Heir of the Dog (A Black Dog Book # 2) by Hailey Edwards

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Heir of the Dog (A Black Dog Book # 2) by Hailey Edwards

**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

5 stars!

Perfect job…CHECK!  Perfect man…well, that one has fallen a little flat for Marshal Thierry Thackeray.  Being the Black Dog’s daughter, as well as half human, it’s left her is a strange place in the relationship department – no one wants their soul sucked out with a simple hand hold after all.  Since Thierry’s perfect man was also her partner, Shaw – her teacher turned partner – she’s been on her own for the past year.  But of course the past can never stay in the past, at least not when you’re in the business of hunting down fae and when Shaw comes back into town, Thierry can feel the heat still burning under the surface for Shaw.  She figures that she can stay professional and act like an adult, and since Shaw seniority within the agency, they are stuck together when a strange case rears its ugly head…or more specifically its big black feathers.  Somehow, a fae from the Faerie has crossed the border between their world and the human world…and not just anyone, but the son of the Morrigan, the Faerie prince of the Unseelie court.

Once again, Thierry’s world is turned on its axis once again – with news that her father has gone missing from Faerie and that the current king has met his end.  And with the Morrigan’s son whom Thierry un-fondly begins calling him “Raven” due to his uncanny connection with the birds showing up again – this time in Thierry’s apartment building as her new upstairs neighbor, Thierry starts feeling like things are going to change…again.  As time is running out now that the King of Faerie is dead and Thierry’s father missing, Faerie is falling apart – and it’s not just a problem for the Faerie world, it could spill over into the human world if a solution is not found.  And when Thierry’s mother is kidnapped, she’ ready to have someone’s head…but before she can act, Raven compels her and takes her into Faerie.  When Thierry arrives in Faerie and learns that only her family line – their blood – can bind the new King of Faerie.  And the simple fact that Thierry is half mortal – so no unending lives for her – causes her to go on an adventure, alongside Raven, to find her father and leave Faerie behind forever.  But what she’s in for might just change her life more than she realizes.

Once again, Thierry is smart, strong, and has so much perseverance.  She is bound and determined to live as normal a life as possible – if you call being a “monster hunter” and being able to take someone’s soul with a simple touch normal…and despite never meeting her father, you can feel the heartache that she feels over growing up with just her mother.  She also feels a lot of guilt and doesn’t want to be a burden to her mother.  Her relationship with Raven (who is later to be discovered to be named Rook) is complicated to say the least.  She doesn’t trust him, but being in a place like Faerie, he’s the only one she feels like she can rely on.  With all the twists and turns, the things that Thierry thinks are her biggest down falls, may just end up being the things that can save her life.

The Decaying Empire (The Vanishing Girl Series Book 2) by Laura Thalassa

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The Decaying Empire (The Vanishing Girl Series Book 2) by Laura Thalassa

**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

4 stars!

For 18 year old Ember Pierce, coming back from the dead is not all it’s cracked up to be…while she’s happy to still be alive, her life is still not her own – a slave to the very people who tried to orchestrate her death in her last mission where she was set up.  For her partner Caden Hawthorne, he’s spent the last 10 months grieving what he thought was Ember’s death – and  bordering on reckless behavior since then.  But when she transports to him one day, his hope in being with her is renewed with a passion.  Being reunited, they realize that their original plan of escaping is their only chance to be together and rid of The Project once and for all.  With betrayal by a team member on their last mission still ever-present in Ember’s mind and Dane Richards still threatening their every move, Caden and Ember make a promise to each other to stay in it for the long haul – to never forget that they are never in it alone.

Reunited once again at the facility, Dane senses Ember’s unease with being back, and instead of placing her and Caden back into the field, they send them to the Montana facility – aka the breeding facility where they send the ex-teleporters with their pairs to create all sorts of new teleporter babies.  But Ember and Caden won’t accept that fate – they want to start a family on their own terms…after they have lived a few years and gotten used to each other first.  They refuse to do it under The Project’s ever watchful eye.  But as usual, Dane Richards and The Project are one step ahead of them…they think if they can get the Pair acclimated quickly to the Montana facility, they will fall into step and follow their “mission”.  Seeing as Ember is still randomly teleporting, even during the day, not just once during her sleep cycle – she’s in constant danger and would endanger Caden if they were to run.  With her still teleporting to Adrian Sumner, the son of the creator of the Project and its technology, she reaches out to him for help.  He reluctantly agrees, but when time runs out and the pair is moved to the Montana baby-facility, Ember is forced to really rely on Adrian – even when Caden expresses his fears that Adrian isn’t a good guy.  But considering the options, Adrian is the better of the two evils Ember and Caden are faced with.  When they finally get the chance to run, they make a resolve to stay by each other’s sides, no matter what – but with the obstacles still popping up at every turn, can they truly trust anyone accept each other?  Will they get the freedom they so adamantly crave worth all the risks – even each other?

I am still amazed at the strength and intelligence that Ember exhibits!  She stays true to herself, and eventually Caden – even when she tries to part ways with him for his own safety.  Her reasons are selfless and right.  While this story had quite a bit more “running” and teleporting, the first book gained a half a star more from me only because I really enjoyed seeing Ember and Caden’s relationship coming together, the slow burn they had for each other.  While it’s still there – without a doubt – they didn’t get much of a chance to really grow as a couple, partly because of Caden thinking Ember is dead and partly due to all the running from the Project.  I still LOVED the story – and cannot wait to see what happens next…serious cliffhanger ending!  Naughty, naughty Ms. Thalassa!

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Double Dare by Rhonda Nelson

Vintage Rhonda Nelson! Though Rhonda is known more recently for her sexy, romantic comedies she began her career writing funny, heart-warming romance for Kensington’s Precious Gems line. The books were only sold in Wal-Mart and spent less than a month on the shelves. Now, thanks to the wonderful world of digital publishing, they’re available again.

Runaway bride Louisa Honeycut is looking for a quick escape when she passes the Double Dare, Inc sign and the slogan “Are you ready for the time of your life?” seems like divine intervention. Sheltered by her overbearing father, Louisa has years of catching up to do and can think of no better person than gorgeous Sam Rawlins to show her. Is she ready for the time of her life? Hell, yes.

Ordinarily unflappable adventure guide Sam Rawlins makes his living showing the wealthy how to have fun, but nothing in his experience could have prepared him for the “adventure” Louisa Honeycut asks for. He might be showing Louisa the time of her life, but the quirky little snack-cake heiress is soon turning Sam’s own life upside down…and perversely, he likes the new vantage point.

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The Girl in the Box Series, Books 1-3: Alone, Untouched and Soulless by Robert J. Crane

This is a collection of the first three titles in The Girl in the Box Series, which are about a teenage girl who develops powers far beyond those of a normal human, and her battles against those who would use her against her will. (Approx. 185,000 words total.)

Books included:

1. Alone

2. Untouched

3. Soulless

Alone

Sienna Nealon was a 17 year-old girl who had been held prisoner in her own house by her mother for twelve years. Then one day her mother vanished, and Sienna woke up to find two strange men in her home. On the run, unsure of who to turn to and discovering she possesses mysterious powers, Sienna finds herself pursued by a shadowy agency known as the Directorate and hunted by a vicious, bloodthirsty psychopath named Wolfe, each of which is determined to capture her for their own purposes…

Untouched

Still haunted by her last encounter with Wolfe and searching for her mother, Sienna Nealon must put aside her personal struggles when a new threat emerges – Aleksandr Gavrikov, a metahuman so powerful, he could destroy entire cities – and he’s focused on bringing the Directorate to its knees.

Soulless

After six months of intense training with the Directorate, Sienna Nealon finds herself on her first assignment – tracking a dangerous meta across the upper midwest. With Scott Byerly and Kat Forrest at her side, she’ll face new enemies and receive help from unlikely allies as she stumbles across the truth behind the shadowy organization known only as Omega.

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Way of the Wolf: Shifter Legacies Book 1 by Mark E. Cooper

One night after a long day at the hospital, Doctor David Lephmann is confronted by the realities of life in Monster Central, when he intervenes in a fight he knows nothing about. Two women are fighting for their lives in the street, and before he can really think about it, he foolishly chooses sides and wades into the battle. One moment he’s restraining a remarkably strong and lithe woman, the next he’s struggling to escape a huge wolf! The shapeshifter savages him, and shatters his new life. Sorely wounded and infected with lycanthropy, he’s thrust into a world of violence and mistrust where the only thing that matters is strength.

Hoping to find the shifter who destroyed his life, he allies himself with a powerful master vampire. He certainly hadn’t been looking for werewolf romance while fighting for his life, but there’s something very intriguing about a certain shifter woman, and fighting isn’t on his mind whenever he sees her beguiling eyes and snarling lips.

With no way back to his old life, he must fight for a place in this new one, but he’s never had to fight for anything in his life. Can he survive the challenge?

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Dog With A Bone (Black Dog Book 1) by Hailey Edwards

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Dog With A Bone (Black Dog Book 1) by Hailey Edwards

**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

5 stars!

The night of Thierry Thackeray’s 13th birthday, she had her 5 best friends over for a fun sleepover…no could have foreseen what would happen that night, or that it’d be the end of those 5 girls’ lives – especially not the shocked Thierry that watched as she sucked the souls out of the girls with merely a simple touch of her left hand and left them lifeless husks on her bedroom floor.  But that’s what happens when your mother unknowingly has a fling with a fae being – you get a half-breed fae child that may or may not get powers similar to their father’s, and certainly won’t know how to use the powers should they manifest.  Forced to move from their hometown of Galveston, Texas to a small town called Wink so Thierry could be protected and taught by the conclave, while Thierry has thrived from all the knowledge, it’s been a difficult road for her mother and their relationship has been strained because of it.  And since she’s never seen her father – let alone met him – she has relied on her instructor and friend, Jackson “Shaw”, a Marshal who is like the police of the fae in the human world.  Being that he’s an incubus, it hasn’t been easy for Thierry to maintain a professional relationship with him through the years without wanting to jump his bones, but through it all they keep their relationship purely professional (with some minor flirting here and there).

So when Thierry passes her rigorous test to become a Marshal herself – under Shaw’s tutelage – she finally starts feeling like she can give back to the world.  Only problem is that it she is once again paired with Shaw, but this time as his partner…and they are having an even harder time keeping their hands to themselves.  Thrust into immediate action on their first case, the pair is tasked with finding out how some major fae breeds – dangerous fae breeds – are making their way into their normally fairly quite territory at a farm of a very human couple.  The more they look into and investigate the two, Thierry and Shaw become convinced there is more at play than a normal looking farmer and his high-society interior decorator wife.  They become convinced that this time, it might just be the fae that needs to be protected from the humans.  The only problems will be proving their absurd claims and making it through their first case without falling into bed together!  When there are fae at play, it’s a guarantee they will never play fair…

When I first started this book, I truly had no preconceived notions about it.  I honestly wasn’t quite sure what it was about – aside from the fact that it was fae related, which is a genre I usually enjoy reading.  But after the first couple of pages, I was seriously hooked and couldn’t get through the book quickly enough – to find out if Thierry ever meets her father, or gets a shot at Shaw, or what crazy thing she’d do next in the name of her job as a marshal.  The chemistry between the smoking hot incubus Shaw and half-human Thierry was immense and all consuming.  Thierry is smart, funny, and loyal – all the makings of a great heroine.  What a great start to a series – what will happen next to the Dog’s daughter…I couldn’t stay away from this series if I tried!

Cover Reveal: Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout!

We are so excited to bring you the Cover Reveal for EVERY LAST BREATH, the hotly anticipated conclusion to the Dark Elements trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout!! EVERY LAST BREATH is a Young Adult Paranormal being published by Harlequin Teen and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s The Dark Elements Series. It is being released on July 28th, 2015. Pre-order EVERY LAST BREATH and then be sure to read the first books in this amazing series before its release!

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EVERY LAST BREATH Synopsis:

Some loves will last ’til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

“Armentrout is a major talent…I just can’t stop reading!”

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter

“Armentrout works her magic with swoon-worthy guys and a twist you never see coming.”

–#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines on White Hot Kiss

And we have a surprise for you! The first books in the series have been given a new look too!!

Don’t miss the previous titles in The Dark Elements Series-now with new covers! Readers interested in downloading the new cover jackets for their previously purchased Dark Elements Series titles, can download them HERE!

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For best results when downloading the new cover jackets:

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WHITE HOT KISS synopsis:

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

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STONE COLD TOUCH Synopsis:

Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

“Constantly entertaining…the narrative sizzles with as much tension as romance.”

Kirkus Reviews on White Hot Kiss

And the Prequel Novella, BITTER SWEET LOVE…

 

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BITTER SWEET LOVE Synopsis:

In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series The Dark Elements, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.

Dez wasn’t just Jasmine’s crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining the balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn’t help that Jas’s father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he’s back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn’t taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…

“With her signature flare for combining humor, romance and action, Armentrout weaves a fast-paced read that will have readers’ hearts racing in more ways than one. Like Armentrout’s previous heroines, Jasmine is fun and full of attitude, while Dez is as snarky as he is sexy. This is a must read for new and old fans alike!” –RT Book Reviews

 

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Jennifer L. Armentrout/J.Lynn Bio:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

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Sea of Stars (The Kricket Series Book 2) by Amy A. Bartol

Sea of Stars (The Kricket Series Book 2) by Amy A. Bartol

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**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

5 HUGE stars!

OMG – Ms. Bartol did it again!  Kricket is back again, coming into her own in Ethar as a priestess of Alameeda.  But she is trying to stay as far away from the Alameeda House as possible.  She has chosen a life in Rafe with her beloved Cavar Trey Allairis, safe in his arms and in the Skye of Rafe floating fortress.  Unfortunately, the Alameeda Brotherhood and Kyon aren’t going to give up so easily…they want Kricket and the Alameeda blood that runs through her veins to be theirs – never mind the fact that she also is half Rafeian and in love with Trey.  For the Ethar, love is earned AFTER they are wed, not before – but seeing as Kricket was raised on earth (not to mention already being in love with Trey), it’s not as easy as simply submitting to authority.

With Kyon hot on their heels, Trey and the Cavar will do anything they need to do to keep Kricket safe and out of the Alameeda’s hands.  But with another foe on the horizon in the form of Giffen, a half Almeeda, half Wurthem who has his own agenda for Kricket’s future.  Around every turn Kricket is met with obstacles, but being alone for so long with her stone heart, she knows what she wants – and Trey is it, in life or death, they want to be together.

I just loved the progression of Trey and Kricket’s relationship throughout the book.  He is such a tough guy, but how he is so tender and caring for her is such a refreshing change to some of the “heros” in books these days.  Their love is epic and gentle – even though they haven’t know each other for very long, his understanding of the scars that Kricket harbors is astounding.  I was excited to read this book, but I will say that I am seriously chomping at the bit to read the final chapter in Kricket’s story – and the cliffhanger ending will leave you completely breathless and begging for more.  Bravo Ms. Bartol…Bravo!

The Vanishing Girl (Book 1) by Laura Thalassa

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The Vanishing Girl (Book 1) by Laura Thalassa

**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

4 ½ stars!

18 year old Ember Pierce is just a normal high school senior; trying to figure out her plans for college…exempt she has a secret that no one knows.  Every time she falls asleep, she teleports somewhere for 10 minutes – she interacts with her surroundings, people see her, and then she ends back where ever she started…stark naked.  It’s been an inconvenience for the last 5 years, but she’s worked around it – careful to never fall asleep in front of her parents or go to sleepovers – but when strange markings appear on her back, she decides to cover them up with a tattoo of angel wings.  That night, Ember encounters a man named Adrian Sumner, as well as a note in her handbag telling her Adrian needs to die.  No reason or explanation, just a note and a note…normally she teleports wherever her mind is wandering when she falls asleep – her crushes bedroom, the mall, or a deceased relatives house – she’s never had a purpose before in her teleportation.  But then, “they” come for her – the government…her parent’s had trouble conceiving, so when the government sponsored a fertility program with the condition they child enlist in the military for a minimum of two years, Ember the miracle baby was conceived and born.  So Ember is packed up the same day and shipped to a facility to begin her training – except she doesn’t want to go willingly, so she runs…only to be stopped by a handsome young man Caden Hawthorne, her apparent pair.

Once at the “facility”, Ember is put right to work alongside her pair Caden.  They continue to infuriate each other, but they also start to like each other and enjoy each other’s company.  She comes to know the name of the program she’s been recruited into (kidnapped into) is called the Prometheus Project and it is indeed still run by the government and a man named Dane Richards.  They rigorously train in order to “protect” their country during their nocturnal teleportation’s, but soon Ember begins to find out that the program is just a fancy way for the government to spy, get classified information, and even end lives – sometimes the teleporters lives become endangered.  She also continues to have occasional visits to Adrian and she starts to understand who and what – the truth – behind what the government is really up to.  As plots her escape, her relationship with Caden also gets more personal, and they decide to leave together.  But the Project is already a step ahead of them, and has plans for Ember…will she and Caden survive their latest mission to attempt an escape?

I was immediately drawn to this book – the premise was very interesting, so that combined with the feisty Ember and a great book was indeed born!  Ember is strong, smart, and lively.  Caden is intrigued by her from the moment he meets her – he recognizes that spark of life in her that he can’t wait to explore, and that he loves to tease.  He knows just how to push every button Ember has…naughty and not!  I loved how their relationship progresses throughout the story – but not just because they are forced together as a “pair”, but their similarities bring them together, even through the harsh life they have been brought into.  There was great conflict, great villains, and a great plot – while I was able to guess at what would happen next in a lot of the story, I still enjoyed the story and the great cliffhanger ending!

Friday FREE-day – March 27th! Kindle books on Amazon!

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Chosen (The Chosen Series, #1) by Denise Grover Swank

Everything Emma Thompson owns fits in a suitcase she moves from one roach infested motel to another. She and Jake, her five year old son who can see the future, are running from the men intent on taking him. Emma will do anything to protect him even when it means accepting the help of a stranger named Will. Jake insists she needs Will, but Emma’s never needed help before. And even though she’s learned to trust her son, it doesn’t mean she trusts Will.

Mercenary Will Davenport lives in the moment. Hauling Emma to South Dakota should have been an easy job, but his employer neglected to tell him about Emma’s freaky son and the gunmen hot on her trail. Instinct tells him this job is trouble, but nothing can prepare him for Jake’s proclamation that Will is The Chosen One, who must protect Emma from the men hunting her power. A power she doesn’t know she has.

Will protects Emma and Jake on a cross-country chase from the men pursuing them, while struggling with memories from his past, his apprehension of Jake, and his growing attraction to Emma. Will’s overwhelming urge to protect Emma surprises him, especially since it has nothing to do with his paycheck and possibly everything to do with the tattoo Jake branded on his arm. Rich and powerful men are desperate to capture Emma, and Will must discover why before it’s too late.

The Chosen Series
Chosen #1
Hunted #2
Sacrifice #3
Redemption #4

The Chosen Short Stories
Emergence #1 — Emma’s story
Middle Ground #2– Will’s story
Homecoming #3– Will’s return from Iraq

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Runes (Runes series Book 1) by Ednah Walters

Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her.

Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can’t stop thinking about him.  Half the time, she’s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run.

Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about him. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only is she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.

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The Rest Falls Away (The Gardella Vampire Hunters: Victoria Book 1) by Colleen Gleason

Vampires have always lived among them, quietly attacking unsuspecting debutantes and dandified lords as well as hackney drivers and Bond Street milliners. If not for the vampire slayers of the Gardella family, these immortal creatures would have long ago taken control of the world.

In every generation, a Gardella is called to accept the family legacy, and this time, Victoria Gardella Grantworth is chosen, on the eve of her debut, to carry the stake. But as she moves between the crush of ballrooms and dangerous moonlit streets, Victoria’s heart is torn between London’s most eligible bachelor, the Marquess of Rockley, and her dark, dangerous duty.

And when she comes face-to-face with the most powerful vampire in history, Victoria must ultimately make a choice between duty and love.

This is a five-book series about Victoria Gardella, Vampire Hunter. The series should be read in order to avoid spoilers. The series is:
The Rest Falls Away
Rises the Night
The Bleeding Dusk
When Twilight Burns
As Shadows Fade

All five books are now available.

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Treasure Darkly (Book One of Treasure Chronicles) by Jordan Elizabeth

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Treasure Darkly (Book One of Treasure Chronicles) by Jordan Elizabeth

**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

3 ½ stars!

Growing up with no father around and with a mother that is a Tarnished Silver, a prostitute in a small mining town called Tangled Wire, Clark Treasure does what he needs to get by – even if that means stealing from his mom’s clients now and then. But when he comes across a vial of what he believes to be Absinthe and he drinks it – he changes his future forever. Next thing he knows, his mom is killed, he figures out he can now raise the dead (or kill) with a simple touch, and the army is now looking for him like he’s enemy #1 as the substance he ingested was actually a serum the army owned to create the perfect soldier that could do just as Clark figured out he could do. On the run for his life, Clark turns to the only people he can think of – the Treasure family, to his father who spent a night with his mother 19 years prior, was unfaithful to his wife, and got Clark’s mom pregnant.

The family accepts him, given the letter and photo Clark has regarding his parentage – both Garth and Georgette Treasure give him a home along with their other children Jeremiah, Zachary, and Amethyst. No one knows the secret that Clark is keeping, that with a touch he can either bring or take life from someone. Clark sets out to get to know his family – however reluctant the boys are – his wild-spirited sister Amethyst makes up for it by trying to learn as much as she can about him…which includes following him around as she is extremely intrigued by him. But Clark has discovered another “power” from the substance he drank two years earlier – he can sometimes see spirits, and when Amethyst is kidnapped by a strange aircraft, it is Clark to her rescue, but not before a spirit tells Clark what the craft is. He feels this must just be a coincidence and is focused on helping to rescue his sister, but when Clark later finds out that the spirit is really his deceased father – an inventor named Eric Grisham, Clark is mystified that his attraction to his “sister” isn’t something to be ashamed of. Upon saving Amethyst from the evil land owner, the Horen family, Clark’s father explains that he wants Clark to liberate the inventions that are in the Horen’s possession that were stolen upon his murder by the family and are rightfully Clark’s. But on a fateful day, Amethyst is once again the victim of the Horen family – this time with a bullet to the heart. Clark restores her and is forced to trust her with his secrets. And when the two fall for each other, they are forced to keep their love a secret or be obligated to expose all they have learned.

This was my first steampunk novel and I really enjoyed how all of the inventions were described and created, all without having indoor plumbing in most homes. Clark was a strong and noble character, who has only ever wanted a family to call his own. Amethyst is wild and stong-willed – she is a perfect complement to Clark as she brings fun and excitement to his life. The rest of the Treasure family is the perfect balance of sophistication and grace in their accepting of Clark and everything he encompasses. My sole complaint was the format – there were multiple POV’s, and there was never a really clear change, other than a little marker between paragraphs. You had to be reading for a while to figure out whose prospective you were listening to, which it would have been nice to have made the separation and POV a little clearer. This was an enjoyable story that left readers on the edge of their seats with a cliff-hanger ending, and I am looking forward to seeing what else is in store for the Treasure/ Grisham family.

The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose

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The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose

**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

4 ½ stars!

In this haunting and beautiful story about an oppressed house wife, Sandrine (Asch) Verlaine, begins with Sandrine running to her Grandmother in Paris, France in the year 1894.  Her father has recently died, and left her with a ruthless, uncaring husband who sees her more as his property than his wife.  When she leaves, she does so without her husband really knowing who or where she ran to, as she wants to flee as far from him and his secrets as possible.  But she unknowingly runs straight into some family secrets of her own.

Her Grand-mere, Eva Verlaine, is a courtesan who has served the gentleman of Paris of some time.  Upon her arrival, her Grandmother insists it unsafe for her to be there, but Sandrine seeks the safety that family brings and cannot be dissuaded to return home.  During her time in Paris, Sandrine is heartbroken to know that her Grandmother has moved from her home – Maison de la Lune – to do some renovations.  She has hired a gifted architect named Julien Duplessi to complete the repairs, and without her knowledge, Sandrine and Julien strike up a friendship that consists of discussing art and going to museums together.  But when Sandrine finds a mysterious ruby necklace, their relationship takes a turns and becomes something much more – an experience so seductive and sensual, Sandrine wants more…but so does La Lune, the sixteen century witch that has possessed Sandrine through the ruby necklace.  Sandrine even goes as far as to disguise herself as a man to get into a famous art school so she can perfect the gifts that her and La Lune share.  But what happens could be catastrophic for the unknowing Sandrine – once she surpasses a certain point with La Lune, will there be any chance for her to go back?

This story was so descriptive and rich that I almost felt like I could see some of the paintings, or the way Julien looks at Sandrine.  It was so sensual – the artwork, the relationship, and the story.  The way Sandrine’s experiences were described made me feel like all I had to do was close my eyes and I could be transported into her world – where the lines between right and wrong as easily skewed, and between love and lust were blended into a beautiful and dangerous master piece that became the life that Sandrine never knew possible.