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Wed
Jun 22 2016 9:30am

Lessons from Darynda Jones’ Charley and Reyes—Til Death Never Do Us Part

The Curse of the Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

As the release date for The Curse of Tenth Grave draws closer, we thought you would enjoy a walk down memory lane with a few Charley/Reyes scenes to put a smile on your face. Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper, and Reyes Alexander Farrow, Son of Satan, have taught us many things over the last few years. 

1. We need to remember family.

“You didn’t remember who you were when you were born?”

His grip on my wrists eased, but just barely.  “No.  But I’d done my research well.  I should have grown up happy, gone to the same schools as you, the same college.  I knew I would have no control over my own destiny once I became human, but it was a chance I was willing to take.”

“But, you’re his son,” I said, trying really hard to hate him.  “You’re the son of Satan. Literally.”

“And you are the stepdaughter of Denise Davidson.”

Wow.  That was a bit harsh.

-  First Grave on the Right

[A hell of a time...]

Tue
Jun 7 2016 12:00pm

After Me Before You: What the Movie Did Well and the Book Did Better

Spoiler Warning: We will be discussing differences between the book and the movie version of Me Before You.  There will be some spoilers.  Come back to discuss after you have enjoyed either (or both, definitely both) versions of the story. Bear in mind, this is not a romance, it's a love story, but there is no HEA. 

Trigger Warning: This post also deals with issues that may be difficult or triggering for some people to discuss, such as <highlight for trigger warning> suicidal thoughts, suicide, and assisted suicide </trigger warning>. 


When Hollywood decides to turn our favorite books into movies, most of us purists know that the movie just won’t be able to do justice to the story or the characters from the novels we love. Rarely, there comes a film that gives an author a chance to re-work their original writing in a way that makes it shine just a little brighter. 

Several months ago, I viewed the trailer for the upcoming release of Me Before You and I was delighted in what seemed to be a story of a quirky, fun girl who brings a little sunshine into the life of a quadriplegic man.  My teenaged daughter also saw the trailer and we made a date to see it as soon as it was released.

Since I am very impatient and a novel purist myself, I decided to pick up a copy of Me Before You so that I could enjoy all those extra little scenes which are usually missing from the film and to simply delve into all those emotions being felt by Will and Lou as they get to know each other. After reading the book and watching the movie, I would have to declare that this is one of the few times that Hollywood is the clear winner in their interpretation of a story.

[Say that again?]

Mon
Jun 6 2016 9:30am

First Look: Rebecca Zanetti’s Wicked Burn (June 7, 2016)

Wicked Burn by Rebecca ZanettiRebecca Zanetti
Wicked Burn (Realm Enforcers #3)
Lyrical Press / June 7, 2016 / $15.00 print, $5.99 digital

Simone Brightston knows she can beat the rap her enemies are pinning on her. An Irish witch is nobody's fool, and she didn't get to her position on the high council without serious power. But her cousins want her to hide out-and they somehow convinced her arch nemesis to play getaway driver.

Of all the men she's known, Nikolaj Veis is the hardest to intimidate. With his demon-dark eyes and his inscrutable beauty, he's as desirable as he is dangerous. And he knows better than to underestimate Simone. So when he pulls up on a roaring bike and tells her to climb on or fight it out, she grabs a handful of jacket and holds on tight. Running from the law may not be the smartest plan. But when it comes to Nick, hot pursuit and a blazing fast ride are exactly what Simone's looking for...

The past and the present collide in Rebecca Zanetti’s latest Realm Enforcers novel, Wicked Burn. Rebecca has been teasing us through two series about the past relationship gone wrong between Simone Brightston, a member of the witches’ Coven Nine council, and Nikolaj Veis, the brilliant strategist and second in command of the Demon Nation. Both in her Dark Protector series and in the beginning of the Realm Enforcers, we have heard many whispers about what must have been a tumultuous history for Simone and Nick, but we have waited impatiently for more than just hints why sparks (and tempers) fly when Nick and Simone are in the same room.

“Simone and I have a history…one I don’t want to discuss right now.”

—Marked

In story after story, we have heard hints of the passion that is still burning between Nick and Simone and been left to speculate whether that passion would lead to further romance or simply bloodshed between the two of them.

[Kiss or kill?...]

Mon
Apr 18 2016 5:00pm

First Look: Cecy Robson’s Let Me (April 19, 2016)

Let Me by Cecy Robson

Cecy Robson
Let Me (O'Brien Family #2)
Cecy Robson / April 19, 2016 / $12.99 print, $3.99 digital

Cecy Robson will once again play your emotions like a concert pianist in her latest novel in the O’Brien Family series.  Let Me blends romance with the serious subject of mental health and trauma.  She shows us that love can’t solve your problem but it can give you the strength to fight and also bring a light into your life to help you survive when you feel all is lost.

In Let Me, Finn and Sol are dragged through emotional trauma dealing with a level of pain which can only be brought about by our own mental struggles.

Finn “The Fury” O’Brien has been training for a shot at the MMA title and he is finally working his way up to a championship tournament.  He should be on top of the world with joy, but each day his disconnect from his own emotions grows.  His fights should be an outlet from the anger inside him, but the more he fights the more his rage builds.  When Finn seriously hurts another fighter, he is forced to seek therapy for his anger issues. Finn never expected to walk in the office to find the only woman he has had more than a fleeting interest in doing her psychology internship. Finn hasn’t been able to open up about his dark past to his therapist, but he finds Sol’s quiet nature just the balm to sooth his need to lash out.

“You may not have the degree, or have taken whatever test you need to take, that doesn’t mean you’re not helping.”

She lifts her head.  “I’m helping you?”  she asks, sounding shocked and maybe a little hopeful.

“Yeah,” I answered, my gut twisting a little when I realize exactly how much.

[Let me in ...]

Wed
Apr 6 2016 5:00pm

Striking the Perfect Harmony in Erika Kelly’s Take Me Home Tonight

Take Me Home Tonight by Erika Kelly

Erika Kelly takes us backstage once again with the band Blue Fire in Take Me Home Tonight, and gives us a frank look at depression and moving on from tragedy, or in this case, the inability to move on. 

Blue Fire might be on the cusp of superstardom, but things are a little rocky for the band as they go into their next recording session. They are having artistic disagreements with their new producer. Also, their longtime keyboardist Pete did not succeed in kicking his habit in rehab.  The guys are hoping that they can convince studio musician Calix Bourbon to continue on as their keyboardist. Calix has been filling in for Pete since they signed him into rehab.  Blue Fire has always been more interested in making music than gaining fame and Calix has proved himself a perfect fit. He has written songs with Slater and Derek and has added his own style to the band’s sound. The problem is that they can’t get Calix to commit to the band and the tour that will be coming up later that year. 

To Calix the only thing more important than music is his family.  Three years ago, Calix was in another band that was also on the cusp of success when his brother died in a tragic accident. It only took one moment of lapsed attention to bring their entire world crashing down.   

[Disposing of the rubble to find sweet harmony ...]

Tue
Apr 5 2016 1:00pm

First Look: J.R. Ward’s The Beast (April 5, 2016)

J.R. Ward
The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14)
NAL / April 5, 2016 / $28.00 print, $13.99 digital

Rhage and Mary return in a new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, a series “so popular, I don’t think there’s a reader today who hasn’t at least heard of (it)” (USA Today). 
 
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...  

Editor's Note: This post is as spoiler-free as we can make it! If you want spoilers, then click here

J.R. Ward has taken her characters to some dark places where happily ever afters don’t always exist.  As your life changes, your wants and desires can change with it. Will new desires spell the end for Rhage and Mary in her newest BDB novel, The Beast?

[We want The Beast ...]

Tue
Apr 5 2016 1:00pm

J.R. Ward’s The Beast SPOILER THREAD!! (MAJOR SPOILERS)

Here you have it: It's FINALLY HEREA complete play-by-play of all of the events in J.R. Ward’s The Beast, out today. This post is made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended only as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back. (There’s a non-spoiler-y First Look of The Beast here to whet your appetite).

MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW THE JUMP.

SPOILERS SO MAJOR THEY WILL RUIN THE BOOK FOR YOU IF YOU HAVEN’T READ IT.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

***LAST CHANCE: Seriously, leave this post now if you haven’t finished The BeastThis is a post to discuss the entire book. There’s a non-spoiler-y First Look of The Beast here.***

[Spoilers for The Beast below ...]

Thu
Mar 3 2016 10:30am

First Look: Patricia Briggs’s Fire Touched (March 8, 2016)

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs
Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9)
Ace / March 8, 2016 / $27.00 print, $13.99 digital

Mercy Thompson is a coyote shifter and a currently out of work Volkswagon mechanic in Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series.  As a coyote shifter, Mercy belongs to a supernatural group which consists of (pretty much) just herself.  Yet time and again, Mercy has been dragged into the middle of werewolf problems, fae politics and vampire business.   But in Fire Touched, it is Mercy who drags the fight between the humans and the fae to her own front door. Literally.

When human justice failed them, the fae closeted themselves on their reservations declaring themselves separate from the humans.  The fae are done hiding and are ready to take the next step but will that be war with the humans or peace?  Not all the fae agree on their next course of action and some are willing to let loose the stuff of nightmares on the human public in order force a confrontation.

[Don't be afraid to touch my fire ...]

Sun
Feb 28 2016 3:00pm

Swoonies 2016: Why Nalini Singh’s Raphael and Elena Should Get Your Vote!

Archangel's Enigma by Nalini Singh

We're almost to the end of the Swoonies 2016 as our final round is prepared to launch on Monday. In honor of our EPIC Couples Battle, The Swoonies, we asked two of our bloggers to make their case for why our two champions should be crowned The Swoonworthiest Couple! Today we're taking a look at Nalini Singh's Archangel's Enigma's Raphael and Elena as Lucy Dosch outlines why they will reign victorious.

Read TanyaLK's Defense of Tessa Dare's Maddie/Logan of When a Scot Ties the Knot, and come back February 29 to cast your vote in the championship round of The Swoonies!

Note: While Archangel's Enigma is not Raphael and Elena's book, The Swoonies rules stipulate a couple must only be featured in a 2015 book (even if only secondarily). To see the beginning of their love, start with Angel's Blood. 

1. What makes them work

An old and powerful archangel like Raphael had lost the ability to empathize with the mortal who shared his territory. Elena has taught him to appreciate the short but bright lives lived by the humans. While most consorts of an archangel are pampered and cosseted in Courts, Raphael supports Elena in her need to continue her life as a Hunter for the Guild. He has made her stronger and she has made him more human. They balance each other well. 

[Balance is the key to an HEA...]

Sun
Feb 14 2016 3:00pm

Book Boyfriends: We Need Him. We Love Him. May We Keep Him?

Guest Post: Book boyfriends

I have a great love in my life. No, I’m not talking about my husband.  That’s for another conversation.  I’m talking about the man of my dreams. The one that lives in my house, but doesn’t get to sleep in my bed. No, my great love lives on my bookshelf. Well, actually if I am confessing, I cheat on him too. I have lots and lots of great loves. They are what you might call my Book Boyfriends.

We love our Book Boyfriends. They have our absolute devotion and we never, ever like to share them with others. We’re happy to let you meet them.  You can read their stories, just as long as you remember who they belong to. 

Why do we collect this dream harem? Well, first of all, you know your Book Boyfriend won’t leave the toilet seat up or leave his socks on the floor. You know he’ll always be there to rescue you from attack whether it’s from a serial killer or a space vampire (whichever applies) Your Book Boyfriend will massage your aching muscles when you are tired or fly you across the world to get dinner in your favorite little restaurant, by airplane or sometimes his own wings. He is as attractive as your imagination can make him and he doesn’t mind your imperfections at all. He can be over bearing and protective but always lets you make your own decisions. He’s everything we need him to be, and he’ll never let you down.

[Name your book boyfriends ...]

Fri
Feb 5 2016 2:15pm

Ready to Play: Football Highlights from Burton, Callihan, Stacey, and More!

Unexpected Rush by Jaci Burton

Super bowl looms ever closer and it’s time to make a confession.  It’s time to confess that we love the game as much as our men.  We just love those players in their uniforms with their tight pants and their fanny pats.   Those hot men in uniforms catching the football with those big strong arms.  Admit it ladies, that’s why there are so many series featuring gorgeous football players that we want to huddle with ourselves.

Jaci Burton has given us plenty to hot hunks to play with in her Play by Play series.  This series features brothers from both the Riley family and the Cassidy family and their teammates.   While some of her heroes might have chosen to play those more girly games like professional hockey and major league baseball, Jaci Burton keeps bringing us back to those massive men of football.  In her upcoming release, Unexpected Rush, Barrett Cassidy plays for the NFL, unless his twin brother Tucker “Mr. Perfect Game” Cassidy.  Barrett knows that there is no better game than football and no more important Guy Code than don’t touch your buddy’s sister.  Barrett might a success in the game of football, but can he keep from breaking the Code when the temptation is too great.

[More Football romances for Superbowl 50 ...]

Mon
Feb 1 2016 2:30pm

First Look: J.D. Robb’s Brotherhood in Death (February 2, 2016)

Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb

J.D. Robb
Brotherhood in Death (In Death #42)
Berkley / February 2, 2016 / $28.00 print, $13.99 digital

The new novel featuring homicide detective Eve Dallas from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Devoted in Death.

Sometimes brotherhood can be another word for conspiracy. . . 

Dennis Mira just had two unpleasant surprises. First he learned that his cousin Edward was secretly meeting with a real estate agent about their late grandfather’s magnificent West Village brownstone, despite the promise they both made to keep it in the family. Then, when he went to the house to confront Edward about it, he got a blunt object to the back of the head.

Luckily Dennis is married to Charlotte Mira, the NYPSD’s top profiler and a good friend of Lieutenant Eve Dallas. When the two arrive on the scene, he explains that the last thing he saw was Edward in a chair, bruised and bloody. When he came to, his cousin was gone. With the mess cleaned up and the security disks removed, there’s nothing left behind but a few traces for forensics to analyze. 

As a former lawyer, judge, and senator, Edward Mira mingled with the elite and crossed paths with criminals, making enemies on a regular basis. Like so many politicians, he also made some very close friends behind closed—and locked—doors. But a badge and a billionaire husband can get you into places others can’t go, and Eve intends to shine some light on the dirty deals and dark motives behind the disappearance of a powerful man, the family discord over a multimillion-dollar piece of real estate . . . and a new case that no one saw coming.

The latest J.D. Robb novel brings to the forefront the idea of brotherhood.  Brotherhood makes you think of relationships and the way they change and develop over time. Eve Dallas was kept locked away from the world by her abusive father and eventually made it into the hands of a heartless system.  She wanted nothing more from life than to become a police officer, earn her badge and eventually her Captain’s bars.  The only brotherhood or connection she ever dreamed of was with the Brotherhood of the NYPSD.  Was it luck or fate which provided Eve with so much more?

[The true meaning of the Brotherhood ...]

Mon
Jan 25 2016 2:00pm

First Look: Rebecca Zanetti’s Mercury Striking (January 26, 2016)

Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti
Mercury Striking (Scorpius Syndrome #1)
Zebra / January 26, 2016 / $7.99 print, $7.59 digital

“Thrilling post-apocalyptic romance at its dark, sizzling best!”—Lara Adrian

“Nothing is easy or black or white in Zanetti's grim new reality, but hope is key, and I hope she writes faster!” —New York Times bestselling author Larissa Ione

With nothing but rumors to lead her, Lynne Harmony has trekked across a nightmare landscape to find one man—a mysterious, damaged legend who protects the weak and leads the strong. He’s more than muscle and firepower—and in post-plague L.A., he’s her only hope. As the one woman who could cure the disease, Lynne is the single most volatile—and vulnerable—creature in this new and ruthless world. But face to face with Jax Mercury…

Danger has never looked quite so delicious…

In the anthology, On the Hunt, Rebecca Zanetti gave us the beginning.  The beginning of the end. In her new series, Scorpius Syndrome, a meteor has crashed to the Earth, as many do each year. This one was as unassuming as the next that is until it is cracked open by the students who found it and who each wanted to take a piece home to share. They did, in fact, take home their share.  A share of a bacteria previously unknown on Earth and what is now known as Scorpius. 

[Dr. Harmony and Jax have act fast ...]

Sun
Jan 17 2016 3:00pm

Supernatural Meet the Parents: Cecy Robson’s Of Flame and Promise

Of Flame and Promise by Cecy Robson

Of Flame and Promise is the latest in Cecy Robson’s Weird Girls series but if you are expected the continued story of big sister Celia, you’ll be in for a surprise.  Cecy has taken her popular Urban Fantasy series and given it new eyes.  The series will now be told from the perspective of her sister, Taran.  Taran has the beauty of a goddess and the mouth of a sailor and the ability to control of fire and lightning, especially when she’s pissed off, which seems to be always.  As if twisting the story from Taran’s perspective isn’t enough, Cecy puts us in a time machine and takes us back to a point between Cursed by Destiny and A Cursed Bloodline

Taran might look confident and put together on the outside, but on the inside she’s a hot mess.  Taran considers herself to be is difficult on her best days and hasn’t known men to stick around along in her life.   That is why the affection of her werewolf, Gemini, scares her down to her core. 

Gemini claims that Taran is his mate and wants to complete the mating ceremony with her.  It is not the idea of forever that scares the bejesus out of Taran, it’s the fear of giving her heart completely to Gemini and having him walk away, just like Aric has abandoned her sister.  Their love and matehood meant nothing when the Elders ordered Aric to marry and have children with another pureblooded were. For someone like Taran, who doesn’t believe herself worthy of the depth of love and dedication being offered by Gemini, letting herself believe and giving her heart and soul to him, only to have him walk away, would be a fate worse than death. Taran can’t help loving Gemini but she keeps a wall of protection around her heart by “keeping it casual.”

[Meeting the parents in Weird Girls series ...]

Tue
Jan 5 2016 5:30pm

First Look: Sara Humphreys’ The Good, The Bad, and the Vampire (January 5, 2016)

The Good, The Bad and the Vampire by Sara Humphreys

Sara Humphreys
The Good, The Bad and the Vampire (Dead in the City #4)
Sourcebooks Casablanca / January 5, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

Beloved author Sara Humphreys' acclaimed paranormal romance series continues with sweltering attraction between two vampires who have all the time in the world to satisfy their desires...

He wants eternity?
Dakota Shelton is a vampire cowboy with a penchant for cinnamon lollipops and Johnny Cash. Though highly skilled and deadly dangerous to his enemies, he's still a Texas good ol' boy at heart. And he has that heart set on wooing Trixie LaRoux-the most badass punk rock chick in town-the old-fashioned way.

Over her undead body...
Trixie is tough as nails and sharp as a silver stake-the last thing she wants is a man to sit on a porch and not grow old with. So it'll take going to hell and back fighting a new threat to vampires before she admits Dakota's courtship makes her blood hum. Turns out chivalry's not dead after all.

Sara Humphreys’ latest novel, The Good, The Bad and The Vampire, presents us with something fresh in her Dead in the City series—gargoyles

What if everything you were told to be truth was an absolute lie?  Each night we are presented with news which affects the world.  Don’t we believe what they tell us?  Don’t we believe what our family and friends tell us to be truths?  What happens if you find out that your core beliefs are nothing but a series of lies?

[Sexy vampires and gargoyles ...]

Wed
Dec 23 2015 3:00pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of 2015, Part 3

The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne

Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

It's the end of the year now, and so we've asked them for their top three books that made the year in reading so memorable. Without further ado, here's Part 3 (of four parts) of our bloggers best reads of 2015—and don't forget to check out Part 1Part 2, and stay tuned for Part 4:

John Jacobson:

The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne - Byrne’s new historical is lush and provocative, with the deep language and drama of older historicals and the escapist spunk of newer historicals. Her characters are entrancing in their emotional depth. I was taken away by the narrative - there’s no other book like it out there today.

What a Devilish Duke Desires by Vicky Dreiling - Dreiling writes sweet historical romances with a sexy zing. This book hits all of the high notes with strong threads of dramatic action and romantic longing. The hero and the heroine are fundamentally good people caught up in bad circumstances, and the way Dreiling unveils their happily ever after is expert. Dreiling’s added homage to popular reality television in a Regency-garbed setting creates a humor that makes it the perfect sweet confection.

[What are your top 2015 recommendations? ...]

Thu
Dec 10 2015 3:30pm

Pia Goes to Hollywood: Fan Casting Thea Harrison’s Elder Races

Fantasy Casting: Hugh Jackman as Dragos Cuelebre

Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series is one of my favorite paranormal romance series.  I have read and reread the stories so much that these characters have been cemented into my brain.  I can only hope that someday when they cast these characters, someone will find my fan casting or I will be heartbroken.

Hugh Jackman as Dragos Cuelebre
The leader of the Wyr Demesne is a dangerous and powerful predator that no fancy suit can ever disguise.  The dragon was birthed at the creation of the world.  Dragons by nature are acquisitive and inquisitive.  When someone had the audacity to break into his vault of treasures and steal from him, Dragos goes on the hunt for the thief only to be surprised by his strong attraction for her.  For the first time in millennia, the dragon has found a treasure greater than anything else in his possession and he takes her for his mate.  

[We know you have thought about it ...]

Tue
Dec 1 2015 4:30pm

Nucking Futs: Top 10 Scenes from Kresley Cole’s Nïx, the Ever-Knowing

Dark Needs at Night’s Edge by Kresley Cole

In Kresley Cole’s the Immortals After Dark series, Nïx, the Ever-Knowing, or better known throughout the Lore as Nucking-Futs Nïx, has been setting up her own form of speed-dating in an attempt to match mates and seed alliances for the upcoming Accession, and when you are a 3,000-year-old soothsaying Valkyrie, you don’t have to make it easy for anyone.  I mean, what’s the fun in that?  

Here are a few things we’ve learned about our favorite Valkyrie while over the last few years.

1.     Nïx is always ready for a party…

A group of elven-looking women strolled by, wearing nothing but gauzy skirts.  Their chests were bare except for body paint styled in intricate leafy designs.

“Goody,” Nïx muttered.  “The dendrophiles.”

“The dendro what?” Néomi said.

“Tree lovers – the tree nymphs.”

Their obvious leader said, “Well, if it isn’t Nucking Futs Nïx and the hex hack.”

“Well, if it isn’t the hookers,” Nïx replied blandly.  “Oh, I’m sorry, nymphets, this isn’t the orgy – that’s down the road.”

“Nïxie, every party is an orgy waiting to happen.”

Nïx opened her mouth, then closed it, dragging Néomi and Mari away.  “Well, you can’t argue with reason, can you?”

—  Dark Needs at Night’s Edge

[And this is just the beginning. Read on now ...]

Mon
Nov 30 2015 2:30pm

First Look: Thea Harrison’s Shadow’s End (December 1, 2015)

Shadow's End by Thea Harrison

Thea Harrison
Shadow's End (Elder Races #9)
Berkley / December 1, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

The author of Lord’s Fall and Midnight’s Kiss returns with an enchanting and sizzling new tale about debts that cannot be repaid and hunger that cannot be satisfied…

For Beluviel, consort to the Elven High Lord, and Graydon, gryphon and First Sentinel of the Wyr, even the slightest desire for each other is forbidden. But two hundred years ago, after a desperate play to save Beluviel’s stepson left them indebted to the cruel Djinn Malphas, they found their fates inexorably linked together—and the hunger between them growing too strong to ignore…

Two centuries later, with their debt to Malphas coming due, Beluviel and Graydon realize that, if they are to stand any chance of saving their souls, they must once again work together—this time more closely than ever before. But every moment they spend with each other brings them nearer to losing something even more vital—their hearts…

Thea Harrison points out to us the consequences we need to live with when we chose desires we know are unattainable and the shadow refers to the shadow on our souls which is the price we pay for wanting what we cannot have.

In Thea Harrison's Shadow’s End, Lady Beluviel, wife of the Elven High Lord, is looking for her stepson Ferion, the heir to the Elven Demesne.  Ferion is a frustrated man living a half-life.  He is the heir of the Demense, so he cannot pursue a life of his own choosing, but as the heir to a father who is nearly immortal and can live centuries more as the High Lord, Ferion is always kept on the outer edge of the Elven Court. Ferion is given no true purpose in his life, yet he cannot go forge his own future. 

[He's seeking purpose ...]

Tue
Nov 24 2015 5:30pm

First Look: Kresley Cole’s Sweet Ruin (December 1, 2015)

Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole
Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark #16)
Gallery / December 1, 2015 / 

A foundling raised in a world of humans

Growing up, orphaned Josephine didn’t know who or what she was—just that she was “bad,” an outcast with strange powers. Her baby brother Thaddeus was as perfect as she was flawed; protecting him became her entire life. The day he was taken away began Jo’s transition from angry girl…to would-be superhero…to enchanting, ruthless villain.

A lethally sensual enforcer on a mission

A threat to the Møriør has brought archer Rune the Baneblood to the mortal realm to slay the oldest living Valkyrie. Whether by bow or in bed, he never fails to eliminate his target. Yet before he can strike, he encounters a vampiric creature whose beauty conceals a black heart. With one bite, she pierces him with aching pleasure, taking his forbidden blood—and jeopardizing the secrets of his brethren.

A boundless passion that will lead to sweet ruin…

Could this exquisite female be a spy sent by the very Valkyrie he hunts? Rune knows he must not trust Josephine, yet he’s unable to turn her away. Despite his millennia of sexual conquests, he can’t ignore the unfamiliar longing she arouses deep within him. When Jo betrays the identity of the one man she will die to protect, she and Rune become locked in a treacherous battle of wills that pits ultimate loyalty against unbridled lust.

Editor's Note: This review contains spoilers for all books in the Immortals After Dark series, including the December 1 release of Sweet Ruin. This post especially discusses the Bringers of Doom and events relating to the Accession. Read with caution!

Wars are fought all the time with each side never understanding why the other side fights them. Each fighter knows that his side is the right one. Kresley Cole has been gearing us up for an upcoming war but after all this time, have we been backing the wrong side?

[We were warned ...]