L.D. Rose – Sweet Sacrifice (The Soul Mate Tree Book 9)

REVIEW

This book had great originality but I lost interest when a battle ensued with a snake-like creature and was then remedied with yet another snake. Admittedly, I really don’t like reptiles.

As a romance novel, the pull between Irene and Bash was authentic. Despite the elements that were off putting, the romantic elements were good enough that I was inclined to finish the novel. This is actually saying quite a lot as I really really despise reptiles.

This was the only book that I have read in this series and I felt as if I was missing a critical element.

3 Stars 

BLURB

Former Navy SEAL Sebastian “Bash” Lockard died in Afghanistan after leaping on a grenade to save his comrades. Little did he know his act of heroism would grant him a ticket into Heaven’s elite army as one of the few and powerful Archangels. Struggling with his new existence, Bash still retains his human memories, leaving behind a wife he loves with all of his heart. Although he’s forbidden to see her, he can’t resist her lure, or the mortal desires he harbors for her.

As a young widow and nurse, Irene Lockard still mourns her husband two years after his untimely death. His absence is everywhere, and when her best friend weds, she hits an emotional rock bottom. As if summoned from the skies above, Sebastian appears before her, and they share an unforgettable night. But when he once again vanishes, she wonders if she’s truly gone mad with grief.

The only way Sebastian can remain with Irene is if he makes the ultimate sacrifice. But will she overcome her fear of losing him again to another war?

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AUTHOR BIO

L.D. Rose is a neurotic physician by day, crazed writer by night, and all around wannabe superhero. She writes dark paranormal romance and urban fantasy, but she’s been known to delve into horror, sci-fi, and medical suspense on occasion. L.D. Rose is a PAN member of the RWA, FF&P, NEC-RWA and CoLoNY. She currently lives in Rhode Island with her studly hubby, her hyperactive Boxer, and her two devious cats.

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Celebrating Authors/Books that I didn’t blog about but haven’t forgotten (Week 1 – Paranormal Romance)

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Week 1 – Pure Paranormal Passion Books

Patricia BriggsMercy Thompson Series

Tough female coyote shapeshifter, married to a hot strong werewolf, seems to find herself in a lot of crazy supernatural predicaments.  The books contain action packed stories with some romance.

Laurell Hamilton – Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series

Bold female vampire hunter that enjoys her MANY vampires and shifters.  Brings the concept of polyamorous relationships to whole new level!  Can’t wait to find out who she is going to marry.  I unfortunately missed out on a short release of a short story – Shutdown.  Hopefully it will be available again.

Charlaine Harris – Sookie Stackhouse Series

Who will be the hottest vampire or other supernatural to win the heart of a heart of a southern girl with superhuman talents?  I loved the southern drawl and connections between the characters.  The True Blood series was based on these books.  The books are much better than the show.

Shelly LaurenstonThe Mane Event

Great combination of shifter and real world.  In the story, the scent of a woman’s neck makes a male lion purr.  Reading the carnal description, made me yearn.  I just realized that these stories are just the first in a 9-book series: Pride Series.  Yay! More to read.

Stephenie Meyer – Twilight Saga

A series that even teens can read and the series that got me hooked on reading again!

J.R. WardBlack Daggar Brotherhood

These are the sexiest vampires that come to life on paper.  The character names are absolutely spectacular: Wrath, Rhage, Zsadist, Dhestroyer, Vishous, Phury, and Rehvenge .  They are forceful and definitively masculine.  Each book in the series gets better.  My favorite was “Lover at Last,”  which I find difficult to discuss without spoiling the ending.  Instead, I’ll try and control myself and bite my tongue for now.

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Laurell K. Hamilton – Flirt

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This is #18 in the Anita Blake Series.  This is a series that seems to get better and better.

I originally read this book a couple of years ago, but I just recently listened to the audiobook.  I have read all 24 books in main part of the series and 2 of the novellas.  After reading that many books about one characters its hard not to develop expectations for the characters.  The voice of Anita on the audio is sensational.

This book marks a bit of change in the Anita Blake Series.  There is a significant departure in the balance of sensuality and the violent paranormal activity.  The book is more heavily weighted towards relationship issues than paranormal battles.  As a romance novel addict, I really appreciate the change.  This book is edgy and intense.

One thing that makes Anita an unusual heroine (well there’re actually many) is that while she is involved with many exceptionally beautiful men, she doesn’t discriminate if they are flawed all at the same time.  The fact that Nicky is missing his right eye doesn’t diminish his sex appeal in the eyes of Anita.  Her acceptance of many issues is just one of the things that makes her an incredibly cool character.

Flirt

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Laurell K. Hamilton – Jason

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Laurell K. Hamilton – Jason (audio book)

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This is the #23 in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series.

I originally read this book in December 2014 and just recently listened to the audiobook.  As discussed below – the story is great.  The audio book is fantastic, too.  The voice of Anita is spot on.  An added bonus for the audio book – I was able to multi-task while listening to book.

While the Anita Blake series is usually very high on the paranormal side, this particular book is not.  It’s more like an insight into the polyamorous lifestyle.  Or as Jason said in the book, “It’s like a lesbian tutorial.”

For those of you who have not read the series, Anita Blake is an incredibly strong female character and I don’t mean her paranormal or metaphysical strength.  She is incredibly brave.  She sees no other options than facing her fears.  In Jason, it is surprising to learn that some things can still make her blush.  Read Jason, and find out what could possibly make Anita be unsure of herself in a bedroom setting.  In the book, Anita says, “I was so far outside my comfort zone I couldn’t see it from the shore anymore.  I felt lost at sea, but determined to weather the storm, even if it was a storm formed of soft flesh and silk.”

While Jason is usually a jokester, he pushes Anita to answer difficult questions.  “Are you really willing to spend the rest of your life trying to date someone you not only don’t love, but that you actually don’t enjoy having sex with?”

This is an awesome series!  Even if paranormal romance is not your thing, READ this book.

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Kelly D. Smith – Summoning the Demon

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Review

What a fun read.  I would compare this book to the movie Warm Bodies.  Take out the gross and dark aspects of Zombies and add a little humor and romance and presto – you’ve got a fun story.

I like that Alyssa, the main character and resident witch, can poke fun at the paranormal embodiments as she refers to the imps as “stupid creatures.”

Excerpt

Alyssa

I frowned down at my nettle tea. Not because it was gross—which it was—but because of the night I’d had. Well, the morning, I guess. The first thing I did when I woke up was shower, wash my hair and change into a pair jean shorts and a black tank top. It felt nice to be clean.

I’d slept well, but I hadn’t been able to get that demon out of my dreams. At first I thought it might be some sort of trick he played on me, but I was beginning to think that was less and less likely. I wasn’t sure why I couldn’t stop thinking about him, but I was trained to believe in fate. I couldn’t help but wonder if maybe, just maybe, fate had a reason for keeping Falan in my thoughts.

Falan. What an odd name for a demon.

I drained my tea with a scrunched nose, rinsed the mug out and walked to my occult room. Of all the rooms in my small house, this one was my favorite. A large bookshelf went across the entire north wall, and the shelves on the east wall held all my favorite items, carefully organized. The divination shelf was my favorite; it was always something I enjoyed playing with. Then there were the magical tools and the herbs that I gathered from the garden. The stones, metals and crystals had their own shelf, of course, this one a little smaller than the others to make space for the door.

I padded onto the fake hardwood floor and picked up one of the many markers I kept laying around. I drew my circle and three other symbols, one in the north and the others in the east and west sides.

Then it was time to gather the stones I needed. Stones were one of my other favorite forms of magic, so simple and yet so powerful, crafted by nature. Each stone possessed its own strength.

With the stones in hand, I made my way back to the circle and lay them in place. This time I didn’t need to rush. I could make sure everything was perfect. Demons liked that better anyway.

I took a deep breath and closed my eyes.

“Son of Lucifer, daughter of Lilith, I summon thee to fight by my side, to protect and serve, to do my bidding and be bound to me. Come to me, Falan Farrelly!”

I didn’t know why I was doing it. I knew it was stupid but I couldn’t help it. So I took a deep breath and watched as my occult room got a little bit darker.

Crack.

Smoke filled the room, swirling its way up to the ceiling and spreading out toward all four of the walls.

He appeared just as quickly as he had in the barn, but the room was already boiling. I was thankful I’d changed this morning.

“So, this is your place?” He looked around, refusing to look at me for a couple of seconds. “It’s… witchy.”

“Is that an insult?” It sure sounded like it.

“Depends on who you ask.” He looked down and for a fraction of a second I saw him smile. “Much nicer than last night.”

“I don’t have zombies trying to eat me this time.”

“Oh, then why did you call me?” He raised an eyebrow.

I opened my mouth to say something, but then I realized I didn’t know why I’d called him. I mean, I figured it had to do with fate, but I wasn’t going to say that out loud. I had no good excuse.

A grin spread over his lips. “Did you just want to spend time with me? I have been told I have a lovely personality.”

I rolled my eyes. “No, I… um needed consult on a couple things. I figured who better than a demon?”

I could find questions to ask him, right? I swallowed dryly. “So, do you want some tea or would you rather stand in the circle all day?”

“You wanna join me in the circle?” He raised an eyebrow as his grin widened, and I realized his eyes were roaming over my body.

I felt entirely self-conscious, and I didn’t like it. There was no way I was going to give this demon control.

I pretended to mull it over for a couple seconds. “No thanks, I’m not really into dammed souls.”

It might have insulted a lot of demons, but Falan just laughed as he stepped out of the circle.

“Fair enough, but I promise you, you’re missing out.”

“I’ll take your word for it.” I turned on my heel and led the way to the kitchen. Having him behind me didn’t scare me, because there was something about him. Something had caused him to give me permission to call upon him and a demon who did that didn’t plan on killing me.

 

Falan

I followed her into the kitchen. Her skin was perfect. Her hair hung down her back, brown covering a blue layer on the bottom. As she reached for the kettle, the muscles in her back flexed. I was glad she had her back to me or she would have seen my eyes widen in reaction, and I didn’t want to give her any sort of leverage.

Not until I figured out why I was here.

“So.” She put the kettle on. “Why did you give me your calling card?”

“You’ve got a nice butt.” I felt stupid the second I said it, but it was too late to take it back now. I just hoped she didn’t turn around, because demons blushed- and I could feel my cheeks burning.

 

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Lily Cahill – Prince Hudson (Alpha Bear Princes #1)

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This is my favorite type of paranormal romance – heavy on the romance and just enough paranormal to make the story interesting.  I absolutely couldn’t put the book down once I started it.  Definitely a 5 star read.

I really like the element that there isn’t a significant disparity between the wealth of Kay and Hudson.  Kay comes from money and isn’t simply impressed by it.  Hudson has earned his money on his own, which Kay respects.

Both Kay and Hudson have their own insecurities.  Hudson worries,

“Maybe she was like all the rest – someone who wanted to say they’d fucked Hudson Royce, and nothing more.  The idea stung.  He’d been hurt by women before … But with Kay, it was different.  Her rejection felt so much worse – more raw and more personal.  She was his mate.  She was supposed to be his.  Hadn’t she said as much last night?  Leaving after they’d shared such an intimate moment was more than hurtful – it was insulting.””

Kay’s insecurities stem from her ex-boyfriend, Chase.  He is such a great character that I wanted to reach inside the book and throttle him.

Pull Quote:

“Really?” Kay asked with a grin. “What is the elusive Mr. Royce most curious about in the entire world?”
“I’ve been trying to figure it out all night, but I have no idea what color your panties are.”

Excerpt:

KAY

By the time the elevator finally dinged in the lobby, Kay’s heart was beating a wild rhythm in her chest. This was insane—fun, sexy insane—but still insane. She felt as jittery as a hummingbird.

They stepped onto the elevator and Hudson flashed his keycard against a sensor. As soon as the doors closed, Hudson pressed her against the wall, his hands firm on her waist, her hands landing on his chest. His voice rumbled low and sensual in her ear.

“I’m going to make you come now. And I’m going to do it before these doors open again.”

All Kay’s air left her as her core tightened in response to his words.

Was he serious? He wasn’t pressing any buttons to stop the elevator. Even if he’d rented the penthouse, they had maybe seventy-five floors. What was that in elevator time, thirty seconds? Maybe a minute?

She’d always been sort of a slow-burner where sex was concerned. It took her time. What if he expected something different? What if she couldn’t—?

A little cry escaped from Kay’s throat. He’d already started.

She felt his hand reach under her skirt and her eyes whipped to meet his.

“That’s right, baby. I want you to look at me when you come,” he said, pressing his forehead against hers.

His hand slid between her thighs as his foot nudged her legs further apart.

She gasped.

“I want you to remember this moment,” he said, curling the other hand into her hair.

Goosebumps spread across her flesh. His fingers felt so good on her scalp.

Then his other hand found her.

In one fluid motion, he’d slipped the crotch of her panties to the side and plunged two fingers deep inside her, his thumb circling her clit.

Kay cried out, so loud it normally would have embarrassed her. But she felt too good to care.

“Fuck yes, baby,” he said. “I love how wet you are for me. You feel so fucking good.”

Kay thought she might never breathe again. No one had ever talked to her like this—dirty and commanding and so wonderfully in control of her body. It was really turning her on. Her skin felt alive, on fire, responsive in a way she’d never felt before. She felt herself growing tighter around him with every plunge of his fingers into her sensitive center.

She was close. Holy shit. She was already close.

She moaned and closed her eyes, undone by the sensations already building in her body. She let herself sink into him, opened wider to let him delve deeper.

“No,” he said in a commanding tone. “Open your eyes. I want you to remember how easy it is for me to make you come, baby. And I want you to see how much I love it when you do.”

She obeyed.

The sight of his eyes only sent her higher. He was locked on her, absolutely focused, honed in to her pleasure. She’d never felt so exposed and so safe all at once.

“Good, baby. That’s perfect. Now come for me.”

With the words he plunged even deeper and reached a place inside her she hadn’t known existed before that moment.

Her body buckled around him, tightened and shuddered as wave after wave of pleasure washed over her. She felt herself holding on to him, felt her fingers digging into his shoulders as he continued to probe her depths, but she didn’t care. She couldn’t. She felt too good, too overwhelmed, to summon any control.

His hand left her hair and held her close—kept her standing, really—as the final wave crested and fell away, his eyes never leaving hers.

Holy. Shit.

He was still looking at her with that probing stare, those intense eyes. A cocky, satisfied grin spread across his face.

The elevator slowed and stilled.

Ding.

Hudson pulled his fingers out of her just as the doors opened.

I can’t wait for the next in the series.

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Lily Cahill – Exposed (Independence Falls Superhero Romance Book 2)

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Author Bio:

We are Lily Cahill, a group of women who met in a writers group and bonded over our love of books, romance, and finding excuses to dress up and go on lady dates. And sexy guys. We definitely bonded over a love of (ogling, gossiping about, and writing) sexy guys. With our talents combined, we created a series blending sensuality, sci-fi, and a retro mountain setting. We all live in Denver, and between us we have six dogs, three cats, and one baby.

JR Ward – Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy)

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FABULOUS SPIN-OFF!! Very little about the lessors and a lot of hot Brothers

This story has two main story lines: Butch and Marissa, from the original series, and the new to the Brotherhood training program, Paradise and Craeg.  I love that this spin off doesn’t abandon the characters from the original series.  In fact, that relationship constitutes about half of the novel.

Butch and Marissa face a break in their relationship if Butch keeps his feelings to himself.  The fear of losing Marissa is Butch’s achilles heal.  The importance of a Shellan in a Brother’s life is irresistible.

Paradise and Craeg are both strong and attracted to each other but they come from extremely different backgrounds.  Paradise proves to be an incredible strong woman and Craeg proves to be a man of worth.  The comparison of what that means to each respective gender is captivating.

As soon as I finished this book, I was immediately craving more BDB.  The Brotherhood vampires are the sexiest paranormal characters every been published.  They have toned, perfectly developed bodies that are made go the distance.  They are fearless and eternally protective.  When they bond with a female, their love is infinitive, true, and unequivocally faithful.  Butch’s faithfulness is described by comparing the intrigue of walking through a roomful of beautiful naked women to watching a lawn mower.  Butch never suffers from a wandering eye.  He only sees Marissa.

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J.R. Ward – The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood #13)

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