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Mon
Aug 4 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Chloe Neill’s Blood Games (August 5, 2014)

Blood Games by Chloe NeillChloe Neill
Blood Games (Chicagoland Vampires #10)
NAL Penguin / August 5, 2014 / $15.00 print, $9.99 digital

While Merit didn’t choose to become a vampire or Sentinel of Cadogan House, she vowed to fight for her House and its Master, and she’s managed to forge strong alliances with powerful supernaturals across Chicago. But even though Merit has had wild adventures, this may be her deadliest yet...

A killer is stalking Chicago, preying on humans and leaving his victims with magical souvenirs. The CPD hasn’t been able to track the assailant, and as the body count rises, the city is running out of options. Vampires and humans aren’t on great terms, but murder makes for strange bedfellows. Can Merit find the killer before she becomes a target?

Ponytailed Avenger Merit is back in Neill’s tenth, and still fresh, installment of the best selling Chicagoland Vampire series. Neill kicks that action into high speed at the get go as Merit becomes embroiled in a series of events that challenge her physically and emotionally. Although we all love Cadogan House’s Master, Ethan Sullivan, he continues to run Merit through an emotional obstacle course. Every time Merit gets closer to Ethan, something manages to push her back a step. This time it is Ethan’s past. When you are nearly 400 years old, it is impossible not to have a past. Ethan has met his match in stubborn in Merit who refuses to be pushed away again. She has, however, grown enough to let him figure things out for himself.

[So does he?...]

Tue
Mar 25 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Meredith Duran’s Fool Me Twice (March 25, 2014)

Fool Me Twice by Meredith Duran

Meredith Duran
Fool Me Twice
Pocket Books / March 25, 2014 / $5.99 print / $1.99 digital

All Olivia Holladay wants is the chance to make a home for herself. When she realizes that the infamous Duke of Marwick might hold the key to her freedom, she boldly disguises herself as the newest and bravest in a long line of the temperamental duke’s housekeepers. Little does she know that the wickedly handsome Alastair de Grey has very different plans for her . . .

Alastair de Grey has suffered a betrayal so deep that he will use whatever means necessary to destroy his enemies — even his brazen and beautiful housekeeper. But his vengeful plan fails to account for his single weakness: an irresistible and growing passion for the enigmatic Olivia...

Olivia Johnson, parlor maid. Olivia Holladay, former secretary. Olivia Mather, blackmailer. While Olivia may be prone to identity crisis, she is sure of one thing—that she would get her revenge against the man whom played a role in her attempted murder seven years ago. That man is her father, Lord Bertram who abandoned her and her mother to start a new family.Olivia has set an elaborate plan in motion to bring down Baron Bertram. She stole letters from her former employer, Lady Elizabeth Chudderley, with which she plans to blackmail Bertram. Her next target is Elizabeth’s brother-in-law, Alastair de Grey, fifth Duke of Marwick, who has also been wronged by Bertram. As it turns out, the late duchess was unfaithful and conspired with Bertram, and Olivia has the letters to prove it. But she needs more information to blackmail him. And, if she’s lucky, an ally. Why wouldn’t Marwick want to destroy the man who had slept with his wife and plotted against him?

[Heck, let's ALL join in!]

Sat
Mar 22 2014 10:30am

First Look: Julie Anne Long’s Between the Devil and Ian Eversea (March 25, 2014)

Between the Devil and Ian Eversea by Julie Anne LongJulie Anne Long
Between the Devil and Ian Eversea (Pennyroyal Green Series)
Avon / March 25, 2014/ $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Orphaned American heiress Titania “Tansy” Danforth receives two simple requests from her aunt before being shipped off to her distant cousin in England:

1) Make a spectacular, titled marriage.
2) Stay out of trouble.

But once thrown into Sussex society, Tansy’s less-than-angelic side emerges: the willful, wickedly witty beauty sets out to enslave hearts and steal beaux, and does so effortlessly. That is, until Ian Eversea sees right through her.

A veteran of war and inveterate rogue, Ian Eversea keeps his heart guarded and his options open: he has no interest in the shackles of marriage. But when Tansy appears to show interest in his sister’s suitor, Ian has no choice but to put the American in her place. The last thing he expects is to discover the true Tansy is the perfect match for his own fiercely protected heart.

Captain Ian Eversea doesn’t stand a chance. Had he been present when Tansy arrived from America, he might have realized this. Her hired companion all but ran after she delivered Tansy to her guardian, the Duke of Falconbridge, with a cryptic “Good luck, Yer Grace.” In all fairness, a lesser man would have succumbed to her charm much sooner. What he doesn’t seem to understand is that his disinterest in Tansy fuels her interest in him all the more.

Women love a challenge. We crave the thrill of the chase, especially when we know, in our hearts, that the object of our desire is destined to be the one to complete us.

[Completely understood!...]

Fri
Dec 27 2013 10:30am

First Look: Molly Harper’s How to Run with a Naked Werewolf (December 31, 2013)

How to Run with a Naked Werewolf by Molly HarperMolly Harper
How to Run with a Naked Werewolf
Pocket Books / December 31, 2013 / $7.99 print, $7.99 digital

Anna Moder has just witnessed a shooting, seen her car pulverized, and rescued a wounded stranger only to discover he’s really a werewolf. And by her recent standards, things are actually looking up. Lycanthropes don’t faze Anna. Doctoring a wolf pack outside Grundy, Alaska, is the closest thing to home life she’s known in years. But hitching a ride to Anchorage with long-absent pack member Caleb Graham—that’s a risk. Part of her itches to whack his nose with a newspaper. The rest is trying unsuccessfully to keep her own paws off every delicious inch of him.

The problem is—Caleb employs his lupine tracking abilities as a not quite-legal bounty hunter, and Anna is suspicious of both him and his profession. On the run from her past, with old problems closing in, she’d like to stay far, far away from anybody with connections to the law. Caleb, however, seems determined to keep her close. Are his intentions noble, or is he working a more predatory angle?

Anna’s been dreaming of returning to a semi-normal life, but now she’s experiencing a strange new urge . . . to join Caleb in running with the wolves.

Molly Harper treats us to another installment of her Naked Werewolf books with How to Run with A Naked Werewolf, the third in the series. Harper is back with her trademark snark, capable heroines and loping lupines. Literally. While Anna Moder may not think she needs rescuing, bounty hunter Caleb Graham thinks otherwise. It is in his genetic makeup after all; wolves protect the females of their pack, even if they are human.

[Chivalry's alive and well...]

Tue
Sep 24 2013 9:30am

First Look: Larissa Ione’s Bound by Night (September 24, 2013)

Bound by Night by Larissa IoneLarissa Ione
Bound by Night (Moonbound Clan Vampire #1)
Pocket / September 24, 2013 / $7.99 print and digital

Nicole Martin was only eight years old when the vampire slaves rose up in rebellion and killed her family. Now she devotes her life to finding a vaccine against vampirism, hoping to wipe out her memories—along with every bloodsucker on the planet. But there’s one thing she cannot destroy: her searing, undeniable attraction for the one man she should hate and fear the most . . .

A member of the renegade vampire MoonBound Clan, Riker is haunted by demons of his own. When he recognizes Nicole and remembers how her family enslaved his loved ones, his heart burns for vengeance. But when he kidnaps Nicole and holds her in a secret lair, his mortal enemy becomes his soul obsession, his greatest temptation, and, perhaps, his only salvation—a hot-blooded lover who could heal him with her touch . . . or bury him forever.

In Bound by Night, Larissa Ione has created a dark, violent world where vampires have been enslaved—and nearly hunted to extinction—by humans. The vampires who have managed to escape live on the fringes of civilization, divided into brutal territorial clans that kill their enemies with cold efficiency. Some of the clans embrace modern technology, while others embrace their Native American ancestry and they observe the old traditions. No matter to what clan they belong, Ione’s vampires are the stuff of nightmares—especially those of Nicole Martin’s.

Nicole Martin grew up wealthy and surrounded by vampire servants whom she thought of as beloved members of her family. She never knew the extent of the hatred they harbored for her kind until they revolted and murdered her parents. Nicole saw Therese, her beloved nanny, die as well. Although she survived the attack, she contracted the vampire virus, and has dedicated her life’s work to finding a cure.

[A cure for vampirism?...]

Mon
Sep 23 2013 4:30pm

First Look: Cat Johnson’s Two Times as Hot (September 24, 2013)

Two Times as Hot by Cat JohnsonCat Johnson
Two Times as Hot
Kensington / September 24, 2013 / $9.95 print, $8.99 digital

One Good Girl...

After her sister snags a hot Oklahoma cowboy, Emma Hart figures it’s her turn to saddle up. And with two country boys pursuing her at once, she’s in for a wild ride...

Two Sexy Guys...

Lieutenant Colonel Logan Hunt can’t deny the heat between him and Emma is fierce. But Logan isn’t looking for anything serious...just a chance to blow off some steam. So why is he crazy jealous when he sees pro bull rider Jace Mills trying to charm Emma into bed?

Winner Takes All...

Logan knows he and Emma could have something special—and not just because she’s smokin’ hot. Now he has to find a way to prove that even a no-strings-attached guy like him can stick around for the long haul…

Cat Johnson knows her way around a sexy cowboy tale. Her men are chivalrous, adventurous and damn hot. Her women are independent, intelligent and just the right amount of persistent. Her second installment in the Oklahoma Nights series brings back many of the characters from One Night With a Cowboy. You do not have to read the first book to pick up the storyline. Johnson provides just enough background to catch the reader up to speed without slowing down the storyline. I enjoyed this book so much that I just had to buy One Night With a Cowboy. It was that much fun. And, the cover. Well, that just speaks for itself.

[Hot hot hot!...]

Mon
Aug 26 2013 2:00pm

First Look: Immortally Ever After by Angie Fox (August 27, 2013)

Immortally Ever After by Angie FoxAngie Fox
Immortally Ever After (Monster M*A*S*H #3)
St. Martin’s Press/ August 27, 2013/ $7.99 print/$7.99 digital

The hard-won cease-fire between the battling immortals doesn’t last long. In the    blink of an eye, human surgeon Dr. Petra Robichaud is back on the frontlines, and starring in yet another of the oracles prophesies. As the only healer who can talk to the     dead, Petra doesn’t have much choice about her role—even when her breathtaking ex-lover shows up at exactly the wrong time…

Petra may have moved on when Commander Galen left her, but she never forgot    him—and the passionate moments they shared. Seeing him again is a distraction she really doesn’t need with both armies honing new weapons, and wounded all over her M*A*S*H unit. But how can she resist him? It’s now or never for the demi-god Galen to become Petra’s mate…but with the fate of humanity at stake, will their desire be worth the cost?  

Angie Fox delivers again with this third (and final?) installment of her Monsters M*A*S*H series. Fox has skillfully created an eclectic mix of supernatural’s and mythological gods with an occasional human on the side. Combine that with a humorous storyline that doesn’t go over the top and Immortally Ever After is laugh out loud funny.

Dr. Petra Robichaud is back on center stage as the star of the world changing prophesies. Our plucky heroine isn’t without backup. She has not one, but two, breathtaking hotties vying for her love. Marc, the dragon shifting surgeon, her first love, has reemerged after ten years and is busily making up for lost time. Contender number two is special ops soldier and former demi-god Galen of Delphi, who was stripped of his immortality for being with Petra. What is a girl to do? It’s obvious what she has been doing.

[Oh? What's that?]

Mon
Aug 19 2013 6:00pm

First Look: Mina Vaughn’s How to Discipline Your Vampire (August 19, 2013)

How to Discipline Your Vampire by Mina VaughnMina Vaughn
How to Discipline Your Vampire
Pocket Star / August 19, 2013 / $1.99 digital

Cerise Norrell, Type A substitute teacher by day, is ready to quit being a domme. Despite her best intentions, none of her partners can keep up with her scene fetish and attention to detail—let alone her demand that they have a costume and set waiting every afternoon by the time she’s home from school.

Over a dozen potential subs have left her in the past year, but just when Cerise thinks it’s impossible—that she’ll have to go back to vanilla relationships, or be alone forever—she meets William, who wants to make all her fantasies come true. He turns her home into a geisha’s dream apartment, a concert hall with a grand piano (which he uses to play an original composition while wearing a tuxedo), and even rents an abandoned loft for a zombie apocalypse scenecomplete with canned goods.

But there’s something strange about William. Well, a lot of strange things.
He must be absurdly rich, since he can afford to provide extravagant costumes and props on a daily basis without having to leave work early. He must be insane, since he puts up with Cerise’s over-the-top demands. And most importantly, he doesn’t redden when he’s spanked, and his skin is as cool as satin sheets. When Cerise discovers she’s become domme to the infamous “Chilly Willy,” as he’s known throughout the BDSM urban lore, she begins to find out there’s a whole lot more to her handsome submissive than a creative mind and a hard body.

And when it’s William, ironically, who starts pressing Cerise to give him the kind of commitment she’s never given anyone, it’ll take everything she has to work through her issues, confront her past, and learn to be vulnerable.

In Mina Vaughn’s debut novel, the reader is treated to the funny side of BDSM, complete with a submissive vampire and a bossy vagina named Bizzy. Yes, you read that correctly. It seems that Cerise’s vag has taken on a personality of its own and she can be rather bossy. Not that that is a bad thing; Vaughn’s mild-mannered substitute teacher is really the alter ego of a bossy domme, Mistress Cherry, who knows what she wants and will go to extremes to make sure that she gets it.

[Mistress Cherry gets what Mistress Cherry wants...]

Fri
Aug 9 2013 9:30am

First Look: Lynn Viehl’s Her Ladyship’s Curse (August 12, 2013)

Her Ladyship's Curse by Lynn ViehlLynn Viehl
Her Ladyship's Curse (Disenchanted & Co. #1)
Pocket Star / August 12, 2013 / $2.99 digital

In a steampunk version of America that lost the Revolutionary War, Charmian (Kit) Kittredge makes her living investigating magic crimes and exposing the frauds behind them. While Kit tries to avoid the nobs of high society, as the proprietor of Disenchanted & Co. she follows mysteries wherever they lead.

Lady Diana Walsh calls on Kit to investigate and dispel the curse she believes responsible for carving hateful words into her own flesh as she sleeps. While Kit doesn’t believe in magic herself, she can’t refuse to help a woman subjected nightly to such vicious assaults. As Kit investigates the Walsh family, she becomes convinced that the attacks on Diana are part of a larger, more ominous plot—one that may involve the lady’s obnoxious husband.

Sleuthing in the city of Rumsen is difficult enough, but soon Kit must also skirt the unwanted attentions of nefarious deathmage Lucien Dredmore and the unwelcome scrutiny of police Chief Inspector Thomas Doyle. Unwilling to surrender to either man’s passion for her, Kit struggles to remain independent as she draws closer to the heart of the mystery. Yet as she learns the truth behind her ladyship’s curse, Kit also uncovers a massive conspiracy that promises to ruin her life—and turn Rumsen into a s supernatural battleground from which no one will escape alive.

Kitt Kittredge, the heroine of Lynn Viehl’s new steampunk series, is something of an enigma; although she doesn’t believe in magic, she has developed a reputation for the ability to disenchant those who do, and actually solves a mystery surrounding the alleged curse. Unfortunately for Kit, her latest case has gained her more than a reputation—someone wants her dead. To Kit’s rescue come not one, but two heroes in the making. The first, deathmage Lucien Dredmore, has the uncanny ability to appear when Kit is in the most dire straits. Their verbal sparring brings out the best in Kit, and there is definite chemistry between them. The sexual tension is palpable and Dredmore is the epitome of tall, dark, and handsome.

[You have our attention, suitor #1...]

Tue
Aug 6 2013 9:30am

First Look: MaryJanice Davidson’s Undead and Unsure (August 6, 2013)

Undead and Unsure by MaryJanice DavidsonMaryJanice Davidson
Undead and Unsure (Undead #12)
Berkley Hardcover/ August 6, 2013 / $25.95 print, $11.04 digital

It’s no surprise to Betsy that her trip to Hell with her sister Laura landed
them in hot water. Betsy isn’t exactly sorry she killed the Devil but it’s put
Laura in a damnable position: assuming the role of Satan (she may not have
the training but she looks great in red)—and in charge of billions of souls as she
moves up in the world. Or is that down?

But Betsy herself is in an odd new position as well—that of being a responsible monarch suddenly in charge of all things more earth-bound: like her vampire husband Sinclair who has gone from relieved to ecstatic to downright reckless now that he can tolerate sunlight. And if Sinclair isn’t enough to contend with, Betsy’s best friend Jessica is in her sixth (and hopefully last) trimester. Considering she’s been pregnant for eighteen months, she’s become a veritable encyclopedia of what not to expect when you’re expecting. Oh, the horror…

And speaking of growing pains, Betsy and Sinclair’s adopted little
BabyJon is finally starting to walk. And if the increasingly unpredictable toddler is anything like his extended family, precisely where he’s headed is anyone’s guess.

MaryJanice Davidson’s Undead series is laugh-out-loud funny, and in this book, the internal monolog whirlwind that is Vampire Queen Betsy is back. Well, kind of, because she ends up in Hell. Again. There is never a dull moment for our undead queen and her friend filled monster mansion. Betsy is on a mission (yep, probably won’t end well for anyone) to rebuild her relationship with her half-sister, Laura. This is proving difficult because Laura hasn’t forgiven Betsy for killing her mother, Satan.

[That IS a complicated situation...]

Mon
Aug 5 2013 3:50pm

First Look: Chloe Neill’s Biting Bad (August 6, 2013)

Biting Cold by Chloe NeillChloe Neill
Biting Bad (Chicagoland Vampires #8)
NAL Trade / August 6, 2013 /$15.00 print, $8.99 digital

Merit has been a vampire for only a short while, but she’s already seen a
lifetime’s worth of trouble. She and her Master, centuries-old Ethan Sullivan, have risked their lives time and again to save the city they love. But not all of Chicago is loving them back.

Anti-vampire riots are erupting all over town, striking vampires where it hurts the most. A splinter group armed with Molotov cocktails and deep-seated hate is intent on clearing the fanged from the Windy City come hell or high water.

Merit and her allies rush to figure out who’s behind the attacks, who will be
targeted next, and whether there’s any way to stop the wanton destruction. The battle for Chicago is just beginning, and Merit is running out of time.

Our favorite snarky Cadogan House Sentinel, Merit, is back in Chloe Neill’s eighth installment of her popular Chicagoland Vampire Series. In the ten months that she has been a vampire, Merit has proven herself a valuable asset (and dedicated girlfriend) to her House’s Master Vampire, Ethan Sullivan. Now that the relationship between our heroine and her hottie is on stable ground, we begin to see Merit’s subtle influence on Ethan as he begins to unbutton a little (and not just in the bedroom). The once larger than life Darth Sullivan has become more approachable.

[But he's still just as sexy as ever...]

Thu
Jul 25 2013 12:30pm

First Look: Leigh Evans’s The Thing About Weres (July 30, 2013)

The Thing About Weres by Leigh EvansLeigh Evans
The Thing About Weres
St. Martin's Press / July 30, 2013 / $7.99 print & digital

In the never-ending saga that is my love-hate relationship with Robson Trowbridge, I, half-Were Hedi Peacock, have had a change of heart. Ever since I shoved Trowbridge through the Gates of Merenwyn, I’ve been the leader of the pack—hard to believe, right? The thing is: I’m half-Fae. So even though my Were side is ready to heed the call of the wild, the other part of me is desperate to take flight. And much as it pains me to admit it, life without Trowbridge is really starting to were me down…

To make matters worse, the wolves of Creemore want my blood—and the North American Council of Weres wants me dead. So I’m just counting the days until Trowbridge returns from the other realm…and comes to my brave rescue…and becomes my alpha mate. Wishful thinking? Of course it is. But given all the mess I’ve been through already, what’s the harm in doing a little bit of daisy-plucking? Besides, Trowbridge owes me bigtime. A girl can dream.

Leigh Evans continues her tale of the misadventures and missteps of Hedi Peacock. Our reluctant heroine is half-Fae, half-Were and a whole lot of confused. Hedi is constantly at odds with her duality, Fae and Were, neither of which she is totally in control of. Hedi's Fae magic is difficult to control and to further complicate things, she is a Mystwalker, one who can enter the world of dreams. She must keep her abilities to herself lest she be forced into serving the Fae king. Her Were, although a constant presence, is unable to manifest itself during the full moon even though it feels the pull to do so. To say she has an identity crisis is an understatement.

[Who wouldn't, am I right?...]

Sun
Jun 16 2013 10:00am

First Look: Barbara Delinsky’s Sweet Salt Air (June 18, 2013)

Barbara Delinsky 
Sweet Salt Air
St. Martin’s Press / June 18, 2013 / $25.99 print, $11.04 digital

Charlotte and Nicole were once the best of friends, spending summers together in Nicole's coastal island house off of Maine. But many years, and many secrets, have kept the women apart. A successful travel writer, single Charlotte lives on the road, while Nicole, a food blogger, keeps house in Philadelphia with her surgeon-husband, Julian. When Nicole is commissioned to write a book about island food, she invites her old friend Charlotte back to Quinnipeague, for a final summer, to help. Outgoing and passionate, Charlotte has a gift for talking to people and making friends, and Nicole could use her expertise for interviews with locals. Missing a genuine connection, Charlotte agrees.

But what both women don't know is that they are each holding something back that may change their lives forever. For Nicole, what comes to light could destroy her marriage, but it could also save her husband. For Charlotte, the truth could cost her Nicole’s friendship, but could also free her to love again. And her chance may lie with a reclusive local man, with a heart to soothe and troubles of his own.

Barbara Delinsky's Sweet Salt Air is an emotional story with strong, likeable central characters—Charlotte, Nicole and Leo—all of whom are guarding secrets. It would be too simple to say that Sweet Salt Air is solely about secrets, as it goes much deeper than that. Delinsky’s story is about atonement and redemption. It is also about and a sense of belonging and of finding oneself, especially for Charlotte. Delinsky has chosen a wonderfully rich and vibrant coastal island as backdrop, the close-knit community of Quinnipeague, Maine, and its eclectic inhabitants.

[In other words, perfect summer reading?...]

Mon
Jun 3 2013 3:00pm

First Look: Michele Sinclair’s Seducing the Highlander (June 4, 2013)

Seducing the Highlander by Michele SinclairMichele Sinclair
Seducing the Highlander
Kensington / June 4, 2013 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Of the seven McTiernay brothers to protect their Scottish Highlands, Craig is most willing to place duty before love—until he's enchanted by the last woman he expects...

Meriel Schellden knows that marrying Craig McTiernay will strengthen the ties between their clans. She insists she is motivated by duty and responsibility, nothing more. But when a mere formality becomes a kiss far from platonic, Meriel must question where her true intentions lie...

Though Meriel entices him far more than she realizes, Craig's commitments have always kept his passions restrained. But no sense of duty to his clan can make Craig forget the way Meriel's touch left him teased, tantalized, and desperate for more. Now as a surprising rival contents for Meriel's affections, there has never been a better time to listen to what his heart has desired all along...

Michele Sinclair's Seducing the Highlander is the fifth book in the McTiernay Brothers series set in the early 14th century Scottish Highlands. Its hero, Craig McTiernay, is the middle brother of the seven the series focuses on.

The wives of the McTiernay brothers want to prove that the feelings Meriel Schelldene has for Craig McTiernay go much deeper than friendship. But years ago, Meriel had decided she wasn’t interested in marriage and her best friend, Craig, was of the same mind. Her twin sister (married to Craig's brother) has other ideas.

[A matchmaking sister? Look out!...]

Wed
May 22 2013 4:30pm

First Look: Nancy Gideon’s Prince of Shadows (May 27, 2013)

Prince of Shadows by Nancy GideonNancy Gideon
Prince of Shadows
Simon & Schuster / May 27, 2013 / $5.69 digital

The fourth original eBook in the steamy Shadows paranormal romance series features a woman forced to choose a mate, and a Shifter prince who may need to give up everything to win her.

Held hostage until she chooses a mate, Kendra Terriot must play a careful courtship game when choosing among the dangerous Shifter heirs. As a prince in the House of Terriot, Cale knows he can be the leader his clan needs with Kendra at his side, but first he must learn to become the kind of man she desires. In a treacherous race for the crown, where weakness means death, the only way to win her trust could mean surrendering his throne. But the only way to win her heart could mean letting her go…

Cale Terriot has loved Kendra Terriot since they were children. Sheltered Kendra has been forcefully brought back to live among the Shifters and ordered to choose one of the Terriot princes as a mate. The one she chooses will gain the throne, when king Bran Terriot dies. Unwilling to let anyone else have Kendra, Cale declares his intent to make her his queen, even if it means he must fight his brothers to do so. In the shifter world, the strongest survive and the weakest die. And family loyalty is not guaranteed. Cale knows this only too well.

[If you can't trust your family, who can you trust?...]

Thu
Apr 11 2013 9:30am

First Look: Iris Johansen’s Taking Eve (April 16, 2013)

Taking Eve by Iris JohansenIris Johansen
Taking Eve
St. Martin’s Press / April 16, 2013 / $27.99 print, digital

Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan’s mission is to bring closure to families whose loved ones have vanished. She knows their anguish-her own beloved daughter, Bonnie, was taken from her when Bonnie was just seven years old. It is only recently that this mystery was resolved and Eve could begin her journey to peace. Now, Jim Doane wants the same kind of answers that Eve always longed for. His twenty-five year old son may or may not be dead and he has only burned skull fragments as possible evidence. But he cannot go to the police for answers without risking his own secrets and dark past, so instead he chooses a bold step to find the truth-a truth that takes Eve down a twisted path of madness and evil and into the darkest heart of her own history. Doane needs Eve Duncan’s skills and he’ll do anything to get them.

Even if it means Taking Eve.

Iris Johansen fans fans will be happy that Eve and her trusted knights, detective boyfriend, Joe Quinn, and adopted daughter, Jane McGuire, are back. Taking Eve is the first installment in a new trilogy, all of which will be released this year. For those new to the Eve Duncan series, jumping in with this book will be an easy transition. Johansen has provided enough background to catch the reader up to speed without slowing down the pace of the book. Taking Eve is a suspense packed thriller, full of enough twists and turns to keep the reader riveted until the very end. And then, wanting more.

[And more, and more!]

Thu
Mar 7 2013 10:30am

Bewitching! Yasmine Galenorn’s Otherworld Series

Witchling by Yasmine GalenornYasmine Galenorn was one of the first authors whose work pulled me into the realm of paranormal/fantasy fiction. I was a fantasy fiction purist who, occasionally, ventured into science fiction. The epic, sweeping sagas, deep plots, rich scenery, and complex characters that are worlds away are the appeal. Galenorn was shelved at the local bookstore; I snagged it and was sold.

Yasmine Galenorn’s Otherworld centers on three sisters, who are half fae on their father’s side and half human on their mothers. Delilah, Camille, and Menolly D’Artigo have been sent from Y’Elestrial (the Otherworld) as operatives of the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. THE OIA has allied itself with the Faerie-Human CSI. In Galenorn’s version of Seattle, Washington humans know about the Fae and other supernaturals, or supes. She has created a wonderful blend of magic, myth and modern world that merges urban fantasy with Celtic and Finnish lore. Her characters feel real and likeable and the storylines aren’t overwhelmingly complicated. A good healthy dose of steamy sex has been thrown in as well.

[That never hurts...]