Review: Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews

I was saving up reading the Kate Daniels series until after the last book released – and once it did I ended up bingeing the entirety of the ten books (and two of the spin offs) in a span of three months. While I can tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed this series, because of the speed in which I read them (and my lack of Goodreads notes, which is where I normally make comments on current reads), I honestly can’t discuss in detail more than the broadest aspects of the story. In light of my going to see the authors in person soon, I felt that I should at least try to write down some of my feelings!

Kate is a strong but likeable character that has many flaws that are not often seen. Despite questioning herself and making mistakes, she rises above adversity surmounting increasingly impossible odds against enemies great and small. Her romance with Curran is one of my favorite points in the books, as is seeing her grow as a person while remaining in a strong relationship. I feel that a lot of heroines in slightly paranormal romances tend to lose a bit of themselves in relationships, but I didn’t feel this was the case with Kate.

One of my favorite aspects of the series was how fleshed out side characters were. I felt almost if not as invested in their stories as I did in the main characters’, which is what made the spin-off novels so wonderful.

A series that I would definitely recommend to any paranormal romance lovers out there. I can’t wait to read the authors’ other works – and see them in person at my local Barnes and Noble! (For anyone wondering at the plural – Ilona Andrews is a wife/husband writing duo).

What are some of your favorite paranormal romances? I’m always looking for recommendations!

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Overall Series Rating: 4/5

Review: Ravensong

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Series: Green Creek #2

Published: July 31, 2018

Rating:★★★★★ (5 Stars)

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Gordo Livingstone never forgot the lessons carved into his skin. Hardened by the betrayal of a pack who left him behind, he sought solace in the garage in his tiny mountain town, vowing never again to involve himself in the affairs of wolves.
It should have been enough.

And it was, until the wolves came back, and with them, Mark Bennett. In the end, they faced the beast together as a pack… and won.

Now, a year later, Gordo has found himself once again the witch of the Bennett pack. Green Creek has settled after the death of Richard Collins, and Gordo constantly struggles to ignore Mark and the song that howls between them.
But time is running out. Something is coming. And this time, it’s crawling from within.

Some bonds, no matter how strong, were made to be broken.

Wolfsong was one of my top reads of last year, so I was super excited to read this continuation of the Green Creek series exploring one of the side characters, Gordo Livingstone!

The writing in this book was amazing because while keeping with the overall style of the first in the series, it gave Gordo a voice of his own. It did take a bit to get into because I was diving in expecting another book with a voice like Ox’s (Wolfsong’s protagonist), but I loved this book even more because of how different it was.

This storyline is epic and the romances feel so genuine. There were parts of the story where I felt that I could see the scene playing out as if in a movie. The scale of the action in this book definitely became a lot greater compared to Wolfsong which contributes to making this book more than just a romance. I will say that sometimes I felt the romance was suffering a bit because of all the action and I felt most of the connection that I felt with Mark was leftover because of what I knew of him from the first book.

Ravensong continues on what has become one of my favorite paranormal romance series – I mean, GAY WEREWOLVES (and witches). As much as the story is amazing though, the writing is again what truly brings it to life and makes this book five stars. I absolutely can’t wait for Kelly and Robbie’s book next year. So many questions are left unanswered at the end of this book!

 

Angel’s Flight

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Series Guild Hunter (Short Story Collection)

Published 2012 (full collection)

Rating 4/5

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I really enjoyed this collection because it fills in a few of the relationship gaps left in the first three books of the Guild Hunter series. In this mini anthology, there are stories about Ashwini and Janvier, Sara and Deacon, Noel and Nimra, and Jessamy and Galen. All of these characters made brief appearances or were at least mentioned in the three books preceding this collection.

Out of the four mini romances, Ashwini and Janiver intrigued me the most. Luckily, there is a whole book dedicated to this romance later on in the series, (Archangel’s Shadow (Guild Hunter #7), so I look forward to seeing this romance blossom further.

The stories of Sara and Deacon as well as Jessamy and Galen were nice to read because they already are couples at the beginning of the series. These cute novellas provide background as to how they became the couples they are throughout the first few books (and how Sara and Deacon came to have a dog named Slayer).

Noel may be better known as the vampire that got beat up to satisfy someone else’s agenda in Archangel’s Kiss (Book 2). Seeing a character I previously pitied recover from a horrific incident (and find love along the way) was an unexpected pleasure. While this still wasn’t my favorite story in the collection, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

Overall a nice little addendum to a romance series that is shaping up to be one of my favorite! If you enjoy romance and fantasy, definitely check out the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh!

Thanks for reading!

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Snow’s Seduction (A Snow White Werewolf Tale #1) Review

35096446Snow’s Seduction by Kristin Miller

Series: A Snow White Werewolf Tale Part 1 of 3

Published: June 5, 2017

Genre: Romance

Rating: 2.25/5

Hair black as a raven’s coat, skin as white as snow, lips as read as, blabitty-blah, blah, blah. If one more person calls me sweet and innocent, I’m losing my head.

I’ve got more pressing matters to think about. Like the fact that our wolf pack is in serious debt. If I can’t find a way to secure financing for our estate, we’ll lose our shifting sanctuary. My stepmother—wonderfully wicked as she is—has come up with a plan: seduce a rich jeweler who’s visiting for the weekend. And then, when he agrees to bond with me and make me his forever, we’ll be saved. Not such a bad deal, considering he’s crazy hot, and I’ve had a crush on him forever.

One problem: I’m not a temptress, not by a long shot. It’s a good thing my childhood best friend, Hunter, has come back into the area. He’s always been a playboy and knows how to get what he wants. He agrees to teach me the rules of seduction, but before long, I realize I’m the one being played.

DISCLAIMER: I received this ebook free from the publisher for a fair and honest review

There are some mild spoilers in this review: read at your own risk.

This book originally caught my eye on Net Galley because of the premise: Fairy-tail Retelling meets werewolf romance. It didn’t really live up to my expectations.

The first chapter starts of very strong, throwing Snow into a sex-filled closet with…the man she isn’t pursuing? As love triangles go, this one is pretty painful. Snow gets her childhood best friend Hunter to teach her how to seduce another man…by having lots and lots of sex with him. This novella is the first part in a serial/series. This particular installment is set over the course of a single night. While lots of things can happen in one night, sex three times while taking breaks to seduce another guy is a little much.

I feel that I often ignore gaping plot holes in favor of a good story, but in this case some of them are too large. It’s constantly mentioned that the werewolves have wonderful smell, and are even able to scent others in a raining forest. But no one can scent the sex on Snow 10 minutes after she does the deed?

There are a lot of cheesy sayings throughout this novella that made me giggle. Some of the phrases include: “Clitar Hero” and “Holy horse-cock.”You have to give the author some points for those.

Overall, this is a good book if you’re really horny and just want to read about some coitus. Didn’t really see any connection to Snow White, other than the main character’s name (as well a the name of “The” Hunter) and a  predisposition to order appletinis. Again this is the first part in a three part series, so more connections may come later on. If I’m in the mood for some mind-numbing sex romance, I may pick up the next two in the series, but I feel no need to continue.

emily

Slave to Sensation Review

178476Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Series: Psy-Changling #1

Published: September 5, 2006

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Rating: 4/5

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In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of “rehabilitation” – the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was…

Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion – and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities – or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation.

I always love to pick up a Romance novel when trying to get over a major book-hangover (and there are none as large as those following a Sarah J. Maas book). What better book to pick up than one suggested by the Queen herself? Maas often lists some of her favorite reads in her newsletters and in the last one she mentioned Nalini Singh. As a lover of all smutty romances–especially those of the paranormal/sci-fi variety–I had to check this author out.

As with the first book in all paranormal/fantasy books, a good deal of page space is dedicated to world building and explaining the intricate relationships between species. This is one of the main reasons that I gave this book 4 stars. While I always enjoy diving into a new world, and Singh did descriptions fairly well, there seemed to be quite a few descriptions that took a little away from the story.

Lucas is a hot hunk that I had no trouble falling for him. The dance between Sascha and him was very amusing to read although the collapse from tension into love did seem a bit sudden. Any book with mating does seem to go this way, and it did not detract from my overall enjoyment. Who wouldn’t want a hot male connected to you? (unless they’re super creepy of course)

Overall a satisfying read that I devoured in a day. It did it’s job of assisting me out of the reading slump. I will definitely be checking out the other books in the series, as this world is very addictive. Can’t wait to find out more about the other characters that were introduced as well as the world of the Psy and Changelings!

Thanks for reading,

emily