Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs (Reread)

Book Review


Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, #7)Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Mercy Thompson #7

Released: 3/5/13 by Ace Books

Pages: 342  Price: $26.95 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library. 



Book Synopsis:

Patricia Briggs’s novel River Marked was praised as “an urban fantasy where our everyday world is believably twisted into the world of fey, werewolves, vampires, and myths made real.” Now Mercy Thompson faces a shapeshifter’s biggest fear as the realm she has embraced is thrown into chaos…

Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman – the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack – has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more…

After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam – or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.

Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. But she fears Adam’s disappearance may be related to the political battle the werewolves have been fighting to gain acceptance from the public – and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outmatched and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.

My Review:

Well, that was quick!  I believe I managed to listen to this book in just over a day.  There is a lot of drama in book seven, not that the other didn’t have action but for some reason, this one felt more frantic.  Probably because most of the pack was missing and Mercy was on the run for much of the story.

Much of the book we are led to believe that the aggressors are a radical hate group bent on setting up the supernatural species as bad guys so they will be free to hunt them down for extermination.  A lot of events are alluded to that I believe probably took place in the spin-off series Alpha and Omega so it might be good to read both series in order of printing together and not separately.  I have a feeling the reader will benefit from watching all the events that affect both series as they unfold instead of simply being told about them.

At the end of the book, we learn who is truly pulling the strings regarding the pack’s abduction and I won’t spoil it for you.  It was an interesting battle scene, to say the least.  The pack loses an important but rarely seen member and we have a visit from Asil from the Alpha and Omega series which was fun as he is a character I enjoy.

I have a bit of a dilemma for the next two books.  They are not available in audio format from my library.  I wouldn’t mind continuing with the series reread but I’m not sure I want to read them or not.  I’m rather enjoying listening to them this time.  The next book is one I liked but the one after that is not one I enjoyed.  I might skip that one and simply reread the next book.  The latest release in the series is available from my library so I will be able to finish the reread in audio format.

My Rating: 4 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

Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

Book Review


Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, #5)Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Mercy Thompson #5

Released: 3/30/10 by Ace Books

Pages: 342 Price: $24.95 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.  



Book Synopsis:

Mercy Thompson, car mechanic and shapeshifter, never knows what the day – or night – may bring in a world where “witches, vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters live beside ordinary people” (Booklist). But she is about to learn that while some secrets are dangerous whose who seek them are just plain deadly…

Mercy is smart enough to realize that when it comes to the magical fae, the less you know, the better. But you can’t always get what you want. When she attempts to return a powerful fae she previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down.

It seems the book contains secrets – and the fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands. And if that doesn’t take enough of Mercy’s attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side – leaving Mercy to cover for him lest his own father declare Samuel’s life forfeit.

All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn’t careful, she may not have many more…

My Review:

I’ve been enjoying this reread of the Mercy Thompson series so much!  I almost feel like they have been better the second time around.  I think the narrator adds so much to my increased enjoyment.  She does a fantastic job of changing her voice to match the different characters.

In book five we have Mercy and Adam fully established as a couple even though they are not formally married or living together yet.  Briggs also needs to tidy up the loose end of Samuel before we can move forward with Mercy and Adam.  That plot line is tackled in this book with some pretty drastic drama that left me afraid of what would happen to him even though I’ve read this book before.  Damn menopausal brain… I swear I must only retain 30% of what I read sometimes.  Most likely it is just that I read so much that the stories all start blending in together.

We also deal with pack drama in this book as they are fighting Mercy’s addition to the pack.  There is also a plot to overthrow Adam as alpha of the pack.  The main instigator of book five is the Fae again which isn’t my favorite group in this world but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the plot this time.

I’m torn over raising my star rating or not.  I don’t think I will, four stars is still a great rating but I do feel like I enjoyed the book more the second time around.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs (reread)

Book Review


Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega, #2)Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Mystery

Book Series: Alpha & Omega #2

Released: 8/25/2009 by Ace Books

Pages: 286 Price: $7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.




Book Synopsis:

Anna Latham didn’t know how complicated life could be until she became a werewolf. And until she was mated to Charles Cornick, the son — and enforcer — of Bran, the leader of the North American werewolves, she didn’t know how dangerous it could be either…

Anna and Charles have just been enlisted to attend a summit to present Bran’s controversial proposition: that the wolves should finally reveal themselves to humans. But the most feared Alpha in Europe is dead set against the plan — and it seems like someone else might be too. When Anna is attacked by vampires using pack magic, the kind of power only werewolves should be able to draw on, Charles and Anna must combine their talents to hunt down whoever is behind it all — or risk losing everything…

My Review:

This continues to enthral me as I continue with book two in my reread.  For some reason I thought this story was part of Mercy’s series and had been waiting for it as I reread the main series.  Guess I have been blending the plot lines in my memory.

In book two we continue to watch Charles and Anna build their relationship and learn to function as a team.  Lots of pack politics in this story, which I loved, but also a nice amount of romance as the couple grew closer.  We are in Seattle for this story so we have a new PNW playground to explore and lots of new alphas were introduced.  Fae and Vampires continue to be the big bad guys and while I’m fine with the Fae being dark I continue to wish the vampires were not.

The narrator did an excellent job with the different accents of the different foreign alphas visiting and it was fun to hear him switch between them.  Charles’s and Bran’s voice throws me a bit as I heard something quite different in my head.

The next book in this series comes out tomorrow so I hope to get my turn with the next couple books so I can read the new release sooner rather than later!

My Rating: 5 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:



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.


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

Dying Bites by D.D. Barant

Book Review

Dying BitesUrban Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal, Audio Book

Book Series: The Bloodhound Files #1

Released: 6/30/09 by Tantor Media

Pages: 9 hr 10 min Price: $6.99

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

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


Book Synopsis:

Her job description is the “tracking and apprehension of mentally-fractured killers.” What this really means in FBI profiler Jace Valchek’s brave new world—one in which only one percent of the population is human—is that a woman’s work is never done. And real is getting stranger every day…

Jace has been ripped from her reality by David Cassius, the vampire head of the NSA. He knows that she’s the best there in the business, and David needs her help in solving a series of gruesome murders of vampires and werewolves. David’s world—one that also includes lycanthropes and golems—is one with little knowledge of mental illness. An insane serial killer is a threat the NSA has no experience with. But Jace does. Stranded in a reality where Bela Lugosi is a bigger box office draw than Bruce Willis and every full moon is Mardi Gras, Jace must now hunt down a fellow human before he brings the entire planet to the brink of madness. Or she may never see her own world again…

My Review:

It is spring chore season at my house and this weekend I needed to spend about three hours on a lawn mower.  Eating into some serious reading time I decided to download an audio book to my new snazzy phone and listen to that as I made passes around the pasture.  Now my biggest problem with audio books is their availability, it is usually such a hunt on the library’s system to find something that I’m interested that I get frustrated and just go with music instead.  This time I lucked out and downloaded three promising titles and started with this one. I ended up nearly finishing this book in one day as I kept looking for more chores to work on so I could keep listening.  Now my biggest complaint is that the next five books in the series are not offered from my library and I’m going to have to hunt them down through other means.

Now for the story… This book was quite fun, and again I am surprised at how well a male author wrote from the perspective of a female.  Now I know that might be sexist of me, but I most of the time the urban fantasy books I read with a strong quirky female lead are written by women.  That’s just how it is.  Jace in this story was a great mix of quick wit, sensitivity, strength, and brains.  She wasn’t perfect, which lead to credibility as a character.  I also appreciated how she wasn’t over the top with her sexuality, there was just enough to spice up the story, but nothing really detailed happened on-camera sorta speak.  This character really made this story for me and the narrator was a perfect choice to give her voice.

The premise of this story was interesting, a nice twist from the typical urban fantasy/paranormal reads out there.  I like the alternate universe idea and can’t wait to see how all this universe and ours differentiate from one another.  The supporting cast was a lot of fun and Jace’s golem partner was a hoot.  I also am particularly drawn to the vampire Cassius too.  I hope that we get to dig deeper into his persona in future books.

This was a great listen and I highly suggest it to urban fantasy  or paranormal fans.  If you like Chicagoland vampires,The Vampire for Hire, or Sookie Stackhouse series I bet you enjoy this one too.

My Rating: 5 Stars

Claimed by the Mate by Kate Douglas and A.C. Arthur

Claimed by the mate

Volume 1 of A BBW Werewolf Menage 2-in-1 Romance: Released 9/15/15: 327 pages

I received a copy of this book for review from the publishers through Net Galley

Kate Douglas’s Site    A.C. Arthur’s Site

Book Synopsis:

THE ALPHA’S WOMAN (A Wolf Mates Novel) by A.C. Arthur
Kira Radney is all delicious curves and strong will and has no desire to be a subservient mate. When a member of her father’s pack attempts to make her his mate by force, Kira has no choice but to flee. The last thing she wants is to submit to any male and their pack. But when her escape attempt leads her straight into the arms of an alpha wolf-a sexy, dangerous, protective alpha-Kira must fight against her need to be free, and her secret desire to be controlled…

FERAL PASSIONS (A Feral Passions Novel) by Kate Douglas
Welcome to Feral Passions, a luxurious private resort nestled in a preserve and staffed by dangerously sexy men, making it a haven for women who want to get away from it all. But Feral Passions is a front for a deeper, sexier secret-it’s a hunting ground for these men. Men focused on meeting each woman’s every need. Men who are also the beautiful wolves running wild…and who are looking for mates.

Chereza Dubios is more comfortable solving math equations than she is with her voluptuous body and meeting men. But when her younger sister and best friend trick her into vacationing at Feral Passions, Cherry finds herself attracted and torn between two men who find her curvy body and intelligent mind irresistible. Two men who share a secret-they want to share her.

But that takes trust-can Cherry open herself to love with two sensual and powerful werewolves?


My Review:

The publisher of this book invited me to review this book through Net Galley, I did not request it.  While I am always delighted when that happens quite often it is a book that I am not really interested in reading or do not have time to fit into my reading rotation.  Now I didn’t pay that close to the description when I decided to give this one a go, I saw it was shifter romance and though why not.  I did not realize that it was a mixed couple/LGBT (does MMW count for that genre?) story line.  I have been meaning to diversify my romance reads and this one is definitely something I’ve not read before, I believe the only LGBT romance I’ve read is one of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books.  Some people might not be into this, but I was open to exploring what this branch of the romance genre has to offer.

FERAL PASSIONS (A Feral Passions Novel) by Kate Douglas  

This is the first story I’ve read by this author and it has left me wanting more!  I was delighted that this is story one for a new series because there are so many more characters’ stories that I want to follow.  It is a fun set up and has the potential to offer a lot of fun and sexy situations for the women vacationing at Feral Passions resort!  I loved Cherry and couldn’t help but identify with her as I too am far from perfect in the weight department.  She played out every woman’s fantasy though as she wound these two men around her fingers and lost a bit of her heart in the process.  Being the story is only 166 pages long things moved pretty quickly, but I think the vacation setting worked well for that, who hasn’t wanted to go have a fling while away from responsibility.  Now this was my very first triad pairing and over all I kinda dug it.  I think it might be an easier adjustment for those looking to try LGBT romance as there is still some hetero sex involved in the plot.  There wasn’t really any graphic gay sex described, it was mainly just talked about, but I don’t think it would have been a big deal for me.  After a while I start skimming the sex scenes anyway and go for the emotional connection building  which to me is the heart of a good romance story line.  This one did not disappoint and I was rooting for this couple from the beginning.  Much of the story is told from Cherry’s pov, but we also get to dip into the smexy pair of shifter’s minds a couple of times too.  I liked how the author make them as vulnerable as the female lead in regards to rejection and making things work out.  I look forward to another stay at this resort of yummy shifters and can’t wait to get to know more of the pack.

This story’s rating: 5 Stars


THE ALPHA’S WOMAN (A Wolf Mates Novel) by A.C. Arthur

This was also my first read by this author and unfortunately it did not go as well as the first story in this anthology.  I ended up DNF at chapter four.  My main problem was the female lead character that sounded awfully like a petulant horny teenager who was constantly telling men you aren’t the boss of me and you can’t make me.  The main lead male she is was being paired up with where I left off was alright, but a little dark and heavy personality wise for me. The first book was so light-hearted that this was a drastic switch in tone that I wasn’t in the mood for.  I’m not ruling out another of Ms. Arthur’s books in the future, but is one was just not for me.

This story’s rating: DNF no stars


So one out of two isn’t too bad I guess.  That is something nice about anthology reads they let you get a sample of different authors and figure out who you might like to commit to a longer read with.  In this case Ms. Douglas is someone I am going to be keeping my eye out for in the future!  The first story was fun and I would recommend the title based upon that read alone.  Then give the second story a try to see if you liked it better than I or save it when you are in the mood for something a little more serious.

My Rating: 4 Stars


ARC Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

Dead Heat
Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book #4 in Alpha & Omega series : Published 3/3/15

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

Author’s Website ,  Amazon, Barnes & Noble 

Book Synopsis:

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way…

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire. 

My Review:

Another great addition to this spin-off series in the Mercy Thompson world.  I have to say it again, I almost enjoy Charles and Anna’s stories more than Mercy and Adam.  Tough call though, cause the are both great.  Charles just seems to tip scale in their favor and adds a little something extra to make this series just a bit more enjoyable.

It had been a while, okay only a year…, since I’ve been in this world and it took me a bit to figure out the ‘rules’ again.  The story though gave me enough details and clues that I was quickly on familiar ground again.  We are still dealing with the Fae aftermath from the last book that ended on one helluva cliffhanger and we are waiting for the shoe to drop and the war to break out in this book.  We get to witness just how very terrifying the Fae can be It will make you want to reevaluate all those fairy tales you might have enjoyed as a child.  I know I’m never going to think of them in the same light ever again.

There are several different threads of plot going through this story.  We get to witness a piece of Charles’s past, a mystery/crime dealing with the Fae and a lot of time spent in the barn trying out horses…  Now this is the only plot point that cost the book that fifth star from me.  Not that I didn’t enjoy the angle, it just could have been condensed a bit to make the story move along better.  I have a horse, have been around horses, been to horse shows and still I find them boring and reading about them even more so.  Still to bigger horse people than me this might make the story for them, simply a matter of personal taste.  Personally I found it a bit like going to class and wanted to get back to the action.

I did love that we run into a former flame of Charles’s in this book.  It was interesting to see how Anna handled it and how it affected their marriage.  We also got to work with a FBI agent from a former book and while it took me a bit to remember her, I hope we get to see her again.  The book ended on a bit of a sad note, bittersweet, but sad and I found myself with tears in my eyes for the turn of events.  I like how the author handled the situation and that it helped bring Charles and Anna closer together.  I also appreciate how several of the smaller plot points were revisited at the end and we got to see how some of the people affected by the Fae and other creatures were not forgotten by Charles.

The series still excites me and I look forward to seeing where it goes next, along with Mercy’s story line too.  Looks like we will have to wait a bit before returning to this world, but that’s alright somethings are worth the wait.

My Rating: 4 Stars


Wolver’s Rescue by Jaqueline Rhoades

Wolver's Rescue (The Wolvers #6)Click on cover to visit book’s page over at Goodreads.

Book #6 in The Wolvers series: release 2/26/15

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

Author Links: Website, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter.

Buy the book:  Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Amazon (AmazonUK) , Kobo

Book Synopsis:

Sometimes it’s not the wolves who pose the danger…
There’s a downside to living in a secret society. Someone has to ensure it remains that way. ‘Bull’ Bulworth is that someone. His current assignment: track a young man who has an unrecognized wolf inside him and eliminate the problem before the truth about Wolvers is exposed to the human world. It’s a simple and straightforward assignment until he meets a woman who makes him think crazy might be contagious.
In her own words, Tommie Bane is nuttier than a pecan tree. There’s a voice in her head telling her she is something other than human, and a creature she swears is running around inside her body. Just when she’s at the lowest point in her weird and nutty life, she meets a man who tells her it’s all real. Should she listen to the voice of reason or to the voice in her head that keeps shouting “Mate”?
What do you have to lose when you’ve already lost your mind? For Tommie, it could be her life

My Review:

With some reviews I just don’t know where to start.  Quite often I find it is with the books that I enjoy the most.  I get so excited about sharing my love of it with you that I have trouble organizing my thoughts.  This is one of those reviews…

If you’ve followed me for a while then you know that I am very familiar with this author, in fact she is one of the few that I can say I’ve read (and enjoyed) everything she has written.  I have to say though, this book, this is probably my favorite of everything I’ve read.  Now I probably need to go back and reread sometime to verify that, but something about this story just clicked for me. I was so upset that I didn’t have the time recently to just sit down and devour it in one sitting.  I wanted to tell the world and life to go away and let me read, dammit.

I have noticed that Ms. Rhoades has the ability to take her established series and reinvent them, while keeping the same rules and structure so that they continue to feel a part of the whole.  The last book shook things up quite a bit and this one too has quite a different feel from previous books.  I love this,  it keeps the series fresh and interesting.  Tommie and Bull’s story took a much darker turn from previous stories and at times, in the beginning, I was almost reading though my fingers as I couldn’t bare to witness what was happening.  It was gritty and dark and very realistic, for a fictional world about shape shifters that is…  In this book we get to see a different side of the Wolver world that perhaps isn’t as pleasant and the one the other stories take place in.

The fun characters that span a wide spectrum of personalities and quirks are one of the things I enjoy most about Ms. Rhoades’s books, and she did not disappoint in her latest release.  The main one that connected this to the other stories was Eugene Begley who continues to play this world’s matchmaker extraordinaire.  He is a fun Wolver and I was happy to see him get some actual page time in this book we got a chance to know him better.  The main story centers around Tommie and Bull, who both surprised me as a departure from what I usually expect in this series.  Both of them come with plenty of issues and a stubborn streak a mile wide.  I loved their personalities though.  Tommie had such optimism, determination and strength to her.  I loved how she stood up to pretty much everybody and for everyone.  I admired and connected with her compassion and quirks.  She is what made this story for me.  Bull was a lot of fun and had such a mouth on him.  I enjoyed his change; watching him open up and let the other characters in to his heart was touching.   These two are a great paring and I loved how Ms. Rhoades worked their lives and story into a complete circle.  I don’t want to giveaway more, but I loved the piece of the puzzle we got at the very end the most.

The plot and pacing was well done.  Lots of action and plenty of fun moments too, she writes a nice balance of drama, humor and steam.  This author keeps things moving and you guessing about what is going to happen next.  Just when you think surely this must be the end, there is still 50 or more pages of drama to work out.  I really appreciate this,  it means we don’t have left over plot twists that have to carry over to another book.  No cliffhangers and Wolver’s Rescue works really well as a standalone title, so if you have not read anything else by this author feel free to pick this title up and give it try.  I bet it hooks you and soon you will have devoured the entire series.

My rating: Five Stars



Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire (Love at Stake, #16)Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book #16 in the Love at Stake series (last one).  Publish Date: 12/30/14

I own an e-copy of this book

Book Synopsis:

Russell wakes from a coma to find he’s become a vampire. Now he has a thirst for revenge. Determined to hunt down the master vampire who turned him, he’s used to working alone . . . until he meets Jia. She is after the same vampire for murdering her parents and insists she can help Russell on this mission. Reluctantly, he agrees, and sets up some ground rules:

Rule #1: Their partnership is strictly business. If he holds her a little too close . . . if she looks at him with those exotic eyes . . . well, that has to stop.

Rule #2: He’s in charge. Jia isn’t used to taking orders and questions every move he makes. So he stops her the only way he knows how.

Rule #3: Don’t fall in love. But the kiss that was supposed to quiet her awakens something else in him . . . something forbidden. Because Jia is engaged. To someone else.

My Review:

This is the last addition to a long run series, for now, and while I am sad to say good-bye to this world I think perhaps it is time.  This book just didn’t work for me and it pains me to give it the rating I did, but this title just didn’t excite me as earlier books did.  Sometimes you can feel in the story that the author needs to move on and explore other worlds and this book was one of those instances.  Much of what I loved about this world was missing or a shadow of former its glory.  The writing felt fairly formulaic, the humor was either forced or too silly to be real,  and there was a ton of telling not showing.  I wanted this series to go out with a bang and it didn’t, more like a rattled death gurgle.

The first half of the book was alright.  Jia and Russell’s relationship felt a little awkward and forced.  I almost liked them as just partner’s instead of lovers.   This is, however, a fluffy vampire romance, so no matter how weird their relationship felt we all knew they were going to end up together.  I like Jia, though,  I think she was one of the better heroines in the series.  I also kinda liked Russell, but less so.  I think he needed more work or time to be developed as a character so we could have gotten to know him better and rooted for him.  Maybe that was why he was saved for last.

I am satisfied how the series concluded the Master Han arch,  I started to see the ‘surprise’ coming about half-way through the book.  I think it was an interesting twist even if it was expected.  The arch concerning the kidnapped Dragon boy felt flat and rushed.  His chapters were particularly bad with the telling and not showing.  This is another instance where I wished the author would have given the plot the time it deserved.  It almost felt tacked on.  We have the Archangels making another appearance in this book.  I understand why, but they sure didn’t help the story.  I wish their role and the whole corny trip to hell could have been left out.  I think the story might have been stronger without.  It was nice to see almost everyone one last time, but again I think some of the characters and their hordes of children could have stayed home.

Like I said, it pains me to be so harsh, but I have to call them as I see them and this book did not live up to its predecessors.  I still love the series and plan to re-read it one day, as I own all of them.  I also am on board for any future novellas the author wants to give us set in this world.  She is moving on to other stories and other worlds and I look forward to seeing what she writes next.  I just wish she would have set this world aside until she could have given it the send-off it deserved.

My Rating: 2 Stars