Monday, October 31, 2011

Paranormal romance reading challenge review link post of November 2011

Giveaway will be a paperback of Susan Sizemore Master of Darkness

Octobers winner is Julianne at Vixen Reviews. Would you please email me I cant seem to find your email!!
1. On the top box add the book name you read and your blogs name in ( ) Example Demon Unbound ( your blogs name)
2. Place that ULR of your review in the next box.

Now remember if you don't have a blog to post your reviews you email them to me and you can find my email under contact

ARC Review White Dawn by Susan Edwards

Title: White Dawn
Author: Susan Edwards
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: e-book; 90,000 words
Release date: Mass Market original release- May 2002; e-book re-release- November 21, 2011

Broken-hearted and abandoned in the wilds of America's untamed West, sixteen-year-old Emily Ambrose is rescued from certain death by solitary trapper John Cartier. Though she's learned the hard way not to trust any man, she can't help but feel safe with the kind stranger.

John can't imagine anyone willingly letting Emily go. Her strength and beauty call to him, but it is clear her wounded heart needs time to heal, and he won't settle for just her body. He vows to return Emily to civilization—and to resist the desire growing between them, unless she turns to him out of love.

Emily is drawn to her rugged but gentle rescuer, and begins to feel the passion that a woman can feel for a man. But she can't embrace a future with John as long as she's haunted by secrets of the past...



My review-

I admit that I have a soft spot for historical romances, particularly those set during the more “Wild West” times of American history. This is book one of a series of twelve all together, but this book stands well on its own.

You are immediately drawn into the struggle of Emily facing a missionary father who seems to have a grudge against women. Your heart aches for the things he says to her and you feel as if you are there with her as her journey begins, bringing her into John’s life. From there, you are entranced as a friendship grows between them and soon blossoms into love. One particular plot point was easily predictable from the get go, but it didn’t detract from the overall story. The love scenes in the book are very well written and give you just enough of a visual to feel the characters’ emotions without being too much at the same time.

If you are interested in a nice, leisurely read, I highly recommend “White Dawn”. I’m looking forward to reading the next three in the first set of four books in the series.

October's Paranormal romance characterfest with Tina Folsom and giveaway !

Welcome to Characterfest

Characterfest is a month long event where you’ll find a different character interviews written by the author each day. Each interview has a giveaway(s) make sure the giveaway is open to you and if so add a comment or question along with your email. I will close all giveaways at the end of the week and add the winners to the winners post on that Tuesday. Odds are if you won you’ll be hearing from me.

One thing I will ask is if you could please twitter or hit the facebook likes button on the post so that others can see the interview. I want to get these authors out to as much as I can and you’re my go between in this event.

I hope you enjoy each interview and please try to make it here each day to find out whom or what’s next. If this goes as planned I will be hosting this next year. 

Dionysus, God of Wine and Ecstasy

Tina: “Today I’m interviewing a god, and frankly, I’m a little nervous. I mean, how do you address a god? Would it be something like “Oh, God!” or maybe “Dear God!”? It’s not every day I speak to a god. Maybe I’ll just play it saf, and address him the way his servants do. *clears her throat* Oh, mighty God Dionysus, it’s a pleasure having you here today.”

Dionysus *unleashed a devastating grin*: “You can call me Dio, sweetie.”

Tina *blushes down to the roots of her hair*: “Mmm, Dio, I now understand why you have such a reputation with women.”

Dio: “Call it what you want, sweetie, but I simply love women, no matter what shape or form they come in. There’s nothing more enticing than a woman’s body: curves, hair, scent, skin … hmm, just thinking about it makes me—”

Tina *interrupts hastily*: “Yes, yes, I understand. So, I hear that the goddess Hera played a little trick on you recently. Can you tell us a little about that?”

Dio: “Hera, that fu… excuse my Greek … my friendly stepmother. She’s not very fond of me. Guess I can’t really blame her. I’m a constant reminder of Zeus’ infidelity. Not that I’m the only one, but for some reason I’m always on her darn radar.”

Tina: “I feel for you.”

Dio: “Hera robbed me of my memory. I mean, what woman would do such a thing? You be the judge. But what she did to me was downright nasty.”

Tina: “I hear a lot of interesting things happened as a result of it.”

Dio: “Interesting? Make that humiliating. I had to work as a waiter. Can you imagine that? Me as a waiter? And of course all the other gods came to gloat and made me wait on them. Bastards!”

Tina: “But I understand that not everything was bad. There’s rumor that you’ve met someone special.”

Dio *smiles off into the distance*: “You should meet Ari. She’s lovely. So strong, so beautiful, with such a pure heart. Who could resist her? I didn’t want to see it at first, and I’m the first to admit that I treated her badly. I was such a jerk, but for Hades’ sake, I was scared shitless. I wanted her so much, I thought something was wrong with me.”

Tina: “But you came around and made it work.”

Dio: “We both did. She helped me see what’s important. It’s not chasing skirts for the rest of eternity, but it’s finding that one person who really gets you.”

Tina: “So what are your plans for the future?”

Dio: “Ari and I are gonna have a few heroes and—”

Tina *interrupts*: “Heroes? What are heroes?”

Dio: “Those are the children of a god and a mortal. We call them heroes. And *winks* we’re busy making heroes …”

Tina: “Well, in that case, I’d better not keep you any longer.”

Dio: “Appreciate it, sweetie. Hey, and if there’s ever anything you want me to do for you, just ask. After all, you wrote me the way I am, and I’m pretty darn happy.”

Dio is the star of A Scent of Greek, the second book in Tina Folsom’s Out of Olympus series. It is available for sale at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBookstore, Kobo, Google, and other online retailers.

Tina Folsom, Author

Details for the giveaway:
1 person will win a paperback copy of A Scent of Greek – open internationally. To be eligible for the draw you need to a current or new facebook friend of Tina:

Review Hotter than Hell by Jemma Chase

Title: Hotter than Hell
Author: Jemma Chase
Source: Publisher Request
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: eNovella, 17 pgs
Release Date: October 13, 2011
Hotter than Hell Book Cover

It’s summertime in Phoenix, Arizona, meaning it’s hotter than hell. So when Ruby Prince walks into the Private Investigator Nicholas Masters’ offices bundled up like she’s in Nome, Alaska, Nick thinks she’s crazy. But what Ruby wants is to find someplace truly hotter than Hell, and what Nick discovers changes his life…forever.

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a pack howl

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My Review:

This is a cute, quickly read, seventeen page short story with an amusing plot.

Ruby Prince is always freezing and has to find someplace hotter. She is “old enough to do whatever [she wants], and young enough to not always do the right thing" and is from a place “far, far away.” She thinks Nick is good looking and implies he looks like her father when she says, "I like men with widow’s peaks, a moustache, and a Van Dyke beard. You’re handsome in a rather old-fashioned way, which I find quite appealing."

Nicholas Masters, private investigator in Phoenix, really didn't want to take the case from the lady sitting across from him. She seemed like a nutcase. She wants him to find a place literally hotter than hell. In talking with her more, he begins to find her fascinating. She invites him to her hotel because she is just too cold in his office and although he knows he shouldn't, he does.

When she laughs, he feels it deep in his body and begins to want her badly. So badly he feels like it is possible he might rape her and he is not like that at all. Ruby notices his discomfort, apologizes, tells him it will be better soon and leads him to the bed to make love to him for hours.

There is a lot of foreshadowing in the story so the end isn't a surprise but it is fun getting there.


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Review of Lone Wolf by Elinor Carson

Title: Lone Wolf
Author: Elinor Carson
Source: Requested Review
Format: ebook - Werewolves
Release Date: October 2011
Author's Website

In a world where werewolves are being hunted to extinction, Jordana Brown has escaped such a fate by doing the unthinkable: living as a human. Though her life is built on lies and concealment, she’s convinced that she’s content.

That is, until another werewolf comes to town. Marcos Delgado stumbles upon Rocky Mount by chance after years of traveling. And as soon as he sees the beautiful Jordana, he knows he must have her. Unfortunately, they’ll both need to figure out a solution—fast—when the humans get closer and closer to their true identities.


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Lone Wolf is a short novella that deals with a female werewolf trying to make it on her own in the human world, always cautious not to get discovered for what she is until a chance meeting with another lone wolf turns her world upside down.

Jordana left her family and her pack because she couldn't allow herself to follow her controlling father whom she felt was leading her family to doom. She vowed never to be controlled by another again and years later she has managed to have a life of her own where she is content amidst humans, that is until one day she runs into a lone wolf passing through town.

Marcos is a stranger just passing through town until he catches the scent of an female werewolf. It catches him off guard as he has been alone for so long and seeing how beautiful and captivating Jordana is he can't resist her. He is set on making her his.

Jordana tries to resist Marcos but how can she when Marcos is so damn sexy and wakes every cell in her body. Unfortunately they find themselves in the middle of human paranoia over werewolves as a hunting group is on the hunt for werewolves and if they are not careful their world can come crashing down on them and tear them apart.

This is a short, sweet read about two outsiders, loners finding each other and trying to see if they can make a life together among humans or a on the run and free.


October's Paranormal romance characterfest with Anitra Lynn McLeod

Welcome to Characterfest

Characterfest is a month long event where you’ll find a different character interviews written by the author each day. Each interview has a giveaway(s) make sure the giveaway is open to you and if so add a comment or question along with your email. I will close all giveaways at the end of the week and add the winners to the winners post on that Tuesday. Odds are if you won you’ll be hearing from me.

One thing I will ask is if you could please twitter or hit the facebook likes button on the post so that others can see the interview. I want to get these authors out to as much as I can and you’re my go between in this event.

I hope you enjoy each interview and please try to make it here each day to find out whom or what’s next. If this goes as planned I will be hosting this next year. 

Interviewing Foster Nash is a little intimidating. He’s not only tall, but muscular, and his eyes are the most riveting blue I’ve ever seen. He’s allowed me to interview him on his ship, the Damn You. We’re in the cargo bay, which is rather small, since his ship is used for transporting prisoners. Foster is wearing faded jeans and a blue T-shirt that cling to his body like a second skin. As he shows me around, I find it difficult to keep my eyes off his fanny, especially when his equipment belt is thick, black leather and slung low.

So, it’s said you call yourself a ruthless bastard.


And you go out of your way to prove it.


This interview isn’t going to work if you—

Why don’t you try asking open-ended questions.

(I really don’t like being reminded how to do my job and it also reminds me that Foster Nash isn’t all muscle—he’s got a brain, too.) Tell me about your career as a Runner.

A Runner is a bounty hunter. I’m now rated as a triple-platinum Runner. I’m one of only six Runners classified that high. What that means is every contract I’ve signed, I’ve delivered on.

Every single one?

Yep. When a Runner starts out he’s silver. After 100 contracts—that’s in a row, not just 100 contracts in total—that are completed he moves up to double silver.

And if he fails to deliver on a contract?

He or she starts all over.

Sounds difficult.

It is and it continues. After another 100 completed contracts he or she moves up to double silver. 100 more and he’s triple silver. Then he goes through the same with gold and finally the same with platinum. Any blown contract and the whole thing starts all over again.

All over back at silver?


Wow. I see. But how do you know that a Runner is telling the truth? (Foster stares at me with those scary blue eyes of his for so long I almost withdraw the question.)

Because word gets around. If you lie about your rating even once, someone is going to know, and they are going to tell. Your name will be mud so fast it isn’t funny. The whole job is based on reputation.

And that’s why you have to be a ruthless bastard.

You don’t get into this line of work unless you can walk the walk. Sometimes—hell, most times—I have to be ruthless just to get the job done.

I’ve also heard you don’t apprehend women.

What the hell is that supposed to mean?

I’m just repeating what I’ve heard. (I take this moment to back up toward the exit. Foster notes me doing this as nothing gets past him.)

I don’t take women because they can be trouble. Kinda like you’re being right now. (Foster’s eyes go from where I’m standing to the exit and back, like he’s judging the distance. I realize he can beat me to the door.) Calm down. (He winks) I don’t have a contract on you. Basically, I don’t contract on women because they are manipulative creatures.

So you’re easily manipulated? (As soon as the question leaves my mouth I realize I’ve basically poked the grumpy bear with a very pointed stick.)

(Foster’s eyes narrow.) I am not easily manipulated but I don’t like to listen to crying and I’m sick of women thinking they can seduce me.

(I decide to get away from this line of questioning since Foster is looking at me like he wants to cage me up just to see if I’ll cry.) What’s the most you’ve ever made on a contract?

Couple Mil or so.

Are you paid in cash or credits?

Both. It’s not an illegal job. All Runners work within the limits of the law. And most officers, be they IWOG or WAG, don’t bother to steal our packages since they can’t get the reward.

They can’t?

No. If they could it would be total chaos out here. Rather than getting the money they get a nice little medal to pin on their uniform.

Not much incentive.

Yep. It keeps things clear for Runners to deliver their packages.

You don’t call them prisoners?

No, they are called packages. I’m not sure when that tradition started but it helps to keep them in perspective.

Right, because you don’t get attached to a package whereas with a prisoner—(I stop talking when his glare goes nova.) I imagine most of your time is spent by yourself out here. What do you do while you’re transporting a package?

I read a lot. I also practice languages. I know about 20 right now. I exercise, I paint. I make sure that my mind and body are well taken care of.

Sounds kind of lonely.

I’m not lonely. I’ve also got to go. (He points at the exit and before I know it I’m on the tarmac.)

If you’d like to ask Foster Nash a question, post it here in the comments and I’ll do my best to get him to answer. Runner is the third book in the Fringe series and will release January 10, 2012.


Giveaway will be a pdf copy of Thief. Leave a comment or question to enter along with your email.

Review Spellbound - Legend by Claudy Conn

Title: Spellbound - Legend (Legend #1)
Author: Claudy Conn
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy Romance
Format: eBook, 413 pgs
Release Date: December 1, 2010
Spellbound - Legend Book Cover

Maxine Reigate faces danger everywhere she turns. An evil and ancient beauty wants her dead – and Maxie needs to keep her at bay.

Dark and monstrous Fae are slipping into the human Realm and causing havoc. Maxie has to be instrumental in stopping them and keeping the FaeWall in place.
Confusing these matters more are two men who have entered her life. Julian, the moody High Druid Priest awakened after a two hundred year coma, and the Fae Prince who wants her for his own. She has decisions to make...

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My Review:

It pulled me in from the first page. Claudy Conn has created a world of Fae and Earth where the Druids still have descendants working with the Fae. This is the first in Conn's Legend series where Fae, Dark Fae, Druids and 'vampire-like' creatures are out to protect, feed upon or ruthlessly rule over humans.

What would you do; how would you feel as a modern young woman of twenty-one, who, while you do have visions, thinks of yourself as a normal young woman, albeit with no love life to speak of, and then you're told some kind of mythical creature is out to get you? Well that's what Maxie is dealing with.

Maxie has visions and a legacy from 1814 hanging over her head, "Druids, Fae, and an evil vampire-type woman" as she thinks of it and now the "evil vampire-type woman" is going to be coming after her?

Julian Talbot’s been in a coma in Faery for the last 200 yrs since almost being turned into a blood sucking nightmare. Now he's cured and back in the present to kill Lamia before she can get to Maxine. He is stunned at how much she looks like his bride also killed by Lamia. Max is having a hard time with keeping her mind off the surly but sexy man who loved her namesake back in his time. Especially when she's had a crush on a painting of him hanging in her parent's home since her teens.

Breslyn, Fae prince and warrior, comes from the Fae realm to help Max. He calls her Lia, is gorgeous and "pure, primal sex" Although she is very attracted to him, Max knows he's Fae and will live virtually forever. She is continually reminded of the futility of getting into a relationship with him when he just poofs in and out all the time.

There is a lot of hot chemistry between Max and the two men even though Julian keeps putting out mixed signals. He pushes her away and then is very jealous when Breslyn pays special attention to her. And Bres does know how to treat a lady like she's the only thing that matters to him.

This has a very good story line, well developed characters, action, a couple of evil plots, chemistry and romance.

I think fans of the paranormal romance, fantasy and even urban fantasy genres should like this.


Review Free Falling-Legend by Claudy Conn

Title: Free Falling-Legend (Legend #4)
Author: Claudy Conn
Source: Author Request
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy Romance
Format: eBook, 135 pgs
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Free Falling-Legend Book Cover

They call her Z and she is a handful ready to explode. She has entered the war
against Gais and the Dark Fae and means to take him on all by herself. She is driven.

Aaibhe, Queen of the Seelie has other plans, and she sends in Prince Danté to execute and preserve her wishes.

Z and the prince meet and hackles go up on both sides., they don't like each other one bit.They bang heads at every turn, and those turns become a whirlwind of emotions and feisty Z, well, her attitude is 'bring it'.

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An Alpha Howl

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My Review:

I loved this story!
This is the fourth in the Legend paranormal fantasy romance series. One Fae traitor is out of the Fae realm but another is still hiding, while in the earthly realm an unlikely warrior is training and bent on revenge and justice while being babysat by a royal Fae and the human population is being preyed upon by low level monsters having no idea there are bigger and badder monsters just waiting for the traitors to succeed with their plans.

I also love the fact that the Prologue is a detailed description of the beings in this story told from the female lead's point of view.
Great prologue beginning:
"You will need to know what danger is out there, and what that danger means to you.
The problem is—most of you don’t stand much of a chance.
How can you fight what you can’t even see? I can’t think of anything more terrifying than something coming at you full speed with death written all over it—and you can’t even detect it until it is too late."
"UNSEELIE! There is no other way to describe these creatures of the dark. They enjoy killing, maiming, and slaughtering. It relieves the agony of their pain."

Danté, Seelie Prince of Lugh (a royal houses of the Tuatha Dé) and self-proclaimed best looking of all the males in his family, is so not a happy camper when the Seelie Queen gives him a new mission - she says it is to watch over and teach Z because she "lacks direction, finesse, and diplomacy" as well as protection; all of which Dante can help with. He thinks it might as well be babysitting a savage child even though she is both "Daoine princess and human high Druid priestess". He was emotionally hurt on his last mission where he was supposed to only watch and listen to a human female, but as Fae princes are wont to do, he let himself get involved and got his heart broken when she chose another.
"I will keep her at a distance. I will keep her out of my head. I will not want her in my arms or my bed. This time … I won’t let a female human take my essence and throw it to the winds … I won’t let another do that to me …"
Yeah Dante, you just keep telling yourself that. {wink, wink} He also provides a little comedic relief for the story.

When Z meets Dante for the first time she is "taken aback. He was huge, well over six something, and his strong, muscular body spelled out top-notch male. His long, light auburn hair was streaked with gold and tied with a leather string at the nape of his neck (and what a neck)." She thinks he is "the most scrumptious eye candy [she has] ever seen." But they are snarking at each other from the minute she opens her mouth for the first time. They do adore taunting each other.

Her new neighbor is another "hotty" and apparently he wants to romance her and she doesn't have time for any of that. Dante gets irritated when she allows Aaron to kiss her fingertips. But what is Aaron hiding?

Enter Chancemont and his father who looks like he could be his brother, another set of eye-candy and warriors to boot but not all human but not Fae either. They fight some Unsellie together and he basically tells her he'll be finding her again to "friend her" and she has the distinct feeling this means a lot more than friendship. He lightly kisses her before disappearing. Could they be immortals?

For those familiar with the series, Gaiscioch has a major role in this tale. But as is usual with this author, this is a stand alone story so not having read the previous books in the series is not a hindrance. But I'm glad I was able to read book one, Spellbound - Legend, first so I had all the background.

There is so much chemistry between Z and Dante and Chancemont just oozes sex appeal.

I am chomping at the bit to read the second and third books in this series.


Saturday, October 29, 2011

October's Paranormal romance characterfest with Eve Langlais and giveaway !

Welcome to Characterfest

Characterfest is a month long event where you’ll find a different character interviews written by the author each day. Each interview has a giveaway(s) make sure the giveaway is open to you and if so add a comment or question along with your email. I will close all giveaways at the end of the week and add the winners to the winners post on that Tuesday. Odds are if you won you’ll be hearing from me.

One thing I will ask is if you could please twitter or hit the facebook likes button on the post so that others can see the interview. I want to get these authors out to as much as I can and you’re my go between in this event.

I hope you enjoy each interview and please try to make it here each day to find out whom or what’s next. If this goes as planned I will be hosting this next year. 

Interview with Muriel, Princess of Hell.

Interviewer: Hello and thank you for agreeing to meet us to talk about yourself and your new book.

Muriel: You mean find out secrets about my dad.

Interviewer : Okay maybe a few, but we truly do want to know about you. Tell us about yourself.

Muriel: Well, my full name is Satana Muriel Baphomet, but you can call me Muriel. Or bitch. Although, if you try the latter, be prepared to run because I don't particularly care for it.

Interviewer: Um, I think we'll stick with Muriel. Now, you are the daughter of Lucifer, Lord of Hell, correct?

Muriel: That's my daddy. But don't ask me about my mother. I'm not talking to her at the moment, stupid old bat
Interviewer: But, in your newest memoir, Hell's Revenge, don't you reunite?

Muriel : I said no questions about my mother. Let's stick to nice topics okay? Ones where you get to keep your head. I'd hate to have to clean off my sword again. It takes forever to get all the blood out.

Interviewer: Right, so, tell us about your bar, Nexus. I hear you've got a karaoke machine there now to entertain your supernatural patrons.

Muriel : Oh my freaking god, sorry uncle, what a bad idea that was. I mean, have you ever heard a demon sing Locomotion, or a coven of witches croon out of key? It's a good thing my presence nullifies small magics because I'd probably not even own a bar anymore. Once the wizards started making fun of the gnarly hags, the fireballs started flying until I showed up.

Interviewer: Sounds like fun.

Muriel: Not! But enough about work. Let's talk about the yummiest men alive.

Interviewer: You would be referring to Auric and David?

Muriel: Are you doing on purpose to ignore my newest addition? Just because he's sun challenged doesn't mean you shouldn't respect him.
Interviewer: I, um, that is I wasn't aware you'd added to your arrangement.

Muriel : Aha! I knew it. You didn't even read my latest biography. Just skimmed the blurb. Well, see if I give you any juicy details now.

Auric: Muri, behave yourself.

Muriel: Make me.

Auric: Not here.

Muriel : Spoilsport. I told you I didn't want to do this interview. They always make me look like a brat.

Auric: But you are a brat.

David : A cute one though. But seriously, Muri, if she's bugging you that much, I could eat her.

Muriel : You are so my favorite right now. I'll have a surprise for you later.

Interviewer : Um, maybe we should move on to your latest e-book release. Hell's Revenge.

Muriel: Oh, it's truly a kick ass story and all true, I know kind of an oxymoron considering my who my dad is hunh? It features, moi, the most kick ass princess Hell has ever known, and of course my delicious lovers.

David : I think the interview is over.
Interviewer: So is this the last of Muriel and her antics?

Satan: Ha. Only if Hell freezes Again. Trouble does have a way of finding her. Just a chip off the old block, she is. Now if only her brother Christopher would start following in her sinful steps.
Interviewer: She has a brother?

Satan: Who cares about the anti-christ? He's boring. Now you and me, along with a bottle of wine and--

: Lucifer!

Satan: Dammit, it's the old lady. I better go. I'll corrupt you later.

Interviewer : And that concludes my interview with Muriel, Princess Of Hell. Be sure to catch her adventures detailed in her memoirs, Lucifer's Daughter, Snowballs In Hell and Hell's Revenge.

Eve is giving away all three book in this series. You can pick PDF, epub or mobi. So please leave a comment or question along with an email

Review Midnight Seduction-Man Love by Anna Keraleigh, et al.

Title: Midnight Seduction: Man Love Edition
Authors: Anna Keraleigh, Luxie Ryder, Avril Ashton, Kastil Eavenshade and Miho Li
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Format: eNovella, 123 pgs
Release Date: October 17, 2011

Midnight Seduction: Man Love Book Cover

The Midnight Seduction: Manlove Edition makes for an erotic treat, especially for the five sexy beasts featured in our exclusive collection.

Follow the adventures of delicious, and darkly alluring vampires and werewolves as they find and seduce their mates. Fall under the spell of a male fairy who uses a music box to lure his lover with the promise of sinful play.

These titillating stories, written by five talented authors, are sure to keep you warm at night.

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My Review:

Really Good!!
As the title implies, this is an anthology of five paranormal M/M romance tales with vampires, werewolves, shifters and a fairy. I'll review each tale and give each one a separate rating for both content (1-5) and sexual heat level (1-4). Because of the M/M nature of the stories, this has the highest sexual rating (4 of 4) but in this case, I'll be giving a heat level within this highest sexual rating because not every one has the same steaminess.

MORE BAD THINGS by Luxie Ryder
Thirty-somethings Finn and his roommate Keisha are going to a True Blood themed Halloween costume party hosted by his ex. Turns out not only has his ex changed, but he still loves Finn. The story from Keisha's point view and her adventures is in the Midnight Seduction Anthology. 29 pages
Content - A Pack Howl (4) Heat - Steamy (2)

DULCE by Avril Ashton
Griffin, werewolf, walks into a strip club/bar and finds his mate (Dulce) but there are interesting times ahead as his mate is in denial and may be more alpha than he is. His "mate might be straight and he didn’t want to want" him. 24 pages
Content - An Alpha Howl (5) Heat - Four Alarm Fire #@!%$ (4)

SEXY BEAST by Anna Keraleigh
Declan, a Glatisant -- half leopard and half all kinds of other things, is shot at and his ear is nicked by some poachers. Rescued by the hot landowner, Erik, just before he passes out from blood loss and having to run from poachers and their bullets meaning he shifts from his animal form. 18 pages
Content - An Alpha Howl (5) Heat - Hot+ (3.5)

CLARET by Miho Li
On his way home, Toshi meets a twenty-something-looking guy, Aki, sitting along a trail. Aki's first words to him are, "Wow...You're really pretty." For some reason Toshi is strangely drawn to Aki even though he is acting very weird. 32 pages
Content - One Good Howl (3) Heat - Steamy (2)

DREAM WEAVER by Kastil Eavenshade
Colin finds a music box in Rosie’s Charmed Antiques which the owner assures him is "magical and enchanting, she’d promised it would give him his wildest desires." He thinks the thing he desires most is Justin, his gym partner who is happily married. Nice twist at the end. 17 pages
Content - One Good Howl (3) Heat - Four Alarm Fire #@!%$ (4)

This is a keeper to read over and over.


Friday, October 28, 2011

ARC Review Hunter of the Heart by Vanessa Jaye

Title: Hunter of the Heart
Author: Vanessa Jaye
Source: ARC Author Request
Genre: Paranormal/Shifter Romance
Format: eBook
Release Date: November 1, 2011
Hunter of the Heart 
His darkest secret could be her only hope. 
Tessa Archer is sick of sitting on the sidelines of life, but the man she’s just met on her first Caribbean cruise is way out of her comfort zone. He’s dazzlingly handsome, compelling…and she swears she can hear his voice in her head before he speaks.

When Nathan Barcza touches Tessa’s hand, the jolt of recognition is unmistakable—and impossible. Werewolves mate only once—for life—and his mate was murdered by the creature he hunts, a Pithcus that hides somewhere aboard this ship. This is his final chance for vengeance.

The last thing he can afford is any distraction, but the siren call of Tessa’s open heart is irresistible. It also makes her a target of the creature who’s had a taste of her and wants more. To save her, Nate will have to unleash his last secret in a confrontation with no hope of survival.

For if the Pithcus doesn’t kill him, Nate’s partner is under orders to finish the job…

Warning: Contains a smoldering, sex-on-a-stick werewolf hero afraid to love again and a seriously annoyed heroine who can't figure out how she ended up as an appetizer on what feels like a raw-foods reality horror show. Includes graphic violence, explicit language, smoking-hot sex, squeeze-your-heart emotions and humor.

This is a short novel but it really packs a punch. Nate loses his mate to a horrendous creature/shifter called a Pithcus. Nate should have died as well since he was infected with it's poison, but somehow he beats the odds and survives. However he is now constantly fighting his own inner Pithcus who wants to take control. He has been paired up with Mitch to hunt and destroy the Pithcus and the hunt leads them to a cruise ship. When Nate comes across Tessa at the pool, he is only trying to be nice and get the meat head hitting on her to leave her alone. He soon realizes she is his long lost mate, or at least embodies some part of Beth's soul.

The story picks up quickly with Tessa thinking Nate is surely insane until she comes across the Pithcus herself. And what a disgusting creature it is! Mitch offers comic relief and I enjoyed the crude, totally man conversations between him and Nate. Mitch has quite the ego and is not very nice to Tessa. He sees her as a threat to Nate. I am not going to spoil anything, but I loved then scene when Mitch comes face to face with the Pithcus on the deck! I bet he didn't see that one coming!

This was a very creative story and not your typical shifter scenario.


October's Paranormal romance characterfest with Lynda Hilburn

Welcome to Characterfest

Characterfest is a month long event where you’ll find a different character interviews written by the author each day. Each interview has a giveaway(s) make sure the giveaway is open to you and if so add a comment or question along with your email. I will close all giveaways at the end of the week and add the winners to the winners post on that Tuesday. Odds are if you won you’ll be hearing from me.

One thing I will ask is if you could please twitter or hit the facebook likes button on the post so that others can see the interview. I want to get these authors out to as much as I can and you’re my go between in this event.

I hope you enjoy each interview and please try to make it here each day to find out whom or what’s next. If this goes as planned I will be hosting this next year. 

Please welcome Lynda Hilburn along with her character Devereux to Bitten

Kismet Knight: Hello, everyone! And Happy October, my favorite time of the year. I just stopped by for a moment to let you know that there’s been a change of plans regarding Devereux’s interview. I was going to do it, since I know him best, but we’ve been having discussions lately about the fact that his ego is a little, well, inflated. His self-esteem a bit excessive, and I’m not sure he needs even more attention . . .

Devereux:  Ahem.

Kismet: Yes. I know you don’t agree. So, you’re good looking. And maybe your body can flame up a woman’s pilot light? Does that mean everyone with two “x” chromosomes has to genuflect in your presence?  No way! You think because you can dazzle everyone with your vampire wiles that we’re all at your beck and call. Well, let me tell you . . .

Devereux: (Looking adorable.) Kismet, my love. I promise I will think about everything you have said. Later. But for now, I would hate to disappoint the ladies . . .

Kismet: Okay, you’re right. We can fight, er, talk, later. (Fans self.) What I meant to say is that since this interview is for readers who do want to know about Devereux’s physical attributes and sexy ways, I’ve been persuaded to step aside and let him be worshipped. I’m relinquishing the task to one of Devereux’s newest staff members, Tara, who loves nothing more than to sing the master’s praises. It’s all yours, Tara . Bye, everyone.

Tara: (Twisting her hands nervously.) Bye, Dr. Knight. Oh, Geez. I’ve never been alone with Devereux before. What if I lose control and jump on him, or something? I mean, wow. He’s just so . . . astounding. Those lips, that butt . . .

Devereux: (Smiling.) There is no reason for concern. I am sure you will be fine. Just ask the questions we prepared. (Pause.) Tara?

Tara: Uh, sorry. You’ve never spoken directly to me before. Your voice is so sexy. So hypnotic. It makes me want to . . . er, never mind. Is it hot in here? Okay. Can I ask a question of my own before I read the ones on the paper?

Devereux: (Pauses to read her mind.) Certainly.

Tara: How can Dr. Knight keep herself under control around you? I mean, you can make her do whatever you want, can’t you? How can she just walk away? After all, you’re the bad ass vampire.

Devereux: Bad ass vampire? (Smiles.) Yes, I do believe that is one phrase used to describe me. But to answer your question, Dr. Knight has a very strong mind. And lots of opinions. She has made it clear she does not wish to be controlled by me, or anyone so – because she is important to me – I honor her request. As you might imagine, it is challenging for me to find an equal of any kind. Not to be the arrogant soul I am often accused of being, but I have been a vampire for over 800 years and I have built my power purposefully. With great power comes great responsibility. I enjoy Dr. Knight’s discussions about the state of my ego. She keeps me from taking myself too seriously.

Tara: Well, er, that’s good. And speaking of responsibility. What’s it like to be one of the most powerful vampires on Earth? Do you get tired of being the boss?

Devereux: I have always had leadership abilities. There have been times throughout my long life that I wished to be relieved of the responsibility of keeping vampires off the human radar, but being the boss seems to come naturally to me. Maintaining the balance between the two species is a crucial task and neither side would benefit from the loss of that equilibrium. Many vampires prefer to be able to kill and feed on humans as they did in the past. To my mind, that would only encourage and unleash the vampire hunters again, which made vampire lives miserable for several centuries. Humans offer themselves to us freely. We can feed without killing.

Tara: Wow. Are you saying there are still vampire hunters?

Devereux: Of course. I have a vast network of observers – both mortal and immortal – who keep me apprised of the whereabouts and activities of the hunters.

Tara: (Hugging herself.) Oh, no! Vampire hunters! Will you protect me?

Devereux: (Half-shrug.) You have nothing to fear. Denver is home to many extraordinary vampire warriors. Under my leadership, they keep all vampire-kind safe.

Tara: Well, let’s move onto some of the meatier questions. How tall are you, and how much do you weigh?

Devereux: How long have you been a vampire, Tara?

Tara: Ten years. Why?

Devereux: (Smiles.) It is rare to hear a vampire use the word “meatier.”

Tara: Oh, yeah. I guess I still use a lot of my old human words.

Devereux: Charming. Anyway, you know we old vampires can transform our physical appearances at will. I can be as tall and weigh as much as I choose. But, for the most part, I normally stand about six feet, two inches and weigh around one hundred ninety pounds. I prefer to remain toned and muscular.

Tara: (Staring at Devereux’s body.) I’ll say. (Shifts her gaze to his face.) Your eyes are unusual. They’re not blue and not green, but a unique mixture of both. And you have dark eyebrows and lashes when your hair is so light. How did that happen?

Devereux: Actually, my hair lightened even more than it already was when I went through the transformation process from human to vampire. My hair originally was a darker shade of blond, so the brows and lashes were a better match. But I’m used to the contrast now and quite enjoy it. (Smiles.) Don’t you think my features suit me?

Tara: (Mouth slowly opening.)

Devereux: Tara?

Tara: (Closing mouth.) Sorry. Got caught up in a fantasy for a moment. Yes. Your features definitely suit you. Let’s go to the next question. You’ve lived a very long time. Can we assume you have had lots of experience with women? Did you have a favorite lover before you met Dr. Knight?

Devereux: It is not my habit to kiss and tell – or bite and tell, either – but it is well known by those who know me that I spent many years with the goddess Maeve, who has a reputation for being uninhibited and vibrantly, primitively sexual. We taught each other many things.

Tara: Yikes. You had sex with a goddess? Can you tell us how that experience was different from being with human or vampire women?

Devereux: (Dreamy expression on his face.) It was a passionate and amazing experience. Maeve is insatiable. She can have sex continuously for hours – as can I – so we often went without nourishment while we were caught up in sexual ecstasy. She appreciated my special gifts, (Glancing down at his crotch.) and my resilience. She showed me how to use one finger in a certain way to drive her mad with desire. That skill has served me well ever since.

Tara: One finger . . . uh, do you still see Maeve? Doesn’t Dr. Knight get jealous?

Devereux: Maeve and I have remained friends. (Gives boyish grin.) Dr. Knight insists she does not get jealous, but I happen to know better. Regardless, I am very loyal and give her no reason to question my commitment.

Tara: I heard that you danced for Dr. Knight at a protection ritual you created for her. I’ll bet that was very sensual.

Devereux: I enjoy dancing. Most pagan males do. Our ceremonies call for movements and I am quite good at all aspects of the physical. I spent many evenings throughout the centuries reveling naked around a fire. Beltane is especially exciting because first we dance and then we pair off and have wild sex. Would you like me to demonstrate?

Tara: What? (Eyes bulging.) Which part? Hey, you’re taking your clothes off. Are you really going to dance naked for me? Oh, my God! You are! Will there be sex next?

(A naked Devereux throws his head back, and sings loudly in a strange language while he moves in a Greek-like dance. His platinum hair flies out behind him as he stomps and claps along with his song.)

Tara: (Eyes still bulging, gaze glued to the firm evidence that dancing arouses Devereux.) Holy shit. How big is that thing?

(Devereux glides out of the room, singing.)

Tara: Devereux? Wait! Can I come? Oh, man. Look at those muscles. That ass. Hold on . . . (Voice fades as she leaves the room.)

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