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Ritual Magic : A Novel of the Lupi
Ritual Magic : A Novel of the Lupi
by Eileen Wilks
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 6.22

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CRACKING GOOD READ, 18 Nov 2013
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Yet another sparkling installment of this series. If you haven't read the previous books, I would advise you to start at the beginning as the ongoing battle between the lupi and the Goddess they do not name, as well as the romance between Rule and Lily, both develop and grow with the series. I stayed up late to finish this book and already can't wait for the next book!


Running Wild: The Men from Battle Ridge
Running Wild: The Men from Battle Ridge
by Linda Howard
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 21 Jan 2013
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I enjoyed this book but much preferred Blood Born, their earlier collaboration. This is a good contemporary thriller/romance and well paced.


Dragon Bound (Elder Races Novels)
Dragon Bound (Elder Races Novels)
by Thea Harrison
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A STAR IS BORN....., 15 Aug 2011
I'm not often moved to write reviews but this was so good I can't resist sharing the good news. Other reviewers have described the story, so I'll skip that. What is so remarkable about this book? Well it is a fast paced cracking adventure.There is a love story that develops from an explosive attraction to true love.There is wonderful characterisation not just of the two main protagonists, but also I whole host of secondary characters who I suspect we will see more of (and hear their own stories) as this series progresses. And it will go on and on- this is the best paranormal romance I have read since I discovered Nalini Singh, and it has legs to run and run. I predict this book is going to be a massive hit as word gets round about how good it is. I read a lot of paranormals and I can't say what a delight this was! I can't wait to read the next episode!


Lord Perfect (Berkley Sensation)
Lord Perfect (Berkley Sensation)
by Loretta Chase
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECTLY BRILLIANT, 9 April 2006
Lord Perfect continues the tales of the Carsington brothers, sons of the Earl of Hargate, and stars the eldest, Benedict, Viscount Rathbourne, widower, businessman and political activist. His behaviour is so far above reproach that he is nicknamed Lord Perfect. So perfect, in fact, that when a friend has a problem with Lord Lisle, his unruly son, Benedict looks after him whilst his parents decide on their next move. Things become a little less pristine, however, when he meets Bathsheba Wingate, member of the dreadful DeLucey family, a widow with a young daughter, Olivia. They meet when their young charges get into a fight at an exhibition of ancient Egyptian artifacts; they both initially ignore their mutual attraction due to Bathsheba's unfairly dreadful reputation, but pretty soon Benedict is rationalising that Bathsheba would make an excellent art teacher for Lisle. Struggling with poverty after her noble family and in-laws all reject her, she rationalises that it would be foolish to refuse such welcome income. All very well, but then Olivia and Lisle run away to find hidden treasure. Olivia is clearly a chip off the old DeLucey block, and the sub-plot between her and Lord Lisle is delightfully comic. Bathsheba and Benedict are thrown together when they chase after the children, and it is not long before the sexual attraction between them becomes harder and harder to resist, and soon Lord Perfect is being very far from perfect, to Bathsheba's guilty pleasure.

What makes Loretta Chase so special for me is her idiosyncratic way of writing and her wonderful humor. For example, Bathsheba and Benedict repeatedly bump into each other. The first time, Benedict is looking for her, and Bathsheba says ' Had I not the presence of mind to throw myself in your way, you might have missed me altogether.' It happens again, and Benedict says 'I seem to have acquired a troublesome habit of standing in your way' . The plot fairly gallops along, involving, as well as Bathsheba's judgemental relatives, Lord Hargate, Benedict's father, and Rupert and Daphne from Mr Impossible-not to mention hidden treasure.

This is a wonderful romp resulting in redemption, happiness, laughter and passion for Benedict and Bathsheba- not bad for a man who was dying inside and an ostracised widow.


Master of Wolves (Berkley Sensation)
Master of Wolves (Berkley Sensation)
by Angela Knight
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 4.69

32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER PAGE TURNING SIZZLER FROM ANGELA KNIGHT, 4 April 2006
The latest intallment of the Mageverse series focuses on Jim London, the Dire Wolf brother of Diana, heroine of Master of the Moon. Dire Wolves were secretly created to counter the Magekind, should they ever go collectively rogue-they are powerful shapeshifters and immune to hostile magic, and a so a real threat to vampires. After his best friend was killed in suspicious circumstances that the police just don't seem to want to investigate, Jim goes undercover as a K9 police dog. It doesn't take Jim long to develop a strong attraction towards his handler, Officer Faith Weston, a battle scarred divorcee, or to realise most of the local cops stink of evil magic; corrupt and bespelled, they are in search of immortality and controlled by an evil vampire witch. Faith is attacked by the police officers after asking awkward questions, and Jim comes to her rescue but cannot prevent her being bitten by a rogue Dire Wolf. Jim helps her through her first change, but then Faith experiences the Burning Moon, a hormonal overload that stimultes both to intense desire, and thereafter follow love scenes so hot they will make your toes curl. Angela Knight writes her trademark intense love scenes, but also understands the impact of a continuing pacy narrative in good paranormal romance. There is plenty of action as Faith and Jim fight to overcome the evil confronting them, and some welcome reappearances of characters from previous books, including Diana and Llyr, and Arthur and Gwen. Hiding out whilst battling the bad guys in a series of increasingly ferocious battles, Jim sets out to woo the wary Faith in typical Knight alpha hero style- and boy, can she do alpha heroes. It is difficult to reveal more without spoilers, but trust me, Angela Kight is in prime form here.


She Went All the Way (Avon Light Contemporary Romances)
She Went All the Way (Avon Light Contemporary Romances)
by Meggin Cabot
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LAUGHED OUT LOUD...., 3 Mar 2006
Lou Calabrese is a succesful screenwriter whose boyfriend eloped with his bimbo co-star after she penned the hit movie that made him famous. Visiting the set of her latest action blockbuster, she is disgusted to meet the bimbo's ex; her co-dumpee, Jack Townsend, serial love-rat who once broke her best friend's heart, and star of Copkiller IV, the action blockbuster series she wrote. Jack is not too enthusiastic to see her, either- they clashed when they first met and Jack is convinced that in revenge for changing her first script, Lou makes him bare his ass in every movie she writes, exposes him to hazardous or just plain unpleasant stunts, sets the films in extreme enviroments, or insists on close contact with dangerous animals. Hence ending up taking a helicopter ride together in a blizzard in Alaska delights neither of them . They are even less delighted when the pilot suddenly announces his plan to kill Jack, and dispose of Lou as the only witness. Narrowly avoiding grim death, they find themselves stranded in the icy Alaskan wilderness, persued by unkown persons with lethal intentions, in a fight for survival that pushes them to the limits. They eventually discover who wants them dead, of course, but along the way they make some other, pretty startling discoveries; they like each other,they have a lot in common, they are wildly attracted to each other, and now they have another problem- what do they do about it?
What makes this book special is not the plot, which is competently drawn though not exactly earth-shattering. It's the writing style-here is the kind of snappy ,witty dialogue that you see in Nora Roberts or Jennifer Crusie at their best,that had me snorting with laughter at 1am because I couldn't put it down. There are also some very down to earth observations about what it's like to date a man prettier and more famous than you are. I liked the down to earth realism of Lou, and was suprised at how much I ended up liking Jack, who definitely does some growing as the book develops.
I note that Meggin has only written one other book, The Boy Next Door. I plan to read it immediately, and shall keep an eye out for her next- this is definitely a writer to watch.
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Crescent Moon
Crescent Moon
by Lori Handeland
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NEW SERIES FOR HANDELAND, 1 Mar 2006
Diana Malone, four years widowed and a discredited cryptozoologist (ie, seeker of new species), is hired to investigate stories of wolves in the Louisiana bayou, where they are supposedly extinct. She sets up camp in the derelict Rouelle Mansion, and is soon involved in a passionate affair with Adam Rouelle. Life is complicated, however, by the number of bodies piling up in the swamp- including her guide, and a local woman who tells her about the curse on the Rouelle family. It gets even more complicated when she meets the recently dead walking around and, er, snarling.
Confused by the contradictory evidence regarding wolf attacks, haunted by premonitions and strange dreams, she seeks the advice of a Vodoun priestess, Cassandra. There is some fascinating lore on Vodoo, and Diana also discusses the ambivalent relationship between her and Adam. One minute he is a tender, sexy lover, the next, he wants her to leave the swamp. It is soon clear that Adam is protecting the secrets of the swamp. The next question is, is he protecting her? Or lining her up as the next victim?
Whilst this is supposed to be a new series, it inhabited the same world as the previous 'Moon' books. Unlike many recent paranormals where werewolves are superhuman shapeshifters and often very sexy, Handeland's werewolves are soulless killers you do not want to meet on a dark night. Whilst the story generally flows well, I did have some criticisms. I was a little irritated that Diana took so long to solve the 'secret' of the swamp when it was obvious to me much earlier in the story. Also, I found Adam's 'accent' an annoying distraction, and less than convincing. Frankly, I think this could have been a better book if it had been a bit more vigorously edited, but that aside, I did enjoy reading it, hence the four stars, especially the bits involving Cassandra- I hope she features in future books as she was such a strong character.


Flesh and Stone (Berkley Sensation)
Flesh and Stone (Berkley Sensation)
by Vickie Taylor
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PACY AND SEXY- RECOMMENDED, 26 Feb 2006
Connor Rihyad is investigating the rogue Gargoyles who tried to kidnap the children of his Chicago congregation at the end of Carved in Stone, which preceeds this story. (I recommend you read it first, as it introduces many of the themes and characters in this story.) Connor infiltrates the rogues by pretending to kill Nathan, rehabilitated rebel and fellow Gargoyle whose radical thinking challenges Connor's beliefs about their race. Once inside, he is horrified by the brutal treatment of a group of kidnapped women, and rescues one, Mara Kincaide, by pretending to rape her. Initially, both are wary- Mara is determined to find her friend who mysteriously disappeared, and liberate all the women, whilst Connor has to protect his mission and the secret of the Gargoyle race. Once revered as shape shifting protectors of humans, now people attack and even kill their rescuers ,who appear as monsters in Gargoyle form. A tentative friendship develops between them, but Mara is mortified when she has an erotic dream featuring Connor. Initially terrified when she realises what Connor is-and isn't-the sexual tension explodes in some pretty hot love scenes. Working together, they realise a secretive and rogue leader, or Wizenot, is systematically breeding an army of Gargoyles hostile to Connor's congregation. Mara forces Connor to re-examine traditional Gargoyle relationships with human women- they fake the death of male children, who are Gargoyles, and insure their fathers' re-incarnation, rearing them seperately in male Congregations. Mara's reaction highlights the dilemma of Gargoyles, whose ancient ways fit uncomfortably in a modern world. Nathan's wife, Rachel, is the first woman ever to be allowed to join a congregation. Rachel is learning to use ancient powers forbidden for generations, with the help of Terryn, the Chicago Wizenot. Searching for her long lost brother, she becomes aware of a malevelont being with similar powers, and soon danger threatens them all.
I won't reveal the dramtic climax, but this is clearly not the end of the story. Flesh and Stone expands on the world of Carved in Stone, including the dilemma at the heart of their world. They are a dying race no longer sure of their purpose, unnappreciated, viewed with horror and often victims of violence from the humans they were sworn to protect- how do they survive in the modern world, and what changes and compromises will they have to make? How will they survive the threat of the rogue Gargoyles?
I thought this was an original change from the usual vampires and werewolves of paranormal romance, I enjoyed it very much, and look forward to the next installment. Definitely recommended reading.


Shadow Touch
Shadow Touch
by Marjorie M. Liu
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY BRILLIANT, 14 Feb 2006
Elena Baxter is a healer with extraordinary powers she does not care to advertise for fear of repercussions following her mother's rejection. She works as a volunteer in a hospital, secretly healing sick children, but her personal life is bleak since the death of her grandfather.
Artur Luginov, ex-Russian Mafia hit-man, works for Dirk and Steele, the paranormal detective Agency featured in Tiger Eye. You don't have to read it to understand this book, but I recommend it because it's excellent, too. Artur too has special talents- he can read minds by touching someone, or even just an object they have come into contact with. He is kidnapped and wakes up in an unkown institution where he is tested and tortured in an attempt to force him to work with the 'Consortium'- and clearly not for the altruistic purposes he has lately persued.
In a chance encounter, he meets Elena, who is also kidnapped, in a corridor and after a confrontation with Rictor, Elena's enigmatic guard, and Charles, the vicious serail killer who engineered his capture, Elena heals Artur who collapses, close to death. In order to heal him they must mind merge, but only with Rictor's assistence can Elena remove the toxic psychic 'worm' in his brain.They realise the worm is an attempt at mind control by the head of the Consorium, Beatrix Weave, known as the Spider, who plans- guess what? -to dominate the world.
Artur and Elena soon realise that their link is permanent, and an emotional intimacy grows between them that soon flowers into love. They also realise that there are other prisoners here, too-two shapeshifters who are subjected to similarly cruel treatment from the sadistic doctor who 'studies' the paranormal captives.
The four manage to escape with the help of Rictor, and Artur is determined to stop the Consortiums plans. They also become lovers, but whilst their are love scenes, this is not romantica, and they do not dominate the story. They are persued every step of the way, but it is the bond between Elena and Artur that provides the vital ingredients in their fight against evil.
I thought this was one of the best paranormal romances I have read in a long time, and it easily fulfills my high expectations after reading Tiger Eye. It is a well paced adventure set in a meticulously detailed world, with a host of complex and magical characters, not just Elena and Artur but a range of secondary characters too. I was particularly intrigued by Rictor, and wouldn't be suprised if he features in later books, since this is obviously a series which could run and run- at least, I hope it does.


Master of Darkness
Master of Darkness
by Susan Sizemore
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REDEMPTION FOR 'BAD BOY 'VAMPIRE LAURENT, 3 Feb 2006
This is Laurents story, the rebellious Manticore Tribe vampire seen in I Hunger for you. Susan Sizemore combines her trademark fast paced narrative style with some red-hot love scenes in a book you won't want to put down.
Eden Faveau is from a long line of Vampire Hunters. She has never before taken on the role of hunter , and would rather be climbing volcanoes, but when she is called to action, she reluctantly obeys. Her family send her on an assignment to meet Sid Wolf, a Clan Prime, in order to fight the vicious Tribe vampires who are using a new drug called Dawn. It allows vampires to tolerate daylight, a worrying new development since previously, the only vampires who had access to daylight drugs were Clan and Family members; both groups are governed by strict rules designed to protect humans and vampires alike, unlike the Tribes, who see humans as strictly prey. So when a tall, blond and beautiful vampire turns up and fights the tribe vampires who ambush their meeting, she naturally assumes he is Sid Wolf.
Laurent, ever the opportunist, is happy to play along. He is on the run from Justinian, the leader of Tribe Manticore, with a laptop containing access to the Manticore's fortune. Unfortunately, he is not computer literate, but soon realises that Eden has the skills to unlock the laptop's secrets and make him very rich.
Eden takes Laurent to a safe house, whilst they track down the Dawn dealers. She has been warned about the fatal allure of vampires, and is on her guard, but soon the vampire Prime is getting underneath her skin and challenging her lifeheld beliefs about vampires. Things are not what they seem, and the electric attraction she finds increasing hard to fight is not her only problem. Laurent, meanwhile, is also getting worried- about the Tribe vampires determined to get back their property, about the whereabouts of the missing real Sid Wolf, the tantalising hints of his unkown past, and his increasing attraction to Eden. She is ruining his perfect, self cetered attitude to life, and when she is threatened by his enemies, he has to make a choice that will change his life forever, one way or another.....


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