Paranormal Romance

A Tiger’s Bride (A Lion’s Pride #4) By: Eve Langlais

A Tigers Bride

A Tiger’s Bride (A Lion’s Pride #4) By: Eve Langlais

Plot:

When at first you don’t succeed—turn to abduction.

It’s all in a day’s work when this Siberian tiger meets the woman he wants.

An accidental kidnapping? Check.

A forced marriage? Check.

A virgin bride? Damn. There go his plans for seduction and here comes the pressure into making her first time perfect. Because everyone knows that’s the one she’ll remember, forever. Gulp.

Add in a plane crash as well as hunters out to capture them and the heat is truly on.

Can this Siberian tiger meet the challenge?
Review:

I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the last. Teena and Dmitri were both fine, I thought Dmitri was funny, but it just wasn’t as romantic. Things moved pretty fast, but—I don’t know I just wasn’t feeling it.

Oh well. Liked the series. Love Eve. Looking forward to reading her newest book about a Crocodile.

3.5/5

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A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) By: Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) By: Deborah Harkness

Plot:

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell. Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.

Review:

Have you ever read a book and from the first sentence, paragraph, page you knew that you were in for a treat? The words have latched onto your brain and they’re already painting a picture in your mind and you know that if it can just keep going you’ll never be the same.

That’s the feeling I got when I read the first few words of A Discovery of Witches. Then I put it down because I didn’t have time to get lost in a book. It took me a couple days to pick it back up and unfortunately that feeling didn’t stay with me. It’s possible it was just because I couldn’t allow myself to get lost in a book, or I could have just been in a very fanciful mood when I read that first sentence. Oh well, it was still a good read.

It’s a paranormal romance written by someone who reads mainly literature. At least, that’s the feeling I got. That’s not bad at all, it just means less sexiness and more describing old manuscripts, architecture, history, and other things that would normally be glossed over or left to the readers imagination.

Throughout the first half of the book I just wanted to put it down and start researching something. Harkness did a great job describing Diana’s research and while at times it was tedious occasionally crossing over into boring, it made me want to pick a topic and become an expert. I felt a powerful urge to just leave everything and move to a large college and spend time in their library. The fact that my daughter was a little monster the entire time I was reading this might have been a contributing factor to those feelings.

The second half of the book was less enjoyable for me. I felt like the character completely changed. She went from being a loner, incredibly smart, very independent and very stubborn to becoming a damsel in distress. She couldn’t do anything without Matthew. It was almost as bad as Twilight. She left all decision making up to him as though if she didn’t it meant she didn’t trust him which is total bullshit. I felt like Harkness could have used Diana to push vampires out of their comfort zone and make them see that women don’t need to be managed, she has plenty of strong female characters, but everyone in charge is a man. It was disappointing.

I also had issues with pacing throughout. You could go forever with nothing happening at all. I understand that at times Harkness was trying to do a whole calm before the storm or show the characters happy, but it got dull and I just wanted something to happen.

I will read the next in the series, but I’m not in a desperate rush and will just wait for it to become available from the library.

3/5

Caribou’s Gift (Kodiak Point 3.5) By: Eve Langlais

caribous gift

Caribou’s Gift (Kodiak Point 3.5) By: Eve Langlais

Plot:

Damn it, a man had his pride and a caribou a certain majestic presence, all of which could wind up ruined if he abased himself to play a simple-minded reindeer in the town’s Christmas parade. No way was he wearing damned tinsel in his antlers. Like hell was he sporting a red nose and pulling a sleigh. But he changes his mind when he meets the woman in charge of the event. Single mom, Crystal, is doing her best to offer her daughter the best Christmas ever. It’s their first in Kodiak Point, and she’s not about to let some vain jerk ruin it for her little girl. If playing dirty is what it takes…then bring on the Christmas games. As Crystal and Kyle butt heads—and lips—they discover more than goodwill this holiday season. They’re gifted with a second chance at love.

Review:

This was such a cute, sweet story. It was just a novella so the story was fast paced and got right to the point. Kyle fell so fast and hard that I couldn’t help but love him. Crystal was a good single mom and she resisted because of past mistakes but she quickly realized that there was no need with Kyle.

I liked the pacing and that there wasn’t much heming and hawing they both fell quickly and didn’t fight it much.

Gigi was adorable.

There was also a nice little magical Christmas moment that brought the holiday cheer. Love this series.

5/5

The Hot Zone (Rainshadow #3) By: Jayne Castle

Hot zone

The Hot Zone (Rainshadow #3) By: Jayne Castle

Plot:

The world of Harmony has its wonders, one of them being Rainshadow Island. Just beneath its surface, a maze of catacombs hides a dangerous secret…… Halloween—with its tricks and treats—is a dust bunny’s dream come true. Just ask Lyle, Sedona Snow’s faithful sidekick. But for Sedona, it’s a nightmare. Though her new job managing a small hotel and tavern on Rainshadow is helping her move on from her tragic past, a bizarre disaster down in the catacombs has brought a pack of rowdy ghost hunters to her inn. And now, Sedona’s ex has arrived on the island, claiming he wants to get back together, just as a newcomer appears to have a strong interest in her. Cyrus Jones is the new Guild boss in town. He has his own agenda when it comes to Sedona, but even the best-laid plans are no match for the passion that springs up on Rainshadow….
Review:

Reading the series out of order had no negative impact so if that ends up happening with you, don’t worry.

I really don’t know what it is about a scorned family member, but I really love those plots. It’s like, oh you thought it was okay to disown this person for something they had no control over? Well screw you they’re amazing and you missed out on so much because of it! Hahahahahahaha

Anyway, loved that bit of the story, I also enjoyed getting to see another Jones on Harmony. I really like when authors take families and write about them for multiple generations. Jude Deveraux and Nora Roberts do that a lot and I love it.

Sedona was a nice strong woman with a powerful talent and Cyrus was a strong, but not overbearing man, with an equally strong talent. They were made for each other and were a great partnership. I also liked the fact that Sedona worked for the guild and wasn’t in a non-combatant/girly role. She wasn’t a secretary or shopkeeper or scientists. She, at one point, welded a flame thrower. Awesome.

Love the series, can’t wait for more, write faster.

5/5

Siren’s Call (Rainshadow #4) By: Jayne Castle

Sirens Call

Siren’s Call (Rainshadow #4) By: Jayne Castle

Plot:

In the mysterious world of Harmony, there are places filled with unexplored marvels. But Rainshadow Island isn’t about to give up its secrets…

In the alien catacombs of Rainshadow, there are creatures whose compelling songs lure the unwary to their death. That’s why Rafe Coppersmith, hired to clear out the catacombs for exploration, needs a music talent. He’s knows the perfect one, but she probably doesn’t want anything do with him… Ella Morgan had once fallen hard and fast for Rafe, but then he disappeared for months…and he’s not about to tell her why. Ella, too, has secrets that only her dust bunny knows. She’s not just a music talent, she’s a Siren: a paranormal singer capable of singing men to sleep—or to their deaths. But once on Rainshadow, Rafe and Ella will learn that surrendering to passion doesn’t come without risks—and fighting fire with fire only adds to the flame…

Review:

I somehow missed the book before this but one of the great things about a Jayne Castle book is that you can read them out of order. Each book rarely has a huge impact on the overall world and if it does she’s pretty vague about the people involved so you don’t have to worry about spoilers for the most part.

I loved how this book started out and it was pretty much nonstop from the beginning. Lots of kidnapping attempts and chances for Ella to use her siren power. I did think Rafe could have been a bit more romantic but he was very blunt and romance didn’t have much of a play.

I love the Harmony world and the dust bunnies. I do hope that one day we learn more about what happened to the aliens. I look forward to reading more books in this universe.

4/5