Summoned to Thirteenth Grave Blog Tour

Official Blog Tour Stop


Welcome to Read What I Like’s stop on the blog tour for Summoned to Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones!  I’m so excited to be participating in the buzz surrounding the release of the last book in the Charley Davidson series!  I have a long, but fun post planned for you all, it will be broken down into several sections starting with book and author info followed by a joint review of the first and last book in the series.  Up next is some fun facts about the series provided by Ms. Jones herself and last but certainly not least a link to a giveaway where you can win the complete series!!!


Book Info

Book Genre:  Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: #13 Charley Davidson Series

Released: 1/15/2019 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages:312   Price: $27.99 Hardcover

Links:  GoodreadsBuy the BookSMP Romance TwitterSMP Romance Website

 

 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the final installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series! 
Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plane for eternity—which is exactly the amount of time it takes to make a person stark, raving mad. But someone’s looking out for her, and she’s allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently, it is. Bummer.  She’s missed her daughter. She’s missed Reyes. She’s missed Cookie and Garrett and Uncle Bob. Now that she’s back on earth, it’s time to put to rest burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine for a broken heart? It all comes to a head in an epic showdown between good and evil in this final smart and hilarious novel.

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author DARYNDA JONES won a Golden Heart and a RITA for her manuscript First Grave on the Right. A born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

Darynda’s Social Links:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Pinterest


First Grave on the Right &

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave Joint Review

When they asked me to be a part of the blog tour the publishers asked that participants review their favorite book in the series along with the last book.  Many of my followers might know that I already reread the entire series this year in preparation for this release so I wasn’t sure which book I wanted to read again.  I settled on the first book which I actually read after finishing the thirteenth.  I wanted to absorb the end before going back to the beginning with fresh eyes to see if my opinion of it change or what clues I might have missed now knowing how everything plays out.  If you are looking for clues as to what happens in the last book I’m sorry but this review is going to be a disappointment for you.  I do not want to spoil one second of your enjoyment of the last book.  Believe me, this hurts me as much as you as I am dying to talk to someone about what all went down in the last book! I will probably post a spoiler review on the blog after the book releases in January so keep an eye out for that.

When I think about the two books that start and finish this amazing series I am delighted to see how much of what I loved about that first book carries through until the last book.  The humor and camaraderie between the characters that is the backbone to this series stick with it until the end.  As does the more somber moments that leave me in tears weeping over my nook and reaching for tissues.  This series would take us on a rollercoaster ride in each book and leave us clamoring for more.  Which makes me so sad to know that Summoned to Thirteenth Grave is the last ride we get to take with Charley and Reyes and it was just as thrilling as the first!

That doesn’t mean Charley hasn’t grown as a character over the years, because she has.  She is so much stronger than I think she could have ever believed herself to be in the last book, this last battle.  Charley has truly come into her own in this book and it was quite the sight to see!  Charley started out as almost a goofy character that was a bit awkward at times and struggling to live with this unique ability or role she was given. Simply trying to understand it all and live as normal a life that she could.  By the end though, she is a force to be reckoned with and I can’t wait until you can read all about it.

Then there is Reyes, oh sure he is what we all secretly long for in a book boyfriend but I feel his has probably transformed the most out of anyone in the entire series.  When I read how he started out and then to see where he finished.  I was simply amazed.  They truly are a perfect match and complete each other beautifully.

But what about the supporting characters? You might ask.  What happens to them?  Most everyone that started the book finishes the books, there were just a few that we lost along the way.  I promised that I wouldn’t spoil anything but you are in for a couple of surprises in the last book.  Nope, not going to say more than that I was just as sad to say goodbye to all of them as I was to Charley and Reyes.  I simply don’t want to give any of them up.

But we must, all good things must come to an end and this was a pretty awesome ending in my opinion.  I look forward to reading this series, this adventure many times over the years.  When I know I need to laugh, or cry, or simply some really good smut!  I know that Charley, Reyes, Cookie, Ubie, and all of them are there waiting for me.  I might know how the story ends now but I will never stop loving the ride!


Series Fun Facts!

  • First Grave on the Right: The concept for First Grave came about while Darynda was working as a sign language interpreter in her hometown. She stole many of the names from students at the schools where she worked, including Reyes, Garrett, and Amber. As far asDarynda knows, they have all forgiven her for her thievery.
  • Second Grave on the Left: Uncle Bob is a combination of two people: Darynda’s oldest brother, Luther, and the principal at the high school where she worked for several years.
  • Third Grave Dead Ahead: This was originally titled Third Grave Straight Ahead, but Darynda’s web designer, Liz Bemis, asked her to change the name to Dead Ahead. Firstly, it fit the content better, and secondly, Liz got tired of spelling the word Straight wrong while updating the website. Dead is much easier to type.
  • Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet: Quentin Rutherford makes his first appearance in this book. While his first name was stolen from Darynda’s little brother and his last name stolen from yet another Jr. High student, Quentin is physically sculpted from her oldest son, Jerrdan, a bona fide blond-haired, blue-eyed devil with a sparkling smile that melts even the staunchest of hearts. And, like Quentin Rutherford, he was born Deaf. Not that he let it stop him for a second.
  • Fifth Grave Past the Light: This book was fun to write! Darynda was trying to come up with something truly creepy to throw into the book, and she figured what would be creepier than having an apartment full of departed women crawling up the walls, skittering across the ceiling, and huddling in the corners? Also, it is one of the hotter books, so that was fun, too. Because, you know, Reyes.
  • Sixth Grave on the Edge: Darynda really wanted to open this one on a humorous note. She wanted to have Charley on a stakeout with a departed elderly man, who also happens to be naked, riding shotgun. Which begs the question: Are we really stuck in (or out of) whatever we are wearing when we die for all eternity? ‘Cause that would suck.
  • Seventh Grave and No Body: Osh’ekiel was originally supposed to be in one book only. And he was supposed to be a very bad guy. But Darynda fell in love with him while writing the book and decided to redeem him and give him a bigger role. Just how big his role would become didn’t come to Darynda until plotting Eighth Grave. He has been one of her favorite characters since she wrote that first scene with him.
  • Eighth Grave After Dark: Darynda wanted to really turn the tables on Charley and force her to have to stay in one place, thus the sacred ground of the convent came into play. It was fun and challenging to write a “locked room” mystery, so to speak, but that’s why she loves writing so much.
  • The Dirt on Ninth Grave: One of Darynda’s favorite books in the series, she looked forward to writing this book ever since she came up with the concept while plotting Sixth Grave. Part of what makes a romance so fun is the falling-in-love part, and she wanted Charley to fall in love with Reyes all over again. This book was doubly fun because the audience knows all the characters’ backstories, and they get to watch in anticipation as Charley slowly unravels the mysteries of her past while seeing her fall head-over-heels for the same guy all over again.
  • The Curse of Tenth Grave: This book had one of those too-close-for-comfort calls. Right before Tenth Grave went to print, after going through editors and copyeditors and readers of all shapes and sizes, a savvy proofreader let Darynda in on a little secret: A Sherpa is part of a culture, not an occupation. Thanks to this razor-sharp reader, Darynda narrowly escaped insulting an entire culture in one fell swoop. Aka, her worst nightmare. Her gratitude is unending.
  • Eleventh Grave in Moonlight: Darynda dreamed of going to Scotland for so long, she finally decided to just put it in one of her books. She had Charley accidentally materialize in the magical country, only to find out weeks after finishing the book that she would finally get to go there herself. In person. For realsies. It was even more magical than she’d imagined it would be, and she can’t wait to go back.
  • The Trouble with Twelfth Grave: This book has one of Darynda’s favorite epiphanies EVER!!! She thought, what if someone out there in the universe, a child perhaps, knows everything about Reyes and Charley? Everything starting from their supernatural heritage to their human identities? And what if that person wrote a book about them? Or a series of books? Say, perhaps, a set of children’s books and Garrett just happens to stumble upon them while doing research? How fun would that be? And the international bestselling children’s book (fictionally speaking) The First Star was born.
  • Summoned to Thirteenth Grave: By far the hardest story in the series to write, penning the last Charley book was a bittersweet experience. But Darynda knew she had to go big or go home, so what better way to go out with a bang than to end the world as we know it by starting the zombie apocalypse? Because that’s what writers do. We start apocalypses.

Giveaway Info!

Enter for a chance to win the entire Charley Davidson series by Darynda
Jones, an ARC of the epic finale, Summoned to Thirteenth Grave, plus
fun swag!

Giveaway Link


Closing thoughts

Thanks for visiting I hope you had a great visit and learned all kinds of fun stuff about the series and the upcoming final release.  If this is your first time here I hope you will be back!  I post honest reviews of everything I read and every so often I have fun posts like this one to share with everyone. Be sure to check out the all the blogs on the tour as I’m sure there are loads more interesting posts to check out!

~Happy Reading!

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Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness

Book Review

 


Time's ConvertBook Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance, Historical

Book Series: All Soul’s Trilogy Stand Alone/Spin-off/sequel 

Released: 9/18/18 by Viking

Pages: 436 Price: $29.00 Hard Cover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this book from my library.  

 

 

Book Synopsis:

On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. But his transformation is not an easy one and the ancient traditions and responsibilities of the de Clermont family clash with Marcus’s deeply held beliefs in liberty, equality, and brotherhood.

Fast-forward to contemporary Paris, where Phoebe Taylor—the young employee at Sotheby’s whom Marcus has fallen for—is about to embark on her own journey to immortality. Though the modernized version of the process at first seems uncomplicated, the couple discovers that the challenges facing a human who wishes to be a vampire are no less formidable than they were in the eighteenth century. The shadows that Marcus believed he’d escaped centuries ago may return to haunt them both—forever.

A passionate love story and a fascinating exploration of the power of tradition and the possibilities not just for change but for revolution, Time’s Convert channels the supernatural world-building and slow-burning romance that made the All Souls Trilogy instant bestsellers to illuminate a new and vital moment in history, and a love affair that will bridge centuries.

My Review:

I didn’t know what to expect with this continuation of the All Soul’s World but I knew I was excited about its expansion!  I did know that the books were going to delve deeper into supporting character’s background, tell their stories.  Up first is Marcus, Matthew’s son but I do hear that she is working on Gallowglass’s story which should be up next.  He is a character that caught my eye in the main trilogy and I can’t wait to learn more about him.

This book, though, is Marcus’s and I was happy to see it didn’t take place only in the past but we also got a continuation of Matthew and Diana’s story in this book.  This book is very much Marcus’s HEA as he has chosen a mate for himself in Phoebe who he showed interest in during his ‘parent’s’ books.  Being a warmblood Phoebe has decided to become a Vampire and needs to be reborn before she and Marcus can build a life together.  Of course, nothing is easy in the vampire world Ms. Harkness has created and there are much pomp and circumstance for the two lovebirds to endure after Phoebe’s change.

The book is divided into three parts that are broken up and shared in revolving pieces.  We start with the present which is broken into two-part one following Phoebe as she is reborn into her new life as one of Miriam’s children and the other path following Marcus as he is forced to be separated from his love for the first few months as she learns the ins and outs of vampire life.  All of this brings up skeletons from his past which brings us the third part of this story which is flashbacks to how Marcus became a vampire himself.

What I loved about this book was how it delved into the vampire side of the All Soul’s world and we learned so much about these creatures.  I felt that the first three books were more centered around the witching world and in this one there is a little turmoil revolving around Diana’s son but this book’s focus is much heavier leaning toward a glimpse into what it is like to be a vampire.

I’m not going to lie the book did drag on for me at times.  I’m not a big fan of revolutionary American history so Marcus’s past didn’t capture my attention as Matthew’s did.  I just didn’t find it as interesting.  I did enjoy how the author wove historical figures into Marcus’s story like he did for Matthew and Diana.  It was a lot of fun to imagine how  Thomas Paine and Benjamin Franklin might have interacted with these characters.

Many if not most of the beloved characters from the original trilogy make appearances in this book so fans should not miss picking up this one too.  While much of the story is a chronicle of Marcus’s life we are treated to how Matthew, Diana, and the twins are progressing.  This was an unexpected delight for me as I wasn’t expecting to see much of them in the future books.

This was a wonderful addition to the All Soul’s world and I’m happy that I read it.  It was a sweet love story of two vampires starting a new life together, but it was also a bittersweet remembrance of a tough life Marcus had for much of his existence.  There were moments where I didn’t like Matthew very much seeing a side of him we didn’t see in his books.  I’m not sure I would have been as forgiving as Marcus had.

I look forward to Gallowglass’s book and hopefully many more after that.

My Rating: 4 Stars

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones (Audio)

Book Review

 


The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson, #12)Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Audiobook

Book Series: Charley Davidson #12

Released: 10/31/17 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 289 Price: $26.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.  

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Ever since Reyes Farrow escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley Davidson accidentally trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that’s not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings–some corporeal, some not so much–as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she’s not uncovering a murder. This time she’s covering one up.

Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture–the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford–out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it’s time to let loose her razor sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. So the question becomes: Can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she’s worked so hard to protect? 

My Review:

I’m both excited and sad to have finished my reread of this series.  Sad because that means there is only one more book left and I have to wait until next year to read it.  Excited because the next book (fingers crossed) will be amazing and wrap up all the cliffhangers and plot threads that are left.

My opinion of the story hasn’t changed since my initial review when I read it last year.  Still a hilarious read which might be even funnier when read to you.  I listened to the end of this while mowing the lawn yesterday and laughed so hard I ended up with a stitch in my side.  Also, probably looked like a fool on my riding lawnmower laughing my head off. Good thing I live in the country…

Since I don’t have much to add to my thoughts on the book I’m going to encourage you to consider listening to this series.  I’m glad I did both and happy I read it first.  I worked through the series without outside influence mispronouncing names and locations like crazy.  Then I listened to the book, going in knowing I loved the series and was in for a funny, steamy, crazy ride.  It was a blast!  The narrator Lorelei King is an amazing talent and I have begun seeking out titles that she has recorded.  She breathes a story to life and was an excellent choice for this series!  In fact, if I was to rate this book now I would give it the full five stars, she brought so much to the story.  But I’m going to leave the rating as it is, just know I enjoyed to book more the second time thanks to Ms. King.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Vampire’s Faith by Rebecca Zanetti

Book Review

 


Vampire's Faith (Dark Protectors, #8)Book Genre: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Book Series: Dark Protectors #8

Released: 6/19/18 by Lyrical Press

Pages: 292  Price: $5.99 ebook

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Vampire King Ronan Kayrs wasn’t supposed to survive the savage sacrifice he willingly endured to rid the world of the ultimate evil. He wasn’t supposed to emerge in this time and place, and he sure as hell wasn’t supposed to finally touch the woman who’s haunted his dreams for centuries. Yet here he is, in an era where vampires are hidden, the enemy has grown stronger, and his mate has no idea of the power she holds.

Dr. Faith Cooper is flummoxed by irrefutable proof that not only do vampires exist . . . they’re hot-blooded, able to walk in sunlight, and shockingly sexy. Faith has always depended on science, but the restlessness she feels around this predatory male defies reason. Especially when it grows into a hunger only he can satisfy—that is if they can survive the evil hunting them both.

My Review:

The Dark Protectors was a completed series and the author had moved onto other series including a spin-off that failed to capture my interest.  I loved the series and was sad to see it go but completely satisfied with where it left us.  After rereading my review for book 7, however, I see that I had wished the author would revisit the world and continue someday.

Well, today is that day!  If you don’t take into account the novella and short stories…  Anyway, Vampire’s Faith is a full-length novel set in the Dark Protectors world and I’m thrilled to see that this series is back!

I wasn’t sure what to expect but I knew there were going to be a strong-willed defiant female lead and a pig-headed yet completely sexy alpha male that would swoop in and throw her over his shoulder to claim her as his mate.  I wasn’t disappointed.  The action was plentiful and nicely paced, and the romance full of tension and chemistry.   I so enjoyed watching Faith defy and attempt to resist Ronan knowing full well he would win her in the end.  some days you are just in the mood to read about a female standing up to a pushy mate.  My only complaint about their relationship is one sex scene near the end bothered me a bit as it felt that sex was being used for a punishment and I’m just not into that sort of thing.  Otherwise, this was a great couple and I enjoyed reading about their pairing.

If you are looking to check in on some of the previous characters in this world you might be a bit disappointed.  They were mentioned several times but largely stayed out of the plot.  We do have a couple of their kids play prominent roles in this new book but the rest stay out of the picture mostly.  I don’t want to spoil the plot but the way the story went gives me hope that the series will continue and we might get a chance to see familiar faces.

This was a great read and I loved the fresh plot and new adventures that await us.  If you enjoyed the first seven books you won’t want to miss this one.

My Rating: 5 Stars

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones (Reread)

Book Review

 


Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson, #11)Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Charley Davidson #11

Released: 1/24/17 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 310 Price: $26.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library. 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

A typical day in the life of Charley Davidson involves cheating husbands, missing people, errant wives, philandering business owners, and oh yeah…demons, hell hounds, evil gods, and dead people. Lots and lots of dead people. As a part time Private Investigator and full-time Grim Reaper, Charley has to balance the good, the bad, the undead, and those who want her dead. In this eleventh installment, Charley is learning to make peace with the fact that she is a goddess with all kinds of power and that her own daughter has been born to save the world from total destruction. But the forces of hell are determined to see Charley banished forever to the darkest corners of another dimension. With the son of Satan himself as her husband and world-rocking lover, maybe Charley can find a way to have her happily ever after after all.

My Review:

While I’ve been enjoying this reread of the Charley Davidson series I’m ready to be done and read the last book.  I’m glad I took the time to refresh the entire series but I desperately want fresh material and to know how everything ends up!  There have been some teasers shared in the synopsis of the last book shocked me a bit as to what might have happened between book 12 and 13.  All I know for sure is that I. Need. It. Now.

Anyway, not a lot I can say that wasn’t said in my review of the print book.  I remember the plot in this one and the next better than earlier books because I read them recently.  The cliffhanger ended was a little less traumatic because I know what happens in book 12.

Overall this has been a great listen, though.  If anyone is looking for a sexy fun, hilarious audiobook for a road trip or simply while working on something I highly suggest this one.  The voice artist was truly an excellent choice for this series.

It will be a bit of a wait before I can get book 12.  I’m something like number 16 in line for four copies.  I should be able to finish it well before 2019 when the last book is slated for release but I might be a month or two before I can finish the reread.

My Rating: 5 Stars

House of the Rising Son by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Book Review

 


House of the Rising Son (Dark Hunter #22.5; The Entire Dark-Hunterverse, #28)Book Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance

Book Series: Dark Hunter 22.5

Released: 1/21/14 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 115  Price: $2.99 E-Book

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library. 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

The eldest son in a family of three boys, Aricles had no desire to be a soldier, even though his fighting skills were among the best in the world. He was more than content on his small Atlantean farm, living a quiet, uneventful life. But when his brother is determined to don a soldier’s uniform, Aricles joins him with a promise to their father to bring his brother home in one piece. What he never counts on is how much their new lives will forever change them, or what the risk of a forbidden love will ultimately cost him.

My Review:

This is a short story included in the Dark Bites anthology and is the origin story for Styxx and Beth.  This story is the origin of how their two souls met and fell in love.  If you have not read Styxx you will be fine as this doesn’t give anything away.  If you have read Styxx then this is a sad but interesting read to learn about how their love started.  Warning, this does not end well but then again it is not the end of their story.  The HEA comes in Styxx’s book.

It wasn’t a very long listen but it took me a bit to figure out that it was a prequel to Styxx’s book.  I thought it was interesting but have to confess that I’m simply not that into reading about sex/romance anymore.  I blame menopause.  Whatever the reason I found myself losing interest once the characters started hooking up.  If you are a fan of the series though you will want to add this one to your list as it will add to the broader overall scope of the world.  Just be prepared for heartbreak.

My Rating: 3 Stars

Wolf Undaunted by Shannon Curtis

Book Review

 


Wolf UndauntedBook Genre: Romance, Paranormal

Book Series: N/A

Released: 5/1/18 by Harlequin Nocturne

Pages: 304 Price: $4.99 e-book

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Mortal enemies…

…bound by a kiss

When his spirit is separated from his body, werewolf Zane Wilder is invisible to everyone—except Vivianne Marchetta. A vampire who has good reason to loathe all lycans, Vivianne is eager to be rid of her shifter shadow. But the spell that should sever the connection between this mismatched pair only deepens their bond. Can they trust each other enough to survive this transformation, or will it destroy them both?

My Review:

I have a confession.  I’ve never read a Harlequin romance before.  Ever.  There is a certain undeserving stigma that comes with the brand that sells millions of popular books each year in the romance genre.  Romance, in general, tends to get looked down upon as “trashy” but publishers like Harlequin seem to catch the brunt of the prejudice.  I, like many of you, grew up with mothers and grandmothers devouring these books by the shelf full and in high school, I had friends that would raid those very shelves for reading material during study hall.  I simply never picked one up to read myself before now.  When I spotted this interesting title available for review I decided to rectify that immediately!

I wasn’t expecting a bad story after all a company does not stay in business 69 years by publishing books that people don’t want to read.  I was expecting a stand-alone paranormal romance and I don’t think that was the case.  After exploring other titles by this author I have a feeling that this title is part of a series and I was jumping in on the action mid-plot a bit.  I wasn’t lost but it would have been nice to read the other stories first.  That is my biggest complaint about the book.

It was a fun read, though, I like the tough heroine and the enemies becoming lovers plotline worked for me.  The steam level of the story was just right, enough to keep it interesting but the plot wasn’t simply a series of setups to get these two in bed.  Plenty of action as well along with quite a suspenseful scene near the end of the book where both the hero and heroine got to shine and become united as one.

This is perhaps why I enjoy romance books the most.  I know when I pick one up what to expect.  I know I’m going to get a funny or thrilling or suspenseful or mysterious plot where two people come together and overcome their circumstances to build a future together.  I want that happy ending, especially in the world where reality fails to deliver constantly.  This title delivered on all those points but I really wish I had read its predecessors first.  I would have been more invested in the characters and action.  Still, it was a good story and I’m glad I tried it!

My Rating: 3 Stars

The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

Book Review

 


The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson, #10)Book Genre: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Book Series: Charley Davidson #10

Released: 6/28/16 by St. Martin’s Griffen

Pages: 352 Price: $26.99 hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library

 

 

Book Synopsis:

As a part-time PI and full-time grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: 
* Why can I see dead people? 
* Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? 
* How do I get gum out of my sister’s hair before she wakes up? 
* But, “How do I trap not one malevolent god, but three?” was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension.

There’s just one problem. One of the three stole her heart a very long time ago. Can the Razer, a god of absolute death and destruction, change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiances lie with his brothers?

Those are just a few of the questions Charley must answer, and quick. Add to that a homeless girl running for her life, an innocent man who’s been charged with murder, and a pendant made from god glass that has the entire supernatural world in an uproar, and Charley has her hands full. If she can manage to take care of the whole world-destroying-gods thing, we’re saved. If not, well…

My Review:

I can’t believe I’ve finished book 10 of my reread/listen of this series!  I’m going to have a bit of a wait for book 11 and 12 which is alright as the last book doesn’t release until 2019.  I have to say it has been a blast listening to these books and I’m going to explore rereading other series I enjoy in audio format.  I used to not enjoy audiobooks but now that I’ve gotten used to them it is a rewarding and different way to enjoy books.  After all, doesn’t most of us start off with having books read to us as children?

Not a lot I can add to my previous review as I’m getting into the books in this series that I’ve read fairly recently.  Much of the plot is fresher in my memory and there are fewer surprises of stuff I forgot.  I had forgotten that this book ended on a huge cliffhanger but since I know what happens next it isn’t such a big deal.

At the end of the audiobook, we are again treated to an interview with the author which is simply the icing on the cake as far as I’m concerned.  It is so cool to listen to Ms. Jones’s thoughts on the characters and how she got some of her inspiration.  Totally worth listening to the books for the interview alone.

One thing that rereading this series has made me realize is just how much I’m going to miss this series when it ends.  I really like Charley, Reyes, Cookie, Uncle Bob, and all the others.  I do hope that Ms. Jones takes this series into the future and does a spin-off featuring beep and her army.  Fingers crossed!

My Rating: 5 Stars

Dearest Ivie by J.R. Ward

Book Review

 


Dearest Ivie (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #15.5)Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Blackdagger Botherhood #15.5

Released:  3/13/18 by Ballantine Books

Pages: 145  Price: $2.99 E-book

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

The last place Ivie expects to be approached by a devastatingly handsome male is in a crowded, smoky cigar bar rarely frequented by vampires—yet here he stands. Silas is flirtatious, gallant, and, above all, mysterious. Ivie is anything but. A nurse at the healer’s clinic and the daughter of a biker, Ivie is accustomed to speaking her mind. So she does. Since aristocrats rarely pick up females of her class, Ivie asks Silas just what kind of game he thinks he’s playing.
 
Despite her guarded exterior, Ivie surrenders to the fierce desire she feels for Silas. And yet, just as their courtship is heating up, he reveals that it cannot last, for he is bound to return to the Old Country. Their bond only deepens as they make the most of their precious time together. But when she learns the truth, Ivie must find a saving grace—before all is lost. . . .

My Review:

Minor Spoiler Warning: If you, like me, find yourself about a third of the way through this book and suddenly have the fear that Ms. Ward is going to rip your heart out of your chest and grind it into the ground under her stiletto heel.  Fear not.  It does have a happy ending.

Okay, now that that is out of the way.  This book wiped the floor with me.  Majorly.  Big old ugly crying in the middle of the night as I finished this book in bed.  My body shaking with sobs as tears run down my face.  I’m truly surprised that my husband did not wake up to find out what the hell was wrong.   I managed to make it to the end, thank goodness, because I needed that happy ending to make the emotional rollercoaster I just went through worth it.

This was a bloody brilliant read.  The best that I’ve read by Ms. Ward in some time, and this is coming from the p.o.v. of a person that already fangirls over her books.  This novella simply took everything to another level for me.

So that’s great and all but why was this book so much better than the others.  First off I loved that this book focused on one couple and didn’t break away to another p.o.v. there was simply one plot to follow and when the action starts getting good we stuck with them.  This is usually my biggest annoyance with her books, especially when I’m not a fan of one of the couples in the story.  I also liked how the main problem or issue to overcome wasn’t supernatural related.  I don’t want to spoil the plot so I won’t say more.  I also loved Ivie and Silas!!!  We have a Romeo and Juliet story here with the couple coming from different social classes.  Ivie is the one with a working-class upbringing and has some insecurities to overcome in that regards when it comes to Silas.  Then there is Silas who comes from the upper crust of society.  I liked how he never apologized for it yet he didn’t seem to flaunt it either.  He was like this is who I am and I’m into you please accept me into your life.

This was a short read that felt much longer, perhaps because it wasn’t constantly being interrupted by another plot, but by the end, I was completely satisfied with how everything worked out.  I needed to recuperate from the emotional trauma I just suffered but I that’s alright who needs sleep.

This was a great story, hands down, and worth the $3 to download.  It will make you fall in love, rip your heart out, and then bring you back for a happy ending.  My advice don’t read it just before bed because it did take me a bit to come down from the drama.  Now I need to find some light and fluffy to read so I can recover in time to read The Theif when it releases in a few days.

My Rating: 5 Stars

Blood Fury by J.R. Ward

Book Review

 


Blood Fury (Black Dagger Legacy, #3)Book Genre: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Book Series: Black Dagger Legacy #3

Released: 1/9/18 by Ballantine Books

Pages: 411 Price: $28.00 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

A vampire aristocrat, Peyton is well aware of his duty to his bloodline: mate with an appropriate female of his class and carry on his family’s traditions. And he thought he’d found his perfect match—until she fell in love with someone else. Yet when his split-second decision in a battle with the enemy endangers the life of another trainee, Peyton has to face the idea that his future, and his heart, actually lie with another.

Novo, as a female in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training program, feels like she has to prove herself to everybody—and she has no interest in being distracted by falling in love. But when Peyton proves to be so much more than a rich playboy, she is forced to confront the tragedy that has broken her soul and closed her off from love.

As the two grapple with Novo’s past and Peyton’s present, another couple must contend with an erotic connection that is unparalleled—and potentially scandalous. 

Saxton, who has had his heart broken, discovers in himself a deep-seated attraction to Ruhn, a new member of the household. But will the other male explore the connection? Or will he close his mind and his heart to what could be true love . . . and cost Saxton everything?

My Review:

I was so worried about not liking The Chosen that I put it off for an entire year.  Then this book released in January and I needed to read the other one before diving into the spin-off release.  Ended up LOVING The Chosen and a little luke-warm in regards to this title.  Surprising as I’ve been really excited about the Black Dagger Legacy series up until now.

So what happened in this book.  Simply I found Peyton annoying and while I don’t have anything against Novo I wasn’t really into the miscarriage plot line. While I can feel empathy for her but kids, beyond the fur and feathered kind, have never been my thing.   Fortunately, this book had a second romance to keep me turning the page.  This was also Saxton and Ruhn’s HEA story and much the like synopsis I felt that it was simply tagged on to this book… I was much more engaged with their storyline and a bit frustrated that it either didn’t get more page time or have their own book altogether.  Oh, well.  Maybe Ms. Ward will cycle back to them in a future book.

Now don’t get me wrong I thoroughly enjoyed this story.  I was just a little frustrated that the plotline I was interested in wasn’t the main one.   The only aspect of Novo and Peyton’s story was the drama with Novo’s sister which I so enjoyed watching how that played out.  I did like the pairing of Novo and Peyton as they seem to bring out the best in each other.  He is a bit of a clown to her serious side.  I just found his mouth and attitude highly annoying and spent much of my time wanting to smack him.

Saxton and Ruhn’s plot was so much better in my opinion and I loved how they ended up together.  The whole issue with the house and them being paired up to help the older woman was sweet.  Of course, Ms. Ward made me worried near the end, especially after The Shadow’s book, for a moment I was worried that things might not turn out for Saxton.  If that was the case I might have thrown the book in protest.

Going to dive into the novella in the Blackdagger series next and then I should be all caught up for the next release in April.  Not sure what to rate this book.  Peyton and Novo would be a solid 3 but Saxton and Ruhn would get 5 stars.  So perhaps I’ll split the difference even though I’m leaning more towards a 3.5 for the book.  That extra star is for Saxton and Ruhn.

My Rating: 4 Stars