Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Review: Raging Rival Hearts by Olivia Wildenstein

Title: Raging Rival Hearts
Author: Olivia Wildenstein
Genre/Age: Paranormal Romance/NA
Series: The Lost Clan (Book Four)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Author
Rating: ✺✺✺
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SynopsisRaging Rival Hearts is a spinoff told from Lily's point of view.

I WAS A PRINCESS. I WAS ENGAGED. I WAS ALMOST IMMORTAL. 

Breaking my engagement to the man I had loved my entire life was a dangerous move, one that got me expelled from the faerie isle. I’d known the risks, though. I’d known that if Cruz, Cat or my brother didn’t find a way to get me home, the fire in my veins would dwindle until it was gone, and with it my life.

Months slid by, and still nothing. With mere weeks left to live, I set out on a last adventure: discover if more Daneelies had survived the massacre, the same way Catori’s ancestor had. Although I’d decided to go alone, Kajika insisted on accompanying me. 

I wanted to believe he was coming because he liked me. But I was still the enemy…the mute girl whom he could hear speak when no one else could…the one person who could track him when he didn’t want to be found. 

Perfect for fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Vampire Diaries.


**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

A faerie princess finds love in the most unexpected of places...

Lily may be a celebrity, but she's certainly not normal. She's a mute faerie who is locked out of her mystical world, stuck in the human realm with only weeks to live. And the only person who may understand her is the man reading her thoughts. Literally. A faerie hunter who is a natural rival and doesn't seem to like her. But with her end nearing, she takes matters into her own weakening hands. If she can't save the people she loves, she'll die trying. Or maybe she will find a new reason to live.

Even though I loved the third book of the series, this one is likely my favorite. I have had a love and hate relationship with Kajika for the entire series and didn't like him for Cat. But I did enjoy seeing him paired with Lily. I have to say, it was a pairing I did not foresee, in any way. When Lily marked him--and I'm still not sure I entirely understand why she did--I realized that their coupling made a lot of sense. So I was 100% on board when I started the book.

And it was a nice surprise. From the beginning, it had a different feel to it than the previous books, as told by Cat's point-of-view. I found Lily's mind to be lighter and more carefree than Cat's, so seeing into her head was a more pleasant read. Also, the story itself was filled with twists and turns to keep me guessing, but it did not have the same amount of emotional turmoil that Cat's books did. There were some darker moments, for sure, yet the whole book just felt easier to follow.

As for the romance between the pair, it was a slow burn that I thoroughly enjoyed. Their road trip together gave them time to bond and it was cute to watch. I was a little disappointed not to get at least one good love scene between the pair, as we got with Cat and Ace. The moment happened, but we just didn't get to see it. And since this book, like the others, were more New Adult, I was hoping to see the romance kicked up a notch. However, it's fairly clean, for those who don't mind a lack of naughty time.

In closing...
I'm curious as to what the final book of the series will be about and if we'll get to check in with our previous couples along the way. Five suns!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Book Blitz: The Baby Plan by Joan Carney


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The itch of ‘baby lust’ has prickled just under the surface of Tessa’s skin since she turned thirty. Five years have passed since her thirtieth birthday, and her obsessive nature has stoked the minor irritation into a full-blown fertility frenzy. 
She’s given up waiting for the right man to put a ring on her finger and, instead, decides to actively seek out a man with the right genes who will give her the child she wants with no further involvement. 
Love wasn’t in the plan, but Karma had other ideas.





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“I’m going to have a baby.” Spoken out loud for the first time, those words sent a rush of adrenaline through her veins. Warmth swelled from her heart as the vision that had taken center stage in her dreams for the last five years, captured the spotlight in her mind’s eye. Her arms circled her own body, aching to cradle that bundle of cooing softness.

Owen’s fork remained suspended in mid-air inches from his open mouth, his face frozen and pale blue eyes wide and staring. It took a moment for him to regain his composure enough to speak.

“You’re what? Are you sure?” He shook his head, put his fork down and rested his back against the seat. Tessa was sure the incoherent mumbles that followed were a litany of swear words, but she stayed calm.

His gaze scoured the ceiling as his voice groped for a public-appropriate response. “How did this happen, Tess? You, of all people. I can’t believe you’d let yourself get into this predicament. You never told me you were seeing anyone. Who is he? Does he know? Are you in love with him?”

Tessa shook her head to focus as much as to explain. “No, no I’m not pregnant now. I mean I plan to get pregnant.”

Her breath stilled then released as the panicked expression on Owen’s face softened to one of mere annoyance. But she wasn’t out of the woods yet. She’d only started to lay out her plan. Stalling for time, Tessa pushed the chopped antipasto salad around the plate with her fork.

“I’ve been thinking about this for a long time, Owen, and I’ve made up my mind. You only need you to back me up when it comes time to tell Mom.”



About the Author:
A transplant from the concrete sidewalks of New York City to the sunny beaches of Southern California, Ms. Carney enjoys writing stories about women who are strong—whether by nature or circumstance—and the men who love and respect them for who they are. Things that make her happy are rainy days (too much sun is a bore), writing the perfect first line, family get-togethers, reading books that grab her heart, and finding new connections in her genealogy research. Bold coffee and dark chocolate fuel the artistic fire inspired by her family, friends, and psycho, lizard hunting cat.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Book Blitz: A Reason to Stay by Linda Charles


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Rachael, a successful lawyer in Sydney, returns to her foster family and the only place that ever felt like home: Mindalby, to help with the failing family business, the town’s bakery. With the cotton gin’s closure, all businesses are struggling, and it looks like the only option is to close up the bakery and hope to sell. But when Rachael returns, she realises that her skills give her other options: refreshing and revitalising the bakery and a chance to rekindle her love of baking.

Irishman, Mike O’Malley is a staying kind of man, looking to settle down in Mindalby with a woman who loves the wild country and wants to get involved in the community. Rachael is not that girl, but the attraction is hard to deny. Determined to show Rachael that Mindalby can be a home, he draws her out into the community and deeper into his life. But when it comes time to make a decision, can he trust Rachael to risk her heart?


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‘Sorry,’ she said. ‘I don’t play ball.’

He hugged the ball close to his chest. He understood that. None of his sisters were into sport either. But, he loved his sports; it was a major part of his life.

‘What do you play then? I’m up for anything.’

She rubbed her hands against the afternoon chill, as her clear blue eyes met his. His heart hammered. They were the prettiest eyes he’d ever seen, and if he wasn’t careful his concentration would take a serious hit, and he’d sound like some daft prick.

‘I’m not very sporty. How did they go?’

Mike shook his head. ‘Another loss,’ he all but whispered.

She gave him a soft smile. ‘Oh, that happens. Are you having a reconnoitre with them?’

His lips quivered, but he couldn’t hold back. He let out a belly laugh.

She’s gorgeous. A one-off.


About the Author:
Linda Charles is a contemporary romance writer who lives in Newcastle in the Hunter Valley, NSW. She was born and raised in Sydney where she studied and taught drama for many years. She loves to read, travel and enjoys a good conversation. Following a move to the Hunter Valley she started to write her own stories. Linda is a member of the Hunter Romance Writers, Romance Writers of Australia, and Romance Writers of America.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Review: Rising Silver Mist by Olivia Wildenstein

Title: Rising Silver Mist
Author: Olivia Wildenstein
Genre/Age: Paranormal Romance/YA
Series: The Lost Clan (Book Three)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Author
Rating: ✺✺✺✺.5
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SynopsisTHERE WERE THREE THINGS I WAS CERTAIN ABOUT.

First, I would never kill another person. But when a family friend murdered my father, I destroyed her with a power I didn't even know I possessed.

Second, I would never strike another bargain. But faeries could bring the dead back, so when Cruz offered to revive my father, I accepted. 

Third, I would never marry an enemy, but every bargain comes at a price. The price of mine: I had to marry Cruz and move to the faerie isle.

For the first time in my life, I wondered if death wouldn't be a kinder end.

Fans of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES will adore Wildenstein's LOST CLAN series.


**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Catori is growing tired of the push-and-pull game everyone in her life seems to play with her. The hunters want her to help them extinguish the faeries and the faeries aren't sure what to do with her. There are rules in the human world and a completely different set of rules in the land of the faeries. Cat isn't sure who to believe and which side to turn to.

Then the choice is taken away from her when she is forced to bargain with a faerie who may be an enemy. This leads to an engagement with a guy who already played her for a fool once. And it eliminates any chance she had of a life with the one man she does love. But her impending marriage is only one part of a larger plan to change the future of both the hunters and the faeries. If only Cat knew what the plan was and who to trust.

This was quite the conclusion. I have to say that I have grown to love and hate several characters throughout the course of the series. I didn't love our heroine, Cat, in the beginning, but she came to grow on me. I initially liked Cruz and Kajika, but began to dislike both at times. And I wasn't sure about Ace at first, then he quickly became my favorite character. So a lot obviously happened throughout the series, which lead to each character morphing in different ways.

It was a series full of twists and turns and not really a moment of silence or peace. This book was no exception to the rule of constant chaos. It kept me turning the pages, even when I didn't like what was happening in the story. The need to know how it would end was enough motivation to keep going at times when I seriously questioned our heroine's sanity.

But there is an oddly sweet love story to be found here. Beneath the stream of lies and backstabbing, we see our couple's true feelings begin to emerge. It wasn't the easiest path to happily ever after, but it was an interesting one. I can honestly say that I didn't see the second half of the book coming. I was sucked into the story and it didn't let me go until the very end. That's good storytelling. There was even a brief bedroom scene, which pleased my romantic side.

Something I don't typically do, but will in this case, is recommend this series be read not only in order but also consecutively. There are a lot of words and phrases used that are in different languages, those of the Gottwa and also the faeries. Not to mention the many characters seen throughout the series, most with abnormal names so it's harder to keep them straight. Taking an extended break between books can make it hard to pick up the story with so many odd words. And since the entire series is now available, there is no reason not to read them at once.

In closing...
A fun read if you enjoy paranormal romances for young adults. 4.5 suns!

Book Blast: Soft Iron by Megan Slayer


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Bia is the goddess of strength and compulsion, but those traits have her trapped in iron. A simple kiss could break the curse, but who wants to kiss a statue? Especially a statue of a woman stabbing a man in the heart? She knows better than to hope her celestial mate will find her, but what if her hopes are justified?

Oliver, a very quiet, geeky guy, knows his way around fabric and fashion. He excels at his job of dressing mannequins for storefronts, but he's lonely. When he sees the statue of Bia, he's smitten. She's everything—strong, confident and sexy—everything he wishes to be. What will happen if the shy man overcomes his fears and gives in to his heart's desire? He just might be able to harness the power of the goddess.



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“How did this happen? I’m free.” She kept her knees together and folded her hands on her lap, bunching the fabric to hide her nudity. “The curse? What happened?”

“I’d say you found the person who could be your celestial mate—the one you’re meant to be with forever,” Zelus said. The door opened. Kratos, Andy, and Cam entered the room. Kratos’s eyes widened. “This is a great day. Now we’re only missing Nike.”

“We’ll find her,” Andy said. He slid an arm around Kratos. “We will.”

“How do you feel?” Kratos knelt beside Bia. “How were you freed?”

“I was getting to that,” Zelus said. He rolled his eyes. Beside him, Camden shrugged.

“Oliver. The lovely human.” She bit back a smile. “He was kind to me. He kissed me.”

“He was?” Kratos shared a glance with Zelus. “Oliver. We had a feeling.” He nodded. “Since Oliver has lifted the curse, there is a chance you two are celestial mates.”

“Zelus said that,” Bia said.

“But this transformation is temporary. The hard part is next.” Zelus folded his arms. “You have to convince Oliver to fall in love with you.”

“I don’t know,” Andy said. “It shouldn’t be too hard. He seemed pretty enamored with her when we showed Bia as a statue.”

Bia clasped her hands together and smiled. When she looked at Oliver, even as a memory, she warmed all over. The rage she’d been known for—the reason for her being imprisoned in the iron— melted away when she thought about him.

“Andy, he was doing his job.” Kratos stood. He sighed and tilted his head to the side. “He’s here to dress her. Or he was. He talks to the statues. Maybe he is her celestial mate, but what if he was just being nice?”

Bia clutched the fabric tight to her body and jumped to her feet. “Then why not let him decide?” She stepped up to her brother. She’d suppress her natural urge to use her might against him, but she wasn’t above using force if the need arose. “The curse was broken— for however long, I don’t know—but it was broken. By him.”


About the Author:
Megan Slayer, aka Wendi Zwaduk, is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009. Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to LGBTQ and BDSM themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been the runner up in the Kink Category at Love Romances Café as well as nominated at the LRC for best author, best contemporary, best ménage and best anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on Amazon.com.

When she’s not writing, Megan spends time with her husband and son as well as three dogs and three cats. She enjoys art, music and racing, but football is her sport of choice.

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Review: The Vixen by Christi Caldwell

Title: The Vixen
Author: Christi Caldwell
Genre/Age: Historical Romance/Adult
Series: Wicked Wallflowers (Book Two)
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Format: ebook via NetGalley
Rating: ✺✺✺
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SynopsisUSA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell pits a fiercely independent beauty against a devilish investigator.

Set apart by her ethereal beauty and fearless demeanor, Ophelia Killoran has always been a mystery to those around her—and a woman they underestimated. No one would guess that she spends her nights protecting the street urchins of St. Giles. Ophelia knows what horrors these children face. As a young girl, she faced those horrors herself, and she would have died…if not for the orphan boy who saved her life.

A notorious investigator, Connor Steele never expected to encounter Ophelia Killoran on his latest case. It has been years since he sacrificed himself for her. Now, she hires orphans from the street to work in her brother's gaming hell. But where does she find the children…and what are her intentions?

Ophelia and Connor are at odds. After all, Connor now serves the nobility, and that is a class of people Ophelia knows firsthand not to trust. But if they can set aside their misgivings and work together, they may discover that their purposes—and their hearts—are perfectly aligned.


**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

When everyone you know may be your enemy...

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Ophelia hates the snobby elite society. And she has every reason to, after her dealings with the arrogant men who took advantage of her in the past. Yet, she has found herself thrust into their world as her brother expects her to make a match with a wealthy and influential gentleman. However, Ophelia finds herself drawn to someone considered much worse... and investigator.

Connor may have been adopted by a titled man, but he was once a boy in the streets. So it's easier for him to connect with Ophelia and their shared history. Unfortunately, no one else in their lives is happy about their budding relationship. And people on both sides are willing to do terrible things to keep the couple apart. Their path to happiness is riddled with secrets, lies, and possibly the hangman's noose.

I have to say, I was lukewarm toward Connor for the first half of the book. He wasn't standing out very much to me and I'm not entirely sure why. He seems like a nice guy, passionate about his intentions to help the unfortunate. And he had good chemistry with our heroine. But he was still sort of 'meh' until the last quarter of the book. This was looking to be more of a 4-star book for a while.

But when the big twist happens and our hero is forced to stand up to his father and the other lords, I was pleasantly surprised to see this mild-tempered gentleman lose his cool and turn into a total bada$$. I literally cheered aloud, and my opinion of Connor skyrocketed. He earned that last star from me.

Our heroine was similar to Cleo from the first book of this series, in that she hated the circumstances she found herself in. I think that I preferred Cleo's story in some ways and Ophelia's in others. Both women were feisty and outspoken. Ophelia's history was much more painful and sometimes that was hard to read, but that made it easier to sympathize with her. The last part of the book was suspenseful and emotional. I finished the story with a smile, which is always good.

In closing...
With the way this book ended, I'm not sure if the third sister will get a chance to make a match. But I'm curious to see where the series goes from here. Five suns!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Review: Friends with Benefits by Hazel Kelly

Title: Friends with Benefits
Author: Hazel Kelly
Genre/Age: Contemporary Romance/NA
Series: Beta Brothers (Book Two)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Author
Rating: ✺✺✺
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SynopsisWe were only supposed to be friends with benefits. 

We even made rules. 

So things wouldn't get complicated. 

So no one would get hurt. 

But somewhere along the way, feelings got involved... 

I should've known better, but he got me. Had me. 

Besides, I always was lousy at relationships. 

I just never cared before. 

Not until him, anyway. 

Not until Carter. 

**This is a full-length, standalone romance novel with no cliffhanger, no cheating, and a satisfying HEA. 

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

I love a book that leaves me smiling!

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Nina doesn't do relationships anymore. Not since the last three guys she dated all cheated on her and left her with a broken heart. But now she's lonely and hoping to find a 'friends with benefits' situation to warm the cold nights and leave her heart whole. Unfortunately, she may have chosen the only guy on campus who doesn't want to settle for just sex. Carter may have thought their one time fling would be enough, but he soon realizes he can't just be friends with Nina. And he really wants the benefits. But permanently.

This is the second book of a new series and it's vastly different from the first. In the previous book, we met Logan and Zoey, whose relationship was mostly a forbidden one. There was a lot of angst there and the romance was slow to burn. Here, it's almost the complete opposite tone of story. The sexy time starts early and the fire burns heavy throughout the entire book. I can't say which I prefer because both methods of storytelling appeal to me.

As for the characters, I may have enjoyed this couple a bit more, simply because of their humor. I don't mind a book with more intense emotion, such as book #1 in the series. However, this one had a tad lighter feel to it. The interesting thing to me was that the 'rules' of the relationship were given by the heroine and not the hero. It was the girl who shied away from a serious relationship in this book, which I have to say is pretty rare to find. It's usually the other way around, so that was a nice change of pace.

And we do get to see the prior couple in this book too. So if you're curious as to how Logan and Zoey are faring, they are shown several times in the story. The conflict was understandable, even though I did want to strangle the hero when it happened. I know why he did what he did, but I still wanted to choke him out. The problem Carter has with his overbearing father isn't really explored much in the book, which I sort of wanted to see resolved. But the ending was sweet and left me grinning. That's proof of a good book for me.

In closing...
Orange Reeses--read this book! Five suns and I can't wait for the next one!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Hurricane

We are under a mandatory evacuation for Hurricane Florence. I may be unable to post for the remainder of the week, depending on our location and internet access. Thank you for your understanding during this time.

~Dawn

Review: Darak by Cara Bristol

Title: Darak
Author: Cara Bristol
Genre/Age: Sci-Fi Romance/Adult
Series: Dakonian Alien Mail Order Brides
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Author
Rating: ✺✺✺
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SynopsisRevenge is best served sweet with a hot, horned alien 

Free-spirited pastry chef Lexi Sutterman has discovered that true love is pie in the sky. The only thing more difficult than finding an Earth man willing to commit is pleasing her wealthy, hypercritical family who view her as a failure. So she’s given up on both, focusing her energy on her new bakery. Now that her uber successful little sister manages to nab a well-heeled fiancé, Lexi fights back by joining the Intergalactic Dating Agency. She plans to bring a huge, purple, tentacled alien as her plus-one to the wedding. 

Darak of planet Dakon isn't purple or tentacled—he’s just seven feet of horned alien hotness. To get a woman on his world, a guy has to literally win the lottery. Tired of waiting for the Fates to send him a female, he joins the dating service to meet a nice Earth girl to call his own. He recognizes Lexi as his true mate, but realizes convincing her they’re meant to be together forever and not just a weekend will be no cake walk. 

But when a sweet-tart pastry chef and a horned alien hottie fall in love, everyone might get their just desserts… 

* * * * 
DARAK: Dakonian Alien Mail Order Brides is a new science fiction romance series and a spin-off from the author’s Alien Mate series. In the Alien Mate books, Earth women travel to planet Dakon to become the mail order brides of aliens. 
In the Dakonian Alien Mail Order Brides series, the aliens get tired of waiting for their ship bringing women to come in, so they join the Intergalactic Dating Agency and go to Earth.


**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Find an alien date to shock your snooty parents? Check. Fall in love with said alien? Wait, what?

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When Lexi came up with a scheme to annoy her up-tight mother, she had no idea what she was really getting into. Because the alien she was matched with isn't like a human man. Darak recognizes her as his mate and he isn't looking for a fun fling. He's playing for keeps. But even if Lexi does decide to take their relationship seriously, their future depends on whether they can survive being an odd couple in a judgmental family.

This was a short and pleasant read. I loved both characters, immediately. I also appreciated the fact that Lexi took Darak's feelings into consideration when she realized how serious he was about finding his mate. This made me respect her more. And it was nice to see the alien react to the human world, since we've gotten to see the opposite in the other series. The romance was sweet with a dash of spice and there was a bit of suspense tossed in too.

In closing...
I can't wait to see how the next alien finds his mate. Five suns!

Review: Werewolves Only by Carrie Pulkinen

Title: Werewolves Only
Author: Carrie Pulkinen
Genre/Age: Paranormal Romance/Adult
Series: Crescent City Wolf Pack (Book One)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via The Romance Reviews
Rating: ✺✺✺
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SynopsisWhen the alpha's love for his fated mate is forbidden, he'll risk everything to hold her. 

Detective Macey Carpenter has been on the trail of a vicious attacker for weeks, with nothing more than a vague description of a red-eyed man to go on. She has no clue she’s hunting demons, and if the evidence doesn’t stop disappearing, she’ll never solve the case.

Before Luke Mason becomes alpha of the Crescent City Wolf Pack, he has to end the French Quarter’s demon infestation and keep the police from discovering the truth. But when he falls head over tail for the feisty detective investigating the crimes, supernatural secrets aren’t the only things at stake.

Luke has to mate with another werewolf or he’ll sacrifice his position as alpha. But as heat builds between the pair, he discovers Macey has a few secrets of her own. She may hold the key to ridding New Orleans of its demons, but his feelings for her could tear the pack apart.


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**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Macey fell for... the leader of the pack...

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When Macey's current case leads her to a handsome and mysterious man, she isn't sure if she should follow her heart or her head. Luke seems to live a complicated life and Macey has her own hands full with her detective work. To make matters worse, she is starting to wonder if her mystical gift isn't the only supernatural occurrence happening in the city. But does she really believe that werewolves are real? Or demons?

Luke knows werewolves are real because he is one. And he knows this pull he feels to Macey is because she's supposed to be his mate. It's unfortunate that he can't be with her due to the rule that alphas can only mate with other werewolves. While he tries to figure out how to handle his growing affection for the feisty human detective that he can't have, he has to deal with the multiplying demons threatening the city. And time is running out.

This is the first book of the series and we're immediately tossed into the middle of an ongoing investigation into rapes of women by demons. The bad guys are pretty vicious, though we don't see a lot of the graphic details, at least until the brief action sequence near the end. There isn't a lot of gore, but the tone of the story was sort of dark, so don't expect a light and fluffy paranormal romance. This has more grit than that.

I think the one thing that I didn't love about the story was how stubborn and overly-feminist the heroine was. I can handle a strong woman, but it seemed like Macey tried a little too hard to be independent. I was in the military, so I understand that it's hard to be a woman in a mostly male profession. However, she insinuated early in the story that there is something wrong with a woman choosing to take care of the home and family, instead of working. There isn't.

But that was really my only complaint and it's not a very big one. Macey's stubbornness does get in the way of her happy ending a few times, but that's only one of the conflicts in the story. There is also an ambitious pack member who wants to take Luke's job as alpha. And you can't forget about the fact that Luke can't even mate with a human to begin with. Oh, and there might be a demon running around and raping women to impregnate them with demon babies. So yeah, there's a lot going on here.

The pacing is steady and the story never lulled for me. It did take me a while to read it, but only because work and family obligations always seemed to get in the way. Yet, it was easy enough to pick up and continue, no matter where I had left off. I'm curious to see who in the pack will find their mate next and whether a certain rogue werewolf will end up joining the pack. I liked her character quite a bit.

In closing...
A paranormal romance with demons, witches, werewolves, and more. Four suns!



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