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Review: TRICKED by Rebecca Zanetti

Title: Tricked (Dark Protectors – Reese Family Novella, #7.75)

Author: Rebecca Zanetti

Category: Paranormal Romance

Source: Received from a Book Conference

Reviewed by Amy

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Tricked by Rebecca Zanetti is my first experience int he Dark Protectors series and boy am I ready to start at the beginning! Imagine my joyous surprise when I learned there are a lot of books in this series! What fun I am going to have reading them!

I wasn’t sure what to expect since I am not a die-hard paranormal romance fan, which means I am pretty picky about what I read in this genre. Well, from the first page of Tricked, I was hooked. I loved Ronni’s toughness even on her deathbed and Jared’s willingness to do what he could to protect her. I wasn’t sure how the two of them would really connect, but holy cow! They have chemistry. They are amazing together. It would be awesome to read a full length novel about the two of them.

Zanetti’s writing was wonderful. I felt that I hung on each word and couldn’t wait to learn the world she had created. What creatures exist? What vampires can and cannot do? And all those other fun things that happen in a paranormal world. The story unfolded at a good pace for a novella and I was intrigued with every page.

If you are looking for a quick paranormal romance that is full of heat and suspense, give Tricked a read!

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Review: BREAKING OUT PART 1 and 2 by Michelle Diener

Title: Breaking Out Part 1 and Breaking Out Part 2

Author: Michelle Diener

Category: Paranormal Romance

Source: Purchased from Amazon

Reviewed by Amy

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I first read Breaking Out Part 1 by Michelle Diener several years ago as part of an anthology. I loved it and hoped she would write more in the story. Well, to my delight, she then wrote Breaking Out Part 2! I just finished reading both of them and if you like paranormal stories, these are for you. They are shorter stories and can be read in just a couple of hours. The perfect time for a little getaway from reality.

Diener writes such unique stories that you get lost in quickly and Breaking Out Parts 1 and 2 are not different. We meet several “inmates” at a facility that are trying to, well, break out. They have enhanced abilities and are sick of being science projects. The characters are fascinating and the pace is quick and keeps you turning pages. If you are looking for an original, fast paced, paranormal romance story, give Breaking Out 1 and 2 a read.

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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