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Awakening the Beast: A Collection of Six Sexy Bites
Review Date: 10/23/2009


Multi-author anthology of six of the Silhouette Nocturne Bites available at eHarlequin. Paranormal reads: vampires and dhampirs and shifters [oh my!]

Several of the stories are related to series' although they seem to work well enough as stand-alones. I purchased this for the Knights of White story by Lisa Renee Jones and was pleased with it - it was a good contribution to the series.

Lisa Renee Jones Return of the Beast Demons/Angels - Knights of White
Olivia Gates Mortal Enemy, Immortal Lover Vampire
Linda O. Johnston Claws of the Lynx Shifter - Apha Force
Barbara J. Hancock Wilderness Shifter
Caridad Piñeiro Honor Calls Vampire - The Calling
Lydia Parks Shadow Lover

Knights of White
Book 1: THE BEAST WITHIN
Book 2: BEAST OF DESIRE
"RETURN OF THE BEAST"âAwakening the Beast
Book 3: BEAST OF DARKNESS
DEMON'S SEDUCTIONâeBook
Book 4: CAPTIVE OF THE BEAST

Alpha Force
Alpha Wolf

Calling
Darkness Calls (2004)
Danger Calls (2005)
Temptation Calls (2005)
Death Calls (2006)
Blood Calls (2007)
Devotion Calls (2007)
Fury Calls (2009)
Honor Calls (2009)


Bad Kitty (Southern Shifters, Bk 4)
Bad Kitty (Southern Shifters, Bk 4)
Author: Eliza Gayle
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 10/16/2014


Turning the villain of one book into a believable heroine of another book is a tough sell. Thats the basis of this book taking Kitty from being bad in the previous books [shes a supporting character in both Kane and Malcolm] to being a better person with a new place in the world. The author does it well, tearing her down [and tearing her up, literally, in the opening scene where she is attacked by four female shifters and almost killed] and pretty much letting her discover her inner strength and character.

Of course shes not alone on her journey of self-discovery, theres the requisite hunky hero. Rafe is the future alpha of the wolf pack whose territory she has invaded in her escape from her attackers. She violated the pack/pride treaties by entering their territory, there are three low-life thugs bent on rape complete with antiquated pack laws allowing it, and since she is a feline shifter there are major political ramifications to them being together and Rafe doesnt care. Shes his mate and hes keeping her.

A good read, there were a lot of good action scenes although some of them are very violent. These are not warm and fuzzy people but are very capable of enforcing their perceptions of natural law on a very personal level and bigotry is alive and well in these shifter societies.

I look forward to more in this series, if only to see where the politics of their union takes them. It reads well as a standalone so starting with the Black Cougar series is not necessary, although it is another great shifter series.

Southern Shifters:
Lucas #1
Kane #2
Malcolm #3
Bad Kitty #4


The Barbarian Prince (Dragon Lords, Bk 1)
The Barbarian Prince (Dragon Lords, Bk 1)
Author: Michelle M. Pillow
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 32
Review Date: 1/30/2010


For a 'star reporter' the heroine was pretty lame - not even doing the simplest research... Hero was more fun, but equally stubborn.

Dragon Lords
1. The Barbarian Prince (2005)
2. The Perfect Prince (2005)
3. The Dark Prince (2006)
4. The Warrior Prince (2006)

Related series:

Lords of the Var
1. The Savage King (2006)
2. The Playful Prince (2006)
3. The Bound Prince (2006)
4. The Rogue Prince (2006)
5. The Pirate Prince (2006)


Bared (Harlequin Blaze, No 132)
Bared (Harlequin Blaze, No 132)
Author: Jill Shalvis
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 38
Review Date: 4/13/2009
Helpful Score: 1


You've seen the plot before: wild, uninhibited twin wants mousy, driven, workaholic twin to take her place because there's just some place she's GOT to be... In this one her mousy twin is supposed to take her sister's spot on a modeling shoot for a 'fantasy' calendar. The photographer figure out the switch about two minutes into the shoot because she doesn't act like the bitch her sister does [he did have an advantage, he knew there was a twin:]. Needless to say, she finds the walk on the wi...more You've seen the plot before: wild, uninhibited twin wants mousy, driven, workaholic twin to take her place because there's just some place she's GOT to be... In this one her mousy twin is supposed to take her sister's spot on a modeling shoot for a 'fantasy' calendar. The photographer figure out the switch about two minutes into the shoot because she doesn't act like the bitch her sister does [he did have an advantage, he knew there was a twin:]. Needless to say, she finds the walk on the wild side more fun than she expected - and so was the photographer... Well implemented


The Battle Sylph (Sylph, Bk 1)
The Battle Sylph (Sylph, Bk 1)
Author: L. J. McDonald
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 80
Review Date: 8/12/2010
Helpful Score: 2


Excellent fantasy read with an action plot. The lead characters - Heyou [the battle sylph] and Solie [a farm girl] - meet up because she is kidnapped to be the virgin sacrifice to 'catch' a battler sylph. She defends herself from the Crown Prince's attempt to kill her giving the battle sylph time to come through the dimensional gate and rescue her; killing all present [including the prince]. She inadvertently names him by calling out 'hey, you'. He is enchanted by his new queen and carries her away from danger.

Neither of the protagonists knows much of the world - essentially they are teenagers - hormones with feet and not much experience. If their storyline was the only one, it would be a good read but not a great one. But this plot contains several storylines - those of the other [older] battlers, the King's efforts to destroy them, and the emerging culture of the Community where sylphs are friends, not slaves...

The action is intense and kept me turning the pages well into the night...

Sylph
1. The Battle Sylph (2010)
2. The Shattered Sylph (2010)


Be With Me
Be With Me
Author: Maya Banks
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 194
Review Date: 4/13/2009
Helpful Score: 2


The plot center was the romance. She loves them and they love her and have since they were children. But the idea of four-way relationship scares her. They're OK with the four-way because they know she would never pick one of them over the others. That she's a cop in a small town complicates matters even further.

The whole killer/revenge plot is a frill - buried amidst the 'could I/would they/should we' that ricochets around the book. I would have liked it better if it was the ot...more The plot center was the romance. She loves them and they love her and have since they were children. But the idea of four-way relationship scares her. They're OK with the four-way because they know she would never pick one of them over the others. That she's a cop in a small town complicates matters even further.

The whole killer/revenge plot is a frill - buried amidst the 'could I/would they/should we' that ricochets around the book. I would have liked it better if it was the other way around...

Lots of sex scenes - but not so much sexual tension. And sex without sexual tension between the characters is only mechanics - sort of the difference between driving a race car and reading the operator's manual for it...


Beast Behaving Badly (Pride, Bk 5)
Beast Behaving Badly (Pride, Bk 5)
Author: Shelly Laurenston
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 118
Review Date: 6/9/2010
Helpful Score: 1


It's Shelly Laurenston so it's a fun read. You laugh during it and feel good at the end. Throw in a good plot, fun characters, and a sloppy ADHD heroine and an OCD ice-hockey superstar hero and what more could you ask for?

It's the second bear book - we met Blayne as the heroine's best friend in The Mane Squeeze. DeeAnn and Ulric's non-relationship continues to heat up. The Smith pack and the Kudnezov pack have bit parts.

This author [and her alter-ego G. A. Aiken] are on my "must have" list...

Pride
1. The Mane Event (2007)
2. The Beast In Him (2008)
3. The Mane Attraction (2008)
The Mane Squeeze (2009)
Beast Behaving Badly (2010)


Beast of Awakening (Quest for Survival, Bk 2)
Beast of Awakening (Quest for Survival, Bk 2)
Author: Cynthia Williams
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 8
Review Date: 5/13/2010


Follows immediately on from Beast of Dreams.


Quest for Survival
Beast of Dreams
Beast of Awakening


Beast Of Dreams
Beast Of Dreams
Author: Cynthia Williams
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 26
Review Date: 3/22/2010


A read once - nothing special but not awful. There's an action plot but it only shows up between the sex scenes...


Beautiful Beast (Harlequin Intrigue, No 935)
Beautiful Beast (Harlequin Intrigue, No 935)
Author: Dani Sinclair
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 21
Review Date: 5/11/2009


Another good contemporary romantic suspense with lots of suspense and action.

Please note that despite the clever choice of title - there are no vampires, shifters or princes involved...


Beauty's Beasts (Stonebrood Saga, Bk 2)
Beauty's Beasts (Stonebrood Saga, Bk 2)
Author: Tracy Cooper-Posey
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 1/30/2014


This is an erotic ménage paranormal romance with all the trimmings: sex toys, a little bondage, a little anal and all the games that three people can play Yeah, its that kind of book so if that sort of stuff [and the language that goes along with it] bother you stay away!

The heroine is Riley, a somewhat battered survivor of the foster care system, who is suddenly confronted by two men who claim to be there at the request of her parents, the parents she knows nothing about. Of course they arent really men but vampires who knew her parents make that her killed-in-the-line-of-duty demon-hunting parents. Yeah, shes shocked too. They coax her to New York with them with promises of information about her family. Their goal is to train her and have her help them kill the gargoyles that killed her parents.

Admittedly everybody has issues in this book: Riley with being left to the foster care system, Nicholas with his walls around his heart, and Damien who wants to heal the breach with Nicholas and perhaps for them all to be together For an action based plot theres a huge dose of relationship going on. There are definitely some hankie moments.

The sex scenes are well written, the relationships are intense, and the plot kept me going. This is the second book in the Stonebrood series. I havent read the first one Carsons Night* which didnt seem to be a problem. All in all a good read-once.


Bedeviled Angel (Works Like Magick, Bk 2)
Bedeviled Angel (Works Like Magick, Bk 2)
Author: Annette Blair
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 71
Review Date: 2/2/2011
Helpful Score: 2


Good read - very little overlap to the previous entry in this series [Naked Dragon] so it could be read very easily as a standalone. I must admit that I liked Naked Dragon better, probably because I like dragons better than angels, but it is still an excellent read - full of her quirky characters, humor, and set in the small towns of New England.

Works Like Magick
#1 Naked Dragon
#2 Bedeviled Angel
#3 Vampire Dragon - due out April 2011


Behind Closed Doors: Naughty Mistress Nita / Lessons in Lust Major / Sexual Healing
Review Date: 4/13/2009


Multi-author anthology - very light read.


Belong to the Night: The Wolf, the Witch and Her Lack of Wardrobe / In the Dark / City of the Dead
Review Date: 9/10/2009
Helpful Score: 2


Multiauthor anthology - one outstanding, one good, and one OK read.

The Wolf, The Witch, and Her Lack of Wardrobe by Shelly Laurenston: This is directly connected to her The Long Island Coven series [Sun, Sand, Sex Anthology-"My Kind of Town"] and indirectly to her Pack and Pride books. It is hysterically funny and the hero brings ambling to the level of art. Somehow you never think of Pack Alphas as amblers... Rating 5

"In the Dark" by Cynthia Eden: shifter and vampire FBI agents go after a shifter serial killer. Heroine walks into a bar and sees her dead lover making time with a redhead and tries to kill him. He bites her and figures out she's a shifter - and therefore capable of dealing with what he has [unwillingly] become. Rating 4

"City of the Dead" by Sherrill Quinn: an OK read but not much more - rather predictable and frankly [IMO], lots of steamy sex but not much plot. Rating 3


Beneath the Surface (Club Strigoi, Book One)
Beneath the Surface (Club Strigoi, Book One)
Author: Sandy Lynn
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 4/26/2010


Good read, relationship-driven paranormal novel. Has some very witty moments... I enjoyed the whole series. Available in print and digital.


Club Strigoi
1. Beneath the Surface
2. Novel Experience
3. Night's Promise

from the author's website:
A Club Strigoi Novel

In a bite or get bitten world, can you tell who is Vampire and who is not?

Lalita loves Hollywood clichés. They allow her the freedom to do practically anything she wants to do. After all, who would ever expect to find a real Vampire living the cliché? Now, the only problem she has is how to sink her teeth into yummy Gareth.

Gareth has been watching Lalita for a while. He can't seem to put his finger on what makes her special. But as much as he wants her, can he deal with her constant flirting and flaunting her body?

Are they willing to allow surface behaviors to keep them apart or will they both take a closer look at the one they want?


Bengal's Heart (Breeds, Bk 19)
Bengal's Heart (Breeds, Bk 19)
Author: Lora Leigh
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 290
Review Date: 8/18/2009


Lora Leigh delivers her signature mix of hot sex and page turning action. Cabal is the requisite hunky hero but you've got to wonder what gene controls stubborn pigheadedness. It's pretty obvious the Breeds all got a double-dose. Cabal has been avoiding completing the mating with Cassa for eleven years - while watching over her from afar. Now her time, and his, has come; if they can only live long enough to enjoy it.

The plot revolves around a series of murders which the Breeds are trying to solve while keeping them from becoming public as they are obviously Breed kills. A lot of painful history is brought to light and some threads are laid down for future books. The way that the supporting character, Dog, is presented makes it obvious that there is a book out there for him. One of the more amusing bits is Jonas' negative comments at the whole mating thing when we know that his book is up next...

Breeds
1. Tempting the Beast (2003)
2. The Man Within (2004)
3. Elizabeth's Wolf (2005)
4. Kiss of Heat (2004)
5. Soul Deep (2004)
6. The Breed Next Door (2005) (in Hot Spell)
7. Megan's Mark (2006)
8. Harmony's Way (2006)
9. Tanner's Scheme (2007)
10. Wolfe's Hope (2004) (in Primal Heat)
11. Jacob's Faith (2003)
12. Aiden's Charity (2007)
13. In a Wolf's Embrace (2007) (in Beyond the Dark)
14. Dawn's Awakening (2008)
15. A Jaguar's Kiss (2008) (in Shifter)
16. Mercury's War (2008)
17. Christmas Heat (2008) (in The Magical Christmas Cat)
18. Coyote's Mate (2009)
19. Bengal's Heart (2009)
20. Lion's Heat (2010)


Bethany's Rite  (Ilyrian Destiny, Bk 1)
Bethany's Rite (Ilyrian Destiny, Bk 1)
Author: Eve Jameson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.6/5 Stars.
 9
Review Date: 3/21/2010


I never know how to categorize these books - it has a contemporary setting - people from another 'plane' that seems fantasy-like come to earth via a portal - and the hero at least can shapeshift. They come to earth to find and rescue their missing mates. You make the call.

Plot was interesting although it would have been a lot shorter if the hero had just talked to the heroine more [instead of pinning the heroine to the nearest flat surface for hot sex].

Although part of a series, I've only read book 1 but order does not seem wildly important. I enjoyed it so I'll pursue the series. Most of them are still in ebook at Ellora's Cave,

Ilyrian Destiny
1 Bethany's Rite
2 Brooke's Sanctuary
3 Myrra's Choice
4 Aurora's Promise


Beyond The Darkness (Guardians of Eternity, Bk 6)
Beyond The Darkness (Guardians of Eternity, Bk 6)
Author: Alexandra Ivy
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 112
Review Date: 5/28/2010


Great read - paranormal romance with a lot of action. Salvatore the King of the Werewolves finally gets a girl... [If you've been keeping up with the series, you know he has tried twice before only to be cut out by vampires.] There's a big difference here - this time he really wants her! A true werewolf mating hasn't occurred in centuries but something is rolling back the clock for Salvatore and his heroine, Harley. Since Harley has been raised to believe Salvatore would kill her and had already killed her sisters she is less than thrilled at the prospect. If only Salvatore wasn't so luscious... There are several bad guys - all the way from sort-of-bad but mostly mistaken Caine, through Briggs a [truly] rotten werewolf who is fronting for the really big bad, a demon lord who wants a way into this dimension...

As is usual with her books - most of the players from previous books have parts to play in the final resolution. Reading out of order can cause you to miss some important elements...

Guardians of Eternity
1. When Darkness Comes (2007)
2. Embrace The Darkness (2007)
3. Darkness Everlasting (2008)
4. Darkness Revealed (2009)
5. Darkness Unleashed (2009)
6. Beyond The Darkness (2010)
7. Devoured by Darkness (2010)


Beyond the Rain (Realms Beyond, Bk 1)
Beyond the Rain (Realms Beyond, Bk 1)
Author: Jess Granger
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 30
Review Date: 2/21/2010
Helpful Score: 2


Very SF good read. Great action, complex world building and memorable characters you would like to know. The plot was intense and page turning, the romance was enduring and touching.

On Cyani's last mission she is caught behind enemy lines while trying to free a very special prisoner from the slave pens. She and the rescued slave first hide together and then steal a ship and escape together only to land on a relatively primitive planet. The pasts and futures of Cyani and Soren are slowly exposed. Her culture's requirements clash with his biological necessities...

This is a first novel with a sequel [BEYOND THE SHADOWS] due out in May 2010... It ends with the setup for book 2 - which I have already on pre-order!


Beyond the Shadows (Realms Beyond, Bk 2)
Beyond the Shadows (Realms Beyond, Bk 2)
Author: Jess Granger
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 22
Review Date: 5/16/2010
Helpful Score: 4


Excellent SF read - has a nice balance between the action and relationship subplots and characters you would like to know. I loved the first book and this one equaled and even surpassed it. Cyn [the hero] is frighteningly intelligent and powerful but still vulnerable. Yara [the heroine] has been brainwashed into the elitist policies - women, especially Elite women, rule by the right of superiority.

Cyn has been fomenting a revolution to bring justice and equity to the planet. Pretending to be from Earth, Cyn intercepts Yara before she can return to take her place as the most likely heir to the Grand Sister [ruler]. Over time the adventures they share bring them steadily closer, and Yara begins to recognize injustice and Cyn begins to hope she'll forgive his deceptions...

I really enjoyed both books - there is a setup for a third book so I'm hoping there will be more. Order is not hugely important but reading Rain first will make a few points clear that would be fairly murky without it.

Beyond the Rain (2009)
Beyond the Shadows (2010)


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