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Wed
Jul 8 2015 2:00pm

Easy Listening: The Pros of Male and Female Audiobook Narrators

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes

If you don’t have time to actually read a book, many e-readers and tablets allow you to have an electronic voice read the story to you.  Although I know several people who will use this option, I can’t imagine it brings anything to the enjoyment of the story.

To really bring a book to life by audio, you need a truly talented narrator.  While there are a few authors who will use more than one narrator to tell their audiobook story, the ones I love the most present a whole cast of characters all by themselves.  Some narrators are so talented, after I finish an audiobook I find myself not just searching for my favorite authors, but my favorite narrators as well.

Among the ladies, some of the stand outs that I have enjoyed include:

Susan Ericksen who narrates for J.D. Robb, Nora Roberts, Tess Garritsen, Lorraine Heath and Sara Paretsky.

Lorelei King who narrates for Patricia Briggs, Darynda Jones, Janet Evanovich, and Debbie Macomber.

Amanda Ronconi who narrates for Molly Harper, Tate Hallaway, Donna Kaufman and E.J. Copperman.

Kirsten Potter who narrates for Dianne Duvall, Jude Deveraux, Maya Banks and Lisa Gardiner

[Husky, smoky, soft describes the narrator's voice...]

Sat
Jun 20 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Rebecca Zanetti’s Wicked Ride (June 23, 2015)

Wicked Ride by Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti
Wicked Ride (Realm Enforcers #1)
Lyrical Press / June 23, 2015 / $15.00 print, $5.99 digital

If you love the Dark Protectors, these wicked hot Realm Enforcers are for you!

Alexandra Monzelle is a hard-fighting, heat-packing Seattle vice cop, and she’s not much interested in being protected. Her short skirt and sex-kitten heels are tools to lure her suspects into talking about the deadly new drug hitting the streets. She can take care of herself and then some. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to get that through to Kellach Dunne.

Kellach is a fresh import from Dublin, and he’s landed at the heart of a vicious motorcycle club that deals in guns, narcotics, and mayhem. He’s all male, all rough power—and all interference in her damn investigation. Maybe he’s one of the good guys. Maybe not. Lex knows an affair with an immortal like him would risk everything. No matter how delicious he looks…

Rebecca Zanetti’s spin off to her Dark Protectors series truly is a wicked ride. In a flawless integration of the old and the new, the Realm Enforcers features the Enforcers for the Coven Nine while blending in several favorite characters and prior storylines to create a thrilling new series.  

[A war has ended, but a new one may be beginning...]

Tue
Jun 16 2015 12:00pm

Binge ReadingListening: 12 Audiobook Series Worth a Listen

Naked In Death by J.D. Robb

Time.  Time is the enemy of every dedicated reader.  There is never enough time to read all the books by our favorite authors and then add in those recommended to us by friends or the ones that catch our attention in the local bookstore.  Bookstores that we shouldn’t be strolling through since we already have too many books to read.

Family time, jobs, commuting, cleaning, gardening, homework, it all eats up precious reading time. So what are you supposed to do when you get a recommendation for a fabulous series that you’ve been missing which already has 5, 10, 15…20 books written?  Short of inserting a microchip and downloading books directly into your brain (hmm, is that possible?), how can you enjoy more of your already brimming TBR list?  One word…audiobooks.

When my children were little, my biggest complaint was no longer having free time to read.  My friend recommended audiobooks to me and after a lengthy argument of how audiobooks were not for me, I finally relented and went to the library to pick up the audiobook she recommended to me. Thirteen years later, I do about a third of my “reading” by audiobook. 

Audiobooks can be enjoyed wherever reading is impossible, while driving, cleaning, gardening, or while working at the office. (I didn’t say that!)  Stuck in traffic?  Who cares, enjoy another chapter. 

[Twelve audiobook series that will keep your ear plugs glued...]

Tue
Jun 9 2015 4:45pm

Graves on the Casting Couch: Fantasy Casting Darynda Jones’s Charley Davidson Series

Kat Denning as Charley Davidson

Authors give life to characters, but finding just the right actor to play the part gives those characters flesh and blood. Fantasy casting a favorite series is not only fun, it truly brings the stories to life. A friend of mine suggested the actress for Charley, and all I could think was perfect. In that moment, it was like in the Wizard of Oz when the film goes from black and white to full color. Hopefully you agree with our fantasy cast for the Urban Fantasy series, Charley Davidson.

Kat Denning as Charley Davidson – Charlotte Davidson a.k.a. Charley is a private investigator with a serious case of ADD. Charley is a P.I. by trade but she was born a grim reaper. She’s not the scythe and robe type grim reaper.  She’s more a sassy, smart-mouthed, always getting in trouble kind of grim reaper. Charley is a portal to heaven and the departed still on earth can pass through her. Plus, it’s really helpful in solving cases when you can simply ask the dead guy who killed him. 

- Image Source

[More fantasy casting for the Charley Davidson Series...]

Thu
Jun 4 2015 9:30am

Pretty Little Liars: Nora Roberts’s The Liar

The Liar by Nora Roberts

Lies. We tell them all the time. Little white lies–Your haircut is lovely. This tuna casserole is delicious. No, those pants don’t make you look fat. But what happens when the lies aren’t so little? What if you found out that your whole life was one big collection of lies? Your husband, your marriage, everything in your life was a great big series of lies.

In Nora Roberts’s latest novel, The Liar, newly widowed Shelby Pomeroy Foxworth finds out that the life she was living was a complete lie. The big, beautiful house they lived in is being foreclosed. The cars are leased. There is no life insurance policy. The bank accounts are empty. And all the jewelry he’s ever given her, including her engagement ring, are fakes. Her husband, Richard, left her with nothing but millions of dollars of debt. At least she thinks his name was Richard Foxworth. The box she found with cash and fake identifications is making her realize that she might not have known anything about the man she was married to for the last five years.

Then she lowered to the floor—she couldn’t sit behind that desk, not now.  She sat on the floor with harsh colors against hard white walls, rocking, weeping.  Weeping not because the man she’d loved was dead, but because he never existed.

[Well, who was this mysterious man she loved?]

Mon
Jun 1 2015 2:00pm

Why Being an Urban Fantasy Heroine Sucks!

Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

Being the heroine in an Urban Fantasy has to be the worse job in town.   In a paranormal romance, heroines get a hot, furry boyfriend who protects her from all danger.   A historical heroine is just hoping someone asks for a dance.  The only problem a contemporary heroine has to deal with is what to make for dinner or paying her rent.   Even the heroine in a BDSM novel is having a good time being tied up.   When an Urban Fantasy heroine gets tied up, an orgasm is not the next thing coming.

What sucks most about being an Urban Fantasy heroine?  Just ask these ladies. 

1. Nobody tells you the rules. Most of us have been in a situation where you feel like you don’t know what’s going on. Maybe you worked into work and they announce an emergency staff meeting. Everyone knows what’s happening, but not you.   Imagine that being your whole life.   Yesterday, you were a regular human going about your boring life and now someone has opened your eyes to the world of the supernatural who surround you, but no one gives you a welcome brochure or explains any of the rules. Just ask Anna Latham-Cornick  from Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega series.  Anna thought she was going on a date with a nice guy and ends up being turned into a werewolf. It wasn’t until she met and mated Charles Cornick, three years after being turned, that she finally learned what it means to be a werewolf and her true place in their society.

[She's a slow learner but we love her anyway...]

Sat
May 30 2015 10:30am

First Look: Dianne Duvall’s A Sorceress of His Own (June 2, 2015)

A Sorceress of His Own Dianne Duvall

Dianne Duvall
A Sorceress of His Own (Gifted Ones #1)
Dianne Duvall / June 2, 2015 / $2.99 digital

From the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Immortal Guardians series comes an enchanting new series full of romance, danger, and loyalty: The Gifted Ones

Since the day Lord Dillon earned his spurs, rumors of his savagery on the battlefield have preceded him into every room, stilling tongues and sparking fear. Weary of battle, he wishes only to find a woman he can wed who will approach him not with fear, but with the tenderness that has been absent from his life for so long. Yet only the wisewoman seems invariably at ease in his presence. Perhaps because she garners the same fear in others that he does himself.

For seven years, Alyssa has been by Lord Dillon's side, counseling him from the shadows, healing him with her hands, and staving off the worst of his loneliness while his fearsome reputation keeps others at bay. Blessed—or cursed—with gifts that label her a sorceress, she is forced to conceal her youth and the love she harbors for him beneath umbral robes that lead Dillon and his people to believe she is the same aged wisewoman who served his father.

All is revealed, however, and passions flare when an enemy threatens Dillon's life and Alyssa sacrifices everything to save him. When Dillon discovers that the wisewoman is far from elderly, he is instantly entranced. And, as he and Alyssa work together to defeat an enemy bent on destroying them both, Dillon will risk anything_even the wrath of his king—to be with her.

What if the love of your life has been standing by your side for years but you never saw them? 

[But now you see him, the fierce warrior...]

Wed
May 27 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Elle Kennedy’s Midnight Captive (June 2, 2015)

Midnight Captive by Elle Kennedy

Elle Kennedy 
Midnight Captive (Killer Instincts #6)
Signet / June 2, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

“For those who enjoy their romantic suspense on the dark and steamy side,”* here’s the blisteringly sexy new novel in the Killer Instincts series by the author of Midnight Action and Midnight Pursuits...

Former CIA agent Bailey Jones has spent months trying to forget her night of passion with mercenary Sean Reilly. An elite and methodical assassin, she has no room in her life for a reckless, rule-breaking Irishman, and she’s vowed to steer clear of the tempting bad boy who lured her into his bed under false pretenses.

When Sean is implicated in the robbery of a Dublin bank, Bailey knows something isn’t right. So what if she can’t trust him? There’s no way Sean would end up on the wrong side of the law. In fact, he’s stuck in the middle of a dark and dirty conspiracy that could put his twin brother’s life at risk with one wrong move. And Bailey’s life too when she agrees to help.

As the stakes are raised and Bailey finds herself torn between two brothers, the fine line between danger and desire is crossed…and it’ll take more than a killer instinct to survive.

*New York Times bestselling author Christy Reece

In Elle Kennedy’s latest Killer Instinct novel, Midnight Captive, Sean Reilly is the man who has all the information.  He can dig up everything on anyone.  There are no secrets that you can keep from him.  But right now he is stuck between his old life and the one he wants and he wishes someone had the answer to his problem.

Sean is being forced to rob a bank for his former boss, Eamon “Rabbit” O’Hare, the leader of the IRA faction group, the Irish Daggers. Rabbit is holding Sean’s twin brother, Ollie, as insurance that Sean gets him the information being kept in one of the safety deposit boxes. Sean and Ollie’s father was a staunch supporter of the cause before he died. He brought Sean and Ollie in as young men, but they soon realized they weren’t interested in following their father’s footsteps.

As he’d gotten older, he’d come to understand the politics behind it, but the cause hadn’t interested him and Ollie.  They’d left Dublin to work as mercenaries, eventually becoming some of the most sought-out information dealers on the map, and neither one of them had looked back.

But the past has a funny way of dragging you back in.

[Sean's love is in love with someone very close to him...]

Fri
May 15 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Darynda Jones’s Eighth Grave After Dark (May 19, 2015)

Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones

Darynda Jones
Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson #8)
St. Martin's Press / May 19, 2015 / $25.99 print, $12.99 digital

With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there,  Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums. 

Charley's been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine.

While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….

Demons and Hellhounds and the Vatican? Oh my. Things are getting crazy(er) in the world of Charley Davidson. The grim reaper and the son of Satan are having a baby and Charley is being surrounded by…well, everyone. 

When Darynda Jones starts Eighth Grave After Dark, Charley and Reyes have been staying in the abandoned convent for eight months awaiting the birth of their daughter, affectionately known as Beep.  And they’re not alone.  No, they are never alone. 

[Someone is watching their every move...]

Thu
Apr 30 2015 9:30am

First Look: Thea Harrison’s Midnight’s Kiss (May 5, 2015)

Midnight's Kiss by Thea Harrison

Thea Harrison
Midnight’s Kiss (Elder Races Series, #8)
Penguin Publishing Group / May 5, 2015 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, two souls who have long buried their passions are about to be consumed…

Ever since their scorching affair ended years ago, Julian, the Nightkind King, and Melisande, daughter of the Light Fae Queen, have tried to put the past behind them—and distance between them. But when a war breaks out between Julian and Justine, a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind council, they find themselves thrown together under treacherous circumstances…

Kidnapped as leverage against Julian, Melly is convinced that her former lover won’t be rushing to her rescue. But when Julian gives himself up to save her, they both end up Justine’s captives. Armed only with their wits and their anger, Melly and Julian must work together to escape. But will they be able to ignore their complicated history, or will the fiery passion that once burned them blaze again?

We have met the King of the Nightkind in several of the books in the Elder Races series. Julian Regillus was born a Roman slave, won his freedom as a gladiator and became a Roman General. He is also the progeny of Carling Severan, former Queen of the Nightkind. Julian is cold, vicious and very, very dangerous.  Surprising, this two millennia old vampyre is also heartbroken.

In Midnight’s Kiss, Thea Harrison presents a side of Julian no one would have ever believed. Twenty years ago, Julian Regillus and Melisande Aindris, the heir to the Light Fae throne were romantically involved. Yet, not everyone was excited for them. If the King of the Nightkind and the future Queen of the Light Fae stayed together and married, that would throw off the balance of power for the Elder Races. 

[The King is still holding on to love...]

Tue
Apr 21 2015 9:30am

Eve+Roarke 4Ever: Fantasy Casting J.D. Robb’s In Death Series

Angelina Jolie as Lt. Eve Dallas

Every few years talk starts up that J.D. Robb’s In Death series will be optioned for the big screen. With this year’s release of the 40th book in the series, Obsession in Death, this past February, there was once again talk that it was past time to see these characters brought to life. 

Being a fan of the series for almost a decade, some of these characters have taken up long term residence in my brain while others have filled in along the way in “Aha!” moments. Whether or not you might agree with me, I would pay big money to able to see the world of In Death be brought to life on screen exactly like it does every time I pick up a novel.

Angelina Jolie as Lt. Eve Dallas – The series centers on Lt. Eve Dallas, the head of the homicide division of the New York Police and Security Department. Eve was abused and raped as a child by her own father.  She was forced to kill him in self-defense at the age of 8, then she was tossed into an uncaring foster system. Her name was given to her by a social worker and she made it her own. Eve dreamed of becoming a police officer and protecting the innocent. Eve gives her all to find justice for the dead.

[...and find love for herself?]

Wed
Mar 25 2015 2:20pm

First Look: Shelly Laurenston’s The Unleashing (March 31, 2015)

The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston

Shelly Laurenston
The Unleashing (Call of Crows #1)
Kensington / March 31, 2015 / $15.00 print, $9.99 digital

Winging It

Kera Watson never expected to face death behind a Los Angeles coffee shop. Not after surviving two tours lugging an M16 around the Middle East. If it wasn't for her hot Viking customer showing up too late to help, nobody would even see her die.

In uncountable years of service to the Allfather Odin, Ludvig “Vig” Rundstrom has never seen anyone kick ass with quite as much style as Kera. He knows one way to save her life—but she might not like it. Signing up with the Crows will get Kera a new set of battle buddies: cackling, gossiping, squabbling, party-hearty women. With wings. So not the Marines.

But Vig can't give up on someone as special as Kera. With a storm of oh-crap magic speeding straight for L.A., survival will depend on combining their strengths: Kera's discipline, Vig's loyalty... and the Crows' sheer love of battle. Boy, are they in trouble.

Author Shelly Laurenston creates a whole new world in her newest novel, The Unleashing.   She puts her own twist on Norse Mythology and creates the nine clans who fight evil—and each other—to keep the balance between the light and the dark.  The gods also want warriors to fight at their side during the Ragnarok.  While Odin and Freyja choose their warriors by tracing their lineage back to the original Vikings tribes, the only culturally diverse Clan amongst them are The Crows.  The Goddess, Skuld, takes the dead and gives them a second life on earth in exchange for service to her as a Crow.  Skuld doesn’t discriminate on race or skin color.  She is looking for strong and smart women who will be an asset to her warriors.    

[So the only requirement is that you're a bada**? That's a goddess we can sign up with...]

Mon
Mar 9 2015 10:30am

First Look: Cecy Robson’s A Curse Unbroken (March 10, 2015)

A Curse Unbroken by Cecy RobsonCecy Robson
A Curse Unbroken (Weird Girls #5)
Loveswept / March 10, 2015 / $3.99 digital

Fans of Keri Arthur will love the Weird Girls, four sisters cursed with supernatural powers. In Cecy Robson’s latest urban fantasy romance, the search is on for an unholy grail, while evil is licking its wounds—and looking for revenge.

The preternatural world is changing. After a massive magical throwdown tore apart the established order, the dark elements are rebuilding their ranks unopposed. Celia Wird’s world is changing, too. She’s the mate of the pureblood were Aric, and his Warriors are honor-bound to protect her family as she and her sisters recover from unimaginable horrors.

Celia hesitates to reveal the true extent of the Wird sisters’ trauma, but they aren’t the only ones keeping secrets: Aric and the werewolf Elders are tracking a stone that grants limitless power. So is a tough coven of witches. Then Misha, a master vampire with his own plans for the stone, sends Celia after it. Can she and the vamps beat both the weres and the witches to the treasure before it falls into the wrong hands?

Fearing for Celia’s safety, Aric begs her to stay out of the hunt. What they don’t realize is that they’re the ones being hunted. But Celia’s ready to prove that she’s not easy prey.

How come everything that is pure evil not only finds Celia Wird, but actively seeks her out? Is it more than just bad luck that follows Celia around, or is it a malicious plot derived from the mind of author Cecy Robson?

[That is the question...]

Mon
Mar 2 2015 4:00pm

First Look: Sara Humphreys’s Vampires Never Cry Wolf (March 3, 2015)

Vampires Never Cry Wolf by Sara Humphreys Sara Humphreys
Vampires Never Cry Wolf (Dead City #3)
Sourcebooks / March 3, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

As far as beautiful vampire Sadie Pemberton is concerned, werewolves shouldn't be sticking their noses into New York's supernatural politics. They don't know jack about running a city-not even that hot-as-sin new vampire-werewolf liaison who's just arrived in town.

Werewolves are too sexy for their own good...

The last thing Killian Bane wanted was to end up in New York City playing nice with vampires. Unfortunately, he's on a mission, and when he encounters the sexiest, most stubborn female vamp he's ever met, he's going to have to turn on a little of that wolfish charm...and Sadie's going to learn a thing or two about what it means to have a wild side...

Everyone knows that vampires and werewolves don’t mix.  It would be crazy for a vampire to get too close to a creature whose bite could kill her, even if he exudes sex and temptation. Right? Sara Humphreys’s latest Dead in the City novel, Vampires Never Cry Wolf, deals with the unsuitable attraction between NYC vampire Sadie Pemberton and the Alaskan werewolf prince and heir to the throne, Killian Bane.

[Love is blind...]

Thu
Feb 26 2015 1:15pm

First Look: Patricia Briggs’s Dead Heat (March 3, 2015)

Dead Heat by Patricia BriggsPatricia Briggs
Dead Heat (Alpha and Omega #4)
Ace / March 3, 2015 / $26.95 print, $12.99 digital

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—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.

As humans, it is hard enough to face our own mortality.  When you mix in the world of the supernatural, it gets worse.  Werewolves, vampires and the like can all live for centuries. In a supernatural world, making friends with humans is like having a pet goldfish.  Our lives are fragile and short and just when they are getting to enjoy our company and our individual quirks, *flush* it is time for us to go.

Usually when humans are mixed into an Urban Fantasy, it is either in a discussion of friends long gone or in the present tense, with human friends in their prime of life.  In Patricia Briggs’s latest Alpha and Omega novel, Dead Heat, she makes Charles face the pending death of his long-time friend, sinceeven a werewolf of Charles’s power and strength cannot fight the ravages of human mortality.

[It is quite a juxtaposition...]

Tue
Feb 10 2015 10:45am

First Look: J.D. Robb’s Obsession in Death (February 10, 2015)

Obsession in Death by JD RobbJ.D. Robb
Obsession in Death
Putnam Adult / February 10, 2015 / $27.95 print, $14.99 digital

Eve Dallas has solved a lot of high-profile murders for the NYPSD and gotten a lot of media. She—and her billionaire husband—are getting accustomed to being objects of attention, of gossip, of speculation.

But now Eve has become the object of one person’s obsession. Someone who finds her extraordinary, and thinks about her every hour of every day. Who believes the two of them have a special relationship. Who would kill for her—again and again…

With a murderer reading meanings into her every move, handling this case will be a delicate—and dangerous—psychological dance. And Eve knows that underneath the worship and admiration, a terrible threat lies in wait. Because the beautiful lieutenant is not at all grateful for these bloody offerings from her “true and loyal friend.” And in time, idols always fall…

Lt. Eve Dallas of the New York Police and Security Department has been on the job for over a decade., but it's only been in the last two years that several of her cases have garnered her a bit of notoriety.That and her marriage to multi-billionaire Roarke has made Eve the focus of media attention. In J.D. Robb's Obsession in Death, someone else has focused all of their attention on Eve and wants to show their loyalty and their devoted friendship to Eve. They want to show that friendship with a token—a gift of blood.

[Not quite a nice-smelling candle, huh?]

Mon
Feb 9 2015 6:15pm

Twenty Years and Still Alive: J.D. Robb’s In Death Series

Naked in Death by J.D. RobbIt has been 20 years since Nora Roberts, writing as J.D. Robb, first created a futuristic world where guns are banned but man still finds a way to kill man. To balance the scales in this futuristic world, she has given us Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the New York Police and Security Department. A woman whose dark past of brutality and rape at the hands of her father forged her into a dedicated cop who protects the innocent and finds justice for those whose lives were taken away. With the upcoming release of the 40th novel in the series, we look at the world she created and the growth of the cop we love and admire.

The first novel, Naked in Death, starts us at the end of the year 2058. The world has long recovered to the darkness of the Urban Wars, and handguns have banned and most have been destroyed. Eve Dallas has been called to a homicide where a woman has been killed by a handgun and her investigation brings her to the door of a suspect and an avid weapons collector known only by the name Roarke. Eve doesn’t know that from the moment she sees the I.D. photo of the man with eyes bluer than the sky and a face made by God on his best day, her world would never be the same.

[And neither would ours...]

Wed
Jan 28 2015 5:30pm

Vengeance Is Roarke: Roarke’s Dark Past in Vengeance in Death

Vengeance in Death by J.D. RobbThis week, H&H celebrates the forthcoming release of the fortieth (!!!) book in J.D. Robb's In Death seriesObsession in Death. As part of the celebration, we're taking an in-depth look at the sixth book in the series, Vengeance in Death. To join the discussion on Twitter, use the hashtag #obsessedwithindeath. And be sure to check out posts from fellow romance blogs Romance at Random and, next week, Smexy Books for more re-read fun.

Check out our first post discussing Eve and Roarke's relationship.

In the course of J.D. Robb's In Death series, we have learned that Roarke grew up on the mean streets of Dublin, forced to pick pockets for his abusive father. In fact, he started his vast empire of Roarke Industries with the monies from criminal dealing on the far side of law. Roarke was still indulging in some of those shady dealings until he met Eve. There will always be a bit of the Dublin street rat lurking behind the polished businessman.

[Eve gets Roarke's Irish up!]

Tue
Dec 30 2014 1:30pm

First Look: Kerrelyn Sparks’s Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire (December 30, 2014)

Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire by Kerrelyn SparksKerrelyn Sparks
Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire (Love at Stake)
Avon / December 30, 2014 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

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.

Nearly ten years ago, Kerrelyn Sparks told us the ridiculous tale of the vampire who lost a fang and needed to find a dentist before sunrise or he would be left as a one-fanged vampire for the rest of eternity. I am sure she didn’t realize when she first sat down to tell her story that she was creating the phenomena which would become the Love at Stake series. As we say goodbye to the vamps at Romatech, we take a last look at the world Kerrelyn created for us.

[We're looking back with lots of love...]

Mon
Dec 22 2014 4:15pm

First Look: Rebecca Zanetti’s Marked (December 22, 2014)

Marked by Rebecca ZanettiRebecca Zanetti
Marked
Kensington / December 22, 2014 / $15.00 print, $6.99 digital

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

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

Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protectors series is coming to an end. The Realm, led by the vampire family, the Kayrs, and with the help of their allies, the shifter nation and the Coven Nine witches, has been fighting the Kurjans for centuries. For the last decade, the demons have joined the Kurjans in the battle against the Realm. These battles became a full scale war twenty years ago when the Kurjans created Virus-27, a biological weapon that attacked the vampire’s women, with its purpose to break the bond between the vampires and their mates.

[Mark my words, they won't succeed!]