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Eternal Seduction
Eternal Seduction
by Jennifer Turner
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.65

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly good read, 2 Jun 2009
This review is from: Eternal Seduction (Paperback)
I bought this book because the blurb grabbed my attention. And I must say I wasn't disappointed at all.

Kerestyan, the hero, is a dark, brooding, 10,000 year old vampire. Logan, the heroine, running away from a tormented past, and has been living on the street for the last 15 years. She is a drug addict with no interest in life, and then she meets a vampire she finds intriguing, who is deciding if he's going to kill her, since her memories are packed with knowledge of vampires, which no human should have.
Given the choice of life (becoming a 'servio', servant to a vampire) or death (humans aren't suppose to know about them), Logan, basically doesn't care one way or the other if she lives or dies, so with a shrug, leaves her fate in Kerestyan's hand.
He is intrigued by her and so he takes her to his home. Her future is then decided for her and her immortal life begins.
Kerestyn, soon falls for her, but the shell Logan built around her is too hard to let him in, even though she thinks he's okay.
Layer by layer, Kerestyn peels it away and she starts to feel again.

What I liked about this book is that it's so different from the usual PNR's I've been reading lately. I liked Logan, she is a drug addict, doesn't care what anyone says about her and can laugh at herself. And she doesn't fall immediately in love with the gorgeous hero, who is the total opposite of her. In fact he does all the running, a theme I definitely like.

Logan, later starts to realize she has feeling for him.
Kerestyn, knows she cares but he wants her love. Knowing time is what she needs, makes a promise to himself, he'd give her time. Two hundred years should do it, after all he is a patient man, if it means getting what he wants :)

I loved this book, it was fresh, well-written and the love scenes are hot. Enjoyed the humor too.
Wish it was longer though.
I look forwards to the following books in this series, 'ETERNAL HEARTS', 'ETERNAL EMBRACE' and ETERNAL DESIRES.

Moonlight Warrior
Moonlight Warrior
by Janet Chapman
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 5.11

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better! Loved Kenzie!, 2 Jun 2009
Really like this story, it was so much better then the last book.
Of course Kenzie is certainly a total hunk, and absolutely deliciously old-fashioned, protective and possessive. Swoon! ( what more can a gal want? :)

Once an immortal warrior cursed to live as a panther, Kenzie is finally free for the last 6 months to live and die as a man, and his destiny is to help other displaced souls. Initially, he's cautious in his attraction to Eve because his destiny as a Soul Warrior can put those he cares about in the path of constant danger.
But all that falls on way side when the MINE factor takes over and he will let nothing stand in his way of claiming Eve. Much to her dismay since he feels that only women need to love, while men have 'needs'. Ugh?!
Gotta love a medieval man, but he soon realizes the error of his ways:)
Eve, though she's attracted to him, is wary, since her failed marriage and recent divorce. And it annoys her to hell that Kenzie is always there to rescue her. So what if she's petite, she can defend herself and has she's proven it. Right?
This was an enjoyable book, with lovely humourous moments.

JC has drawn on personal experience in the creation of Mabel, Eve's mother, and her illness. It was touching and insightful to read about this tragic medical condition.
Love the relationship between Mabel and William, and Kenzie's absolute support of Eve during this time, unlike her awful ex.
Love the secondary characters too esp. William and Maddy. Hope they get a book.

Janet Chapman has started a new arc with The Midnight Bay series, a spin off from the Highlander series. What a great start it is. Can't wait for the next book.

Stone Heart
Stone Heart
by Candace Sams
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.14

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful fantasy, great romance!, 2 Jun 2009
This review is from: Stone Heart (Paperback)
I came across this book quite by accident and I liked what I read on the back blurb, so I got it.
'A cruel man feared and hated by the villagers is cursed to become a stone statue, as ugly as his demeanor for 3oo hundred years, by a Sorceress appalled by his lack of compassion. However, because of his one rare deed of kindness on that fateful day, it would become his key to freedom... A frail and sickly Karen Matthews is determined to fulfill her beloved, dying aunts unusual and bizarre last wish.'

300 years was a long time of frozen, tormented solitude for Angus MacGregor to repent the awful things he had done, when the curse is finally broken.
The irony was that the woman who breaks the spell and saves him from eternity as a stone statue, the gentle peace loving, Karen, is dying. And because of her, Angus learns what love and compassion is truly all about.

This was a wonderful fantasy story and with a heart-wrenching romance and a roller-coaster of emotions. I shed numerous tears while reading it. Karen was a very believable heroine and you see the changes Angus goes through and his unconditional love for Karen.
Love, loved the ending, it was truly magical.
Go ahead and get the book, it's worth reading.

Although this was part of a series, book 3, I was able to follow the story and enjoyed it very much. (despite the many glaring errors, a human proof reader would have helped much))
I have now ordered the rest of the series. I really liked Gryphon, and I want to read his story, and also find out what happened to Tearach, when he realizes just what his punishment is going to be. After all, he hates Outsiders! (mortals)

Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night (Immortals After Dark, Book 3)
Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night (Immortals After Dark, Book 3)
by Kresley Cole
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 4.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was an excellent story!, 15 Mar 2009
And Bowen? he's to die for!
Let me say after the last book 'No Rest for the Wicked ' which I didn't like, I wasn't sure what to expect in this one. All I can say is that I couldn't put this book down until I finished, and what a climatic ending. Absolutely loved it.
The romantic aspect of this book was so very believable. Bowen and Mari were perfect together.

At 1200 years, Bowen, a ruthless warrior who had lost his mate grew even colder, never taking another to his bed, until a smoldering encounter with his enemy, Mariketa the Awaited reawakens his darkest desires. And finds his Instincts kicking up soon after meeting Mari much to his horror since Bowen as a deep hatred of witches.
Mari is a fiery red-haired witch only 23 and mortal.
Bowen's only aim in life is to win Thrane's Key, that will allow him to go back in time to save his mate who died almost 200 yrs ago. Hence his taking part in the 'Hie'. All the while doing this he tries to fight his insane attraction to Mari, accusing her of enchanting him with a love spell.

Bowen is one gorgeous Lykae, with a big chip on his shoulder. Finding out how this couple fight every obstacle, sometimes apart and sometimes together, to finally overcome the enemy and get together makes for enthralling reading.
You feel the emotions they go through, when things seem to come apart. This book is a fast-paced fantasy adventure, filled with rage, anger, passion and finally love.

Absolutely great story! Can't wait to start the next book.

No Rest for the Wicked (Immortals After Dark, Book 2)
No Rest for the Wicked (Immortals After Dark, Book 2)
by Kresley Cole
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 5.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Sebastian deserved Better!!!, 12 Mar 2009
I was looking forward to reading this series. The first book 'A Hunger Like No Other' was really good.
And couldn't wait to start reading 'No Rest for the Wicked'.

The first few chapter were fine but then after that, it went downstream fast.
Kaderin was an awful heroine, I thoroughly disliked her. She was basically abusive to Sebastian, every time even though she is his chosen mate. All because he's their hated enemy. And when the guy is down, why not kick him more by telling him all the things she hated about him, when he already hated himself for it! That was cruel of her! When all he wanted was to be with her.
Sure, she suffered tragedy, the war was brutal and people lose family to it. So did Sebastian, and we sympathize that the 'Blessing' made her devoid of feelings because of her sorrow, but to treat him the way she does, after she regains her feelings? Even though he's her other half?!
I can understand she was horrified to find herself the 'Bride' of a vampire, who's their immortal enemy, and would need time reconcile herself to that fact, and her new found emotions. BUT the entire book?!
The author tried to redeem her towards the end, but really, it was far to late.

The 'Hie' itself was interesting, but not the romantic aspect. It seemed to me that Sebastian was always on the outside, looking in, waiting for her throw him scraps of her affection, or fighting for it.
The poor guy, fated for life to such a horrible person. At times I wanted to yell, enough already, stop chasing after such a selfish creature.
Yeah, he definitely deserved much better than her!
I don't believe in double standards. We certainly would not tolerate a hero treating a heroine like that!

I sincerely hope book 3 is better.

Demon Bound (Berkley Sensation)
Demon Bound (Berkley Sensation)
by Meljean Brook
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 5.86

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series. Adored Jake!, 12 Mar 2009
This book just seemed to linger in my mind so I had to do a review. Besides, Jake is just so drool-worthy.
Meljean Brook's Guardian series just keeps getting better and better!
From the previous book I wouldn't have thought this couple would work, but boy, was I wrong. This was an excellent book and the story building including the romantic aspect of the characters was really well done.

Unlike the other tortured Guardians, Jake is carefree and a rather young novice who's completed just 60 of his 100 years training when he's hauled off into fighting demons. After killing his first demon, in jubilation, he kisses the woman fighting with him, not realizing who she is, until he lets her go and much to his horror sees a spider creeping out her mouth. (it was one entertaining scene:) That his how he meets the 'Black Widow' Alice, who, he's alway thought was rather creepy in the way she interacts with spiders. (unaware that was her gift).

Jake, of course is often impulsive, he cannot control his newly found gifts, and likewise, he simply cannot control anything that comes out his mouth either. This only makes things worse for him and makes Alice think him shallow. And watching how he tries to squirm out of these incidents with Alice, made for entertaining reading. But underneath his bumbling youthful eagerness, lurks a sharp and intelligent mind, with keen insight.
Alice is totally Victorian in her outlook and dressing. She's had a tragic mortal life and things aren't any better in her immortal life. She persist in calling Jake 'fledgeling' to keep her distance from him but that soon changes when Michael makes him a fully fledged Guardian.
Still, Jake's youthfulness and inane curiosity would not let him leave Alice alone. Thinking he's safe from her since he's not sexually attracted to her, Jake works with her searching for lost temples, since archeology is his passion. He becomes intrigued by her and makes it his duty to find out what makes her tick, and finds a very warm and frightened person behind that frigid and scary persona. And not even realizing it, he falls for her.

Things are not easy for this mismatched couple.
Alice, despite herself, is drawn to the Jake who can be rather endearing. He is the light in her otherwise dark existence. But she knows it can never be. Because 120 years ago Alice made a deal with a demon to save the life of her husband by giving him the heart of Michael. At that time Alice had no idea who Michael was, only after she dies and Michael resurrect her does she find out he is the leader of the Guardians. A group of Angel-type beings who work together to protect mankind from evil. She knows there's no hope for her, for if she or the demon dies before she fulfills her bargain, she's damned to eternal purgatory and if she does kills Michael, its murder and she will still end up eternally damned. She can't turn to anyone and is alone and afraid. But Jake refuses to let her isolate herself. So she tries to push him away, but he's one stubborn guy who won't budge without a fight.

It was exciting finding out how they revoke the bargain made with the demon, and learning more about the prophesy surrounding the Demons and the Guardians.
Also we find out more about Michael. That disclosure caused a ripple amongst the Guardians and I have to admit was thrown for a loop.
Nice to know there's a bad guy lurking in him. I really like Michael and I hope Meljean Brooks writes his story soon.
A great series.

Demon Moon (Berkley Sensation)
Demon Moon (Berkley Sensation)
by Meljean Brook
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story!, 23 Feb 2009
I liked this book, despite the disjointed writing style. It was distracting, when one had to reread scenes to understand what had happened.

That aside, It was a wonderful tale and Colin and Savi were a great couple.
They are the total opposite to each other in every way and love is what binds them together.
I loved Colin. Here's this stunningly beautiful, and absolutely vain creature who cares for nothing but himself and is not ashamed to admit it. And the only people he'd call friends are Lilith and Hugh from 'Demon Angel'. And then he meets the irrepressible and curious Savi, foster sister to Hugh, who changes his life after 200 years as a vampire... and he falls hard for her but alas they cannot be together.
They cannot have eternity, because his blood will kill if he changes her and he, even though he doesn't want to, cannot be faithful to her because of the blood-lust that overcomes him when he has to feed.
Colin cannot take what he needs from her on a daily basis, since she is human and would die.
Savi loves him desperately and for both their sake she agrees to give Colin a month for them to be together. Only one thing she ask off him is that is that he be faithful to her during that time. The only way he can, is to drink animal blood. But even knowing this will weaken him, he accept, since he cannot bear to be without her. He hides his despair not knowing how he's going to let her go after a month. You feel their pain, knowing their time together is short.

Theirs is an intense journey and I waited impatiently, hoping that they'd find a way to overcome this heart-wrenching problem. At times it seemed as if all is lost and there's no hope.
When Savi is attacked by rogue vampires and then changed by a Nosferatu, their short time together abruptly comes to an end.
This book made for riveting reading, and how they find their way to be together was so simple but yet the hardest thing to do.... a truly great story.

A previous reader did not care for this type of book.
Yes, this is a romance between a British-American and Indian-American. I don't think the author hides this fact at all! A pity you gave up so easily because you have a problem with this kind of pairing. You missed a great story! Yes, it was different because of the heroine's background, but it made for great reading.

I enjoyed all of the Guardians books, but this has to be my favourite in this series thus far.

Moonlight - Season 1 - Complete [DVD] [2008]
Moonlight - Season 1 - Complete [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Alex O'Loughlin
Price: 8.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic series!, 17 Jan 2009
I enjoyed this phenomenal series. Loved the casting of the lead characters. The chemistry between them felt very real.

L.A. private eye Mick St. John played by the gorgeous Alex O'Loughlin, has a secret. His bride, Coraline (Shannyn Sossamon), turned him into a vampire on their wedding night 60 years prior.
Now a vampire, he's living in a covert netherworld complicated by memories of his alluring ex-wife Coraline, and his relationship with a human, Beth Turner (Sophia Myles) whom he feels drawn to protect (since he saved her from his then vampire-wife, when she was a child). Now as an adult, Mick is in love with her. But no matter how he feels, Mick knows a vampire-human romance is eternally dangerous. What can he do about his very human feelings for her?
And so he struggles in the present day with his dealings with other vampires in the city and his love for the mortal Beth. It was wonderful viewing watching the love between them develop and unfold.
Then there's the charming, boyishly good-looking, happily amoral Josef Kolstan ( Jason Dohring), the undead finance honcho, with centuries of wisdom and his own sad past. Josef is the only person whom Mick trusts and values his friendship. Loved their at times off-beat dialogue.

A truly enjoyable series, a great pity that it ended after only one season.
Oh well, at least they gave us a decent closure.

Playing James
Playing James
by Sarah Mason
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully humorous tale, 12 Jan 2009
This review is from: Playing James (Paperback)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Sarah Mason.

For journalist, the accident prone Holly Colshannon, things take a turn when a colleague leaves freeing up the position of crime correspondent. It sounds glamorous but in reality it's the job that no one else wants.

Her first encounter with the gorgeous but disapproving detective James Sabine in the hospital, doesn't bode well for their future working relationship. James distrust the press and when Holly's given an assignment to shadow James and write about his work in a column for the paper - their relationship gets even stormier and funnier.

The humour had me rolling over with laughter from page one. My favourite scenes was when Holly's toe gets stuck in a wine bottle and she lands in Emergency and James come flying to the hospital, thinking otherwise.
BUT despite the lovely humour, I thought that there should have been more pages to them falling in love and declaring it to each other instead of such an abrupt finish. I mean, we went through everything with them, after all, and we needed that bit of closure. That would have wrapped the story up nicely, in my opinion anyway.
So, felt a bit cheated there.

But still, an entertaining read.

Persuasion : Complete ITV Adaptation [2007] [DVD]
Persuasion : Complete ITV Adaptation [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sally Hawkins
Price: 4.30

3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, 8 Jan 2009
This production may not be accurate and in keeping with the novel but I liked it.

Rupert Penry-Jones and Sally Hawkins have wonderful chemistry together and she as Anne Eliott give s a really moving performance as the heart-broken and long suffering Anne who was 'persuaded', forced,) by her controlling family and dear friend to turn away the man she loved a long time ago, beause he was not suitable for a baron's daughter.
And meeting him again after all these years, both their circumstances have changed. She knows her feelings for him hasn't changed at all and knows agony once more knowing he is ready to settle down and has chosen his bride. He is cold towards her and despite his anger at her when she broke up with him, he can't help but worry over her now.

Rupert Penry-Jones is gorgeous as the cold and aloof Wentworth. Loved the scene when he meets Lady Russell again for the first time since she separated him and Anne and is so chilling but unfailingly polite. And the little things he does against his will, shows he still as some feeling for Anne.

I didn't like the end scenes with Anne running the streets of Bath, looking for Wenthworth. Whats with that? In those days well brought up young ladies wouldn't be caught dead behaving like that.
But despite that and few other descrepencies, quite enjoyed this version.

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