Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill

Book Review

 


Wild Hunger (Heirs of Chicagoland, #1)Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Book Series: Heirs of Chicagoland #1

Released: 8/14/18 by Berkley

Pages: 352 Price: $15.00 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

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

 

 

Book Synopsis:

As the only vampire child ever born, some believed Elisa Sullivan had all the luck. But the magic that helped bring her into the world left her with a dark secret. Shifter Connor Keene, the only son of North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, is the only one she trusts with it. But she’s a vampire and the daughter of a Master and a Sentinel, and he’s prince of the Pack and its future king.

When the assassination of a diplomat brings old feuds to the fore again, Elisa and Connor must choose between love and family, between honor and obligation, before Chicago disappears forever.

My Review:

Being a fan of the main series this book was spun off of I was so excited to have the opportunity to read and review this book.  Then the summer hit and I got busy and felt awful that it took me until the week before the release to read it.  To top it off the author is coming to Naperville on Thursday and I took the day off to go see her.   So this week I pushed myself to carve out some reading time and finished the first book in a whole new chapter of Chicagoland vampires

I might have also been a bit hesitant to start the spin-off out of fear that it wouldn’t live up the original series.  Of course, many of the characters would carry over but there would be new people to connect with and form bonds.  Lulu and Connor were my personal favorites. The first book in series are often make or break for the success of a series.  We need enough background information to get hooked but not an info dump.  We need a compelling plot to keep us engaged with characters we barely know and enough cliffhangers to keep us coming back.  That’s a lot of pressure for a book.

Fortunately, Ms. Neill does a beautiful job with Wild Hunger.  There was enough distinction from the first series for this one to stand on its own.  Yet there was plenty of characters and settings carried over from the first series to keep fans of that one feeling like they were visiting old friends.  The time jump between the last series and this one was handled nicely too. Of course, being vampires, for many of the characters, we don’t have to worry about them having died off.  Ms. Neill demonstrates the advancement of time more through the changes in the city and technology which were subtle yet fun ways to make to book feel like it is set in the future.

Then there is the fact that Elisa is the descendant of the two main characters from the last series.  This could have easily come off as Merit with blond hair but doesn’t.  If anything I almost see more of her father Ethan in her than Merit, but she is a nice blend of their personalities and quirks.  Ms. Neill also sets up Elisa’s love interest for the series with Connor, which wasn’t a huge surprise because it was implied in the last series.  It isn’t a major plot point in the book but a good start for future books.  I look forward to seeing how they come together.

I don’t want to spoil things for you but there was an unexpected twist that links the two series through Elisa.  I am looking forward to seeing how she handles this issue and how it becomes known to her parents.

Overall if you are a fan of Chicagoland Vampires then it is a given that you are going to want to get your hands on this book.  Take my word on it! If you want to start here though, there is a lot to love in this book.  The action, humor, and setting are all spot on!   It was a fun read and if you enjoy urban fantasy then you will enjoy Wild Hunger too.

My Rating: 5 Stars

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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

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

Twice Bitten by Lynsay Sands

Book Review

 


Twice Bitten (Argeneau #27)Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Mystery

Book Series: Argeneau #27

Released: 3/27/18 by Avon

Pages: 384 Price: $7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

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

 

 

Book Synopsis:

For someone who’s been around for over a hundred and forty years, immortal Elspeth Argeneau hasn’t done a whole lot of living. Now that she’s moved away from her controlling mother, she’s tracking down rogue vampires and enjoying some overdue freedom. A fling would be fun. A life mate can wait. Yet to Elspeth’s surprise, her landlady’s hot grandson checks both boxes.
Wyatt fell instantly in love with Elspeth four years ago. He’s stunned to run into her again, especially as she has no memory of him. Then again, there are a lot of things about Elspeth that don’t make sense, like the miraculous speed with which her wounds heal. And the chemistry that transforms every touch into an explosion of desire. But with mysterious “accidents” besieging Elspeth, the ex-Special Forces soldier appoints himself her bodyguard. But time is running out to uncover the truth about her enemies—and rediscover the man determined to love her for eternity.

My Review:

Long time fan of this series because I know when I pick up an Argeneau book I’m in for a good read that will fall into one of two categories.  It will either be a fluffy fun romp or a more serious suspenseful mystery.  Twice Bitten falls into the latter category but it still has plenty of fun lighter moments to be had and as always just the right amount of steamy scenes.

I have to confess, however, this book stressed me out a bit.  I ended up with bad dreams the first night of reading because apparently, a super controlling parent is a trigger for me.  I grew up with a controlling parent, not as extreme in this book, but it was easy to put myself in Elspeth’s shoes.  I also found myself hating a character for the first time and desperately wanted them to get what was coming to them.  Felt a little disappointed at the end when I thought they got off way too easily but that plotline might continue into future books.  At least I’m hoping it does.

What I enjoyed most about this book was the chance to ‘visit’ with some of the characters featured in earlier books in the series.  It was nice to get the opportunity to check in with them and see what they were up to.  I believe I had also mentioned how I was missing one uber-matchmaker of the series and was delighted to see she was in this book.

As to Elspeth and Wyatt, I thought they were a cute couple and a good match.  I also liked Merry Wyatt’s grandmother and would like to see her again as her plotline didn’t feel resolved either.

Ms. Sands books are reliable and highly entertaining.  Picking up one of her Argeneau books is a far too brief escape from my everyday life that I always look forward to.  I am eagerly awaiting my next opportunity to revisit this world.

My Rating: 5 Stars

Immortal Unchained by Lynsay Sands

Book Review

 


Immortal Unchained (Argeneau, #25)Book Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy

Book Series: Argeneau #25

Released: 3/28/17 by Avon

Pages: 384 Price:$7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon Immortal Unchained: An Argeneau Novel

Source: I own a copy of this book.  

 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Ever since Domitian Argenis recognized Sarita as his life mate, he’s been waiting for the perfect moment to claim her. Those fantasies did not include him being chained to a table in a secret lab or both of them being held hostage by a mad scientist. Somehow, they have to escape…

Sarita has seen some crazy things as a cop, but nothing to rival Domitian. A vampire? Seriously? But his healing ability, incredible powers, and their mind-blowing physical connection—none of it should be possible, yet her body knows differently. Now, not only do they have to save each other, but other innocent lives are at stake. Failure is not an option, for Sarita intends that Domitian show her exactly what an eternity of pleasure feels like…

My Review:

Another enjoyable addition to a series I adore.  I was disappointed to see how some of the blogs I follow are growing tired of this series and have decided they are done.  I get that this is addition number 25 after all and we won’t always love every new release Ms. Sands gives us.  I, however, am not done.  This is one of the series that I’m (most likely) going to see through to the end.  Why?  Because I know 8 out of 10 times I’m going to get a story that I love.  One where I sit on the couch all day and do nothing but read the latest escapades of the characters in a world I enjoy.  Ms. Sands books might have similar themes but she always delivers a story that helps me escape reality and leaves me smiling at the end.

I’ve said before in my reviews of this series that the books fall into one of two camps.  They are either silly fun romps, true chick-lit, or they are more suspenseful and even a tad dark, with gripping plots that keep you on your toes wondering what happens next.  This latest addition to the series was one of the suspenseful tales but it did manage to throw in some fun as well.

This was Domitian and Sarita’s story.  I have to confess I don’t remember Domitian at all but after 25 books Ms. Sands has to be scraping the bottom of the barrel as far as finding a new Argeneau for each story.  We have to be onto second cousins twice removed or something like that.  That’s okay.  I don’t need a long history with these characters to find their stories compelling.  I did find it interesting that this was the first time that an Immortal was waiting to claim their lifemate.  I guess it had never occurred to me what would happen if a vamp met their mate when they were a child.  Had to agree that the private investigator was a bit creepy but compared to some of the other things that went down in this book easily overlooked. I liked this pairing, the couples complimented each other nicely and I enjoyed my time with them.

What really hooked me about this book, however, was all the progress with the mysterious Doctor that had been kidnapping Immortals.  We finally got some serious progress on that storyline.  I don’t want to give anything away but he is a serious scumbag and I can’t wait until they catch him.  I kind of hope we return to this island though, there are some characters left here that I wouldn’t mind seeing again.  This whole multi-book plot thread though has definitely breathed new life into this series.  I’m looking forward to the next installment that comes out later this year.  I need to know what happens next!  I do hope we return to Canada again sometime, though.  I miss the exploits of my favorite matchmaker in the series and would love to check in with what is going on up there.

My Rating: 5 Stars

Blood Vow by J.R. Ward

Book Review

 


Blood Vow (Black Dagger Legacy, #2)Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Book Series: Black Dagger Legacy #2

Released: 12/6/16 by Ballantine Books

Pages: 459 Price: $28.oo Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon Blood Vow: Black Dagger Legacy

Source: I own a copy of this book

 

 

Book Synopsis:

The Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to train the best of the best to join them in the deadly battle against the Lessening Society. Among the new recruits, Axe proves to be a cunning and vicious fighter—and also a loner isolated because of personal tragedy. When an aristocratic female needs a bodyguard, Axe takes the job, though he’s unprepared for the animal attraction that flares between him and the one he is sworn to protect.

For Elise, who lost her first cousin to a grisly murder, Axe’s dangerous appeal is enticing—and possibly a distraction from her grief. But as they delve deeper into her cousin’s death, and their physical connection grows into so much more, Axe fears that the secrets he keeps and his tortured conscience will tear them apart.

Rhage, the Brother with the biggest heart, knows all about self-punishing, and he wants to help Axe reach his full potential. But when an unexpected arrival threatens Rhage and Mary’s new family, he finds himself back in the trenches again, fighting against a destiny that will destroy all he holds most dear.

As Axe’s past becomes known, and fate seems to be turning against Rhage, both males must reach deep—and pray that love, rather than anger, will be their lantern in the darkness.

My Review:

Again I have to start my review out about this “spin-off” series by asking; why is it considered a spin-off?  It is set in the same location, features many of the same characters, and is pretty much a continuation of the timeline in the main series.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t care either way how the author wants to give us more stories in this world.  Sign me up I’m all for it, it just feels strange to call it a spin-off series when it feels so much like simply the Blackdagger Brotherhood series.  Alright, nit-picking aside this was an awesome book and once I got a chance to get into it I loved how the plot played out.

Okay, small confession time.  I wasn’t into Axe and Elise’s storyline all that much.  Not that I didn’t like them, I did, I just wanted to know what the hell was going on with Rhage and Mary so much more.  Whenever the story moved off their POV I almost skipped ahead because I did not want to wait to hear how their drama was playing out.  I was good though and kept reading as Ms. Ward intended us to read, but man it was so tempting to jump ahead.

I did like Axe and Elise as a couple, however.  I truly believe they are a good match and loved the contrast in their upbringing. They helped each other grow past their baggage and fight for what they wanted for their life.  They learned together to stop being victims of other people’s ideas and prejudices, something all would be wise to remember more often.  I was surprised to see how they ended up and expect that we will see more from this couple in future books as their story doesn’t feel quite done yet.

I’ve already said how I found Rhage and Mary’s storyline so much more captivating.  Now I’ve never been one to be into kids but the uncertainty around their adopting Bitty just got to me.  Maybe because she is an older child and not a baby worked for me, I do better with pre-teens and teens.  This plot just grabbed me by the emotions and didn’t let go.  I was so thrilled with how everything ended up, though!

One last thought before I go.  Thank you!  Thank you, Ms. Ward, for giving Lassiter an actual part in this book.  He is one of my favorite characters in this series and usually only gets one scene where he is little more than a court jester.  I loved that he had a more substantial part in this story.  I hope we can see more of him in the future.

My Rating:5 Stars

ARC The Turn by Kim Harrison

Book Review

 


The Turn (The Hollows #0.1)Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: The Hollows #0.1

Released: 2/7/17 by Gallery Books

Pages: 407  Price: $26.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death

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

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Can science save us when all else fails?

Trisk and her hated rival, Kalamack, have the same goal: save their species from extinction.

Death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government’s new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague takes the world, giving the paranormal species an uncomfortable choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die, or to show themselves in a bid to save them.

Under accusations of scientific misconduct, Trisk and Kal flee across a plague torn United States to convince leaders of the major paranormal species to save their supposedly weaker kin, but not everyone thinks humanity should be saved.

Kal surreptitiously works against her as Trisk fights the prejudices of two societies to prove that not only does humanity have something to offer, but that long-accepted beliefs against women, dark magic, and humanity itself can turn to understanding; that when people are at their worst that the best show their true strength, and that love can hold the world together as a new balance is found.

My Review:

If you are a fan of the now finished Hollows series then you will not want to pass this one up!  Especially, if like me, you always wondered how all the turn that outed all the paranormal species happen.  This prequel will deliver that answer and more as we are taken back to the 60’s and find out how the world almost lost its humans.

I loved this book, a chance to visit this world once again and maybe see some familiar faces was such a treat.  Took me a bit to actually figure out how each new character would eventually fit into the world as I would come to know it but I caught on soon enough.  The story was a bit slow in the first half but by the second half the action had picked up to a pace that felt true to this series.

The characters were a great mix and while many were missing, not having been born, their absence was barely felt with all the new people to take their place.  Trisk was great, a strong female lead that did this series proud.  Kal, on the other hand, was a complete and utter ass.  In fact, my only disappointment with this entire book was that he got off far top easily for his crimes.  Personally, I think being drug off to hell would be the only fitting reward for his actions but then he would not be there to set up events for the future series.  Still, totally unfair he deserved worse….the spoiled brat.  I also feel bad for Trisk’s future but if I look at it logically she did some pretty questionable actions as well.

This book was not what I was expecting when I learned there would be a prequel to The Hollows series.  I was expecting a short little novella with a fun tale that would make me nostalgic for a series now finished.  What we got was a full-length adventure introducing a whole set of new characters and bringing back a few of our favorites.  This book has depth and substance and delivers so much more than just a tale about where The Hollows’ world all went wrong.  This book also takes a look and raises some interesting questions about human genetic modification of crops and viruses along with government control and coverup.  Just when does the end no longer justify the means?

So again, if you love The Hollows pick this book up and enjoy the ride.  If you have no previous history with this world or its characters I say give it a go too.  Ms. Harrison is an excellent author that delivers an excellent read.

My Rating: 4 Stars

ARC Lucifer by D.B. Reynolds

Book Review

 


Lucifer (Vampires in America, #11)Book Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Vampires in America #11

Released: 11/18/16 by ImaJinn Books

Pages: 298  Price: $7.99

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon Lucifer (Vampires in America: The Vampire Wars Book 11)

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

 

Book Synopsis:

Montreal, Quebec . . . A charming city on the St. Lawrence River, historic, sophisticated, but beneath it all lies an extensive underground where treacherous vampires are plotting to seize the country.

Lucifer Scuderi is a vampire—handsome and charismatic, a powerful hunter of unusual skill—who arrives in Montreal to take on the most important hunt of his life. Someone has kidnapped the mate of Canada’s ruling vampire lord, and it’s up to Lucifer to find him before his death sets off a crisis that could engulf the entire continent.

Eleanor Morel lost everything—including the love of her life—when she became a vampire. But now, twenty years later, she’s a trusted bodyguard to the Canadian lord, Sophia, and the only person Sophia can count on to lead the search for her endangered mate. But what Eleanor doesn’t know is that the special hunter she’ll be working with is none other than her long-lost love. And he’s demanding answers.

Lucifer’s love for Eleanor burns as hot as his anger towards her for leaving him. But they’ll have to find a way to set history aside and work together if they’re going to unravel the twisted betrayal that threatens not only Sophia and her mate, but the whole continent. Because the European vampires are on the move. And if Canada falls, the rest of North America could follow . . .

My Review:

Book number eleven in this series I adore brings us back to Canada to deal with Lord Sophia’s missing mate.  He has been kidnapped by the European vampires who are becoming ever more bold in their attempt to claim this continent for their own.  While I love this author and series I have to say this book wasn’t my favorite in the series.  I would have to say it fits in with other books I didn’t care for in the series, books 3-5.  Still committed to this world just didn’t care for Sophia’s drama I guess…

So what went wrong for me. The book had a different feel to it as we gear up to travel to Europe and take the war to those vamps on their home turf.  I did like Lucifer and Eleanor but struggled to build a connection with them.  I also didn’t care for the flashbacks.  I know they were necessary to build the history between these two, but I’m usually not a fan of them when they are used in any book/series I’m reading.  I just don’t care for the jumping back and forth in time.  A few are okay but this story had quite a few flashbacks in the first 50 pages and it didn’t agree with me.  As we move into the current action they decrease and I was finally able to get into the story.

Most of this book I wanted to follow two threads; how were they going to rescue the mate and how were they going to work it out for these two lost loves to stay together.  I’m not going to spoil anything but it did work out nicely and I appropriated how things played out.  Having just read Aden’s story I did enjoy revisiting this character, even if he didn’t get a lot of page time.

If you are a fan of the series I would NOT miss this book.  Don’t skip it.  If you’ve not tried this world yet start back at book one and enjoy the ride.  I’m glad I read this one, even if it wasn’t my favorite.  Looking forward to the next.  I’m curious to see how the series shifts as we journey to Europe and kick some ass over there.  Its time to take this war to them instead of waiting for the attack at home.  Should be good!

My Rating:3 Stars

ARC Immortal Nights by Lynsay Sands

Book Review

 


Immortal Nights (Argeneau, #24)Book Genre:
Paranormal, Romance

Book Series: Argeneau #24

Released: 9/20/16 by Avon

Pages: 384  Price: $7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

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

 

 

Book Synopsis:

In a sizzling new Argeneau novel from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands, an impulsive rescue pairs a sexy immortal with the woman made to be his for eternity.

Abigail Forsythe’s life hasn’t been easy lately. Still, if there’s one thing guaranteed to take her mind off an empty bank account and abandoned dreams, it’s a naked man locked in a plane’s cargo hold. A very big, incredibly gorgeous naked man. And when instinct prompts her to free him, Abigail must rely on this stranger for survival…a stranger who leaves her thrumming with need every time they touch.

Tomasso Notte knows he’s found his life mate in Abigail. Now he just has to hold on to her. They’re miles from civilization, hunted by his kidnappers. Abigail has no idea of Tomasso’s abilities, or of how intensely pleasurable their unique connection can be. But he’s about to show her, beginning with one wild, hot, immortal night…

My Review:

While I adore this series, there will always be books I LOVE and few I dislike (like one so far) and some I feel ambivalent about.  This is one of the latter.  It isn’t that I didn’t enjoy reading this piece of the Argeneau world it just wasn’t my favorite.  Still devoured it in a day, doesn’t that make you feel like a total bad-ass, but I just couldn’t connect with Tomasso and Abigail. Sorry.  Still glad I read it and will be picking up my own copy to keep once it hits the shelves. To complete my collection!

So what was up with this book?  What didn’t work for me.  I’m thinking it might be a case of I should have read something else between the last vampire book and this vampire book.  The two series I read were vastly different from one another.  One dark and heavy and this one light and fun.  Both are styles of stories I enjoy but I might have enjoyed this one better if I had read a sci-fi in between.  Live and learn, I guess.  The insta-romance really stuck out to me and while I accept it in this premise I wish their coming together had a little more foreplay.  The first half of the book just didn’t gel with me but the second half picked up quite a bit and I loved the ending.  I really think it was just I didn’t care for Tomasso and Abigail because once the other characters joined the story I became more invested.

This one takes place over the same time-frame as the last two books and we are still dealing with this mystery doctor that is kidnapping Immortals.  We learn quite a bit more about his plans and even get to meet him at the end of this book.  I am intrigued about this story line and hope we get to the meat of this plot in the next book.  We also have a new human, Jet, added to the world and who will probably be one of Marguerite’s new match-making victims soon. I missed her in this book and look forward to her return.

Bottom line I’m glad I read this book.  Was it my favorite in the series, no.  Still enjoyable and if you are a fan of the series I would not skip it as you will miss a vital piece of the puzzle with this kidnapping plot.  If you are new to this world, please, give it a try! This series is a lot of fun and quick reads that will definitely keep you entertained.  I would start at the beginning though and with this being book 24 you will have lots of enjoyable reading hours ahead of you as you follow the sometimes outrageous plots and the more suspenseful ones that make up the Argeneau series.

My Rating: 3 Stars

The Beast by J.R. Ward

Book Review

 


The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #14)Book Genre:
Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Back Dagger Brotherhood #14

Released: 4/5/16 by NAL

Pages: 508 Price: $28.00 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself…

For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect—or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved shellan, is by his side and his King and his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand—or control—the panic and insecurity that plague him…

And that terrifies him—as well as distances him from his mate. After suffering mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities—and the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world…and Mary’s. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from…

My Review:

Well I’m all caught up with what is going down with the brotherhood.  I rather enjoyed reading these three books back-to-back.  Gave me the opportunity to get really entrenched in the world and not have to refresh myself with the current rules of the world I was visiting.  I also have enjoyed the revisiting of each of the brothers from previous books that Ms. Ward has been taking in her stories.  This book we got to check back in with Rhage and Mary to see how things aren’t always perfect once the H.E.A hits. As with life there will always be issues, there will always be challenges and a couple needs to work together to build the life they want.  The work never ends but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy and appreciate the journey.

As with all Ms. Ward’s books there are several plot threads to keep track of, this one, though, was a bit easier to follow, but that might have to do with the fact that I was in the world already and up-to-date on what was going on.  Rhage and Mary had been having issues for several books now and all the drama comes front and center in this story. The story started off rough and after how The Shadows played out I was a little cautious as I read this one but had faith that Ms. Ward probably wouldn’t rip our hearts out two book in a row.  I was not really expecting the issue that these two to be facing to be the one that unfolded but I could totally see it once we knew the root of the problem.  While it wasn’t easy for me to identify with what they were feeling, I tend to lean in Doc Jane and V’s philosophy on this topic, you would have to be a total cold-hearted bitch to not feel for their pain.  I know it isn’t all resolved at the end but I have hopes that these two will get what they want and deserve in the end.

On the other front there was a lot of development with Assail’s story line in this book and I must say he is starting to grow on my.  Finger’s crossed for his own book eventually.  We also had the introduction of a new human character, Jo.  I can’t wait to see what develops with her! Then there is Layla and her Bastard.  I am not really looking forward to her book which is next.  I just don’t care about these two.  The only saving grace I can find is that it won’t be the only plot thread in that book and there is enough going on that I probably won’t hate the book.  After all The Shadows really surprised me.

This was a good book and like I said I’ve been enjoying these revisits with the boys and the peeks into the daily lives that goes on in the compound.  There were some issues resolved in this book but like anything in life it has just lead to a new set of problems that need to be solved.  I have a feeling we will be focused more on V and Payne in future books and I hope these two get a chance to resolve their feelings about their mother.   This series feels like it is regaining its footing a bit and I am in for the long haul!

My Rating: 4 Stars