Night’s Darkest Embrace by Jeaniene Frost

Book Review

 


Night's Darkest EmbraceBook Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Audio

Book Series: N/A

Released: 11/13/2012 by Pocket

Pages:100  Price: $1.99 E-Book

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Enter the dark realm of Nocturna in Jeaniene Frost’s redhot tale, where blisteringly sexy Raphael dominates the demons of a lawless dimension and tries to help a beautiful young woman avenge her cousin’s disappearance. Originally appeared in the Haunted By Your Touch anthology.

My Review:

This was a good listen for an afternoon spent removing tar paper from a hardwood floor.  Entertaining, short, and kept one’s mind occupied while doing a tedious task.  My only complaint is that this isn’t a series!  I thought this world was quite interesting and full of potential.  Maybe Ms. Frost will decide to revisit this demon dimension in the future, finger’s crossed.

While being short there was adequate world building and I didn’t feel lost. The story is fairly typical for paranormal romance there is a sexy alpha hero and an instant romance connection between him and the heroine who has to be rescued from the bad guy.  You know what to expect but that isn’t always a bad thing.  Sometimes you are just in the mood for a certain type of book and Ms. Frost constantly delivers an exciting steamy read.

Not a lot more to say being it was so short.  I enjoyed it and if you ever need to kill three hours then this would be a great audiobook to pick for you!

My Rating: Three Stars

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Black Wings by Christina Henry

Book Review

 


Black Wings (Black Wings, #1)Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Black Wings #1

Released: 11/30/2010 by Ace

Pages: 295 Price: $7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon Black Wings (Black Wings, Book 1)

Source: I own a copy of this book

 

 

Book Synopsis:

As an Agent of Death, Madeline Black is responsible for escorting the souls of the dearly departed to the afterlife. It’s a 24/7 job with a lousy benefits package.

Maddy’s position may come with magical powers and an impressive wingspan, but it doesn’t pay the bills. And then there are her infuriating boss, tenant woes, and a cranky, popcorn-loving gargoyle to contend with.

Things start looking up, though, when tall, dark, and handsome Gabriel Angeloscuro agrees to rent the empty apartment in Maddy’s building. It’s probably just a coincidence that as soon as he moves in demons appear on the front lawn. But when an unholy monster is unleashed upon the streets of Chicago, Maddy discovers powers she never knew she possessed. Powers linked to a family legacy of tarnished halos.

Powers that place her directly between the light of Heaven and the fires of Hell…

My Review:

I’m not going to lie, this book was a bit of a disappointment for me.  I so wanted to find a new series set in Chicago with a kick-ass heroine and had hoped that this series would fit the bill.  Sadly it did not.  It started off good but about halfway through it started falling out of favor with me.  Let’s explore why.

To begin with, I don’t think there was enough character or world building or perhaps I just didn’t care for how it was delivered.  I struggled to connect with the lead character or her potential romantic interest.  The character that worked best for me was the popcorn-loving gargoyle and we didn’t see nearly enough of him in the second half of the book.

Then there were the rules of this world.  Way too many of them and the lead character is constantly breaking them without even knowing what they are.  Now I know she is as new to her father’s society but common every single thing she does.  It got tiresome.  I also did not care for most of the characters we came across in her father’s world and wanted her to tell them off and kick them out of her life.  This book could have been so much more interesting if the plot centered more around her job than her being sucked into this new society.  It just felt flat after she met him.

After finishing this book I did go and read the short stories (.6, 1.5, & 1.6) found on the author’s website.  .6 was alright but didn’t really contribute much in the terms of character development or world building, feel free to skip it. 1.5 I DNF if that tells you anything and 1.6 was actually pretty good.  1.6 is what saved this series and is keeping me around for at least one more book.  A character introduced at the end of this book plays a major part in that story and gives me hope that if he has more page time the series could take a turn for the better.

So, I will be sticking around for one more book but if things don’t vastly improve I’m going to move on to greener reading pastures.

My Rating:2 Stars

Heart of Stone by Christine Warren

Book Review

 


Heart of StoneBook Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Audio Book

Book Series: Gargoyles #1

Released: 12/31/13 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 297 Price:$7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this as an audio book from my library.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Ella Harrow is trying to carve out a normal life for herself. Well, as normal as an art geek with psychic abilities can hope for. As museum docent and gift-shop manager, Ella is able to keep her distance from people—and her powers in check—while surrounding herself with the artifacts she loves. But how on earth is she supposed to act normal when a thousand-year-old statue on the museum’s terrace suddenly comes to life?

Heart of Stone

Not your ordinary gargoyle, Kees has been asleep for eons, waiting for a portent of evil to wake him from his slumber. Kees isn’t a vision; he’s a bat-winged guardian created to protect the world from the seven demons of the Dark. Somehow, Ella triggered his reawakening. Maybe the demons have been unleashed? Maybe his heart is finally ready to be chiseled open? The fate of the world isn’t carved in stone…yet.

My Review:

I’ve only read one book by Ms. Warren and while I liked it I wasn’t crazy about it and haven’t picked up another by her…until this one.  I was looking for another audio book to listen to while I work around the property and decided to give this one a shot.  Sometimes I like to venture out into other creatures in the paranormal genre, after all it can’t just be vamps and angels all the time.  I have to say I quite liked this one and have already put the next one on hold.

This was a lot of fun to listen to, although I’m not really a fan of the narrator, but she wasn’t so awful as to turn me off the book.  This is a fairly typical plot line for a paranormal even though it features gargoyles instead of other creatures it is a fairly standard story line of guy meets mate and together they need to help save the world from evil.  This one starts off with a pretty serious attack on our heroine Ella that leads to Kees waking.  I liked both of the leads in the story and OMG I swear I was quite scandalized as I listed to these two hooking up.  Talk about steam!  The sex in this book is a bit on the more graphic and edgier side, not quite erotica but perhaps one or two steps down.

There was some great world building and we got to learn most of the rules of this world along with Ella who learns about her hidden powers that were not developed properly.  There is some eye-rolling, give-me-a-break moments in this regards.  The stereotypical heroine doesn’t know a thing about her magic but suddenly is one of the most powerful mages around and is performing spells like a master.  I mean really. But if you are able to extend disbelief and just go with it it is still a fun story.

I was able to connect with Ella over her history with her parents and how it affects one’s life.  I also appreciated how awkward she felt and how it was difficult for her to make friends.

It was a good listen and I look forward to the next book. I might also have to go back and give the next book in her other series a try to see if that one works for me now too.

My Rating:4 Stars

Dragon Falls by Katie MacAlister

Book Review

 


Dragon Fall (Dragon Falls, #1)Book Genre: Romance, Paranormal

Book Series: Dragon Falls #1, Dragon Septs #11

Released: July 28, 2015 by Forever

Pages: 247  Price: $7.99 E-Book

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a gift copy of this book from a friend! (book make the best gifts)

 

 

Book Synopsis:

YOU FLIRT WITH FIRE…

 

For Aoife Dakar, seeing is believing—and she’s seen some extraordinary things. It’s too bad no one else believes that she witnessed a supernatural murder at an outdoor fair. Returning to the scene for proof, Aoife encounters a wise-cracking demon dog—and a gloriously naked man who can shift into a dragon and kiss like a god. Now thrust into a fantastical world that’s both exhilarating and terrifying, Aoife is about to learn just how hot a dragon’s fire burns.

WHEN YOU DATE A DRAGON

Kostya has no time for a human woman with endless questions, no matter how gorgeous or tempting she is. He must break the curse that has splintered the dragon clans before more of his kind die. But his powerful attraction to Aoife runs much deeper than the physical—and there may be more to her than even his sharp dragon eyes can see. To survive the coming battle for the fate of his race, he needs a mate of true heart and soul . . .

My Review:

I’m not going to lie to you, this book was a struggle to get into.  I had strong feeling in the beginning that this one might not work for me.  Which would have been unfortunate as I own the next two books already…  This book just started off poorly for me.  It did pick up, though, and the only reason I stuck this one out is my previous history with the author.

So what didn’t work for me.  Part of it I was a bit lost trying to figure out the rules and what has already happen in this world.  There is usually several characters that carry over from mini-series to mini-series in this world and most of them were absent for the first third of this story. Which didn’t help my lost feeling.  I also did not care for what happen to the heroine by her brother and sister in the story set up.  The whole set-up that would eventually lead Aoife and Kostya together felt a little off to me.  I don’t know if it was forced or what, but it simply left me wanting to set the book down before we even met up with Kostya.

Meeting Jim and Kostya is where everything turned for me.  It started feeling more like a paranormal romance and less like a contemporary  romance.  I believe I’ve commented before how I love this author’s paranormal books and usually don’t care for her contemporary ones.  So perhaps that was a bit of the problem.  For me her heroines just don’t work unless they are in a paranormal setting.  Once Aoife meets her dragon though I was totally on board and enjoyed the rest of the story.

I have to say I probably like Kostya and Drake more than Aoife and Aisling.  There is just something about watching the world of these uptight alpha dragons get totally turn upside down by their mates that I find appealing.  Once you get into it, this author knows how to write some of the best light-hearted romance out there.  Most of this book was filled with the smexy fun I am come to expect when I pick up a MacAlister book.

I’m glad I stuck this one out.  The last two-thirds of this book was much better than the first third.  If you are new to the author this isn’t a bad place to start if you are just interested in reading Aoife and Kostya’s story, but if you enjoy this first book why not go back and get the entire history of this world and start with You Slay Me with the coming together of Aisling and Drake.  Their quartet of books was what hooked me on the whole dragon-shifter branch of the paranormal romance genre.  Off to book number two!

My Rating: 3 Stars

Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione

Book Review


Pleasure unboundBook Genre: 
Urban Fantasy, Romance, Erotica, Paranormal, Audio Book

Book Series: Demonica #1

Released: 2/1/11 by Hachette Audiobooks

Pages: 11 hr 54 min Price: $5.99 (e-book)

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this as an audiobook from my library.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

In a place where ecstasy can cost you your life . . .

She’s a demon-slayer who hungers for sensual pleasure-but fears it will always be denied her. Until Tayla Mancuso lands in a hospital run by demons in disguise, and the head doctor, Eidolon, makes her body burn with unslakable desire. But to prove her ultimate loyalty to her peers, she must betray the surgeon who saved her life.

Two lovers will dare to risk all.

Eidolon cannot resist this fiery, dangerous woman who fills him with both rage and passion. Not only is she his avowed enemy, but she could very well be the hunter who has been preying upon his people. Torn between his need for the truth and his quest to find his perfect mate before a horrific transformation claims him forever, Eidolon will dare the unthinkable-and let Tayla possess him, body and soul . . .

My Review:

I do own the print version of this book, but needed an audio book for working outside being in the mood for a romance I decided to go with this one.  I not quite sure how I feel about listening to an erotic-ish romance while putzing around in the yard, but the story was good and I quickly got over my bashfulness over what was being read (took me three tries to figure out something that didn’t sound smutty there…) over the earphones to me.  As with other audio books I feel like I have probably missed part of the story in those moments when my mind either wandered or focused on the task at hand.  With this story I’m glad I own the print version of the book and may actually read it someday.

This is the first in a fairly long run and popular series.  I have picked up several of the books at thrift stores and from what I feel after listening to this book I don’t think I wasted my money.  The world was interesting and reminded me of several other I enjoy.  Right off the bat Alexandra Ivy, Laura Wright, and Lara Adrian come to mind, there are probably more I could come up with but those are my top three.  If you enjoy any of those authors you will probably enjoy this one too.

This book definitely falls into the erotic branch of the romance genre, but quite frankly there wasn’t anything too graphic or taboo about the sex scenes.  If you aren’t too prudish then this one probably won’t bother you either.  I’m going to call it an erotic novel just from the frequency aspect alone.  The two leads spent a lot of time in the sheets or against the wall or…. you get what I mean.  I’m thinking it comes with the territory when you think of what type of demon Eidolon is.

Now it has been done before, but I always enjoy it when the humans are playing the ‘bad guys’ in a story.  I like my paranormal characters to be the good guys and not actual monsters.  The heroine Tayla got on my nerves a bit in the beginning, and some spots in the middle, but by the end when she got her head out of her ass I quite liked her.  I think she and Eidolon will be quite happy and are a good match.  The supporting characters caught my interest as well and I look forward to watching them get paired up in future books.

This is an interesting new world to explore and I feel like I missed so much by listening to it during such a busy week.  I look forward to the next book even if I might not get to it for some time.  As to the artist narrating the story I think they made a good choice and she did a nice job of alternating her tone for the different characters.  Over all a good listen and plot.

My Rating: 3 Stars (Probably would have been higher if I had read it and paid better attention)

Cover Reveal: Reaping Angel by S.L. Saboviec

Welcome, everyone, to the cover reveal for S. L. Saboviec’s Reaping Angel, Book #2 in the “Fallen Redemption” adult paranormal series.

The first book, Guarding Angel, was released in May 2014. Both covers were done by the super-fabulous Regina Wamba, of MaeIDesign.com, who’s done covers for Random House, Penguin Books, and multiple New York Times best-selling authors.

But a picture is worth a thousand words, so here’s the blurb and cover for Guarding Angel, Fallen Redemption #1:

Guardian angel Enael can’t seem to keep her human Wards in check. They’re the ones who choose their paths before reincarnating–she’s just there to help make sure they stay on track. But it’s not as easy as it might look.

When she meets and falls in love with charismatic Kaspen, a fellow Guardian, Enael’s feelings about Heaven, Hell, demons, and the life she’s known are turned upside down. Worse, angel-turned-demon Yasva, Kaspen’s former love, still holds him in her clutches. Even as Yasva works toward obtaining complete control of Earth, she taunts and haunts Kaspen’s and Enael’s lives.

Now Enael is forced to face her past (which is centuries long and bursting with secrets), her present (which is terribly unfulfilling and full of questions), and her future (which becomes more uncertain as time passes). Armed with a newfound love and fear of losing it all, she must figure out how to save the world–and the angel she loves. Which side will win? Who will Kaspen choose? Will Heaven and Earth continue to exist, or will everything go to Hell?

But you’re not here for the first book, you’re here for the second book. So without further ado, here it is:

After the battle at the Bastille, the Council of Seraphim offers reluctant demons Enael and Kaspen a chance to return to Heaven—but only after they’ve completed sufficient penance. Ready to move past the ugly chapter in their lives, they settle into their assignments.

Until Enael’s former lover, Voctic, a powerful demon, interferes.

Voctic seduces and demeans, taunts and entices Enael, stirring centuries-old longing in her while infuriating Kaspen. Caught up in the demands of their duties, Kaspen and Enael drift apart until she finds herself isolated.

Fed up with Voctic’s harassment, Enael prepares to fight back. When he targets the new human she’s responsible for protecting, she creates her own plan. His self-proclaimed “gala of the century” will be the perfect cover for her revenge. But will a hasty decision cost her Kaspen—or even her spot in Heaven?

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About the Author

Samantha grew up in a small town in Iowa but became an expat for her Canadian husband, whom she met in the Massive Multi-player Online Role-Playing Game Star Wars: Galaxies (before the NGE, of course). She holds a B.S. in Physics, which qualifies her to B.S. about physics and occasionally do some math for the sci-fi stories she concocts. Her dark, thought-provoking science fiction & fantasy contains flawed, relatable characters and themes that challenge the status quo.

She contributes to Operation Awesome, including hosting a twice-monthly flash fiction contest. She tweets both more than she should and probably not enough @Saboviec. Her fiction is being included in the Realmwalker Publishing Group upcoming anthology The Legacy. You can find out more about her at http://www.saboviec.com.

ARC Marked by Rebecca Zanetti – 5 Stars

Marked (Dark Protectors, #7)Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book #7 in the Dark Protectors series

I received this book for review from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

Book Synopsis:

Janie Kayrs has known Zane almost her whole life. He was her friend in the dream world. She trusted him. But that was before he kidnapped her, spiriting her away to an isolated cabin to learn what her dreams never told her. Like how dangerous he looks. How he got on the wrong side of the negotiating table. And how much sexier he is in real life…

Zane is a battle-hardened warrior, used to command and solitude. But Janie has drawn him from the minute they met. His need for her could destroy everything he’s worked for, but the risk is too sweet not to take it. They call her the Chosen One. But when it comes down to the questions of peace or war, life or death, safety or passion, it will be Janie who makes the choice…

My Review:

This was a satisfying end to this series I began this year.  The last book wrapped everything up nicely, although one character’s ending was a little anti-climatic, but I’ll go into that in a minute.  The book did leave an opening for the story to continue, perhaps in the spin-off series or even in future book based around the Kayrs family.  Personally I hope the author returns to this setting and gives us more books around these men and their mates in the future.  I can however appreciate the need to take a break and work on something new.

There were quite a few surprises in this book, of which I won’t be going into so I don’t spoil anything for long-standing fans.  Of course the mystery of Zane’s lineage was addressed in this book and I must confess it surprised me along with his abilities.  We also had the coming together of Janie and Zane.  That was no great shock, but I was delighted to see how they ended up mated.  I really like Zane and his family, of which we got to know better in this book.  I think they will make a great contribution to the extended Kayrs family.  Typical to these types of stories they are a great match and compliment each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

Another thread that was tied up in this book was the virus that attacked mates in this world.  I was all prepared to call the author out on this being too easily ‘fixed’, but should have realized the book wasn’t finished yet…  The twist in regards to the Virus about broke my heart and the full scope of how nasty this bug really was brilliant.  Again I did not see this coming and have to hand it too Kalin and his people for both their patients and the low in which they will stoop to destroy their enemy.

Of course Janie fulfills her prophecy and we end up with a tenuous peace between most of the species that inhabit this world.  I can totally seeing this continuing on in the spin-off series.  The only let down for me was how the author ended things with Kalin.  This part I did find a little too easy.  His plot line was almost an afterthought and while I appreciate  his ending I think he deserved more page time.  He played such an important role through the whole series he deserved more.

There were some really touching moments in this book.  It was nice to get to see everyone and their mate one last time.  The plot twists kept me guessing up until the end and I hope they all have a bright and happy future ahead of them.  I was going to end with this book, being it is the last in this world with these characters.  The author is going to start a spin-off series based around the witches.  Their stories have been my least favorite while reading this one, so I was content to see how this ended and be done.  Well then I read the damn book and I’m not so sure anymore.  If there is even a chance I could get to see how some of the future generations of this series end up it might be worth reading about the witches.  We will have to see.  I might have to give the new series a try.

 

Shadowed by Rebecca Zanetti – 3 Stars

Shadowed (Dark Protectors, #6)Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book #6 in the Dark Protectors series.

I own a copy of this book.

Book Synopsis:

Jase Kayrs was the fun brother. The warm, charming, easy-going brother of the vampire leaders. Until he was taken and tortured by demons with their evil mind tricks for nearly five years. Upon his return, he’s dark, violent, and not the man they all thought they knew. Not the man he once was. He’s haunted that the only reason the demons would have let him live was to use him as a weapon against his family—but he can’t figure out when or how he’ll explode. Plus, once again the demons are after Jase with a vengeance…or rather, a female demon he rejected is out to destroy him.

Then the king asks Jase for a favor…a big one. To mate with one of their allies in order to save her. She’s everything that’s good and light in the world…while he’s at home with darkness. Yet he agrees…knowing mating may be the only chance to save them both.

Difficult to believe I started and am now going to finish this series this year.  I’ve come full circle having received for review the next book back in March.  I took a break over the summer, but received the last book for an ARC review recently and decided to binge read the remaining books.  As I know there is only one more story to go I have to say I’m fine with it.  I’m ready for the story to be done and every villain to get what coming to them and all the heroes to have their long-lasting peace with their mates.

This was Jase’s story, one that I was interested in seeing how it played out.  Jase is the youngest brother and probably has had the most difficult time of them all during the war.  I kind of thought that he bas going to be paired up with Brenna, there were subtle hints along the way, and while I am pleased with the pairing I was less excited about their story.  I find it a little ironic that the other story I struggled with in this series was Conn’s and his being mated with Brenna’s sister, Moira.  I guess I am just not a fan of witches.  Sorry.  Still I’m glad I read it just kept waiting for it to be over so I could get to the last book.

Brenna and Jase were a good match,  both of them needed healing and were able to provide that for each other.  The story dragged on at times, especially in the second half of the book, but again I think this is just me.   The beginning had good action and pacing and I was able to see the chemistry between the two, even if it did feel a little flat at times.

Not a lot of Janie, Zane or Kalin in the book which might have been another strike against it in my book.  We did get to spend some time in Garrett’s head as his character had more to do in this story.  I liked him and hope that the author finds a way to give him his own novella or something.  It would be shame for everyone to get their own story and his to be left out.  He was probably the most interesting story arch in the book and I hope there is more of him in Janie’s story.

Off to finish up the series,  just a couple of things left to clear up and I look forward to seeing how things play out.  The end is near!

Provoked by Rebecca Zanetti – 4 Stars

Provoked (Dark Protectors, #5)Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book #5 in the Dark Protectors series

I own an e-copy of this book.

Book Synopsis:

A TIME FOR WAR…

A casualty of the war between the demons and the vampires, Jase Kayrs has been missing for six long years. His older brothers want answers—but they’re going to have to get them from an unlikely source. For when Kane Kayrs tracks down Amber Freebird, what he finds is a blonde, vegan pacifist who has no intention of using her skills in his war…

A TIME FOR LOVE…

Amber enjoys her life of chaotic freedom and has no intention of falling in line just because a sexy-as-sin vampire insists on order. Unfortunately, he discovers she may be the only hope they have of finding his brother, and there’s no way he’s going to let her go—even if it means mating her to gain her cooperation. The two are as different as can be, yet when the dominant Kane and the untamed Amber finally unite to rescue Jase, they just may find that opposites really do attract…

My Review:

Another time jump in this story and you can feel the author setting thing up to end the series.  Kinda nice to have the warning instead of out of the blue like some other series.  I like the way things are going with the mates and world, well not the war, but I have hopes that things will end in a satisfying manner for this series.

This was Kane’s book and he was paired up with a new face for his H.E.A.  I liked Amber,  she was a bit annoying at times, but I think that lead to some of her charm as twisted as that may seem.  Kane was the odd man out when it came to the brothers and he needed to have a special girl for him to bond with.  I think that there will be years of angst in store for this couple, but I’m sure they will thoroughly enjoy the making up.

Kane might have been a different kind of alpha male from the other books.  More in control and analytical then the others, but I liked him.  His character was well written and quite complex, despite his fairly straight-forward nature and behaviors.  I would have liked to have a better explanation and example of his powers, but that might have happen in earlier books and I’ve forgotten.

Janie continues to come into her powers and is now starting to manipulate the meetings with Zane and Kalin, she has finally figured out how to control and draw them out. Of course this may come back to bite her on the ass, either way it should be fun to watch.  I am really looking forward to getting to know the mysterious Zane more.

We also got to catch a glimpse of life for some of the previous mate pairs from past books.  It was sweet to see how they all welcomes Amber to their little clan and stood up for her to Kane when he couldn’t get his head out of his ass and come to grips with how he really felt for Amber.  Payback is going to be a bitch for all the mates when Kane decides to get his payback.  Thank goodness thought he came around and I think Amber and him are going to be quite happy, if they don’t drive each other nuts that is.

Like I said the series is starting to wind down, but there are still plenty of plot threads that need to be tied up and I look forward to seeing what Ms. Zanetti does with this world.

ARC Guardian’s Patience by Jacqueline Rhoades – 5 Stars

 

 

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Guardian's PatienceCover art thanks to author, click on it to visit her website.

Book #5 in the Guardians of the Race series: Release day Nov 15,2014

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

Book Synopsis:

Short and round, she dresses like a gypsy in vibrant and sometimes clashing colors. She’s been known to dye her hair to match her mood. She does a Good Deed every day and smiles at everyone she meets. But underneath her happy-go-lucky exterior, Patience Delecourt is lonely and afraid. She’s the mouse in a demon’s Cat-and-Mouse game that’s been going on for fifteen years. Her ideal hero would come straight out of the old movies she watches night after night alone in her tiny apartment. 

Stuffy and socially awkward, Broadbent ad Sebastian, Guardian of the Race, has his vision of the ideal woman, too; tall, elegant, cultured, and well-read. But every time he meets someone who might fill the bill, his advances are met with laughter and derision. As hard as he tries to emulate his fellow Guardians; their prowess with women, their clothes, their interests; he just can’t get it right. 

He doesn’t see himself as handsome or a hero. She doesn’t see herself as beautiful or brave. Yet what they find together opens new worlds of wonder for them both. It also opens the doors to old enemies and sets off a series of events that threaten the House of Guardians and the people within it. With the credits ready to roll on their mismatched love story, Patience and Broadbent will have to find the bravery and heroism they see in each other, and decide how much they will sacrifice for love.

My Review:

This is probably my favorite series by this author, followed by her Wolvers and then her contemporary last.  I have to say becoming friends with this author has been a definite bonus to my hobby of reviewing books, we meet through my reviewing the first book in this series, and while all our interaction has been online I am delighted to call Ms. Rhoades a friend.  That also makes it a little awkward and intriguing when it comes to reading and reviewing her books.   Won’t let her off the hook as far as reviews go, still going to be honest, but I see more pieces of Jackie’s personality in the stories then I did in the beginning.

Now for the real review…  I’m torn on how to review this book.  I think it earned the five stars and I enjoyed it, but the story really wasn’t what I was expecting.  The last book went off in a totally different direction leaving Cannon’s home and venturing into another house of Guardians with Faith and Lucien.  This book brings us back home to a familiar setting and house full of characters we have grown to love.  All of that I was expecting, but Broadbent was who threw me for a loop.  Like many of the characters in the book, perhaps even Broadbent himself, I guess I had assumptions about his personality and character that were shattered when I read his story.  What is it they say when you assume…  I ended up really liking the Broadbent I grew to know and think it a fitting H.E.A for him and Patience.

Patience was the heroine of the story and I really, really liked her.  She was such fun and a refreshing change in female lead for a paranormal romance story.  She was perhaps more normal, in appearance anyway then many of the other heroines out there.  Ms. Rhoades has done this before and I love how she pick characters of all sizes, looks and personality types to weave her stories.  All too often we get stories where everyone is drop dead gorgeous and flawless in personality as well.   How can normal people relate I swear it is as bad as the photoshoping done in magazines.  Rhoades shows us that anyone can be a hero, and everyone is beautiful in their own way.  Patience, or Pinkie, has spunk and is subjected to the same insecurities that we all are.

What elements of this story made me give it five stars.  I loved the messages that Ms. Rhoades conveys in the story.  That often things are not what they seem and that sometimes what we think we want is not what we need or what will make up happy.  I love the feeling of family by choice not necessarily created, these characters all come together through circumstance as someone with little blood relatives of my own this really resonates with me. I also like the message in the book about good and evil, that things are not necessarily good or bad, but how our own actions create the evil in the world.  I like the closure that happen in this story in regards to the demons in this book, a familiar bad guy from earlier books is back in this one.  I also enjoyed the humor and getting to catch up with past characters.

Anything that didn’t work?  There was one thing, but how do I share it without spoilers….  The overly graphic scene with Grace and Broabent was a bit much for me.  When I read it is like a movie playing in my head and that is something I never want to ‘see’ again.  Ever.  In fact when I go to read this book again I will skip that chapter.  Too much information.

What do I hope for next in this series?  I would love for Col and Dov to someday get their own story, but I would also like to travel and read about other Guardian’s houses like we did in Faith’s Story.  I would also like to know more about the workings of the Paenitentia society.  I also think their issues with the Daughters of Man need to be ironed out.  Even thought most of the main characters in the world all have their H.E.A I think there are lots of potential for future stories in this world and I look forward to seeing where Ms. Rhoades takes us next.