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Review: BLOOD VOW by J.R. Ward

Title: Blood Vow

Author: J.R Ward

Category: Paranormal Romance

Source: Borrowed from library 

Review by Candy

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When the Black Dagger Brotherhood puts out the word that they would be recruiting new members to fight the Lessening Society, the vampire Axe joined up. A loner by choice, Ace quickly proves himself to the Brothers as a ruthless fighter. So much so that he is recommended to take a job as the personal body guard to Elise, a member of the glymera. Axe doesn’t want or need the complications of being attracted to Elise but neither can seem to deny the heat between themselves. Meanwhile, Rhage and Mary are so very close to becoming parents as they proceed with the adoption of Bitty. When a relative comes forward the whole process is placed in jeopardy. Can Axe remain professional with Elise? Will Rhage and Mary finally become parents?

Axe looks like one of those guys that you don’t want to meet on a dark and lonely street. In actuality, despite his cold façade, he is really a caring individual who throws up walls to prevent from being hurt. His back story of growing up and how he lost his father was full of sorrow and explained so much of why he chose to become a loner. 

One of the reasons I love reading Ward’s paranormal books is that her female characters are always so strong. Elise is another perfect example of this. She has been secretly going to school to work on her graduate degree against her father’s wishes. As the story progresses, Elise stands up to her father and to the confining expectations of what it means to be female in the glymera. 

For me personally, the better story line was that of Rhage and Mary. Longtime fans of the BDB series have known that this beloved couple would adopt a young at some point. Traumatized and abused by her now dead father, Bitty blossoms under the attention and love of Rhage and Mary. It quickly becomes apparent that Bitty is meant to be with Rhage and Mary as their daughter. 

Blood Vow by J.R. Ward is the second book in the Black Dagger Legacy series (not a standalone read). Ward as always has created fearless male warriors and strong female characters that are so real they become family to you. If you love paranormal romances, Ward is a must read in this genre.

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Review: SWEET CURSE by Misty Evans

Kali Sweet is one incredible supernatural. Each story I read about her tops the last one. Just when I think Kali needs a break, Misty Evans throws Kali into yet another between good versus evil. Although, sometimes in Sweet Curse, it’s hard to tell the difference. So much is going on in Sweet Curse, that you have to read each and every word or you get lost. There are angels, demons, shifters, vampires, blood slaves, goddesses, witches, and many more things to keep straight! Kali also excels at outsmarting even the most powerful that you have to watch how each work is spoken between the characters. It’s quite the adventure!

Kali is head of the Bridge Institute, an organization that protects humans from supernaturals and brings order. Although, it seems the Bridge Institute is also protecting a whole lot of supernaturals these days. Archangel Michael is the main “villain” in Sweet Curse, which if you read the Witches Anonymous Series, overlaps just a bit. And how about an angel for a villain? And not a Fallen Angel, either? Evans doesn’t always give us typical villains in her stories.

As with the other Kali Sweet books, we see a whole lot of love and friendship happening, whether it’s romantic love between Kali and Rad or family love with Kali and her friends like Di, Cole, or even Dru. Kali is one awesome vengeance demon (which she keeps in check most of the time) who loves humans and wants to do the right thing by all. I love that about her, but I will admit in this book, it was fun to see her demon come out and play a bit. In Sweet Curse, we side of Kali we haven’t seen before. It is both scary and fascinating.

If you like fantasy, give Sweet Curse a read. It is the fourth book in the series, and while it is great to read books in order so they build on one another, I think this one could be read as a standalone. Evans does a nice job with backstory to catch the reader up to speed for the important pieces of the plot. If you haven’t read a fantasy yet but want to give one a try, give the Kali Sweet series a try. They are fantastic!

Title: Sweet Curse (Kali Sweet Urban Fantasy, #4)

Author: Misty Evans

Category: Fantasy

Source: ARC Received from Author

 

Review: WICKED WEDDING by Misty Evans

Wicked Wedding by Misty Evans is pure entertainment. Evans always stretches my imagination in the fantasy world with her deliciously naughty Witches Anonymous series. There are not many other fantasies I enjoy reading, but I absolutely adore these books. I devour them quickly once I get my hands on them.

Amy and Lucifer (Luc for short) are trying to get married. Unfortunately things never go as planned for Amy, who is working on Step 8 of her Witches Anonymous steps. She is trying to be good and not use magic after all. As with other books in the series, we see Amy take charge of making something right and her merry band of friends (i.e., the devil, a few angels, witches, and a Vodun priestess) backing her up. It’s a recipe for a good time!

In Wicked Wedding we are also treated to more fun with baby Azaria (Amy and Luc are expecting!) and her awesome magic that she continues to project while growing as good little angels do in their mother’s womb. It’s quite a treat!

If you are looking for an entertaining read that will sweep you away from reality for a couple of hours, give Wicked Wedding a try. If you haven’t read the series yet, you will want to start right away! If you have read the series so far you won’t want to miss this one!

Title: Wicked Wedding (Witches Anonymous, #8)

Author: Misty Evans

Category: Fantasy

Source: ARC received from Author

Review: BITE THE DUST by Cynthia Eden

It’s been a little while since I have read paranormal romance, and every time I have a craving I turn to Cynthia Eden. She gives me that paranormal fix in exactly the right way. Bite The Dust, the first book in the Blood and Moonlight Series was just what I needed. Eden does a spectacular job of writing her paranormal beings a little bit different in each story including their legends and myths. It’s not the same old story with different characters. They are unique.

In this story, Aidan (alpha werewolf) fears that Jane (local homicide detective) will become something that will result in her death by himself or his pack. He can’t let that happen. Jane doesn’t want his protection and wants to find the culprit of all of this chaos and end him, regardless of the fact that he is a Master Vampire who is also after her. She wants justice. Aidan and Jane are quite a force on their own but when you put them together, they are unstoppable.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Bite The Dust. The plot is intriguing which has you flipping pages, the villain is crazy, the intimacy between Jane and Aidan is off-the-charts steamy, and the ending will have you pleased and frustrated at the same time. This series is a trilogy so the story continues. There isn’t a cliffhanger with this book, but there are still some unanswered questions that will have you running out to buy the next one so beware!

Book Source: Purchased from Amazon

Review: THE WITCH WITH NO NAME by Kim Harrison

In The Witch with No Name by Kim Harrison, Rachel Morgan is perhaps the most famous witch in all of Cincinnati. Unfortunately that has brought her the unwelcome attention of master vampire Rynn Cormel. Cormel believes that Rachel knows how to find the lost souls of the vampires and he issues an ultimatum to do it or she dies. Rachel has more at stake though because of Ivy, her best friend and business partner, being a living vampire. Plus Ivy’s girlfriend, Nina has been taken over by master vampire Felix. Rachel decides to start with Felix but getting his soul to him will come with a very heavy price. Rachel must turn to Landon, the current head of the elven dewar for help and he sees it as an opportunity to destroy Rachel and the demons. Will Rachel find a way to save the souls of the vampires? Can she stop Landon and his evil plans?

I put off reading this book for a very long time because I didn’t want the series to end. Rachel, Ivy, Jenks, Al, Bis, and Trent have become some of my favorite characters in the Paranormal genre. With Harrison releasing a prequel to the series in February, I knew it was time to say goodbye to my beloved friends in the Hollows.

One of the things I love about Rachel is how she rolls with the punches. Rachel is not perfect and she makes mistakes, but she always deals with those mistakes to the best of her ability. On a few occasions, Harrison has even allowed Rachel to not have a happy resolution.

In this book, the romance between Trent and Rachel is front and center. I wasn’t always a fan of this romance because I absolutely loved the relationship between Kisten and Rachel, but it wasn’t meant to be. However, in this book, I started to enjoy their romance and felt that it was a good fit for both of them.

One of the things Rachel struggles with throughout the story is how much her relationship with Trent is costing him. Trent has given up everything to be with her. Rachel constantly questions if that is the best thing especially since it cost him his position of power within the dewar and put Landon in charge.

My favorite part of the whole book was actually the final chapter. Harrison did a fantastic job of tying up all the lose ends. The entire book is a satisfying conclusion to a very beloved series.

The Witch with No Name is the final book in the Hollows series by Kim Harrison. If you are looking for a phenomenal series withinteresting stories and great characters that become dear friends, this series is for you.

Title: The Witch with No Name

Author: Kim Harrison

Category: Paranormal Romance

Source: Checked out from library

Review: NIGHTBRED by Lynn Viehl

In Nightbred by Lynn Viehl, Jamys Durand, an immortal Darkyn, is in limbo. Fiercely protected by his father, Jamys has had no chance to prove himself as a warrior and gain his own territory. When an announcement from the High Lord arrives promising territory to anyone who can find a lost Knights Templars treasure, Jamys sees it as the perfect opportunity to finally be taken seriously and perhaps win the heart of the human girl he loves. Chris Lang has done a lot of growing up since her and Jamys met three years ago. Secretly in love with Jamys, Chris decides to take on the onerous task of becoming a tresora , in hopes that she may get to serve Jamys. When her last task puts her at odds with Jamys, Chris has a huge decision to make. Will Chris complete her training? Will the lost treasure be recovered?

I was really sad when the Darkyn series ended. Viehl has created a very unique take on vampire mythology by combining it with history, which made me completely enamored of the series. Fortunately, the Lords of the Darkyn continues in that same vein.

Readers first met Jamys in the Darkyn series where he was recovering from being tortured by the Brethren. In this book, he is definitely more confident but frustrated by the roll his father has forced him into. Once Jamys learns of the treasure hunt, Jamys risks everything by defying his father and leaving their territory without permission.

Like Jamys, Chris has done a lot of growing up since we last met her. She has shed her Goth persona and is determined to become a tresora , a human servant to the Darkyn. The only thing that distracts her from her end game is when Jamys shows up unexpectedly. Chris struggles for a bit trying to decide if she wants to be a tresora and lose Jamys or help him in his quest and not become a tresora.

In addition to getting to read about Jamys and Chris again, Lucan and Sam also make an appearance in this book with a secondary plot. Sam and Lucan are still as lovable as ever. When Lucan begins to act abnormal, Sam has to figure out what is causing the strange behavior before Lucan does something he may regret.

Nightbred is the second book in the Lords of the Darkyn series ( not a standalone read! The Darkyn series should be read entirely before this series). Viehl continues to weave her magic with this dark PNR series. If you love vampires and history, Viehl is a writer that you need to read.

Title: Nightbred

Author: Lynn Viehl

Category: Paranormal Romance

Source: Checked out from library

Review: SAVED BY DARKNESS by Katie Reus

It’s been awhile since I have ventured into the paranormal world, and while I don’t do it often, I only do it with a select few authors. Katie Reus is one of those authors. In her newest release, Saved by Darkness we are pulled into a paranormal world filled with dragon shifters, demons and so much more. We also enter a hell realm. Creepy! The world building is amazing and the characters are even better.

The main characters in the story are Ian and Fiona and they are lost lovers. They first met over 50 years ago and are pulled apart by her family. Present day they are back together to stand up against an enormous obstacle pulling in several others willing to fight along side them. In addition to fighting for their lives, their love grows stronger and just when we think they will be together, something comes in between them yet again.  Ugh!

Reus does an amazing job with Saved by Darkness. She writes an imaginative story with characters that are endearing to the reader. I enjoy the relationship part of stories sometimes more than overall plot itself and this one has it everywhere from family to lovers to friends and packmates. The action scenes are great but the emotionally charged scenes get my heart racing just as much. Oh and the love scenes are so sweet and sensual yet intense.

Saved by Darkness is a fantastically written paranormal romance full of magic, romance, action and adventure. If you are looking for a break from reality, pick this one up!

Title: Saved by Darkness (Darkness, #6)

Author: Katie Reus

Category: Paranormal Romance

Source: ARC received via NetGalley