Review: Take It Off, Warrior by Eliza Knight

Take It Off, Warrior

by Eliza Knight

A thoroughly delightful time-travel romance filled with deliciously sexy romps and quirky humor. Ms. Knight’s hunky Scottish warrior, Camden, tickles the funny bone with amusing observations of modern day garments and amenities. His innate ability to conform to the present works quite well to keep you on edge as to whether he will stay or return to the duties of his clan.

Though the heroine, Valerie, is a completely modern woman she possesses the true heart of a romantic when it comes to her studly kilted Scot. The reader will swoon right along with her when she learns the answer to the question of ‘What does one wear under a kilt?’

The bond between Camden and Valerie was magical and nicely portrayed in their tender yet deeply erotic love scenes. This is a story that is worth a read and a than a re-read. You may even hear a whispered, ‘take it off, warrior…’ as you do.

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Review: Bond of Justice by Nalini Singh

Bonds of Justice

a Psy-Changeling novel

by Nalini Singh

Max Shannon is a good cop, one of the best in New York Enforcement. Born with a natural shield that protects him against Psy mental invasions, he knows he has little chance of advancement within the Psy- dominated power structure. The last case he expects to be assigned to is that of a murderer targeting a Psy Councilor’s closest advisors. And the last woman he expects to compel him in the most sensual of ways is a Psy on the verge of catastrophic mental fracture.

I really enjoyed this book. Ms. Singh has been a consistent highlight of my reading and I have her on Magical Auto-buy. (must have by any legal means necessary). I loved how she involved the entire spectrum of characters from all the books she has written for this series. I look forward to the next one.

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Review: Born to Bite by Lynsay Sands

Born to Bite

by Lynsay Sands

ISBN: 978-0061474323

Release Date August 31, 2010

If I was to sum up this book in one sentence it would be, Murder Mystery Vampires style.   Armand Argeneau seems to be having a streak of bad luck with women. Most specifically, his wives have a habit of dying.  Armand withdrew from his family and friends in the hope that the deaths will stop.  He gave up his children to be raised by others in the hope that they would be spared.  Enter Eshe d’Aureus who is an enforcer sent to investigate the deaths of Armand’s three wives’ and his daughter in law Annie.

Just to complicate matters a little bit further, Eshe is Armand’s life mate.  Can they solve the mystery surrounding the deaths before either of them becomes a casualty?

Things I loved about this book.  This time around both the main characters are vampires and have been for a long time.  Both of them have also had life mates and children.  Because of this, both the lead characters show a maturity that I found to be very appealing.  The acceptance by both of them of being each others life mate I believe added to the story.  There was a little bit of angst on Armand’s side because of the deaths however it was fleeting.  The book spent most of the time on “whodunit” and I was reading as fast as I could to find out just who the killer was.

I really enjoyed this book and would give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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Review: Covet by J. R. Ward

Covet

by J.R. Ward
ISBN: 9780451228215
Mass Paperback

Redemption isn’t a word Jim Heron knows much about—his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charge with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. And failure is not an option. Vin DiPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he’s good with that—until fate intervenes in the form of a tough- talking, Harley-riding, self-professed savior. But then he meets a woman who will make him question his destiny, his sanity, and his heart—and he has to work with a fallen angel to win her over and redeem his own soul.

I have read MS Ward’s Brothers series and loved the first four, was dismayed at the turn of events in the fifth book and turned off by the sixth. I know this author can write riveting stories and I loved what she did in the Dead After Dark Anthology and the Black Dagger Brotherhood Insiders guide. I thought that with those last two she had turned the page so to speak and was back to writing at her best which was why I was keen to read this book. I personally found this book to be disjointed and I couldn’t connect to it. Not because it wasn’t connected to the Brothers but in my honest opinion there was no flow. It was choppy and jumpy. It’s nothing like the brothers. Not that I had expected it to be and I gave up on them after Phury’s book. Ms Ward seems to have different threads she wanted to knit together but as anyone who has ever knitted knows, one dropped stitch and it all unravels which is what to me has happened in this case.

The hype surrounding this book being about angels should actually be more about demons as they were the main branch of paranormal that was being dealt with, only through a quasi angels eyes. It was hard to get into the story and when I put it down (which I did a couple of times) I had no urge to pick it back up. I had to make myself. I felt no connection to the characters and I couldn’t seem to invest time in them.

Also, I don’t know if this book is supposed to be classed as paranormal or urban fantasy as it doesn’t seem to fit in either skin. If it is intentioned to be an Urban fantasy like S J Day’s Eve of Darkness it falls short. I couldn’t follow the plot lines and the ARC for the series to me seems forced and lacklustial. A comparison to a book with a similar theme is SJ Days Eve series. These are classed as urban fantasy with a story ARC which is believable and far reaching. I had to read S J days books straight through. There was none of that urgency with Covet. When you read authors like Keri Arthur and SJ Day for Urban fantasy and Sherrilyn Kenyon and LA Banks for paranormals you being to have expectations. Whether its covering the same genre from different perspectives or knocking your socks off with a whole different take on the genre I want the WOW factor and this just didn’t have it. It had the thud factor.

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Review: Divine Misdemeanors By Laurell K Hamilton

Divine Misdemeanors

By Laurell K Hamilton

Hardcover

ISBN: 9780345495969

You may know me best as Meredith Nic Essus, princess of faerie. Or perhaps as Merry Gentry, Los Angeles private eye. In the fey and mortal realms alike, my life is the stuff of royal intrigue and celebrity drama. Among my own, I have confronted horrendous enemies, endured my noble kin’s treachery and malevolence, and honored my duty to conceive a royal heir—all for the right to claim the throne. But I turned my back on court and crown, choosing exile in the human world—and in the arms of my beloved Frost and Darkness.
While I may have rejected the monarchy, I cannot abandon my people. Someone is killing the fey, which has left the LAPD baffled and my guardsmen and me deeply disturbed. My kind are not easily captured or killed. At least not by mortals. I must get to the bottom of these horrendous murders, even if that means going up against Gilda, the Fairy Godmother, my rival for fey loyalties in Los Angeles.

But even stranger things are happening. Mortals I once healed with magic are suddenly performing miracles, a shocking phenomenon wreaking havoc on human/faerie relations. Though I am innocent, dark suspicions of banned magical activities swirl around me.

I thought I’d left the blood and politics behind in my own turbulent realm. I had dreamed of an idyllic life in sunny L.A. with my beloved ones beside me. But it becomes time to wake up and realize that evil knows no borders, and that nobody lives forever—even if they’re magical.

I read this book when it first came out. I let it stew for a little bit then Flirt came out and I am hoping this is not a trend with LKH. It seemed a little lighter then the title and the back cover suggested. I feel that this was a good change from all the sexing up in the previous books. Though all that sex had a purpose, its nice to have a story and a plot. The plot was rather sparse and I felt it was really hard to connect it to Merry and her band of men. She was more of an outsider then in the thick of it.

While DM was a good book, Flirt should have been a paperback or trade size something. There was not enough material or information to really keep me glued to the book like she usually has. I will always be a fan of LKH but in this economy her publishers should have known that this book would have been better received as a trade or mass market.

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