novel seem even larger than life. (Of course, it is. That is what romance novels are mainly for.) But the author makes it come together seamlessly and realistically. LOTS of rich history from many sections of our small world, two adventures with blissful romance, and a bit of magic. Excellent! *****


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Author: Elizabeth Guest
Title: Night Life


Three thousand years ago, betrayal killed Pharoah Seti III, but he only slept in a magic rest, not waking for millenia. When he did return to life, he took on a new, modern identity of Adrian King and set up his own empire in Vegas. Much had changed over the years, but one thing had remained the same; Adrian was still haunted by dreams of a woman whose face he had only seen in his mind. Then, she walks into his casino. Christine Day has had dreams of Adrian since she was a child and is able to believe in the magic that kept him alive. However, there is a price for Adrian's existence. He has to make a choice, to walk into the cleansing fire of the sun or to turn into a vampire. It is ironic that he has found his true love just as the need to choose between these two extremes is pressing most heavily, and just as the one who betrayed him returns as well.

**** Although a bit more explantion and background would have been useful and fascinating, this is still an intriguing reinvention of the traditional vampire legends. Facts about ancient Egypt interspersed in the narrative add even further interest and there is also an undercurrent that reminds one of the Phantom of the Opera. All in all, I can say this is an author to watch. ****


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Author: Jean Johnson
Title: The Wolf


To avoid a fate worse than death and to escape her miserable life, Alys flees from her despotic uncle's home to Nightfall Isle where the Brothers of Destiny have lived in exile for years. There, she reunites with Wolfer, the man she has loved from afar. Now that Saber has fallen to his destiny and married the outworlder, Kelly, it seems only natural and right that Wolfer find his soulmate in Alys. However, she must first confess her part in some of the terrors that have befallen the brothers over the years; her uncle's hold on her forced her to do what she did not wish to. Then, they must face worse disaster than the great one predicted when Saber married Kelly. Once more, things will change as fate plays out on Nightfall Isle.

**** This second entry in the series is filled with action and romance and a worthy follow-up to The Sword. It is distinct from the prior novel as the two brothers are from each other. If you began to fall in love with this passionate, stubborn, quirky family in Book I, you will be even more so by the end of this second novel. ****


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Author: Heather Graham
Title: Blood Red


They say everyone has a twin, but being the twin of deceased Katya could prove fatal for Lauren Crow. All over New Orleans, women are vanishing, and according to a handsome, mysterious stranger, it's because of a vampire who is after Lauren because she appears to be identical to another young woman. As it happens, that woman was also this man, Mark Davidson's, fiancee. He wants to keep Lauren safe, but he can only do so if she is willing to accept the unbelievable, not just that there are vampires, but that there are some who are good. Is he crazy, or can she trust him with not only her life, but those of her friends, and even with a city's fate?

**** Ms. Graham's fans will recognize some character names from prior novels and welcome the chance to see how they are doing now. Lauren is a credible heroine who carries this classic plot off well. Fans of vampire romance should not be disappointed. ****


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Author: Julie Kenner
Title: Demons Are Forever
(Kate Connor series, Bk 3)


Until fifteen years ago, Kate and Eric Crowe were Hunters. They roamed the globe searching for and destroying demons. They retired to San Diablo, California, when Kate was pregnant with Allison "Allie". But Eric died while Allie was still young. Kate eventually remarried to a man named Stuart Connor, who treats Allie as if she was his own. Just under three years ago, Allie became an older sister to little Timmy. On the surface, they look like such a nice and normal family.

Well, Kate Connor may live in the suburbs, but she is certainly no ordinary soccer mom. Until recently, Kate was happy with a normal life. Stuart is about to run for San Diablo County Attorney. Timmy is well into the Terrible Twos and thinking about entering the Horrible Threes early. Allie is a teen, complete with all the drama the title brings. That is more than enough for any woman to handle. Kate only came out of Hunter retirement because demons began showing up in the area and Kate is determined to keep her family safe. Few people know of Kate's secret life. Laura Dupont, her neighbor and best friend, helps with research. Eddie Lohmann "Gramps", once her alimentatore (coach/mentor during Hunter years), may be over eighty but you would never know it if you saw him kicking demon butt. Father Ben helps with archive research and helps hides the bodies (after the demon is banished) in the Cathedral catacombs. David Long, Coronada High's mysterious chemistry teacher who helps Kate hunt. And recently, Allie entered the elite circle, but only because she had been kidnapped by a demon a couple of months ago and almost became collateral damage.

Kate is now forced to reveal her secret life to Allie. Time is of the essence. Seems the demons are getting active again. Worse, the demons are attacking very close to home! From what little the demons reveal during encounters, they are attempting to release Andramelech "Andre", one of the high chancellors of hell, from his shackles. Should this happen, the entire world will be in deep trouble. Also, Kate learns that Eric had been an active Hunter until his death. Of course, Kate feels betrayed. Eric had kept his hunting a secret from her and often lied about his where-abouts. Clues now show that Eric had some sort of connection with Andre, had kept in contact with the Vatican, and knew another hunter named Nadia Aiken (who disappeared only five years ago).

Allie is almost fifteen-years-old now and looking forward to the day she gets her permit to drive. To look at Allie, you would never guess that only a couple months ago she had escaped being slain by a demon in the local museum. Allie now knows that demons are horribly real and that her parents used to hunt them down. Naturally, Allie wants to research the mystery surrounding her dad's death. After seeing her mom kick demon butt, Allie wants to train as a Hunter as well. Her mom only agrees because she knows Allie would train behind her back. And for some odd reason, the demons seem to be showing up where ever Allie is.

Looks like Demon Hunting runs in the family...

***** The story focuses more on the mystery of Eric's past and Kate's relationship with Allie this time around. Don't worry, there are plenty of demon battling scenes to enjoy. But by probing Eric's history and putting Allie into the mix, the author has opened up a whole new can of worms with lots of future plot potentials. This series just gets better and better! The author writes the character of Kate so well that I could almost believe she exists. I found myself empathizing with Kate's maternal instincts. I cannot recommend this novel highly enough. I eagerly await the next title, Deja Demon, due for release in Summer 2008! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Melanie Jackson
Title: Writ on Water


Chloe might have the Sight, but she chose to ignore it. Still, from the moment she begins her assignment of photographing the private graveyard belonging to the Patrick family, her senses seem to be all on alert. Strange things are happening; people are going missing and dying, a charming young man seems to hide a secret, and there is unexplained flora in odd places. To find the answers she needs, Chloe will have to make peace with her gift and decide what truth she wants.

*** There is a definite creepiness pervading the novel that will surely appeal to fans of gothic novels that were more popular in a bygone time. This is a departure from Ms. Jackson's usual style, but showcases her range of talent well. ***


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Author: P.C. Cast
Title: Goddess of Love


For eons, Venus has been in a convenient marriage to Vulcan, but she is bored with her life. Eternity is seeming very long, so she pays a visit to Peresphone, Goddess of Spring, who now makes her home, part of the time, in Tulsa. Little does she know that while she and her sister goddess are enjoying a day shopping, one mortal will act to change her destiny. Pea Chamberlain is gawky and has a terminal case of foot in mouth disease, but she wants to have a better life. With that in mind, she uses a spell found in a bestselling book to summon Venus' aid; no one is more surprised than she when she gets it. Because the spell had a bit of help from Hera, Venus is bound to stay in Tulsa until Pea gets the happiness she longs for. However, Venus does not find this a chafing experience. Once she convinces the mortal that she is who she says she is, Venus finds herself reveling in her task, enjoying the simple joys of mortality and of helping this unusual young woman. Playing Henry Higgins to Pea's Eliza is the easy part. Finding love for her, without magic, is tough. The most obvious solution is Griffin DeAngelo, a hunky fireman Pea has a crush on, but he has eyes only for Venus. His feelings are returned, even though she knows it's not right. However, Venus is not the only immortal on Earth, and the other one might have his heart set on Pea.

**** P.C. Cast is an expert at writing fun romances that you can't help but smile over as you read. Pea is such an every woman that readers will identify with her vicariously with ease. Ms. Cast has taken mythology, Cinderella, a bit of Shakespeare, and a dash of Shaw and mixed them with her own style of comedy for a winning read that is as heartwarming as it is funny. ****


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Author: Caridad Piñeiro
Title: Blood Calls


Diego Rivera became a vampire in Spain, 1491. For over five hundred years Diego has kept his promise to be a better man than he had been while human. He is now a patron of the arts. He has personally known many famous artists in history. Currently, Diego is fascinated with the work of Ramona Escobar. He discovered the lady's talent while she was in college.

Ramona Escobar is trying to get her house in order. The only family she has left is her mother, who is institutionalized due to advanced Alzheimer's. Thanks to Diego's patronage, her mother receives good care. But Ramona needs her recently completed art pieces sold quickly. Except for Dr. Melissa Danver, no one knows that Ramona is terminally ill. If Ramona had any hope of a future, she may have tried for romance with Diego. As it is, Ramona believes it best to remain uninvolved with anyone.

When Ramona finds out that Frederick van Winter has sold HER copies of some famous paintings as originals, she turns to the only one who just might believe her, Diego. Diego contacts Special Agent Diana Reyes, who is currently on desk work only (Diana's story is in a previous book), for help in proving her innocence. It gets worse when van Winters threatens Ramona's mother and someone tries to run Ramona down.

Can they prove that a psycho millionaire is out to kill Ramona? Can Diego keep himself from falling in love with a dying woman? And will Ramona be able to clear her name before she dies?

***** Author Caridad Piñeiro pumps so much life into all her characters that I almost believe they are real. Special Agent Diana Reyes, and her vampire lover, Ryder, are secondary characters in this Nocturne episode. (If you have not read their story, titled DEATH CALLS, you will still have no trouble with this book. Other secondary characters had their story told in previous titles too.) The main characters of this story, Diego and Ramona, are a perfect match for each other. I never felt the need to hit one of them on their head because of any sort of stupidity. They are both intelligent and realistic people, while also cautious when it comes to their hearts. Creating characters that I can actually care for is a special talent in authors, and therefore, I cannot recommend this title highly enough. *****


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Author: Stephanie Rowe
Title: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Hot


Becca Gibbs' main desire in life is to be free of Satan. She's tired of being his pet Rivka, but since her life force is tied to him, getting free is somewhat problematic. Because of her dependance on him for her continued existence, as much as she might like for him to die, when a plot to kill Satan and put Satan Jr. on the throne of Hell arises, Becca has to stop it. She finds herself working with Nick Rawlings, who is half demon, but descended from beings who freed themselves from the evil one long ago. He needs to kill Satan if he wants to save his sister's life, but he finds himself falling for Becca, so neither option A or B is good. Besides, Satan Jr. makes dad look like an unfallen angel. If this whole situation were not hellish enough, there's a perky apprentice Rivka tagging along who is the personification of every bad cheerleader stereotype. Becca and Nick are in a completely impossible situation. That's when miracles can happen.

***** C.S. Lewis advised that one of the best ways to fight the devil is to laugh at him. In that vein, this book is a very good weapon, making Satan utterly ridiculous and pathetic most of the time. Granted, it's not the best theology, but it's a fun read. Becca and Nick's dilema is heart-wrenching and suspenseful, but perfectly balanced by the laugh out loud comedy. This series is a hoot. I'm glad to see it will continue. *****


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Author: Dawn Thompson
Title: Blood Moon


Vampire. Revenant. Nosferatu. Vampir. There are many words to describe the undead Sebastian. The deadly corpse had once been an Orthodox Auxiliary Bishop of Moldovia. The greatest prize for any necromancer, demon, or vampire is to corrupt one of the Lord's anointed. This is probably why Sebastian bit Jon Hyde-White. Sebastian's intent was to kill Jon because of his clerical calling. Jon is the third son of the Earl of Breckenridge and has just met the lady he wants to marry. Her name is Cassandra. She is a lady's companion. But, somehow, some way, Sebastian did not finish draining Jon. However, that did not mean Sebastian did not intend to finish the job of killing Jon. Being centuries old, Sebastian gets little entertainment from un-life these days. So Sebastian goes after Cass, intending to drain her dry and raise her as one of his many female companions. But, once again, Sebastian is interrupted before he can finish the job. This time, though, it is okay. Through his bite, Cass has been "infected", just as Jon is.

Jon and Cass currently live in a half-state. They are still alive, but the infection will slowly transform them into undead beings. Jon's clerical calling gives him a bit more power over the infection than Cass. His infection is halted by his will, at least for a little longer. Cass has no such defense. Jon has already learned to change into a wolf form and back into his human form. He knows when the blood lust is coming upon him and can race out to feed on rodents and animals, instead of Cass or any other unsuspecting soul. And as our story opens, Cass has morphed into her animal form, involuntarily, for the first time ... as a black kitten, totally vulnerable to any and all predators. The blood lust is just beginning to happen within her and she has no control over it at all.

In hope of a cure, Jon and Cass travel from London to Romania. Rumor has it that the holy men of a Moldovian priory, on the far west side of the Carpathian Mountains, may be able to save them from a future as vampires. Unfortunately, Sebastian follows them. Worse, not only did the rumor turn out to be false, but Sebastian is now on his own turf. Sebastian's ancestral home, Castle Valentin, sits high in the Romanian side of the Carpathians and is full of Sebastian's minions.

Local villagers learn of Jon and Cass. They are rescued from death by Milosh, an enigmatic Gypsy who is also infected by Sebastian. For over three hundred years Milosh has resided in the half-state. Milosh begins to teach the new pair about their untapped powers and about the Blood Moon Rite they must perform to halt the infection. The rite will not cure them. They, just like Milosh, will always be vampire, but they would no longer age, need blood, or become undead. It is two weeks before the blood moon rises. During that time, Jon and Cass must learn to trust Milosh, learn how to use their new powers, and travel to the place in which they can perform the rite. But each time Cass changes into animal form, there is proof that the infection is spreading rapidly within her. The kitten is slowly maturing into a black panther. Time is of the essence, but now there is hope. Now they have a new calling. They will become vampire hunters. They will free the undead souls held captive by Sebastian and his ilk and give them back to God.

***** The story begins with Jon and Cass already infected and on the run from Sebastian. It grabbed my attention from the very first sentence. But for the first thirty or so pages, I was a bit confused as to just what was going on. My heart pounded at the drama unfolding and I wanted to know NOW! I am used to mysteries and thrillers beginning this way, but not vampire books, so it threw me for a few pages. However, I, as the reader, was not left hanging for long at all. Author Dawn Thompson let me follow Jon and Cass, learning everything as they did. The story has the flavor of Bram Stoker's horror "Dracula", meaning a vampire hunts a lady while her man tries desperately to save her, but also of a dark romance.

Bedroom scenes are rare since the main couple has no idea what any child they conceive may inherit. Therefore, men will totally enjoy this book as much as women will. The story flows smoothly and is very well written. In fact, I have hopes that someday Hollywood will discover this gem and bring it to the big screen. Horror, love, drama, gore ... this book has it all. Outstanding! *****


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Reviewed by Detra Fitch.


Author: Melanie Rawn
Title - Spellbinder


New York City is full of magic, literally. There is a small and discreet population of witches and wizards who reside there. Judge Elias "Eli" Bradshaw watches over Holly McClure like a father would. Eli knows well that during her childhood, while others were discovering their magical talents, Holly had shown none. But it turned out that Holly was not just a witch, but a Spellbinder. A Spellbinder is extremely rare. Her blood has the power to strengthen any spell or ritual, for good or for evil. When she was a little girl, others took great care to protect and shield her, yet still evil found her. As Holly reached maturity her blood would be as a siren call to those with magic. More was done to protect her.

As an adult, Holly McClure is an international best selling author. She's had more than her share of relationships with men that turned out to be nothing more than fortune hunting guys. Therefore, she does not tell U.S. Marshal Evan Lachlan how rich and famous she is. Holly wants to be sure Evan likes her for herself and not her bank account. Of course, sooner-or-later, Evan would find out. Then what?

It would have been easier to find out if Denise had not cast her own spell to make Holly's life miserable. Then there is the little detail of a black coven leader out to get Holly's blood. Perhaps dating a handsome federal marshal is not so bad after all.

**** Author Melanie Rawn blends the Craft with a modern day flair that will enchant readers into staying up late to read. Sleep if overrated anyway, right? I found some parts to be long winded; however, if you are interested in the Craft you will probably be taking notes. The author goes into detail on what each magical item does, such as a silver candle for protection. A great read whether you believe in magic or not! ****


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Author: Lynsay Sands
Title: Bite Me if You Can


As she walks home in the dark, Leigh is kidnapped by a rogue vampire who has a crush on her and before she knows what's happening, she is also a vampire. Before things can get any worse than that, she is rescued by a group of good vampires whose job it is to take out the rogues. Next, she is taken to Canada and safety with the Argenaeu family, namely Lucian. Initially, the ancient, sexy man wants to pawn her off on his sister-in-law, but Marguerite is not home and expects him to baby-sit her dog. What happens next is Lucian and Leigh find themselves each with a lot to learn from the other. Leigh has a new life ahead of her and needs to know the basic life skills of it; while Lucian needs to learn how to live, and his newly found life-mate is just the one to instruct him. There's just a tiny problem; the vamps who made Leigh haven't given up on her.

**** Lynsay Sands has some of the most charming vampires in the genre. Each book is filled with laugh out loud moments combined with the romance. Every time a new member of the clan is given a story, readers are in for a delightful treat. ****


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Author: Mercedes Lackey
Title: Fortune's Fool (Bk 3 in 500 Kingdoms)


Tradition rules the Kingdoms, making sure all magical elements play out the way they are supposed to. Yet, from time to time, there are those who try to change Tradition or defy it. In some circumstances, this can be benign, even useful. In others, the results are dire. The latter is true when a wicked Jinn takes over a castle in an alternate either Russian or Scandanavian country and proceeds to kidnap young women so he can use their magic to turn his enviroment into a desert waste. Among his prisoners is Katya, one of the Sea King's daughters. The clever young woman rallies her fellow inmates to try and escape, but there is also help on its way from the outside. The youngest son of a neighboring king, the Fortunate Fool, Sasha, is on a quest to save his beloved, Katya, and incidentally, the entire world, from the Jinn. He will have to use all his luck and wits to do so, however. Between him and Katya stands Baba Yaga, temptations, and other dangers. Can one who is not a Champion hope to defeat such evil?

**** Merceds Lackey continues to demonstrate a brilliant imagination that interweaves free will and destiny in concert to give archetypical stories and characters new life. The parallel sides of the plot are told in an engaging, compelling, and suspenseful fashion. Although this is book three in a series, new readers need not have already read the first two. They may be enjoyed in any order at all, thus far. This series reminds me somewhat of the Xanth series by Piers Anthony, but with more romance and less satire. In any case, these are sheer fun to read. ****


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Author: Patricia Briggs
Title: Blood Bound
(Mercy Thompson Series, Bk 2)


Though she was raised by (were)wolves, Mercy Thompson is not a wolf. Nor is she strictly human. She's a Walker, able to shift into a coyote form and mostly immune to magic. She is also able to speak to ghosts that others cannot see. Because of her talents and because she owes him, the vampire Stefan has her go along with him to witness his interaction with a new vamp in town, one who is not there with the permission of the local queen. However, this is not a plain vanilla vampire; this one is a demon riding sorcerror and very dangerous. What's going on his much more perilous than the complexities of vampire politics, the hierarchy of weres, or the trickiness of dealing with the Fae. Even ghosts feel fear when the vampire/sorcerror begins to give in to the demon's killing lust. Mercy faces losing too many people she loves in addition to the general chaos having a demon on the loose involves, if this creature is not destroyed.

*** Fast paced action drives this plot that speeds by almost too quickly. This is one book to not judge by its cover. Though the covers lacks beauty, the story inside is intriguing and intricate. Stefan in particular becomes a more fascinating character as he is revealed in this second volume. I look forward to seeing how all the relationships will continue to evolve in future novels. ***


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Author: Harper Allen
Title: Dressed to Slay (Bombshell)


Meg, Kat, and Tash Crosse were not thrilled about marrying their bland as dishwater fiances, but they were resigned to it. They certainly did not want an escape clause in the form of the three grooms-to-be becoming vampires who would try to kill them, but that's what they got. Instead of weddings and husbands, they find themselves with a legacy and a grandfather that they thought was dead re-entering their lives. As it turns out, one of the triplets is a Daughter of Lilith, the chosen vampire slayer of this generation. One is a healer. The third is destined to become a vampire. It looks to Grandfather like Meg is the vampire to be, so she finds herself excluded from the how to kill vampires 101 lessons and saddled with a shapeshifter named Mikhail who watches her like a hawk so that he can stop her from doing evil or protect her, as the case warrants. Meg can't decide if she's annoyed with him, attracted to him, or both, but there's really not time to figure all that out. There's a vampire queen on the loose who needs to be stopped, and it is up to the Crosse girls to do the job.

**** Reading the books out of order as I found myself doing, I knew how it would end, but that did not change how enjoyable the story was. Getting additional background information, especially how the slayer myth has been reinvented for this series, was helpful and interesting. If you enjoyed Buffy, then it's a sure bet you'll like this as well. ****


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Author: Cameron Dean
Title: Eternal Hunger


Candace Steele has resisted the vampire she hates who is also the man she loves for a long time. When another vampire kills her though, Ash cannot allow that to be the end and so begins to transform her into a vampire. Candace is amazingly resigned to her fate, though there are rocky and rough moments as she fights to retain her internal humanity and not become a bestial monster. However, more prepossessing matters take priority. The Board and the vampire who hurt Candace are after the three artifacts of Thoth that will grant them unlimited power and immortality. Ash and Candace have to stop them, no matter what the sacrifice.

**** This is not your standard vampire romance by any stretch of the imagination. Seeing the slayer turn into what she has considered prey is fascinating and Ms. Dean manages to convey an incredible amount of heat without being excessively graphic. I thank her for that. The ending has a poignant quality that should touch all but the hardest hearts. Is this truly the end of Candace's story? I can see where it could continue, but if this is the conclusion, it ended well. ****


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Author: Amanda Ashley
Title: Night's Touch


Twenty-two years ago, vampires Roshan and Brenna DeLongpre delivered a baby girl born to a teen mother who did not want her, so they took Cara in and raised her as their own, never telling her that her parents were Undead. They also killed a madman who would have destroyed them both, and now, the consequences of those two actions are coming to fruition. Anthony Loken's lover and son have decided to take revenge on his killers, the DeLongpres, and use their daughter to do so. Cara has also attracted the attention of a new vampire, Vince Cordova. Though he has fallen in love with the mortal, his secret stands between them. Yet, when danger threatens, it will take all good vampires to stand against the true evil. Cara is about to discover the miracles that are possible when truth and love combine.

**** This is an excellent sequel to Night's Kiss. The new twists to the vampire mythos are intriguing and make you want to know even more about the future of this world. I was particularly fascinated by Mara, the oldest vampire. Dare I hope that she will ever get her own tale? The ending is somewhat of a surprise, but a good one. Don't miss this book. ****


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Author: Kim Harrison
Title: For a Few Demons More


Having an insane demon arrive in your home is a less than ideal wake up call, but it's only the first in a series of events that will change Rachel Morgan's world forever. The fall out from her prior actions has begun to catch up with her. Thanks to the focus, weres are dying and powerful beings are vying for the "right" to claim it from her. Between the weres, demons, Trent, and the general angst of her personal life, Rachel has almost more than she can deal with going on. Then, things get really bad.

***** This is perhaps the most emotional of all the Hollows books to date; the ending leaves you shaking from its intensity. Ms. Harrison is a powerful writer who draws you into Rachel's psyche and lets you live in the pages. All I can say is "Wow," and I hope the next book comes very soon. *****


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Author: Brenda Joyce
Title: Dark Seduction
(The Masters of Time #1)


Claire's safe little world is disrupted beyond belief when an ancient Highland warrior, a member of the secret order, the Masters of Time, steps into her life seeking a powerful page that might be in her bookshop. Malcolm carries her back to his time, nearly six centuries in the past, where she learns about the Masters and their war against demons, and where she falls in love with this dark, tormented soul whose greatest fear is that he will turn into a demon. She becomes part of the battle and the war against evil turns personal as she learns how it has already touched her life. However, Claire's destiny lies in her own era, so how can she hope to find love with this Master of Time who is sworn not to ever give his heart?

*** Ms. Joyce's leap into the paranormal is fascinating and intriguing. Be warned that there is a vast amount of information imparted in this initial, world building volume. Those who adore brooding, enigmatic, tortured heroes and impossible loves will surely want to snatch this up. ***


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Author: Susan Grant
Title - My Favorite Earthling


Keira, warrior-queen of the galaxy, is famous for her beauty and her mastery of weapons, especially plasma swords and daggers. Keira has never had a real friend. She was thrust into her queenly role as a child, when her entire family was killed in "a terrible accident". Keira prefers to let parliament deal with major issues while she does little as possible. Keira wishes only to be left alone and unwed. But when a little planet called Earth seems to actually threaten her world with its fleet of spaceships and advanced technology, the fate of her people rests in Keira's hands.

Jared Jasper's family has always been in the spot light. However, Jared prefers not to be. Jared is a Sacramento real estate developer and a fighter pilot (F-16) in the national guard. That all changes when he enters a space ship, gets connected (via video monitor conference call) to an unknown lady, and lets his mouth run wild. Jared's biggest mistake is giving the sexy lady his code name "The Prince".

It is not long before Jared learns that the lady on the video screen was the warrior-queen of the galaxy! The queen now wishes (A.K.A. demands) Prince Jared wed her to form an alliance between Earth and the Coalition. This will present a united front to the Drakken Horde, their common enemy. Playing dutiful consort to the reigning queen is listed LAST on Jared's To-Do-List. Yet in exchange, over six billion people on Earth will live safely and have safer, brighter future. Well, Jared may have to wed the queen, but that does not mean he has to be a meek mate. Little "Sunshine" is about to learn that she has met her match.

Meanwhile, unknown to Jared or Keira, the enemy has slipped inside. "Terrible accidents" begin anew. Jared must open Keira's eyes to the danger and together they must save the galaxy from the latest Horde plot.

***** This Science Fiction/Romance may target the female audience, but do not be fooled into thinking that men could not easily find themselves enthralled by this novel. Author Susan Grant writes in such a way that appeals to both genders. In this title, there is not only an Alpha Male, but also an Alpha Female. Readers view the situation through the eyes of BOTH main characters. The writing is in no way stilted. The entire story flows smoothly. I could almost feel as though I were there, watching it all from the shadows. You do not HAVE to read the first book (Your Planet Or Mine?) to fully enjoy this tale. I did not; however, I will certainly be looking forward to the next book in this series. An extraordinary tale. *****


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Author: R. Garland Gray
Title - Fey Born


As unlikely as it seems, the girl perceived to be the weakest in the land, Lana, bears the birthmark that indentifies her as one able to contain the sword spirit, Valor. When the current bearer's life is endangered, the Water Guardian, Keegan, a Fey man who finds mortals more interesting than his own kind, is summoned to rescue the current bearer and to take Lana with him in case Valor needs a new home. As the two journey, they begin to fall in love, but it is a romance that is twice over forbidden; he cannot mate with a mortal, which he believes Lana to be, and she must be pure for Valor to accept her. Love denied only grows in intensity, and the consequences could be the undoing of more than two hearts.

**** Impossible romances, especially those with an inherent sacrifice involved, hold an undeniable appeal, even though they bring tears to your eyes. Lana and Keegan's story is such a tale. If you enjoyed Predestined, this one is even better. ****


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Author: R. Garland Gray
Title - Predestined


Bryna never knew who she was. Her history consisted of being a foundling and a slave until a prisoner was brought into the home of the centurion who owned her. She is charged with helping him by her only friend, an ancient druidess, and thus it is that she makes her escape when she frees Tynan from his bonds. However, there is one bond she cannot break so easily; the gaes he must fulfill or cause ruin for his people. Tynan must take a faery wife, one who is an avatar of the goddess of his people. Is it Bryna? As she freed Tynan, can she free his people with her life and love?

**** If you like a complex story that is not simple to sum up in a few, pithy words, then you will revel in this one. Fans of Moran Llewlyn or Eric Flint's early work will surely find this to be a most welcome addition to their TBR list. What is particularly fascinating is the fact that rather than focusing on one aspect of the fey world, the entire panoply of fairies is brought into play, making for an interesting exploration. ****


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Author: Maggie Shayne
Title - Prince of Twilight


Five centuries ago, Vlad Dracula lost Elizabeta, the one woman he loved, but was able to bind her soul to a ring. Rhianon told him that when the time came, in five hundred years, he would find her soul descendant and be able to rebirth her into a new body. Now, he has found the one destined to give Beta new life; Tempest, or Stormy, as she prefers to be called. For sixteen years, the two have been falling in love and the time for the rite that will allow Beta to take over Stormy draws close. However, death has turned Beta into a madwoman, and Stormy does not want to die, which she will if another soul takes over her body. Vlad has a terrible choice to make, but one an insane spirit may take from his hand.

**** At first, I expected this to be much like Valerian's story, as written by Linda Lael Miller. However, though the concept of reincarnation and reborn loves is similar, and both stories are excellent, they are not clones. Stormy's dilema is poignant and suspenseful as she races to find a way to live. Vlad sometimes comes off as unsympathetic, but this may be one of the best Dracula's ever invented. ****


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Author: Kimberly Raye
Title - Dead and Dateless
(Dead End Dating series)


Lilliana "Lil" Marchette is not only a "born" vampire, but she's also the owner of Dead End Dating, a matchmaking service that caters to all types. That means her clients do not have to be human. The client may be vampire, werewolf, human ... anything. Lil's business has not been open long, but it's doing very well indeed. In fact, Lil has until the next full moon to find twenty-eight alpha males for a pack of werewolves that are ready to start breeding! Time is short, especially since she's on the run from the law. One of the clients has been murdered and the evidence points to Lil.

Tyler "Ty" Bonner is a "made" vampire who earns his money via bounty hunting. With the one hundred thousand dollar price tag on Lilliana's head, Ty may be the only person (human or otherwise) who is NOT out to cash in. Instead, he is helping Lil to lay low. This is hard to do since Lil's family is high up the Society ladder. That means when Lil agrees not to "walk" out of Ty's apartment and risk being caught, she waits for him to leave and then "flies" out instead.

The police are closing in, time is short to locate the needed alpha males, Lil's family is having a few family troubles, and Lil can't seem to stop drooling over Ty.

**** You do not have to read "Dead End Dating" to enjoy this tale of Lil's vampire life. However, you DO have to be a fan of super natural romances. The humor falls flat a few times, but the originality of Lil's profession more than makes up for it. And the term "BORN vampire" was stressed and used way too often before the story finally got around to explaining exactly what that meant. Otherwise though, I found the story to be a delightful way to spend an evening at home. I look forward to the next release in the series. ****


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Author: Dawn Thompson
Title - Blood Moon


All of Jon Hyde-White's hopes and dreams were shattered when he and the woman he loves became infected with vampirism. Once, he dreamed of being a holy man, now the church considers him unholy, despite the fact that unlike the conventional vampire, he can freely enter consecrated ground. Because for both him and for Cassandra, his lady love, life is unbearable, they decide to follow a wise man's offer of hope, that in Moldavia there might be a cure. Neither is a full vampire, merely infected, so perhaps there is a chance. Yet, when they reach foreign soil, all the couple finds is that they are caught between evil vampires and vampire hunters. Their sole ally is a centuries old gypsy vampire who does know of a way to change them so that evil is not predominant. They just have to survive and stay out of the hands of their maker long enough to try the method.

**** Though this is a first book in a trilogy, the opening pages felt as if you were entering the story some time after the beginning. That aside, Ms. Thompson has reinvented vampirism in a most imaginative way. The idea that there are differnet levels of the infection, as it is called here, is intriguing, as is the notion that a rite could allow vampires who are not totally gone over to evil to adapt to society better. ****


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Author: Alyssa Day
Title - Atlantis Rising
(Warriors of Poseidon, Bk 1)


Over eleven thousand years ago, before Atlantis sunk into the sea, a group of warriors met with the sea god's high priest. They were divided into seven groups of seven and assigned each a sacred duty and a magic-imbued gemstone. Some were to sink to the bottom of the world, shielded from prying eyes. Others were to join the lands of humans at assigned locations. They would serve as first warning on the eve of humanity's destruction. Only then would Atlantis rise again.

Conlan, High Prince of Atlantis, had been captured by Anubisa, the vampire goddess, and tortured for seven years. When he finally returns to Atlantis, nearly dead, it is to learn that Poseidon's Trident has been stolen. He, and the rest of the Seven Warriors of Poseidon, are to surface and retrieve it. Along side the group would be the high priest and Ven, the King's Vengeance. Poseidon's Trident has been the vehicle of ascension for Atlantean kings for millennia. Without it, Conlan could not ascend to the Atlantean throne.

Still raw from Anubisa's torture, Conlan does not wait for the others before heading out for the surface. Upon reaching air, his mind is bombarded with a mind link that only Atlanteans have been able to access. However, this time the link came from a human female who is being attacked by creatures of the night. Conlan finds himself possessed with the need to locate her, protect her, and make her his. Problem is that desiring a human is taboo.

Riley Dawson is a dedicated Virginia Beach social worker. She and her sister, Quinn, have always been emotional empaths. However, they believed it to be a type of twin speak (even though they were almost a year different in age). Being an empath is hard on the heart, especially in her profession. Therefore, she often heads for the beach for quiet healing. Riley knew she should not be out after human curfew. (Only recently have the vampires and shape shifters announced their existence.) But nothing could keep her from the beach after such a dreadful day. The last thing she expected was to be attacked by a group of men. Or for a male of obviously great power to link with her and heed her mental call for help. Riley certainly never expected to find herself among a group of Atlantean Warriors and in the middle of a war!

***** OMG! OMG! I have never come across a plot such as this! I found it to be totally original. Author Alyssa Day grabbed me with an iron hook before I even finished reading the very first paragraph. When that happens, I know the story has great potential; Alyssa Day did not let me down.

This IS a stand alone story, but I am having difficulty forcing myself to wait for the second book in this series. (Actually, book two will be a novella in the May 2007 anthology WILD THING. Book three, ATLANTIS AWAKENING will be released as a full length novel in November 2007. Sample of it is in the back of ATLANTIS RISING.) Be sure you keep note of the info above, because I pity anyone who misses out on this stellar series. Paranormal Romance gets no better than this! *****


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Author: Mariane Mancusi
Title - A Hoboken Hipster in Sherwood Forest


A cell phone plea from her friend, if she can be called that, sends Chrissie Hayward to a Ren Faire fortune teller. Her friend, Kat, is stranded in the twenty-second century with Lancelot and Queen Guinevere (From A Connecticut Fashionista In King Arthur's Court), and needs Chrissie to contact Nimue and get a rescue going. Nimue is more than willing, but she needs special ingredients, among them a drop of blood from the Holy Grail, which was last seen in the days of King Richard the Lionheart after he brought the cup of Christ back from the Holy Land. So, Chrissie finds herself sent back in time to Sherwood Forest where she encounters Robin Hood the first rattle out of the hat. On the plus side, he's more handsome than some of the actors who have played him. On the minus side, he needs to get a clue about what he's supposed to be doing. He and the Merry Men have not gone in for the robbing the rich to give to the poor; they just got the first part right. He also thinks Chrissie is Chris, an eunoch, thanks to her lean build and pants. Since women are banned from the camp, that's an advantage, to a degree. Chrissie is able to become one of the Merry Men and get them on fire to be the heroes she has heard legends about, but that only makes life more dangerous. She has no idea when Richard will return from the Holy Land and Chrissie needs to stay alive and keep her secret from the Merry Men, though Robin did find out and a romance was begun, until the King gets back. Then, she can rescue Kat and go back to the future. But, does she want to?

*** Despite the somewhat annoying use of the first person, present tense narration, this is a fun read. The characters, mostly, are somewhat as expected, especially after they wake up to their destiny, but there are subtle differences that make them Ms. Mancusi's own renditions. If you enjoyed the original Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court or Back to the Future, you'll like this. ***


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Author: Harper Allen
Title - Vampaholic


Three sisters have a legacy, but it is not jewels or other such valuables. It is the gift to slay vampires. However, one of them might turn into a vampire herself. The oldest triplet, Megan, is safe from that possibility, since she is the Daughter of Lilith who has the main gift of slaying. Conventional wisdom says that it is Kat who received the Vampire Queen's kiss and will turn. That destiny has wrecked Kat's life, making her a borderline lush and very anti-social. Her relationships tend to be shallow and the only people who seek her out are vampires who want her for their queen. That changes when a determined vampire bounty hunter comes after her, set on killing her. Not only does Kat not want to be either a vampire or dead, but she is attracted to the man who thinks she is a vampire and should be dead. Talk about a problematic relationship! They can agree on one thing, the vamp who originated what will be Kat's line if she turns, needs to die. Yet, as the pull toward the dark side increases, who will win?

**** Though Kat is often a most unlikeable heroine, this is a fascinating read. It is filled with red herrings and surprises that you won't see coming, even if you've read so many vamp romances you think you know the formula. I definitely want to read more. ****


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Author: Jennifer Ashley
Title - Immortals: The Calling


The quest for the truth about what happened to their siblings brings together two very different people. Amber's sister was killed and she wants answers, but when her quest turns dangerous, she is rescued by Adrian, an Immortal who has spent forty-five hundred years defeating evil. Seven centuries ago, his brother was taken by a demon and somehow, that incident is connected to the murder of Amber's sister. Moreover, it's all tied into a plot that could end up destroying the world and breaking an Immortal heart.

**** Although my initial thought upon seeing this book was on the order of maybe I should listen to Queen while reading this, thinking it would be a take on Highlander, only the fact that the hero is named Adrian and he cannot die links the two mythos. This is a fascinating world where heroes come in various shapes and with quite diverse powers. One of the most interesting characters is a vampire that I'm not sure if he will turn out to be good or evil when all is said and done. Of all the shared world series Lovespell has created over the years, this one looks to be the most intriguing and fun. ****


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Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Title - Dream Hunter


For eons, the Dream Hunters have existed without any ability to feel anything other than pain. Their only relief comes when they tap into a mortal's dreams and are able to live vicariously. Not unexpectedly, some get addicted and turn into Skoti, those who abuse that gift. Arikos was once one of the best Dream Hunters, now he is Skoti, and there is one mortal to whom he is especially addicted, Dr. Meageara (Geary) Kalieri. The desire to know her as a person, to be able to feel as a normal person, drives Arikos to strike a bargain with Hades. For two weeks, he can be a mortal man and be with Geary as she searches for Atlantis, but in return, he must bring her to Hades when he comes back, or face the most dire of punishments. He agrees, not regretting it until he is able to feel and then it is too late. As he keeps his secret and the two fall in love, other matters take greater priority. Geary is searching for the lost city, and if she finds it, she will also find the door to Appollymi's prison and she is one of the few people who could unleash the Destroyer into the world. Should that happen, Geary will not be the only one destined for Hell. All beings everywhere will be.

**** A new dimension unfolds in the world of the Dark Hunters. Although long time readers may be somewhat disappointed to discover that Acheron gets scant page time, that is only a minor flaw. The story is passionate and vibrant, touching on themes of sacrifice, priorities, and love and combining them in a thrilling adventure. ****


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Authors: C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp
Title - Howling Moon


Species boundaries blur when Cat Turner is the sole survivor of Sazi serial killer Jack Simpson's latest attack. Because of his history with the madman, Sazi wolf Raphael Ramirez is assigned to monitor Cat and see if she survives the change and if she remains sane. If she does, despite the fact she will be feline, he will be her teacher in coping with this new world. He will also be her protector from the insane man who is now obsessed with her and with completing his macabre task.

**** With every new entry in the series, more of the Sazi culture unfolds, revealing new complexities. Combined with the thriller and romantic aspects, this makes for a compelling read that will appeal to a wide variety of readers. The author's attention to detail is greatly appreciated, as is the way they show us the story without being heavy handed in the world-building. ****


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Author: Savannah Russe
Title - Beneath the Skin
(Darkwing Chronicles, Book 3)


When a high profile potential presidential candidate with the charisma of Bobby Kennedy or Martin Luther King's life is threatened, the Darkwings go into action. If they fail to save this life, the ripple effect could be of doomsday proportions. There is something different about this case scenario, however. The possible assassin may be a vampire, and it is vampires who are going to stop the mysterious Gage, among them, Daphne Urban. Now that her love life has turned sour, she is totally focused on her work, but this latest investigation opens her to old temptations anew. It also takes her and her team into the heart of a secret, Catholic organization that has targeted their kind and may be tied to the present crisis. When Daphne finds the answers, she may wish she had not asked the questions.

**** This is an edgy, compelling story. It might be a pun to say it grabs you by the jugular, but it is true. If you love a tightly woven, strong plot with charismatic characters, this series is what you want. ****


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Author: Rowena Cherry
Title - Insufficient Mating Material


This is the sequel to "Forced Mate". It picks up where the last novel left off. Prince Djetthro-Jason is the captive of Emperor Tarrant-Arragon. (Tarrant-Arragon was the hero in "Forced Mate".) Prince Djetthro-Jason is allowed to live; however, he must wed Princess Martia-Djulia, the Emperor's sister. Djetth has no problem with that! He enjoyed one outstanding and explosive night in bed with the princess before. Of course, the princess knew him as Commander Jason instead of as Prince Djetthro-Jason. But there is a twist this time around. The prince is not allowed to reveal that he is the man she fell in love/lust with. He must woo her all over again.

Princess Martia-Djulia would never forget the night she spent with Commander Jason. In fact, that entire night has been forever burned into her heart and soul. She refuses to love another. She even runs out during her (forced) wedding ceremony. Bad idea! Her brother, Tarrant-Arragon, makes a bold move and shoots down the vehicle in which Djetth and Martia are traveling in. She finds herself stranded on a deserted island with a man she wants nothing to do with. Strangely enough, there seems to be wild life on the island that is not native to it. Then again, who really cares? At least they will not starve. But in order to survive, the two must learn to work together. All the while, Emperor Tarrant-Arragon keeps a close eye on the pair.

***** First off let me say that even though this book is part of a series, it can still be read as a stand alone story. But this book takes on a much deeper meaning for the readers who did enjoy the previous novel, FORCED MATE.

I simply could not stay mad at Emperor Tarrant-Arragon for the stunts he pulls on this couple since I understand the reasoning behind his actions. More is going on than I state in the synopsis above too! My problem is that I could not think of a way to tell about any of it without giving something vital away. So you will simply have to read in order to find out what the sub-plot is. Those of you who enjoy a lot of spice in your space opera, such as I do, will find yourself backtracking a few times and rereading various sections. If you do not like hot, steamy, memorable flavors in your tea, I suggest you pass the kettle on to someone who does. Excellent adventure and highly recommended! *****


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Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
Title - Be Still My Vampire Heart


When Emma Wallace's parents were killed by vampires, she began taking matters into her own hands. She is now a member of the CIA's Stake-Out team. Emma could care less if the vampire is good or evil. She stakes every vampire she comes into contact with. Emma's favorite hunting place is in New York's Central Park. Everything is going fine until Angus MacKay shows up while Emma is hunting. It is hard to ignore a handsome Scotsman wearing a kilt and welding a huge claymore.

Roman Draganesti is the richest vampire around. He has Angus begin searching for "the Slayer" and make the guy stop staking vampires. Seems Katya Miniskaya, co-master of the Russian-American coven, is blaming Roman for the deaths of some of her coven members. The Slayer is to be stopped before Katya goes to war!

Angus never expects the slayer to be a female; especially one as lovely as Emma! Attraction is instantaneous, so Angus must convince Emma that not all vampires are evil and to stop vigilante spree. It gets even harder, seems Katya is hunting the slayer also. Katya must capture the slayer and Angus for Casimir, the world's most evil vampire, or be "removed" herself.

***** This is the third novel in the amazing vampire romance series by author Kerrelyn Sparks. Emma and Angus are two of a kind and a perfect match for each other in more ways than one. Perfect for readers who enjoy some feisty characters, a fast paced plot, and a lot of action. *****


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Author: Nalini Singh
Title - Visions of Heat


Emotions are something that Faith Nightstar, one of the most powerful F-Psys on Earth, cannot afford to have. Yet, when her visions become filled with very emotianlly charged images and her sister is murdered, she knows she must venture out of the safety she has surrounded herself in for twenty one years if she wants answers. Finding the first Psy to pursure a life in the wilds, Sascha, she begins to learn how to feel when she meets Vaughn D'Angelo, a Changeling, or were-cat, who is drawn to the lovely, isolated young woman. He vows to protect her, to help her, and to eventually, claim her. Back in the city, Faith finds herself caught in the tangled web of politics and in more danger than she could have ever foreseen, even with her talents. Moreover, she has begun to feel, a fact she must keep hidden if she wants to retain any measure of safety from even those she previously trusted.

**** Though this series does remind me greatly of the Matrix, it makes far more sense than that movie saga did. Sharp contrasts paint a vivid picture with well defined characters who keep the action flowing as the tension mounts. I would note that Faith's father is one of the more fascinating secondary players in the drama and wonder if he might merit his own story someday. ****


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Author: Alexandra Ivy
Title - When Darkness Comes
(Guardians of Eternity, Bk I)


In the year 1665, Selena LaSalle was given to a coven of witches, sacrificed by her own father. She became the Chalice, a human vessel for a powerful entity known as the Phoenix. The Phoenix's presence among mortals, has banished the Dark Prince from this world. The coven magically chained a vampire, Dante, to the Chalice for all eternity. He became the unwilling protector of Selena. Three Hundred and Forty-One years passed.

Chicago, 2006
Abby Barlow is the paid companion to Selena. When Abby accidentally brakes one of the many priceless vases her employer carelessly has sitting out, Abby is positive her easy job is over. Abby only has a few minutes to worry about it before the upstairs wing explodes. Within the next few hours, Abby witnesses Selena's death, is tossed into a startling dream, and then wakes up in a seedy hotel room with a vampire at her side!

As Selena died, the Phoenix had transferred to the only human vessel within reach, Abby. Dante's chains keep him bound to the Chalice; however, now the Chalice is Abby. A few hours ago Dante had been trying to seduce Abby. Now he must protect her with his undead life. Problem is that the Phoenix needs time to regain its strength and mask its presence. Until then, every demon in the area is tracking Abby down.

***** OMG! This fast paced story literally begins with a bang and never slows down. You will have to set this book down once or twice just to catch your breath between demonic battles. (And perhaps between the hot love scenes too.) This is a stand alone story, but the two major secondary characters (Viper, a vampire, and Shay, a Shalott assassin demon) will get their story told in book two. You will be able to read the beginning of book two at the end of this novel. Do I recommend it? You bet your soul I do! *****


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Author: Vicki Pettersson
Title - The Scent of Shadows
(First Sign of the Zodiac)


Every generation twelve men and women are born, raised, and trained to keep order in their part of the world. When all twelve positions are filled, there is peace and cosmic balance. Every major city in the world has a Zodiac troop, though the suburbs are patrolled by independents (rogue agents). Think of them as the paranormal police force.

Joanna and Olivia Archer maybe sisters, but they seemed to be complete opposites. Olivia is the socialite and favorite of their father, Xavier Archer. Xavier owns the casino-hotel Valhalla in Las Vegas. He represents the city's finest in business. Joanna's life has been rougher. Since she was attacked as a teen and left for dead, Joanna has turned to photography and the art of dirty street fighting. But everything changes on Joanna's twenty-fifth birthday. She dies.

The next day, Joanna learns that there is another world beyond the glamour of Sin City. Warriors of the Light and of the Shadow battle in an immortal war. The good news is that Joanna is The One, the first real sign of the zodiac. She is half Light and half Shadow. She may very well be the city's greatest warrior. The bad part is that she wants nothing to do with any of it.

***** Paranormal Romance gets no better than this! Author Vicki Pettersson actually gives life to her characters! My heart ached whenever Joanna grieved and I even gave out a loud "YES!" as she fought the Shadow Warriors. I was pulled into the story without even realizing it. I can hardly wait for the next installment of this bright new series! *****


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Author: Kathryn Smith
Title - Night of the Huntress


The story is set within the Fagaras mountain region of Europe. The year is 1899.

Bishop has not always been a vampire. He was a soldier, a human, long ago. But that was before he and a few others drank from a cup that Lilith, a demoness, had placed a curse upon. Bishop has had centuries to get used to being one of the Shadow creatures. When Nycen, a fairy, disappears, evidence points to the woman called The Huntress. Bishop decides to hunt down this vampire huntress after a brief visit to his long dead wife's grave. However, unknown to Bishop, the exquisite Huntress is already hunting him.

Marika Korzha is no ordinary human. She uses her special talents and combat training to slay any vampire she can find. Her true target is the vampire called Saint. Saint is the one Marika believes killed her mother.

When a secret society wants to hire Marika to capture Bishop and bring him back alive, she refuses. But when they inform Marika that Bishop knows Saint's location, she simply cannot refuse. Capturing Bishop does not take long. Yet when he figures out her big secret, Marika must change her plans.

**** The good news is that this IS a stand alone story. The bad news is that there are many strings left dangling. If you do not like beginning a novel, knowing that you must buy the next whenever it is finally released, then I suggest you wait for the entire series to be released and purchase them all at once. The story is well written, though slows down at times. Yet the author makes the vampires seem more realistic by adding little touches, such as their hearts still beat. Very good reading! ****


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Author: Laurell K Hamilton
Title - Mistral's Kiss


Princess Merry and her harem of Fey men have managed to revive her dreaded aunt's lands with the magic their passion evokes. Yet, when the wild magic is unleashed, even the one who called it, albeit unwittingly, may be asked to pay a price and suffer loss because of it. So it is for Merry and her guys; while restoring a dead garden to life, they are swept away to the lands in between, to the world of the Sluagh where Sholto rules. The only thing that might save them is his desire for the princess, but if her love reshapes him as it has all she has touched before, will he still be able to hold the throne? What might the price of that alliance be?

***** Though initially there are some scenes that gently minded readers will want to skim over, once you are past the graphic part, the story is compelling, drawing you into the Fairy lands as Merry and her men are drawn into a new world. You want to know more, as each chapter ends on a cliffhanger that you just have to dive into. *****


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Author: Vivi Anna
Title - Blood Secrets: The Valorian Chronicles Bk I


The paranormal crimes unit in Necropolis and its leader, Caine Valorian, are facing one of their most challenging cases in centuries. Complicating matters are at least two factors, an interspecies war looming on the horizon, and the fact that the newest member of the team is human. Eve Grant is as much of a challenge to Valorian, and his willpower, as the murder itself. Though Eve is a capable investigator, the vampire finds that he has to protect her from himself.

**** A new series begins on a strong note with compelling characters that draw you into their world, showing it to you in a way that explains without bogging down the narrative. This is a solid mystery that is enhanced by the romantic and paranormal elements. I look forward to seeing more from this author. ****


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Author: Susan Spencer Paul
Title - Touch of Desire


As the head sorcerer among his people. Malachi Seymour has his share of headaches, the latest of which being the incessant pestering of popular author, Sarah Tamony, who has enchanted the world with his people's tales. Such things risk exposing the magical community to mundane eyes, and now the impertinent woman wants his assistance in telling more. Yet, when she blunders onto his lands uninvited and expresses such joy and delight at the powers that to him are commonplace, Malachi finds himself softening. He still does not want to tell the secrets she wishes to reveal, but he is falling for her. Moreover, she has been chosen by the spirits to reveal the clues he needs to solve a test that magical mortals must pass every century. Malachi dares not lose, for he is a light magicician and his opponents are inclined to the dark.

**** There is a lot going on in what is only an average in length tale; magical contests, rivalry, redemption, and love fill the pages, and there is no padding in the novel at all. Despite the title's implications, the romance is not explicitly portrayed, yet is still a powerful factor in the narrative. The secondary romance is a true bonus and I would have enjoyed seeing it as the headline feature in the book. ****


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Author: Minda Webber
Title - Bustin'


When a rival Paranormal Busting company starts playing dirty, Samantha (Sam) Hammett does not take it lying down. Upon hearing that the local vampire prince, Petroff, is infested with not one, but three pesky spooks, she goes to his castle to usurp the job from her rivals, the Strakov brothers. Convincing the ghosts of an intoxicated chef, a soup-can painter, and a mad monk to get lost is a snap compared to resisting the handsome prince, but Sam does not want to end up dead, or undead, as the case may be. However, when she finds out Petroff's connection to her rivals, something is going to hit the fan.

**** Ms. Webber has demonstrated her ability to make us laugh in a historical setting, now, in a contemporary story, she continues to earn her place on the must buy list. The humor is sharp, snappy, and requires you to think a little to get all the puns and in-jokes. Solving a mystery and witnessing a romance are bonuses. ****


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Author: Samantha Graves
Title - Sight Unseen


Her name is Raven Callahan. She is an honest thief, in a way. She works for the Antiquities Preservation Institute "API". The API recovers stolen art pieces and returns them to their rightful owners. Raven locates the stolen pieces, steals them back, and turns them over to her boss at API. Raven is the best thief/art recovery person in the business. Raven's best weapon is the thing she hates the most, her sixth sense. Raven has a type of psychic ability called psychometry. When Raven touches something and opens her mind, she get impressions - emotions, sounds, scents, images, thoughts. Raven has learned to keep her distance from others, not only because of this ability, but also due to her past. Then Raven's life turns upside down when a temporary partner, Walter, is kidnapped by a mad man. Raven is now being forced to steal a priceless Vassalo masterpiece to save him.

David "Dax" Maddox had been a cop for fifteen years. Then he made one mistake on the job and it cost the life of his partner, a young rookie named Nick. It also cost Dax the ability to see colors. Dax understands that he cannot get involved on finding the killer, but no one else seems to be getting anywhere with the case. So Dax quits the force. This way Dax can hunt down Nick's killer himself.

Dax and Raven have met before, on opposite sides of the law. Now a mad man brings the two together once more to settle a twenty-year-old grudge. An honest ex-cop and an honest thief must work together if they are to learn the name of the mad man, find him, and locate hard evidence against the murderer. If they fail, their lives are not the only ones that will be forfeit.

***** OMG! I found myself hooked from page one! Yes, I can almost hear everyone out there thinking, "Not another Psychic Romance." But here is the thing: Unlike most other authors in the Psychic Romance & Suspense genres, author Samantha Graves does it right! This is the first in a two book series. I can hardly wait for Jill's story! This is NOT one to miss! *****


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Author: Cameron Dean
Title - Luscious Craving
(Bk 2 Candace Steele Vampire Killer trilogy)


Candace Steele still works undercover in the Las Vegas casino-hotel Scheherazade "Sher". She still senses and kills upper crust vampires. But she is still severely attracted to the vampire Ash Donahue as well. Despite her cravings, Candace remains determined to keep her distance and never surrender to her darker side.

There are rumors of a New Year's Eve vampire assault on the casino and only Candace can stop it. To do so, however, she must turn to Ash and even step directly into the center of his deadly domain. If Ash agrees to help her, Candace knows the price he will demand may be her very soul.

**** Author Cameron Dean focuses more on the plot than the attraction between Candace and Ash this time around. However, a lovely little twist is thrown in for extra drama. I, as the reader, learned a lot more about the society within the vampire domain too. I can see events slowly coming together between the couple. The author manages to keep me guessing as to whom shall win though. I can hardly wait for the third book, "Eternal Hunger", due for release in January 2007. This is one dark and seductive trilogy! ****


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Author: Cameron Dean
Title - Passionate Thirst
(Bk 1 Candace Steele Vampire Killer trilogy)


Ashford "Ash" Donahue the Third is one of the more powerful vampires around today. He is also extremely handsome. A year and a half ago in San Francisco, Candace Steele thought they would be together forever. Instead she would have bled to death had Bibi Schwartz, now her best friend, not saved her. The incident left Candace with the ability to sense vampires, something that even Ash does not know. All Candace's other senses have sharpened too; however, Candace is still human, no thanks to Ash.

Now Candace lives in Las Vegas, where due to tourism, faces of the public change constantly. This gives vampires fresh blood. It also makes it the perfect place for Candace to hunt and stake vampires. Candace works security at the casino-hotel Scheherazade "Sher". Her boss, Al Manelli, and Bibi (who is still with Candace and now a coworker) are the only two who know the truth about what happened to Candace and about her bat sense talent.

Popular singing sensation, Temptation McCoy comes to the Sher for a performance and Candace is assigned security detail. After barely meeting Temptation, Candace's bat sense goes off. Someone in the singer's entourage is a vampire, a powerful one. To make matters worse, Ash suddenly appears in Las Vegas, vowing to draw Candace back into his arms and make her his for eternity. Candace still desires Ash. Even though she continues to resist Ash, Candace becomes overwhelmed and lets down her guard for just a moment. It is a move that could cost Candace her life.

***** I found this to have a fabulous plot line; however, the flashbacks to when Candace and Ash met are annoying. I feel as though the story would have been better had I been able to watch as the events happened, perhaps as the prologue. The way the story is set up gave me the feeling that I had walked in during the middle of a movie. I felt as though I was floundering until enough flashbacks filled me in to what happened and why. Other than that, I do not think this novel could possibly have been better. I could easily understand why Ash bit Candace. I could also empathize with Candace not wanting to be undead or a drone.

Fans of the Southern Vampire series will love this trilogy even more than Sookie's tales ... and that is saying something! Best news is that the author will not keep me drowning in suspense. The second book ("Luscious Craving") comes out in December 2006. The third book ("Eternal Hunger") comes out in January 2007 respectively. Author Cameron Dean has made a new fan in me! Stellar reading! *****


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Author: Michele Lang
Title - Ms. Pendragon


Most of us at one time or another might have been a bit startled, even frightened by what is in our fridge, but I dare say we've never encountered what Gwen Dulak encountered, namely the on its way to being corporeal spirit of Mordred claiming that he has come for her. That's enough to incite the agnostic lawyer to quote scripture and run to her best friend's New Age bookshop for help. Although Viv can't help, she knows someone who can. The "calvary" takes the form of a motorcycle riding Merlin who tells Gwen that she is Queen Guinevere and it is imperitive that she return with him to Camelot and restore balance. Though she cannot remember being the Queen, Gwen goes along and when she sees King Arthur, things begin to come together. However, His Majesty still remembers her betrayal, and Mordred is still out there. All the old loves and hates are coming to life again, including the infamous triangle. Gwen is the key to the world being set right, but she has to prove herself first.

***** This is simply a fantastic read. There is just the right amount of humor to off-set the inherent angst. Ms. Pendragon has the best Arthur and Guinevere I have seen in years of reading everything I can find about Camelot. Merlin is completely charming, and not since Mary Stuart has Mordred received a better treatment. If this is to be a series, I am very anxious for it to continue. *****


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Authors: Maverick, Jewel, O'Shea, Lee
Title - Shards of Crimson (Anthology)


*** Los Angeles is the City of Fallen Angels in the Crimson City series. Now, in a follow up collection of stories to the successful shared world saga of 2006, four authors spin new tales of cross-cultural love in this dangerous land. If Romeo and Juliet had fangs or were prone to sprouting fur, they would fit right in here. Jade Lee provides the highlight of the anthology in her story of a human teacher who accidentally becomes a werewolf. The light humor of the story stands in marked contrast to the characteristic edginess of Crimson City overall. Fans of the series will not want to miss this final entry. ***


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Author: Karen Marie Moning
Title - Dark Fever


A quest for answers about how her sister died leads Macayla (Mac Lane) to Ireland, but she finds more questions in the answers. She discovers that she did not even know who she herself truly is. She is a sidhe seer, one who can see past the glamors of the Fey and perceive the true horrors. Because of this, she is valuable to Jericho Barrons, a man who is more than he seems, and who may be able to help her while she assists him in finding objects of power with which to fight against the growing tide of evil the Unseelie Court, among others, is unleashing on the mortal world. Temptation, horror, and danger lie around every corner, especially those corners that no one sees.

***** This is a book to savor even as you want to find out what happens next as soon as possible. Though there is no overt romance between Barrons and Mac, the tension sizzles. Mac is a very down to earth, easy to identify with heroine, and it is going to be most difficult to wait for Blood Fever to tell more of her story. *****


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Author: Jeanne C Stein
Title - The Becoming


Bounty hunter Anna Strong did not expect problems from the rather scrawny fellow she and her partner were after, but he turns out to be much more powerful than looks would indicate and completely changes Anna's life. After being discharged from the hospital, she begins to notice changes, but not until the doctor comes to her home and tells her that she, like himself, is a vampire, does she truly grasp what has happened. Then, her mortal world ties begin to fall apart as what she cherishes begins to be stripped from her. Anna knows there is some sort of plot, and there are several prepossessing questions. One, who is behind it. Two, what is the strange voice in her mind? The answers are not what she expects.

***** This story has lost nothing from its original publication. The subtle road still leads to a shocking conclusion and there are hints of a larger story waiting to be developed. This is a wonderful thriller, containing both action and intrigue that will leave you on the edge of your seat. *****


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Author: Colby Hodge
Title - Shooting Star


When renegade Prince Ruben, Ben, crash lands on a backwater planet, he finds refuge with a kind slavewoman and her son. Tess has lived in fear for too long, but with Ben, she begins to know love again. However, he is on a dangerous mission that will put both Tess and her little boy at risk and reveal to the woman her own true identity. Few battles are uglier than those fought between brothers, and Ben's half-brother has allied himself with witches to end the threat Ben and one other brother pose to him.

*** Though it feels as if there should be more backstory, this is a pleasant, easy read that could almost happen in a contemporary setting or historical one as easily as a far flung future. ***


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Author: Jennifer Armintrout
Title - Possession
(Blood Ties #2)


Carrie has managed to adjust to being a vampire and to the fact that she has been sired twice over. She's even made peace with killing her first sire and fallen in love with her present one. Then, things go crazy. Nathan, her sire and lover, becomes possessed by the Soul Eater and goes insane, resulting in the Voluntary Vampire Extinction Movement rescinding the grace he was given and invoking the death penalty. That is not the worst thing going on, though. With the Soul Eater trying to come back, someone has to stop him, no matter what the price. To do so, Carrie will have to turn to the ancient vampire's son, Cyrus, her first sire, who is alive again, for help. Now that he's human and Nathan is insane, can she fight the attraction she has to Cyrus?

***** Prepare to have your socks blown off. The emotional impact of this novel will touch your down to your soul. The characters are complex, alive, and leap off the page. It's going to be very hard to wait for Book 3. *****


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Author: Marjorie M Liu
Title - Eye of Heaven


When his father, who faked his own death, emerges from the "grave" to blackmail his family, Blue Perrineau finds that he must track down his estranged half-brother to help get out of the situation created. His quest leads to Vegas where he finds not only Daniel, but a beautiful animal trainer, who has a lot in common with her subjects. Iris is a shape-shifter, and the target of an evil Consortium made up of sick men who have vile purposes in mind for those with special gifts. That means Blue and Daniel are not safe, nor are Blue's friends. This may be Dirk and Steele's hairiest, no pun intended, case yet.

*** This is a complex story, much like the X files without the frequent gross out factor, or Alias with more of a paranormal twist. Fans of the Dirk and Steele books won't want to miss it. ***


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Author: Chris Marie Green
Title - Night Rising
(Bk 1 Vampire Babylon)


Despite Dawn Madison's issues with her father, when the P.I. goes missing, the stuntwoman goes in search of him, teaming up with the psychically gifted people he worked with to not only locate her dad, but solve the case he was working on at the time. There is also their boss; a man who is textbook enigmatic and is never seen, but addresses them via microphone. Known only has the voice, he seems to be all seeing and all knowing, at least where Dawn is concerned. Frank Madison being missing is only the tip of an ugly iceberg. The mystery is one that stretches back decades and is now coming to light as a long "dead" star reappears and vampires make themselves known. What price fame and beauty? Dawn may soon find out, and the answer may hit closer to home than is comfortable.

**** If you like your fantasy with an edge, then you've struck gold. Despite the vampires and other para elements, there is a ring of truth to the biting, no pun intended, allegory. This is a fantastic start to a new series and one you should try to keep up with as it unfolds. ****


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Author: Gena Showalter
Title - The Nymph King


Seeing her mother's serial marriages has left Shaye Holling less than taken with the notion of love. In fact, she has parlayed her cynicism into a profitable business creating Anti-cards. Then, at her mother's sixth wedding, Shaye is introduced to the man who would be the one of her dreams, if she bothered to dream, that is. Valerian, King of the Nymphs, has brought his men ashore to claim human women as mates, to cure both their excessive passions and the weakness they feel when it is not sated. Most of the women, including those who have no business looking for men, such as the bride herself, are all too willing to return to Atlantis with the nymphs. However, Shaye and one other woman, Brenna, are so not going along with the plan. Of course, they are the two who catch the eyes of the most powerful warriors, including the King. Valerian must first fight for Shaye, then fight the woman herself to win her heart. She is completely immune to the spell his people can weave over ordinary women. Yet, he needs her and the strength she can give him, if only she will surrender, for there is a battle coming, one that could change everything.

**** If you imagine nymphs to be airy, ethereal young girls, such as fairies or mermaids, think again. The nymphs here are totally macho. Ms. Showalter has a vivid imagination she has shared with us. Atlantis and the people warring over it are incredible. This is a land that must be "seen" to be "believed," as it were. There are nymphs, dragons, and vampires, all living beneath the waves, but they are different from what you have encountered before. There is also a lovely secondary romance that could have stood on its own in a novel as well. You get two romances for the price of one. What a deal. ****


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Author: Caridad Piñeiro
Title - Death Calls
(Calling vampires series / Nocturne #5)


FBI Agent Diana Reyes and her partner, David, were investigating a money-laundering operation when they stumbled upon a CIA case. There had been an experimental prototype for a hand-held smart bomb delivery system stolen from a military base, along with the warheads for same. The Cuban Democratic Army "CDA" purchased the stolen weapon. (The CDA is a domestic paramilitary group.) Rupert, with the CIA, must work with Diana and her team in tracking down the stolen items before they are used. It is obvious from the beginning that Rupert does not like the fact that Diana is the Special Agent in Charge instead of himself, but he must deal with his own ego about it.

At the same time, Diana is dealing with her unusual personal life. Diana's boyfriend is Ryder Latimer, a vampire. When she fell in love with him a couple of years ago, she knew that there were things she would give up, such as never having children. Now that she is seeing her friends pregnant, Diana is not so sure that it is a fair trade after all. Even her brother and his wife is due to have their first child any day now. Diana needs some time and space away from Ryder to think.

Ryder is not happy with Diana putting some distance between them, but his honor forces him to give her the time and space she requests. Seeing her with an old college boyfriend hurts, but this is for Diana to decide. Ryder is soon busy dealing with Stacia who has arrived in the area. She is one of the elders, over two thousand years old. With her strong powers, she can manipulate anyone's mind to do her bidding, even other vampires, and she has set her sights on Ryder.

Ryder still manages to keep an eye on Diana and her safety. As much as possible anyway. Diana has forced Ryder to promise that should something happen to her, he would let her die and not turn her into a vampire. But even as Ryder makes the vow, he wonders if he would be able to keep it.

***** Out-freaking-standing! Nocturne is a brand new line of paranormal romances by Silhouette. It looks like author Caridad Piñeiro will help be a big help in making it a smashing success. I found myself hooked from the very first page. Do yourself a favor and make sure you have plenty of reading time before you open the cover. I did not stop reading until the entire story was completed. A riveting masterpiece. *****


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Author: Lori Handeland
Title - Rising Moon


Anne Lockhart has come to the Big Easy in search of her sister who vanished several years ago. Her one clue says that Katie visited a jazz club known as the Rising Moon, so Anne takes a job there. Soon, she learns that her sister was not the only person to vanish after visiting that place. There are other rumors too, of voodoo and werewolves. Despite suspiscions and risks, Anne also finds herself powerfully attracted to, perhaps even in love with the blind, enigmatic owner of the Rising Moon, John Rodolfo. When she can no longer deny the truth about what is going on around her, it will be too late to do the sensible thing and leave; she will be in the middle of the deepest danger.

***** Of all the Night Creatures books, this one has the most poignant of endings. Rodolfo is a powerful hero with a haunted past and a secret that will surprise you. Rising Moon is suspenseful, passionate, and edgy, but it's also a true feel good read with a message of hope and redemption. *****


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Author: Karen Whiddon
Title - Missing Magic


As the heir to the Fae kingdom of Rule, it is Cenrick's duty to determine what is happening and do whatever it takes to solve the problem when there is an epidemic in which his people are being robbed of their souls and their magic after being in the world of humanity. Moreover, he needs to know how his old friend, Mick, is involved in it; initially, all the victims were associated with that Fae. There's someone else looking for Mick; human policewoman Dee Bishop. Mick is her only hope of clearing her name from false charges, but when she goes to his house looking for her best friend, she finds not Mick, but the prince. The pair agrees to team up to solve the matter. As their work progresses, so does the inevitable attraction between the two of them, and it is a life-saving love for Cenrick as Dee is apparently able to shield him from the plague.

**** Magic, love, and suspense are a winning combination in this next in the Rune series. Dee reverses the traditional role of heroine as she is Cenrick's salvation, but does it in a way that does not make the prince seem in any way weak. Faery tales are not just for children as long as there are stories like this. ****


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Author: Christine Warren
Title - She's No Faeire Princess


When Princess Fiona of the Fae wants a vacation from royalty, New York seems like a good spot in which to have it. However, she's barely arrived when she finds herself facing off against a demon with a werewolf, Tobias Walker, at her side. After they handle the demon, she goes home with Walker, though the tension between them is so thick that it could be cut with a knife. Fiona would be the first to admit there is an attraction there, and can't understand why Walker is reluctant to as well. When he does give in, she is so not ready for him to decide that she is his mate. However, that is really a minor consideration in the big scheme of things. It seems that someone is summoning fiends from Below in an attempt to stage a magical coupe, and it will take the combined strengths of a Fae Princess, several Others, and a good demon to defeat that person. So much for a vacation, much less peace talks.

*** Though at the outset it seems as if there will be an over emphasis on sensuality, things become more plot focused before long, and the romance does not get too graphic. Ms. Warren has envisioned a world of mingled beings that is worth exploring in detail. ***


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Author: Eileen Wilks
Title - Blood Lines


Lily Yu and her werewolf (lupi) bondmate, Rule, may have escaped Hell, but they are not through with demons. While some may in jest suggest that demons run the government, when officials are truly making deals with devils, the Secret Service turns to Lily and Rule to help put a stop to it. They, in turn, enlist the help of a sorcerer, Cullen Seabourne, and former "dizzy," Cynna in dealing with the magic. Making matters worse is the fact that Rule is suffering from a magical wound that will not heal and is making him lose control of his inner wolf. The four allies find themselves in a deadly contest to keep an ancient demon from acquiring dangerous lore, threatening life as we know it.

**** The world Ms. Wilks overlays against the one we know is an exciting one that becomes more fascinating as layers of it are revealed. Seeing the continuing evolution of established relationships is intriguing and only makes you want to know the characters more. Adding new faces and plots is done in such a way as to enhance the old, not detract from, or ignore it. Moreover, Ms. Wilks shows just enough sensuality to give us romance to go along with the fast-paced, tense action, but does not go into excessive graphic detail. For these reasons and others you can only discover by experiencing the novel, Ms. Wilks is a true master of her craft. ****


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Author: Kimberly Raye
Title - Dead End Dating


Lil Marchette has no desire to enter into her family business, copy and print centers; which may be lucrative, but are boring. So, despite the fact that she has not dated in over a century, she decides to set up the first dating service that caters to vampires, as well as humans. Starting up a business is tough, even if you have vampire magnetism going for you, as Lil soon discovers. It does not help that she wants to dally with the clients, well, one in particular. Unfortunately, Ty is the wrong kind of vampire; one made not born, as Lil was. For the sake of their species, she should only consider born vamps, like those her mother continually tries to match her with. Ty is sexy and he's a bounty hunter, just like Ranger in her favorite book series. He also comes complete with a serial killer murder mystery that Lil is determined to help solve. It beats thinking about her own problems and gets her closer to the hottest vampire/cowboy she's seen in a while.

**** Everyone needs some fun in their lives, which is the number one reason to add this to your tbr pile. Ms. Raye's vampire mythos has tweaked the traditional standards intriguingly and made it humorous to boot. Lil's take on life in general is sharp as a vampire's fang and equally snappy. This is a promising start to the series. I look forward to more. ****


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Author: Kinley MacGregor
Title - Knight of Darkness


Centuries ago, Merewyn made a bad bargain with Narishka, one of Morgen Le Fay's chief allies. To escape an unwanted marriage, she surrendered her beauty and gave herself into Narishka's service for one moon cycle, not realizing that in Camelot, the cursed land where Morgen rules, there is no moon cycle. For ages, she has suffered her deformity and the abuse heaped upon her by her mistress' minions. That all changes when Narishka and Morgen decide that it is time that Varian, Narishka's son by Lancelot, join their cause. Thus, Merewyn's beauty is restored and she will be allowed to keep it and be free if she can seduce Varian into their service. Since Varian is considered evil by those who are good, though it is not an opinion shared by those who are truly evil, Merewyn sees no harm in trying. Then, she truly gets to know him and can no longer betray him. Instead, she helps him escape. Together with Blaise, the mandrake, the trio takes flight to the Valley of Despair that lies between Avalon and Camelot. If they can get through it, they will reach this generation's merlin and safety. First, they must get past THE Merlin, Nimue, and all the dangers inherent in the valley, as well as avoid the revenge of two scorned witches.

***** The legends of Camelot have been done so often that even if you love the story, it almost gets old. Then, something like this comes along, and makes it all new and wonderful again. Ms. MacGregor has given the Grail quest new life. The story is fun and fresh, loaded with amusing moments, passion, and heart-rending choices. This series is even better than the Night Hunters, and that is saying a lot. *****


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Author: Katie MacAlister
Title - Light My Fire
(An Aisling Grey, Guardian novel)


Aisling "Ash" Grey is a demon lord, a Guardian, and a wyvern's mate all at once. She never asked for it all and wants nothing more than for her life to slow down and ease up a bit. She moves to London expecting to be mentored by Nora Charles. Instead, Ash's life (once again) begins spinning out of control. Nora is given an order prohibiting her from acting as a mentor to Aisling. Jim, Ash's demon sidekick in dog form, has accidentally eaten the ruler of the imps so now the imps are after them. Ash is a candidate for a dangerous job that she does NOT want. (She has more than she can handle already.) There is another demon lord breathing down her neck and to top it all off Drake shows back up to summon her to attend a mandatory synod of the green dragons. What else can possibly go wrong?

***** The setting may have changed a bit, but the story is still going strong. This gem will keep you up well past your bedtime and turning pages at lightning speed. Excellent! *****


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Author: Robin T Popp
Title - Tempted In The Night


Jessica Winslow's first meeting with Detective John Boehler is less than auspicious; he arrests her and puts her in a cell for the criminally insane. After all, she was tearing through his city with a sword. What he did not know was that she was hunting vampires. That would have made all the difference. He's also determined to stop vampires, one in particular, a killer he let go. They find themselves working together in a united cause, but things are more deadly than either had ever anticipated. Along with the heros and heroines from the past Nightslayer books, the duo has a mission that will change or end their lives. Perhaps a bit of both.

**** Action and romance keep the pages flying to a heart-stopping conclusion. The world of the Nightslayers develops and becomes more detailed in this book. Shades of grey add new depth and one of the most fascinating secondary characters to date plays a large role in this installment of the saga. You will be left wanting more. ****


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Author: Mary Janice Davidson
Title - Sleeping With the Fishes


Fredricka "Fred" Bimm has known for some time that her father isn't her natural sire. He can't swim, but she's a mermaid with blue hair. The instant water touches her legs, she sprouts a tail. However, she really prefers the land to the ocean. Pools do fine to give her a water fix; she gets seasick on a boat, and she is allergic to all forms of seafood. She's also a fish out of water when it comes to romance, until now, that is. When she is summoned home from her job as a marine biologist, she discovers that the High Prince of the Black Sea, Artur, has arrived to claim her help in finding out what is poisoning Boston Harbor. It's not tea, for sure. He also seems to expect Fred to wait on him hand and foot, give him room and board, and be his fiancee, simply because he is royalty among the Undersea Folk. Fred is reluctantly attracted to the big lummox, but she has another potential love interest, Thomas Pearson, a fellow marine researcher who has arrived to look into the pollution problem. While Fred would be happy to just let the two alpha males handle things and leave her in peace, they both insist on her help. Between investigative steps, Thomas and Artur are determined to win her heart or drive her insane, whichever comes first.

**** Ms. Davidson is royalty in the ranks of paranormal comedy writers. Somehow, she manages to keep up a rapidfire round of jokes without ever being too silly or skimping on characterization. It will be a fun trip to see how Fred's life develops in coming novels. ****


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Author: Jenna McKnight
Title - Love in the Fast Lane


Scotty Templeton is in the middle of a race when the ghost of a legendary race car driver, Lawrence Cooper "Speed", pops out of nowhere. Therefore, Scotty not only spins out and brakes some bones, but people now believe that he is crazy. Speed begins insisting that Scott deliver a hemi engine to his elderly mother ("Grammy") in St. Louis. Deal was that as soon as Scott delivered it to Grammy, Speed would disappear and never bother Scotty again.

Maggie Cooper is Speed's eldest daughter. She has only recently left her grandmother's house and is en route to Chicago for an important interview when Grammy calls her cell phone, worried about a man who is walking up to her front door. When Grammy learns the man is just another in a long line of people that her son has coerced into bringing her something, she calms down immediately. Unfortunately, it has the opposite effect on Maggie who turns around and heads back to Grammy's house. Grammy is excited because Speed is still with Scott. Speed has never stayed with anyone he sent to St. Louis before. Better yet, Scott can see and hear Speed. Grammy is thrilled and has so many questions she wants Scott to ask for her. Maggie thinks Mr. Hotshot is there to pull the wool over Grammy's eyes somehow. Maggie wants Scott GONE.

Scott is very attracted to Maggie, but it is going to take some convincing to make her even look his way. Speed does not want Scott to even consider dating Maggie, which makes Scott even happier. Speed has been the most ornery man, ghost, Scott has ever had the displeasure of meeting. Tweaking Speed's non-existent nose is twice as fun since this gives Scott a bit of payback. After all, Speed reneged on their deal. Speed is forcing Scott to help get rid of all the junk in the barns, put the hemi into his classic Lemon Twist 'Cuda, and then sell it so Grammy would never worry about money again. But to get rid of the Speed, Scott will do just about anything.

**** A delightful story about a man, his car, and his ghostly pest. I found myself chuckling at several parts. The book is well written and I could easily sympathize with Maggie and understand Scott's frustration with the moody ghost. But most of all, I could not help but love Speed and Grammy. Terrific and fast paced tale. ****


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Author: Hannah Howell & Lynsay Sands
Title - My Immortal Highlander


This novel contains two stories set in Scotland, early sixteenth century. The first story is titled "The Hunt" and written by Hannah Howell. Kenna Brodie of Bantaluch is a seer. Her uncle, wanting control of her people, sends Kenna on a quest to prove herself. She is to bring home the head and heart of a MacNachton. (The uncle never stated that the MacNachton had to be dead.) Kenna has no intention of completing the quest. However, Botham MacNachton meets her in a cave.

The MacNachton clan has a bloodlust. They can morph into beasts. In fact, Botham and his twin brother, Calum, are on missions to locate wives from outside the clan in hopes of saving their people. Kenna has no problem with loving both sides of Botham, neither the man, nor the beast.

The second story is titled "The Rescue" and written by Lynsay Sands. This is Calum MacNachton's tale. Sarra DeCourcey had spurned a cruel suitor and ended up being kidnapped. Calum rescues her. They soon find themselves falling in love. Problem is that the spurned man refuses to give Sarra up.

**** An interesting blend of talents by two well-known authors. Though the authors' writing styles are quite different, they seem to compliment each other somehow. The male characters in their stories are able to shapeshift into catmen. (They even purr in their sleep, though they would never admit it.) Very well done and highly recommended to all who enjoy paranormal romances! ****


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Author: Nora Roberts
Title - Morrigan's Cross (Circle Trilogy Book 1)


Nearly a thousand years ago in Ireland, Hoyt's family was irrevocably damaged when his twin, Cian, was taken by the vampire queen, Lilith. However, Hoyt is given a chance by Morrigan to defeat Lilith, though it will mean leaving behind all he knows. After ensuring his family's protection from the vampires, Hoyt goes forward in time to modern New York where he is reunited with his twin. By this time, Cian has lost all love of his maker and is willing to join forces with his brother. Morrigan has instructed Hoyt to gather a circle of six and ready them for a battle to take place on Halloween. At that time, the fate of the world will rest in their hands. If Lilith and her demons win, everything is lost. Their first allies are Glenna, a lovely witch, and King, Cian's loyal human servant, who they believe to be the warrior Morrigan has called. They are soon joined by Larkin, a shapeshifter, and Moira, a scholar from a distant time. Lilith has no intention of waiting for Samhain to begin the war. Not all of the heroes will survive her early assaults, but will be replaced with someone more suited to the task than they could have hoped for. Even in the midst of darkness and battle, love blossoms, as Glenna and Hoyt discover a passion that can span centuries, if they survive the next month.

***** From the first words, I was hooked. Each of the protagonists is compellingly vibrant, making you care about their fates. Particularly interesting is Cian, a man who definitely has more layers than your average hero. The climatic scens are explosive. The word pictures are as vivid as if they were on dvd. I look forward to finding out how all six reach a happy ending. *****


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Author: Annette Blair
Title - The Scot, the Witch, and the Wardrobe


A century ago Rory MacKenzie's Scottish ancestor let the people in his village talk him out of marrying the rumored-witch Lili Lockhart. Until then, visitors from all over the globe came to ride Drummond MacKenzie's Immortal Classic Carousel. The village thrived. But when Drummond broke his engagement to Lili, and she fled to America, Drummond broke up the set of zodiac figures on his carousel too. Heart broken, he shipped the carousel's Aquarius unicorn to Lili. Even though the mechanics of the carousel were perfect, it never worked again. The village went into decline. Legend says that only the unicorn's return will cause the carousel to work. Until then, the village will not recover.

Because of Drummond's actions in the past, Rory is a hermit, disliked by the locals. Rory has long dreamed of bringing the unicorn back to Scotland, restoring the carousel, and becoming the village hero. But no one knows where the unicorn is. Then Rory sees it on television. It stands in a vintage dress and curio shop in Salem, Massachusetts. Rory sets out for Salem, determined to fight for the village's treasure.

Lili left a key to her female descendants a century ago. Each lady has tried to open the antique wardrobe with the key, only to fail. Family legend says that only the daughter who inherited Lili's magic can open the wardrobe and complete her spell. Victoria Cartwright is shocked when the wardrobe opens to reveal the most beautiful unicorn she's ever seen. Her friends have told her for years that she is a witch. But Victoria does not believe that she one. Yes, she often finds herself muttering rhyming wishes out loud, usually without even realizing it. But that is NOT why the things happen almost instantly. It is just coincidence! Now people came from all over to view the unicorn in her shop. Other than the burden of debt from her Nana's recent death, everything is wonderful for Victoria - until Rory shows up with all his secrets.

***** Here is an enchanting story that made me actually believe in magic! (At least for a little while. Hey, what can I say? The author's writing makes it seem so REAL!) Victoria and Rory are perfect for each other and emotions run high when they are together. The story holds several humorous touches as well, such as Victoria's psycho cat, Tigerstar. This A.D.H.D. feline has the stripes of a tiger, the coloring of a zebra, and a star to mark the point that the strips all come together at.

Just as wild as three new characters, introduced as Victoria's half-sisters (triplets). Harmony, Destiny, and Storm embrace their magical gifts. More than anything, I would love to see these three get their very own stories told. (Author Annette Blair, that is a huge hint!) Highly recommended reading! (Especially for the Halloween season.) *****


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Author: Katie MacAlister
Title - Light My Fire
(An Aisling Grey Guardian Novel)


Aisling Grey never asked for all the complications in her life, but now she hopes to straighten things out and simplify a bit. Following the latest unwelcome surprise sprung on her by her Wyvern mate, Drake, she moves to London with the intent of being mentored as a Guardian. Drake is not supposed to be in London. She's left Draconian politics behind, or so she thinks. In a trice, her mentor is banned from mentoring, their apartment is burned down, Aisling's pet demon, Jim, has incurred the wrath of all imps everywhere, and the political situation mushrooms. Not only does Aisling have to worry about how the dragons wrestle for power, but she's been nominated for a job she does not want and there is a demon lord demanding her loyalty. Moreover, Drake, along with all the other Wyverns, is in London, adding all the emotional baggage he comes with to the mix. What's more, his mother hates Aisling.

**** Aisling's world is a fascinating one. Every time you learn something new about it, the knowledge raises more questions. Who says humor can't have an element of intrigue? Someone who has never read Katie MacAlister, I suppose. This book combines romance, humor, and intellectually intriguing concepts. Treat yourself to it. ****


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Author: Linda Lael Miller
Title - Deadly Gamble


Mojo Sheepshanks lives a fairly low-key life, at least presently, until the morning she wakes up with her ex-husband in bed with her. He's a ghost there to get things settled with her so he can leave the train station and make it to Heaven. He's even brought a present, the ghost of the cat her half-brother killed when she was four. Ghosts are the least pressing of her concerns, however. More than one person would like to turn her into a ghost, including the aforementioned brother who killed her parents years ago. Moreover, her ex-boyfriend is back in her life, but at least Tucker is alive. He may be a liar, but he is alive. Mojo may not stay that way if things continue on their present course, but if she can solve the mystery, she might have a better life than ever before.

**** Ms. Miller has been away from the paranormal genre too long, and it's a grand thing that she has returned. Mojo is a quirky heroine whose insights into life are off-beat enough to ring true. The plot moves rapidly from one incident to the next. Danger has never been so much fun. ****


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Author: Barbara Cray
Title - Miracles and Magic


On her way to New Mexico to give her Aunt Sophie a birthday gift and get some answers about the disturbing dreams haunting her, Brie has an accident that results in Cal Porter rescuing her, albeit reluctantly. With even greater recalcitrance, he agrees to let her stay with him until her swollen knee will allow her to drive again. Cal has been hiding from his own demons for eight years, unable to let go of an old hurt. Then, Brie comes into his life, somehow sensing things she has no way of knowing, other than this gift she sees as a curse. She manages to get past the armor around his heart at the same time he is able to break through the protective barriers around hers. Yet, when her vision is too acute, the truth could destroy Cal, their blossoming love, or both.

*** Though there is not much magic, there is enough of a miracle to make this a very sweet, tender love story of healing and courage. It has a ring of credibility that makes it seem as if it could very well have happened. Those who believe everything in life has a reason will definitely find it to ring true. ***


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Author: Erin McCarthy
Title - Bit the Jackpot


From the moment he sees her shadow dancing behind a screen, Seamus Fox is captivated by Cara Kim, a Vegas, virgin stripper. The vampire hasn't even been tempted by a woman in two centuries, but Cara puts thoughts into his mind he'd thought dead. Then, she's caught in the crossfire of vampire politics and dies, but Seamus can't let her do that, so he turns her, breaking personal and vampiric rules in the process. Cara wakes, not thrilled with the idea of being a vampire, or being tied to Seamus. She's tries everything to get free of him, and there's another vampire who would be glad to make it so, in a deadly fashion.

*** Imagine Kindred: The Embraced done as a comedy and you'll come close to the feel of this story. Cara's adjustment to the vampire lifestyle and her efforts to overwhelm Seamus with domesticity are a riot. Her animals come close to stealing the show from the vamps. This is worth a look if you need a chuckle. ***


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Author: Sophia Johnson
Title - Always Mine


Our story begins on the present day. Lydia Hunter is a divorced young lady. Since the age of five, she has been enthralled with a portrait of Lord Damron of Blackthorn who lived in the eleventh century. Lydia did research on the Blackthorn history and knows about Lord Blackthorn's wife, Brianna Sinclair, and the two sons they sired. But no matter how much Lydia knew that Lord Blackthorn died centuries ago, she could never stop herself from feeling as though he belonged to her. Then came the day Lydia purchased a silver brooch. As she pinned it on her sweater in front of Damron's portrait, she could have sworn Damron reached out from the painting to assist her. Lydia Hunter fell into a coma.

Lydia awakens to find herself in Northumbria, England, in the year 1072. She still has her memories of her future life, but she also has the memories of Brianna Sinclair. In fact, Lydia is now in Brianna's body. Though Lydia had not been Brianna at the time, she easily recalls falling from her horse and hitting her head on a rock. Lydia is just not in Brianna's body...she actually IS Brianna. Lord Damron Blackthorn is with her. Problem is that Brianna's first impression of Damron is as a "medieval chauvinist pig". Though Brianna is in love with Sir Galan of Ridley, she has no choice but to wed as King William demands since she is his ward. As Brianna travels with Damron to her new home, Blackthorn Castle, she is not alone. With her is Lord "Nathaniel" Bleddyn. Nathaniel is descended from the ancient Druids of Cymru and of Cadwallon, King of Gwynedd. As such, he has inherited the line's mystic powers. Nathaniel knows that Brianna is from the future and that her soul has been sucked back to her former life. He can even speak to Brianna, and Damron, telepathically. He may be the only thing that keeps Brianna sane.

As for Damron, he is not happy with his new wife. She curses too much, rebels, and seems to think that she is his equal. But as time passes, Damron's attitude changes toward his feisty bride. If the future succeeds in pulling Brianna back to her future life as Lydia...

***** The author does not tell much about what is happening to Lydia's body (in the future) until far into the story. But that was only two or three pages and did not enlighten me as much as I wanted. I felt as though the pages were added in as an after thought. However, by the end of the novel I understood why the author wrote the scene the way she did and I totally approve. No sappy, wimpy, fainting little miss in this tale! Brianna may be a lady of history, but she has the mind of a modern day lady and knows how to use it. An outstanding tale that will tug on your heart strings! *****


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Author: Cherry Adair
Title - Edge of Darkness
(Psi-Thriller Romance / Edge book 3)


Long ago, there was a secret society of wizards whose sole purpose was to protect the innocent from evil at any cost. They were forced to hide themselves. Soon, normal people forgot about wizards and stopped believing in magic. Today, the three Edge brothers (Gabriel, Caleb, and Duncan) carry on the legacy. They are special operatives with the secret paranormal branch of T-FLAC. This is Duncan's story.

Serena Campbell is a powerful wizard. Her specialty is with water. Last year she became the wealthy widow of Ian Campbell who owned the Campbell Foundation. Other than being a humanitarian, no one could figure out why a gorgeous woman would marry a man fifty years her senior. Most believed it was for the money, greed being the number one reason. However, in truth, Serena and Ian really did love each other. Ian has two sons, both in their mid-fifties, who want nothing more than to contest Ian's will and get more money than the million left to each of them. Ian, knowing his sons, left the Foundation and the rest of his assets to Serena who is continuing their humanitarian work. In between court times and visiting her godfather, Henry Morgan, in a German hospital, Serena teleports to the Arctic Circle where her team is currently designing and testing a giant "heating blanket" that would eradicate world hunger! Serena knows that the Russian Mafia, the Red Mantis, and one or two others were in the area, but pay-offs are the norm for that area and Serena pays them all to leave her group alone. Since the Foundation is not interested in oil, there is no problem. But then "Hot Edge" comes back into her life.

Duncan Edge, Trey Culver, and Serena basically grew up together. The three were always competing against each other. Duncan suspects Serena is being unwittingly used by terrorists somehow and her godfather, Henry, keeps sending him mental distress calls to help her. Duncan sends men to find out what she doing and to keep an eye on her, but Serena just sends them back to Duncan...in embarrassing ways. Duncan is forced to deal with Serena personally. But then Duncan, Trey, and Serena find themselves in the Council Chambers. With Henry in a coma, the three will compete in dangerous tests to determine which of them would be granted the position of Head of Wizard Council.

***** The third Edge brother's story has finally arrived and it was worth the wait! All three tales are happening simultaneously. At the end of this one, all three brothers have their stories merge into a climatic ending. Author Cherry Adair writes some of today's best supernatural and romantic stories around. I cannot help but feel pity for anyone who misses this outstanding trilogy. Fantastic! Enough said. *****


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Author: Teresa Medeiros
Title - The Vampire Who Loved Me


At the age of seventeen, lovely Portia Cabot saved the life of the dashing and newly turned vampire Julian Kane. Unable to stop himself, Julian marked her neck forever. However, he was able to refrain from stealing her soul and adding her to the undead realm. Only by killing the vampire who currently has claim of his soul can Julian ever hope to reclaim his humanity. Almost six full years pass ...

There has always been something between Portia and Julian. When Julian left her years ago, Portia could only pray for him. During that time, Portia has kept busy. She resides in Adrian Kane's home, Julian's brother, who is married to her older sister, Caroline. It may be a secret from the rest of London, but within this household, all know that Adrian is a vampire-hunter. His partner, the former constable Larkin (who is married to another sister of Portia's), has helped Adrian drive out almost all the vampires in London. Portia spent all her time learning to hunt and kill vampires, fully expecting to become a third partner.

When four women are found dead, drained of all blood and all within a short time span, Adrian realizes that there is another vampire to hunt in the area. No one expected Julian to be nearby. Worse, all four deaths were during Julian's short time in town. It does not take long for a family reunion to occur. Julian's news is worse than anyone could possibly have imagined. Portia's life hangs in the balance as an unmerciful vampire plans to devour her. Julian and her odd family are the only hope Portia has to keep breathing.

***** Absolutely fantastic! It is obvious that Portia's sisters had their own stories told prior to this novel. I have not had the pleasure of reading them; therefore, I can honestly say that you do not HAVE to read the previous stories in order to fully understand and totally enjoy this one. And what an outstanding tale this one is! The author did such a good job that I came to actually care of Portia and her unusual family. Author Teresa Medeiros is fast becoming one of the best writers in the undead genre. *****


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Author: Julie Kenner
Title - California Demon
(Sequel to Carpe Demon)


Katherine "Kate" is a Level Four Demon Hunter. She and her deceased husband, Eric (also a Level Four), retired from their positions fifteen years ago. Eric died five years ago, from a human mugger ironically. Kate raised their daughter, Allie, alone. Eventually, Kate married Stuart Connor, who is about to publically announce his political ambitions. Allie is now in Coronado High School and has a two-year-old brother named Timmy, whom she adores. No one in the Connor family has any idea of Kate's previous job. Eddie lives in the household and is an ex-Hunter too. When he appeared a few months ago, Kate was dragged back into her former position at Forza Scura. There are just too few Hunters around and someone has to make sure San Diablo, California, is demon free. Having two kids is good incentive for Kate to quietly dispatch any demon that comes to her attention. Her best friend and next door neighbor, Laura Dupont, knows all about Kate's fiendish job. She witnessed Kate dispose of a demon during the nursing home infestation. Laura is happy to help out by gathering information via the internet or babysitting while Kate goes chasing demons. After all, Laura has a daughter, Mindy, to keep safe from demons too. However, this time the evil is hitting closer to home!

Kate keeps her home and work lives separate; which is good since her work involves random slaughter. But her work is interfering with the local high school this time. Allie has a crush on one of the boys on the surfing team. And there is a new teacher at the school that seems strangely familiar to Kate. Looks like another High Demon is trying to dig its claws into the area. Kate and her unusual helpers need to find out what the demons are up to, stop them, and get rid of any necessary bodies - without ending up in jail. Kate may look harmless, but she is the busiest, and dangerous, soccer mom on the block.

***** If anything, this novel is even better than the first. Author Julie Kenner packs Kate's adventures with a lot of amusing bits while keeping the dangerous soccer mom familiar to all the suburban readers. Being able to empathize with Kate's normal daily life makes it all more believable. And what good mother would not do all she could to keep her kids safe? (Even battling demons.) An exciting series that leaves me begging for more! *****


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Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Title - Dark Side of the Moon
(A Dark-Hunter Novel)


Investigative Reporter Susan Michaels wants nothing more than to resurrect her professional reputation after a major scandal destroyed it two years ago. She is currently stuck writing cheesy articles for a tabloid about alien babies and the like. Then she gets a lead that could revamp her dead career. Her sleuthing puts her in an underground world populated by different types of vampires and shape-shifters. This gives her two choices, become a "squire" and help or die immediately for security reasons. Duh! Do I need to tell you her choice? So the cat she is stuck with, and allergic to, changes into a good looking Dark-Hunter man. Susan finds "Puss in Boots" extremely irritating, but likeable. Too likeable...

Ravyn Kontis is one of the shape-shifting immortals/guardians who are sworn to protect humankind. He is captured while in cat form by a minion of the Daimon King. Lucky for him, Susan "adopts" him while following her lead. Rave is thankful, but Susan knows too much. Now they are thrown together as partners. Things get even worse now because it becomes apparent that the Daimons have declared war on the Dark-Hunters and have some of the police department on their side. Susan and Ravyn find themselves on run for two murders that they did not commit. And all that is only the beginning of their first full day together!

***** Author Sherrilyn Kenyon has created an extremely realistic, but hidden, world that will grab its readers and hold onto them tighter than cement! You do not have to read the previous novels to understand everything going on. I am proof, since this is my first experience with the underground world. Once I began this story I could see why the author is so famous and has her own cult following. Outstanding! *****


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Author: Rebecca York
Title - Shadow of the Moon
(Steamy Were-shifter romance)


Savannah Carpenter is an artist, but painting is definitely not currently on her mind. Savannah is trying to understand what happened to her sister, Charlotte. Charlotte is in a coma and Savannah is at her bed side every moment she is allowed by the hospital staff. Charlotte had been found in Rock Creek Park. Some say she fell off an outcropping of rocks. Others say she tried to kill herself. But Savannah cannot help but wonder if someone pushed her over the cliff. Savannah's only real clues were some matchbook covers from the Eighteenth Club and Charlotte's journal. Even though Savannah knows she should not read the diary, she consoled herself with the fact that she was searching for clues. In truth, it was the steamy content that enthralled her. She had no idea Charlotte was into such fantasies or that the Eighteenth Club let people act those dark desires out.

Lance Marshall is a werewolf. Being able to shift into canine form has helped him get stories that other journalists could not. After all, a big stray dog could not understand English, right? Lance was currently interested in the Eighteenth Club and its owner, Raymond Conrad. However, while scoping out the club he spies Savannah sneaking about, taking pictures of the top brass entering the establishment. Risky! Especially since some who enter the club never exit alive. He ends up rescuing her from a guard and then begins hunting her for his own reasons.

**** This is a steamy paranormal romance. If you do not like explicit bedroom scenes and hot fantasies, stay away. If you love those scenes (or could care less if they are there or not), then this is right up your alley. The author gives her readers danger, shape-shifters, and hot romance. The best of everything. Brava. ****


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Author: Mary Jo Putney
Title - The Marriage Spell


As a lad Jack Langdon realized he had some wizard powers. But sorcery is only for the lower classes and shunned by gentry. Upon finding out Jack showed magical talent, his father sent him off to Stonebridge Academy. This is where all the gentry sent their sons to have them (basically) brainwashed into hating all things that deal with magic, especially the wizards "wyrdlings" who use it. On Jack's first full day at the academy, he meets the boys who will grow up to be his best friends. Ransom, Ashby, Kenmore, and Winslow were sent to the academy for the same reason as Jack. The academy did its job extremely well. As the boys grew into strong men, they buried their powers deep within themselves. In Jack's case though, his father took a couple of extra precautions to ensure Jack would hate everything about magic.

Abigail "Abby" Barton is one of the best wizards in her generation. She has coveted Jack, Lord Frayne, for years but was content to worship him from afar. Abby is the area's best healer, except for her father, Sir Andrew Barton. But her father is away on business when Jack's friends knock upon her door. Jack has had an accident and is near death. With no where else to turn, Ransom and Ashby take Jack to Abby. Abby can save Jack's life, but only if she makes a great self-sacrifice to do so. Her price is Jack's hand in marriage.

It is not long before Jack feels an irresistible attraction to his new wife. Her allure is as intense as the reawakening magical abilities that dwell within himself. The two will challenge each other's extraordinary powers and deepest desires for the sake of a love that may cost them all they cherish most.

***** An outstanding story filled with love, magic, and trust. I did not think that I would enjoy this book when I laid eyes upon it. But from the moment I began reading I found myself bespelled. I read every moment that I had spare time. Author Mary Jo Putney will weave a spell upon your imagination. Resistance is futile! *****


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Author: Patricia Waddell
Title - True Blood
(Futuristic Sci-Fi)


Officer Danna MacFadyen of the League of Planets has the supernatural ability known as "psychometric skills". If a person touches an object while having strong emotions, the emotions leave an imprint upon the object. Danna's ability allows her to hold an object and read those imprints. Danna feels, senses, and sees it all in a mind void she labels "dreamscape". Emotions have colors and Danna interprets them. This ability comes in handy when she is assigned to investigate the explosion of a space freighter within League space. The hardest part of the assignment will be working with a Korcian Enforcer named Cullon Gavriel.

Commander Cullon Gavriel already knows the explosion was terrorism. Someone killed forty-five innocent people in cold blood, simply to assassinate one Korcian prince who was traveling incognito aboard it. This was the third True Blood assassinated recently. Only five more live, including himself. To find out who is killing Korcian True Bloods, Cullon needs Danna's help. But he never expects to fall for the lovely Terran.

The explosive puzzle pieces begin to fall into place and the two realize they have uncovered a conspiracy that stretches across the galaxy. The entire Empire is at risk.

**** A terrific blend of futuristic sci-fi and romance. Author Patricia Waddell seems to have found her true writing genre. Perfect for readers, such as myself, who enjoy a bit of romance with their sci-fi. Recommended. ****


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Authors: C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp
Title - Captive Moon
(A tale of the Sazi)


Antoine Monier, leader of the Sazi cats, is a strong alpha with excellent illusion abilities. He is also a seer; however, he has tried to bury that particular ability since he was five. The story begins in Germany. Antoine is escorted by local law enforcement to where several tigers were recently captured by poachers and slaughtered. It is too late to help them, but he learns of a female tiger being held. The LAST thing Antoine expects is to end up rescuing a were-tiger from a tribe believed long extinct.

Tahira Kuric is a member of the Hayalet Kabile (Ghost Tribe) in America. Her brother, Rabi, had been kidnapped and she was captured while searching for him. All their lives, Tahira and Rabi had been warned of the deceitful Sazi. But she needs his help if she is to have any chance of locating Rabi. It soon becomes apparent that a great war loomed within the near future unless they somehow avert it. The war would be species against species and if Rabi were to be killed by his captors, even the humans would become involved, and blood and fire would rain down on the world.

To make matters worse, Antoine is being challenged for his seat as leadership. This brings Ahmad al-Narmer, councilman for the were-snakes, into their residence, as witness to the challenge. Ahman and Antoine, equal in position and power, clash constantly and they both vie for Tahira's affection. And Tahira has a unique power, not seen for thousands of years, that even SHE did not know she possessed. Unless she learns to control it, Tahira will unwillingly kill any shifter that ever comes near her.

***** This is a fabulous addition to the Sazi tales! Things happen quickly and the pace moves along at a good speed. The authors have several surprises in store for you as well. You will never find yourself getting bored in the slightest. In fact, you may find yourself breathing quickly in anticipation. Authors C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp corroborate so well, you would think they were one person. Riveting! *****


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Author: Shanna Swendson
Title - Once Upon Stilettos


Katie Chandler is an executive assistant at Magic, Spells, & Illusions, Inc. "MSI" in Manhattan. Even though she is mortal, she works for some very important beings, such as Merlin the Magician. Merlin is the CEO of the company. Katie is one of the few people that magic cannot work on. She is an Immune. Now that she has worked with the company for awhile, she has seen all sorts of magical creatures and almost nothing bothers her anymore. Merlin has Katie read over contracts before he signs, just in case the contract has an enchantment on it to cloak some sections. Being an Immune, Katie can see the real words and let her boss know if a scam is being pulled.

Recently someone has broken into Owen's office and disrupted some very top secret files. Katie is assigned the task of finding out who the company spy is. This gives her a great reason to be around Owen. However, considering that Owen does not seem to be as interested in Katie as she is in him, it can be frustrating at times. In addition, Katie's parents are coming to town for a week. Katie must keep them from finding out what MSI really does and keep them entertained so they won't try to make her leave New York with them. NOT so easy since Katie's mother seems to be Immune too. How will Katie convince her mother that she is not really seeing fairies, gnomes, and gargoyles?

Katie soon discovers that her immunity to magic is waning! The spy has magical beings attacking Katie and she can no longer see what is coming. Even with backup, Katie may not live to see Christmas.

**** The first book "Enchanted, Inc." set up the whole magical and human environment. This book continues where it left off. If you have not read the first book, you will not find yourself lost in this story. However, if you read this one and expect to read the previous book at a later date, you may find yourself disappointed with the first. Author Shanna Swendson has done a terrific job combining fantasy and modern contemporary, and a touch of humor. I found myself giggling like a small child at parts, even as I tried to figure out who the spy within the company was. A fun and witty read! ****


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Author: CE Murphy
Title - Thunderhead Falls


All Joanne Walker wants is a normal life and to be a good cop. She'd just as soon never, or seldom, use her magical, shaman's powers, but has little choice when it appears a murder victim is a member of a coven, and the members seek her out. An ancient being is seeking to enter the world to join the battle between good and evil and needs Joanne's help. Or, that is what she is told. She will have to learn quickly how to use her talents before Armegeddon hits the fan.

*** Although the characters in this world are not as easy to like as those in some series, this is a fast paced, original continuity. It's one that will appeal more to straight fantasy or mystery fans, as the romance is almost nil. ***


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Author: C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp
Title - Moon's Web
(Sequel to "Hunter's Moon")


Tony was one of the best assassins for the mafia until he was turned into a werewolf. Now he is the best assassin in the world. Tony is still trying to learn the rules of being part of a pack. His human mate, Sue, has to quickly adapt as well. But Tony is about to face even more changes within himself. Talents that only a rare few shifters are gifted with are beginning to emerge from within Tony as well, and he does NOT like them!

Something is kidnapping the female shapeshifters. This is not something that would normally affect humans, but the most recently kidnapped shifter is the girlfriend of a human named Carmine Leone. Carmine is the Mafia don and Tony's former boss. Unless Tony, Sue, and an elite group of shifters can locate the kidnapped shifters quickly and destroy an unknown menace, Carmine is prepared to wage an all out war. Even though the shapeshifters would win a war against the Mafia, doing so would expose their culture to the humans.

**** An exciting sequel to "Hunter's Moon" but it does start up too slowly. Readers learn more about shifters, pack members, and the super natural world these two talented authors have created. I cannot tell more without spoilers, which is something I refuse to do. But rest assured, you are going to enjoy this one! ****


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Authors: Susan Kearney, Jeanie London, & Ruth Glick
Title - Midnight Magic


In the antique shop "Second Chance" resides a painting that is unique. It is titled "Midnight Magic". Legend states that it was painted by a sorcerer as an escape hatch. He did not get what he wanted out of this life and he longed to escape to someplace better. So he used magical paint to create an environment where he could be happy. Once the painting was completed, the sorcerer entered the painting, traveling into the universe he'd created on canvas and never returned. When most people look at the painting, they see only dots. However, once in a while, the painting seems to choose someone who is deserving of a second chance. When that person looks upon the painting, they see shapes, objects, and/or people among the dots. And if the person wants it badly enough, they can step into the painting being transported to the past, future, or even off of Earth; depending on where the painting knew the person needed to go. As this book begins, Mr. Garrison is the custodian of this special painting.

SECOND CHANCES by Rebecca York
Antique dealer Sara Drimmon is contacted by Mr. Garrison to come view his gallery. Sara enters the painting to find herself transported one year into her past, to the first day she met Matt. Matt had been the love of Sara's life. But he had died in a burning building. Arson had been involved. Now Sara has been given a second chance to find love with Matt. She must, somehow, change events without anyone believing she is crazy. This will be hard to do since Matt is only meeting Sara for the first time and Sara's mother had been classified as Depressed before she died.

ULTERIOR MOTIVES by Susan Kearney
Merline Sullivan is a beautiful singer who has lost her voice. While running from the press, Merline takes refuge in an antique and art gallery. The new owner, Sara, locks the doors to keep out the press. While waiting for the press to give up, Sara shows Merline "Midnight Magic". Merline enters the painting to find herself transported to Space Station Alpha-Gamma Five, far from Earth. The medic program upon the station heals Merline while she meets her rescuer Tomm Jabal of Siraz. From Tomm, Merline learns that she is over three hundred years in the future. The beautiful singer must adapt very quickly and hopes to use her singing talent to get back to Earth. Problem is that Dubane Fik, the station's wealthiest resident, intends to cage Merline as his own, personal, song bird...literally.

TEMPTATION by Jeanie London
Set in 1713, St. Michaels, Maryland. Nina de Lacy has a rare talent. However, she knows not if it be a blessing or a curse. With the tiniest touch of someone, Nina sees their death and, during her visions, gives them directions toward salvation. Gray is the only one who has ever been able to touch Nina without consequences. Of course she must be careful. There are those who would call her a witch. With her always is her stoic guardian, Gray Talbot, Earl of Westbury. They had left their homeland and came to the colonies for a chance at a new life. Gray takes Nina to sit for a portrait painting with Master Verbrugges. It is not long before Verbrugges has the two standing in front of "Midnight Magic" and explaining the legend. Gray and Nina both see the same thing, a man staring back at them. Even more startling is the fact that the man they see is nearby. His name is Damian Hart. And Damian had seen THEM in the same painting. Master Verbrugges urges Gray and Nina to meet Damian. Strangely enough, Damian also can touch Nina without consequences. Nina finds herself with a difficult decision and the two men must wait for her to tell them their future.

***** This novel will haunt your imagination for quite a while after your completion of it. Each author tackles a different time and place, yet remain linked by way of the painting. I give one word of warning though; this book is only for those who believe in the magic of possibilities. Excellent! *****


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Author: Elizabeth Vaughan
Title - Warprize
(Bk 1 Lara & Keir trilogy / Fantasy Romance)


Xylara "Lara" is daughter of the late Warrior King Xyron. As such, Lara always knew her fate was a political alliance marriage. Still, Lara's interest has always been healing. Therefore, she grew up and became a Master Healer. Lara treats her people, as well as the prisoners of war. To a Healer, it did not matter if the patient is friend or foe, only that he needs wounds treated. Her half-brother, Xymund, sits on the throne and rules the Kingdom of Xy, but does not do a good job of it. The warring "Firelanders" would soon conquer Xy.

Lara was shunned when she first went to aid the enemy warriors in the prison section. But after much persistence and then proving her healing abilities, the wounded warriors accepted her and looked forward to her visits. It is Lara's fighting spirit, good heart, and healing talent that changes her fate.

When King Xymund and Warlord Keir meet to discuss "true peace", the Warlord demands Lara as "Warprize". Xymund swears fealty to Keir and Lara goes with Keir, not knowing what to expect. But the peace is threatened as assassination attempts are made on Lara. If the Warprize should did, the lands will run red with the blood of thousands.

***** Absolutely fantastic! I lost half a night of sleep because I could not stop reading this novel. Lara and Keir will have three books. But do not worry, this book does not end and leave you hanging. (I hate it when a book does that.) This tale blends what seems to be historical romance (horses, swords, etc) with fantasy. It is obviously not something that could have ever happened on Earth; however, the book never mentions what planet it is set on. If not for the fantasy elements, you could very well believe this was set back in the days of Vikings or knights. Highly recommended reading! *****


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Author: Elizabeth Vaughan
Title - Warsworn
(Bk 2 or War trilogy)


Our tale begins where the first book, "Warprize", left off. Lara, the Warprize, and Keir, the Warlord, are traveling to the Heart of the Plains so that Lara's status may be confirmed in a ceremony. The two have thousands of warriors accompanying them. However, they come to a city with its gates closed and the symbol for plague is upon the gates. Being a Master Healer, Lara goes inside to help the victims.

Soon the plague spreads throughout the warrior encampment. In the midst of the sick and dying, Iften, a rival warrior, gathers his followers and challenges Keir for the right to rule their tribe. Keir is still weak from his recent sickness. If Keir loses, he will not be the only one Iften will see dead quickly.

***** Mark my words: This trilogy will win massive awards! There is no doubt in my mind that this trilogy is one of the best I have ever read! You do not have to read the first novel to understand and enjoy this one; however, you will not enjoy this episode nearly as much unless you do. Each character, even the secondary ones, has their own strong personality. I could not help but get close to them. They are so well developed that I kept forgetting they are not real people. Author Elizabeth Vaughan has won me as a fan and I eagerly await the third book (WARLORD). An outstanding accomplishment from an author that is quickly making her name well known! *****


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Author: Ann O'Bannon
Title - Stardust (Bk 1 of the Shimuran Legacy)


The story begins on December 3, 2018. Captain David Alexander of NASA awakens after seven years of cryogenic stasis. His ship has finally reached Saturn. NASA is thrilled to learn that David survived cryo. Yet before David could begin his work, his probes detect two unknown ships.

Due to the Morian pirates, a missile has detonated within a bore-hole, causing Commander Zara Darien's ship, the Stardust, to change directions. She ends up stranded in an uncharted area of space. Worse, the ship that had also been with Stardust has crashed. Zara's father and crew have died. Zara is alone, except for a small monkey-like creature and MAI, the ship's artificial intelligence.

When MAI's warning shot goes bad, Zara must rescue David from his doomed ship. Her law demands she protect his life, which means returning him to Earth, his planet. However, her law also demands that she not interfere with his planet's natural growth. To keep the first law, she must break the second. Zara must handle first contact with the sentient beings. This causes lots of problems. It becomes more complicated when Zara and David begin to learn about each other, and let their mutual attraction of each other grow.

As the two communicate, David learns that the Morian and Dacron races have hunt down most of Zara's people. The Shimurans are near extinction. David and Zara soon realize that their two planets can help each other. But not everyone feels this to be a GOOD idea.

**** There is more going on, involving an angel and a ghost, but I cannot elaborate without giving something vital away. Therefore, you must read the story to find out what I am referring to. One thing is for certain, you will never get bored. An excellent debut for author Ann O'Bannon. I look forward to the next book in this series. ****


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Author: T. A. Moore
Title - Through The Mists Of Time


Our story opens in England, 1865. Valerie Brooks is the daughter of a banker. If a man was to poetically describe her, he may praise only her beauty. But Val is very intelligent as well. Valerie has received more education than most young ladies of the era. She enjoys history best, particularly Roman and Greek history. Therefore, she is thrilled when her family sets sail to visit Pompeii, Italy.

While visiting Italy, Val views the casts of people who died nearly two thousand years ago when Vesuvius, a volcano, erupted. Yet never did Val suspect that she would end up trapped during an earthquake and teleported back in time to the year 79 A.D.

Christos Campanius Marcellus is one of the wealthiest men in Pompeii. He purchases Valerie from a slave auction, despite her being crippled or the people claiming her to be a witch. From the beginning, Christos knows Val is his destiny. He has only to figure the way to her heart.

**** Do not let the simple cover art fool you. This is a wonderful read. A historical romance in which the heroine travels even further back in time. That, in itself, is rare. Yet the author also included another rare item, the heroine is crippled! Val must use a cane in order to walk. Men in BOTH of Valerie's eras look down upon such women. I found this novel to be fast paced, educational, and down right dreamy. ****


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Author: J.M. Jeffries
Title: Blood Lust


In 1745 Mignon Du Plessis had been a black slave. Her white owner, Charles Rabelais changed Mignon into a vampire so he could keep her forever. But history shows us that times change. In New Orleans, where most of this story is set, Charles Rabelais is a rogue vampire, being hunted by his brethren. Charles is out to turn all the dangerous mortal criminals into vampires. Mignon is a member of "the Praetorium". (This is like a vampire government.) The Praetorium was formed long ago to protect the vampires from the humans. A sect of this organization is the "the Venator". A Venator protects the humans from the bad vampires. These vampires hunt down and execute rogue vampires. Mignon is such a being. She has orders from the Praetorium to hunt down and execute Charles. She has two other Hunters with her, Solomon ben Zafir and Maximus Severus. The three go hunting each night to exterminate the vampires that Charles has recently created. No one uses guns in these fights. They would not work anyway. Executions are done with all different types of blade weapons.

Detective Ryan Lattimore is a former Special Forces Operative. He does not get paid much at the New Orleans Police Department, but he believes in justice. Lieutenant Barton, his boss, has him staking out the county morgue. Someone has been going into the cold room and decapitating the dead bodies. This is how he meets the babe with the axe! He believes she is crazy and is about to try to arrest her when the dead bodies begin coming to life. Mignon ends up saving his life from the new vampires Charles had made that day. Mignon tries to enchant Ryan into forgetting everything, but he is a rare type of mortal that is immune to vampire enchantments. Of course, Ryan cannot tell his boss the truth of what happened in the morgue that night. So Ryan lets his boss think he was sloppy in his job that night. But Ryan refuses to just forget all he has seen. He shows up at the home of Lucas Du Plessis, a descendant of Mignon. Surprisingly, Lucas has been expecting Ryan and escorts him to Mignon. Ryan and Mignon are attracted to each other, yet neither trusts the other either. Ryan cannot arrest Mignon for killing someone who is already dead and the stories Mignon is filling his head with are straight out of a "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" show. It is all unbelievable ... at least it was until he began to see it all for himself.

Mignon and her two partners begin teaching Ryan to fight with blade weapons. The only way to convince Ryan that what they say is true, is to show it to him and let him experience it all himself. The Praetorium rule is to kill any mortal immune to enchantment in order to protect the brethren. Yet Mignon finds herself reluctant to kill Ryan. He is not evil. In a way, they are on the same side, the side of Justice. So Mignon teaches Ryan. Once Charles has been taken care of she can decide whether to kill Ryan or not.

Things become much more complicated when a secret branch of the U.S. Department of Defense begins popping up. They are after Charles, but once they learn of Mignon they decide to capture her too. They call themselves "The Vamp Squad". They plan to recruit vampires into becoming a special military group that would deal with terrorism. All the Vamp Squad members are immune to vampire enchantments. One member, Ursula Carlson, is undercover in the NOPD. She is pretending to be with the FBI and out to help Ryan with his case.

***** If you love dark romance blended together with vampires, then this book has been taylor made just for you! Author J.M. Jeffries is a team of two authors who have proven themselves to be dark masters of the underworld. Do not let the cover fool you. No matter what race or background you are, you will find yourself sucked into this story and engrossed in the believable tale that will weave itself before your eyes. Mignon is a lady that you cannot help but cheer on as she fights for what is right. I not only recommend this title to those who enjoy vampire romances, I strong urge them to buy this book! *****


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