Thursday, December 27, 2012

All For You (The Nephilim, #1) by Dana Marie Bell

He will keep her safe, no matter what it takes.

Someone—or something—is stalking Abby Marcheson. Luckily, she as her brother’s hunky friend Seth to keep her safe. Abby falls easily into her protected life, with Seth constantly by her side, and when he asks her out on a date, she’s eager to accept.

But Seth is much more than he seems. A Nephilim, a son of Angels with wings of his own, Seth is bound to spend his life hunting the Shemyaza, evil descendants of Angels. He’s kept his wings hidden from Abby in order not to frighten her, but as her stalker becomes bolder, Seth begins to suspect that a Shem has Abby in its sights…

As their flirtation escalates into full-blown passion, Seth is torn. Should he reveal his true nature to the beautiful, trusting Abby? Will she accept him, wings and all, or will Abby flee her guardian angel and fall prey to the sinister force that wishes her harm?

Warning: This book contains explicit sex and graphic language.

3.5 stars 

I liked this book just not as much as I wanted to.  The blurb sounded like something that I would love to read, I mean hot angels protecting us mere mortals from evil demons.....yeah, sign me up.  What I got was confused.  There were something like 23 characters introduced within the first 3 chapters or close to it and not all of them even showed up in the book as anything other then a name and an explanation of who they were.  There was also an information dump in those same first 3 chapters.  A lot of explanation in a short amount of time that I had to reread once or twice.  There was also some weird dialogue between the characters that seemed to come out of nowhere.  One small detail that had me going back to check was that Abby's friend Kaley was introduced as an actress then at the end of the book became the country -hopping archaeologist.  All that being said, I will be reading the next book because I'm interested in seeing where this series goes and I'm a fan of Ms. Bell's other books.  It's definitely an interesting world that has been introduced and the few Nephilim that we met are begging to have their stories told.  All I can say is read it and make your own decision on what appears to be the start of a pretty good series.

Monday, December 24, 2012

My Lord Immortality (Immortal Rogues #3) by Alexandra Ivy

In this mesmerizing tale from the author of the "Guardians of Eternity" series, a traitorous vampire is determined to destroy the Veil that has long separated vampires from human blood--and the passions it ignites. Only the Immortal Rogues, three vampires charged to protect their kind, can hope to stop his deadly rampage. . . Amelia Hadwell has no time for London's nightlife. Not when her beloved brother's odd ways have their family threatening to institutionalize him. And not when she is questioning her own sanity after being confronted by a murderous shadow creature--then being saved by a captivating stranger, a man who belongs to a world she cannot imagine.

Reserved and scholarly, Sebastian St. Ives has been content without human desires--until they are reawakened by the delicate, brave Amelia, whom he is meant to protect. For the young woman has no idea she possesses the key to a ravenous vampire's dark victory. Now Sebastian must shield her from both a killer and his own growing attraction--or bond with her completely, and forever. . .

3/5 stars

I just finished this series. I thought it best to read them all together so that I could give a better review. While I love Ms. Ivy's series, Guardians of Eternity, I wasn't too fond of this one. It is kind of a prequel to the GoE series since it features Nefri and the medallions that are important to keeping the Veil safe. I guess my review is really of all three of the books since really there wasn't much difference between them. The first two even had the villains using the same ploy to introduce them to a woman, the villain's helpers "attacking" a) the main character and b) the maid of the main character. And don't even get me started on the number of times the word "maiden" was used, ugh! At one point the word was used in reference to prostitutes. I must admit that this was the best book of the three, but it was still just an okay book. Another thing that was odd was there was no sex in any of the books just kissing and in one book just a reference to it (they were laying in bed after the act). While not every book needs sex I just kind of think that with vampires I automatically think sex. It also might have made the books a little more interesting. I guess I would recommend this series if you are a fan of Ms. Ivy's or would like a fast and light read.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Dark Wolf Rising (Bloodrunners #4) by Rhyannon Byrd

Eric Drake, a powerful Dark Wolf, has never trusted himself around human females-preferring to mate only within his pack. That is, until he encounters Chelsea Smart snooping around Silvercrest pack land in search of her missing sister. Secretly, Chelsea thinks Eric is the sexiest man she's ever seen, though she is wary of his potent Alpha energy. Then it's discovered that Chelsea's sister is being held by a pack of vicious Lycans, and Eric heroically leaps into action. Now, Chelsea will risk everything-her body and soul-to surrender to the passion that will mark her as Eric's woman for all eternity...if they survive.

4/5 stars

I have the worst habit of reading a book only to then realise that it's a part of a series which is exactly what I did with this one. This is the fourth book in the Bloodrunner series and while there are some plot points from earlier books I in no way felt like I was lost. I really liked this book, enough in fact that I went back and downloaded the first three books and am looking forward to learning a little more of this world and what happened to make Eric feel the way he does toward his father and way the town feels divided about him and his sister. Thankfully Chelsea came along and brought a little happiness into his life, because he really needed the love of a strong woman. Looking forward to reading more of this series and author. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Forever a Lord (Rumor #3) by Delilah Marvelle

He's a fighter, not a lover.
But that's about to change...

Lady Imogene Norwood lives a sheltered life of quiet respectability and routine...until she debuts at her first Season. There among London's elite she meets the wild and broken Lord Atwood. And the very shy English rose suddenly realizes that a little chaos might just be what her heart desires.

Lord Nathaniel James Atwood doesn't believe true love exists. Since scandal tore him away from his family at an early age, he has spent his life fighting for what he wants. That attitude has made him a rising star in bare-knuckle boxing, and now leads him back to London to reclaim the life that was stolen from him. But upon meeting the innocent Imogene, his beliefs are guarding his heart against her proves to be the fight of his life.

 5/5 stars

I am so not ready to see this series end yet, but I guess all good things must come to an end. I was so happy that Nathaniel got his HEA, I mean each man in this series deserved one, but poor Nathaniel went through so much for a secret that shouldn't have been his to keep for 30 years. Of course everything he went through only strengthened his character and made him a man worth loving with every fiber of your being. And thankfully he found someone to do exactly that in Imogene. Even though Imogene was a very young naive girl, I think that was the perfect match for Nathaniel's world-wiry view of life. I really liked the fact that even though this was set in the 1830's in London we got to experience life outside of the ballrooms and instead was immersed in the world of bare-knuckle boxing. I can't recommend this whole series enough. Delilah Marvelle certainly breathed new life into a genre that was getting a little stale.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Forever a Lady (The Rumor #2) by Delilah Marvelle

TWO DIFFERENT CLASSES, ONE COMMON DESIRE... Lady Bernadette Marie Burton  may be the richest widow in England, but like her dreams of finding true passion, her reputation is deteriorating. Cruel gossip, loneliness and hoards of opportunistic suitors have her believing Society couldn't be more vile...or dangerous. So when an attacker threatens her life, she finds safety in the most unseemly of places: the arms of a mysterious, Irish-American gang leader. His fortune stolen, young  Matthew Milton is done playing the respectable gentleman. In the slums of New York, only ruffians thrive. But from the moment he arrives in London and encounters the voluptuous Lady Bernadette, he can't help but wonder about the finer pleasures he's missing. Or just how much he's willing to risk-not only to bed her, but to prove his worth....

5/5 stars

I don't hand out five star ratings very often, but this book definitely deserved it. This is the second in a series set in the 1830's and revolve around an interesting group of people. There are dukes, thieves, boxers and even a missing heir. Here we had Matthew's story, who we met in the last book and was the stepson of Georgia. Matthew is the leader of a gang known as the Forty Thieves that keep a portion of the Five Points safe for the residents living there. While on a trip to London he meets the lovely Bernadette and becomes instantly smitten after helping her ward off an old lover who is attacking her. Due to a very bad decision and a stay in jail, Matthew and Bernadette split up and go their separate ways until Bernadette is thrust back into his life. They decide to give it another try, but Matthew can only commit if he can come to her as his own man. Matthew not only makes his way back, but exceeds his goal. The transformation he makes is amazing and he becomes everything we knew he was capable of becoming. I love the settings that this book and series has taken us to. It's a whole new side that we don't normally get to read about in historical romance. I would love to see this series stretch out to more then three books, because I would love to see what kind of man that Ronan grows into being under Matthew's care. Please read this series, I really don't think you'll be disappointed.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Forever and a Day (The Rumor #1) by Delilah Marvelle

1830 London and New York City

Roderick Gideon Tremayne, the recently appointed Duke of Wentworth, never expected to find himself in New York City, tracking down a mysterious map important to his late mother. And he certainly never expected to be injured, only to wake up with no memory of who he is. But when he sees the fiery-haired beauty who's taken it upon herself to rescue him, suddenly his memory is the last thing on his mind.

Georgia Milton, the young head of New York's notorious Forty Thieves, feels responsible for the man who was trying to save her reticule from a thief. But she's not prepared for the fierce passion he ignites within her. When his memory begins to return, her whole world is threatened, and Roderick must choose between the life he forgot and the life he never knew existed....

4/5 stars

What a great start this book was to a new series set in the 1830's New York. What really set this book apart from the genre is that it doesn't take place in the beautiful drawing rooms and glittering ballrooms of the day instead it takes place in the slums of the Five Points area of New York. Of course there is still a duke thrown in there, but it's really about a regular girl trying to survive in a hostile environment. Georgia mets an incredibly attractive man on the street then watches in horror as he is run down by a carriage while trying to catch the boy who stole her purse. After a lengthy stay in the hospital he is released into Georgia's care where she finds out the accident caused a bit of memory loss. What follows is a love story full of heat and caring that goes beyond the slums into the realm of the aristocracy of London. I highly recommend this book and look forward to the next book in the series which is Matthew's.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Deliver Me From Temptation (Paladin Warriors #2) by Tes Hilaire

Logan Calhoun is the last full-blooded Paladin, the future leader of a race of immortal warrior angels. The heavy responsibility of continuing the Paladin line falls to him, and the last thing he should do is get involved with a human. Then fate throws Jessica Waters, a homicide detective who doesn't believe in fate or divine intervention, into his path. Her devotion lies in her Glock and a good set of handcuffs. Like Logan, she's a warrior for her people, and she awakens within him something he'd never thought he'd feel. But she's also as human as they come...

5/5 stars

This is the second book in a series about a group of Paladin Warriors, a group of angels who volunteered to police the vampires and demons who live in our world. Logan is the last full-blooded Paladin and is expected to be the next leader of the Warriors, following in the footsteps of his very strict father. A father who doesn't approve of much including his own daughter who is now a half-vampire and bonded to Logan's best friend. Logan meets Jessica, a detective working on a case that involves several rapes and a murder, and the sparks of attraction soon start a full blown fire between the two. And what a fire it was!

I love this series. I really liked the first book, but this one was so much better. There was action and romance and everything I like about this genre. There was also a good set-up for at least two more books. Hopefully this is just the beginning of a series that, in my opinion, can only get better. 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Bridegroom Wore Plaid (MacGregor Trilogy, #1) by Grace Burrowes

In an effort to preserve the family estate, Ian MacGregor, the Earl of Balfour, must marry for money. When a promising match emerges in the form of Genie Daniels, a rich English heiress, Ian begins devising a strategy to woo her. When he meets Genie's poor cousin Augusta, he discovers a new avenue to Genie's heart. But after spending time with Augusta and falling for her charms, Ian begins to question whether or not he's willing to forfeit his heart to save the family name...

3.5/5 stars

A pretty good start to a new series featuring a clan of Highlander brothers and their lady loves. Ian, as head of the Clan MacGregor, feels as if he must marry a wealthy English lady to keep his family from going completely broke. Enter Genie Daniels, a rich English lady who's father is looking to buy a title in exchange for a rather large dowry. It seems to be the perfect solution to both their problems, of course if that were so we wouldn't have this little gem of a book. Instead we have a bride-to-be who doesn't want to marry Ian, a groom who falls in love with the wrong woman, two brothers who are also falling for the wrong women, a sister who doesn't care for the guest she should be playing hostess to, a small child who likes to get into everything, an uncle who is a nasty piece of work and a missing brother. Yeah, this is definitely worth a read. It was a fast and fun read that reminded me why I love this genre.

This was the first book of Ms. Burrowes that I have read and I can't wait to read more. I've actually had a couple of her books in my TBR pile for awhile now and now that I've read this I think I'll dig them out and start reading them this week.