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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 

Review: FLASHFIRE by Deborah Cooke

In Flashfire by Deborah Cooke, famous illusionist Lorenzo has been denying his true nature for centuries. Born a dragon, Lorenzo turned his back on the Pyr and instead concentrated on caring for his father. Then one night during a performance at his show in Las Vegas, his firestorm ignites and much to his surprise, his mate is paparazzi photographer, Cassie Redmond. Despite what should have been a one night stand to satisfy the firestorm, Lorenzo and Cassie can’t stay away from each other. Lorenzo has a huge spectacle planned to fake his death and he wants Cassie to join him in his new life. As the evil Slayers descend on Las Vegas and threaten Cassie, Lorenzo must tap into his dragon side and defend his mate. Will Lorenzo finally join the Pyr? Will Cassie join Lorenzo in his new life?

Like all of the dragons in this series, Lorenzo is 100% pure alpha male. Lorenzo controls his life with an iron fist and his firestorm igniting is nothing more than a distraction. Once he spends more time with Cassie and slowly falls for her, he is determined to protect her no matter what.

Cassie is a huge skeptic. She doubts that Lorenzo is a dragon even when she sees him transform with her own eyes. Cassie questions everything, including their relationship. Eventually she is persuaded by Lorenzo that what they have is real.

Flashfire is the seventh book in the Dragon Fire Series (not a standalone read!). Cooke has done a fantastic job of creating a paranormal world that remains fresh and stands out in the shape shifting genre. Her unique plot lines and interesting characters make this series a must read for any PNR fan.

Title: Flashfire

Author: Deborah Cooke

Category: Paranormal Romance

Source: Checked out from library