Dead Button by Lee Brazil

1838313Title: Dead Button
Series: Jack of Spades #3/ Pulp Friction 2015: Altered States #9
Author: Lee Brazil
Genre: Paranormal/ Supernatural/ Mystery
Length: Short (46 pages)
Publisher: Lime Time Press (June 15th 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: Haunted. Seduced. Betrayed.

When ghost enthusiast Dr. Sabine Brusilov plucks a weathered skull from the mud and debris at the bottom of the Mississippi River, he gets more than he bargained for. The skull comes with a moody, petulant, sexy ghost who is not shy about his attraction to Sabine. Along with proof that ghosts really do exist, Sabine finds a treasure beyond compare.


Love is everything to long dead Barton Montoire. He’s lived for it, faced dishonor for it…killed for it. Now that he’s found it again, he’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep Sabine at his side for eternity. Even if that means more blood on his hands.

With the darkness that circles Sabine growing stronger, and his lover’s actions becoming more erratic and unpredictable, Bart is challenged to protect his love from some unknown danger.
Ghosts and humans exist on two separate planes, and there’s only one way for them to be together.

But betrayal lurks in the shadows…


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Reviewer: Cat

Review: This is the third book in this series and the 9th in the collection. You do need to read the series in order and it would help if you are reading the entire collection.

Sabine has been trying to prove the existence of ghosts. He found the remains of a body several years before and he and Bart have been lovers since. Recently though there is a darkness settling around Sabine and after four attempts on his life he knows what he must do.

Bart loves Sabine but senses there is a problem. He garners the help from all of his friends, Laurant a sex demon, Nico a hot older vampire, Jett a werewolf and Artie a physic to help him figure out what is wrong with Sabine.

This is a short story so I can’t say too much without giving it away. I love all the characters and I love the relationship between Sabine and Bart. I really like Bart even if he is a ghost I like that he was from so far ago and a riverboat gambler. There is so much emotion in this story and lots of action, suspense and it is hotter than hell (yes pun is attended).

If you like supernatural and paranormal characters, mystery, suspense, spells, and some hot man-sex you will love this!

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Art Theft 101 by Edward Kendrick

25438573Title: Art Theft 101
Series: NA
Author: Edward Kendrick
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Length: Novel (159 pages)
Publisher: JMS Books LLC (May 17th 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts
Blurb: Vampire Philip Archer and his team of successful art thieves — Black Panther shifter Duff, ghost Rob, and Duff’s human girlfriend Liddy — are asked by the handsome Ian Croft, a potential client, to break with tradition and rescue a kidnapped child. When the caper turns out rather differently than expected, Philip is bitterly reminded why he has remained single for so long.

Yet, surrounded as he is by loving friends, he is not desperate. This is why, when he meets the newly-made vampire Ephram, he suppresses his attraction and focuses on being a mentor to the Fledgling.
Ephram was turned by Virgil Ionescu, an ancient vampire known for casting off his Children before they are ready. Living off the streets, Ephram’s future is precarious until he meets Philip. Ephram is immediately attracted to Philip and only too happy to be taken under his wing and taught the skills of surviving in modern New Orleans.
But Philip keeps secrets. Ephram can sense it, but he can’t penetrate the thousand-year-old Philip’s reserve. What will Ephram do when he discovers the big secret his new group of friends is keeping from him? Will his love for Philip trump all, or will he betray them? And, to complicate matters, Ionescu arrives unexpectedly in town, coming to check on his Child.

ISBN: 9781611527797

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Reviewer: Cat

Review: Stealing art can be an easy job if you have special powers. It’s even easier of each of your partners has these skills as well. Bring in Phillip Archer a vampire, Rob a ghost, Duff a shifter and Liddy, Duff’s human girlfriend and getaway driver. You have a merry band of misfit or should I say people with some awesome superpowers.

The story had good premise and the characters were very well-developed and intriguing. The plot was a bit lacking for me since it seems to have several small stories that weren’t really connected and a few scenes that led nothing to the story. I will say the interaction between these friends and the character development were enough for me to enjoy the story. I loved the addition of Ephram to round out the team and give a romantic interest to Phillip.

The sex is mild, but good. You get one or two basic sex scenes, then the rest is hinted out or off the page. So if you’re looking for a very steamy story this isn’t for you. If you’re looking for a fun, vampire/shifter story that is unique, a little suspense, and good character interaction this is definitely for you.

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Eye for the Prize by Darcy Abriel

eyefortheprizeTitle: Eye for the Prize
Series: AmberPax: Tales From The 77th Precinct
Author: Darcy Abriel
Genre: Contemporary / Mystery / Detective / Paranormal
Length: Novella (55 Pages)
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (May 24th 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: Detective Larke Ava doesn’t believe in magic or the paranormal. And he joined the Seattle PD in order to uncover and expose the unscrupulous, those like his mother and his brothers. Larke has few cherished memories of growing up on Vashon Island, except for the time he spent with his best friend, Roan Dwellen. But Roan, the adventurer, with a belief in the magical running deep in his veins, left the island when he was eighteen on a mission for his family—his Roma tribe—leaving Larke behind.

Now a part of Seattle’s 77th Precinct, Larke has been assigned a new case—to discover the secrets behind a recovered stolen artifact named the Eye of Anu. Little does Larke realize the unique artifact is about to change his life. Not only will it reunite him with the boyhood friend he has never forgotten, but it also draws the attention of dangerous foes, including his own family, who will stop at nothing to acquire it.

Soon, caught between the family he’s always tried to love but couldn’t, and the best friend he could not stop loving but doesn’t necessarily trust, and all the while tempered by his duty to the city he serves, Larke’s next move could mean life or death—especially his own.

ISBN: 978-1-68175-029-3

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Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This is part of the AmberPax: Tales From The 77th Precinct. When I choose to read this story I was impressed with the paranormal police part of the story. However I was not impressed with this story. It had a good chance but it seem to be missing something important to make it an amazing story. I hate short stories that come off like they are rushed through. That was the way this story came off.

Larke is a detective in Seattle at the 77th. His department worked with what cannot be explained or are just flat out strange. So when he is given a case that involves a creepy looking eye, he knew who he needed to call. Too bad he didn’t want to call Roan. He had moved to Seattle to get away from his family. His mom is a bitch who should be shot off that is for sure. So he gives in and starts looking for Roan. It didn’t go as he planned however. Oh he got Roan’s attention but his family noticed also.

He weasels his way out of his family’s home only to find Roan in his house. Things are starting to get even stranger, but at least in the end he finds out more about his and Roan’s connection.
It has a great start at being a story but it was not for me. Which is a bit strange because I love paranormal stories that have danger, excitement, mystery, suspense and some hot sex.

Too bad that this one had the exact opposite of the effect I expected.

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A Counselor Among Wolves by Liv Olteano

CounselorAmongWolves[A]LGTitle: A Counselor Among Wolves
Series: Leader Murders: Case Two
Author: Liv Olteano
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Length: Novel (230 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 08, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 ½ Hearts
Blurb: Five dead leaders, their bodies arranged in a pentagram. Treason, lies, and backstabbing. A make-believe affair that turns into a real mating.

Timothy Sands is a PBI counselor, half-fey, half-elf, with a secret crush on Herman Weiss, PBI director. As a new chapter is added to the Leader Murders, it is Weiss’s responsibility to investigate what seems an impossible-to-solve case. The other problem? Weiss is suffering from rages, and his only salvation lies in Tim’s emotional-grid-balancing skills. They only have to pretend to be a couple for Tim to use his talents, and he owes Weiss a big favor. Piece of cake, right?

The fey might be involved in the Leader Murders. Someone on the Council might be their ally, and another prominent PBI figure looks more and more suspicious as they investigate. The stakes are upped when Timothy’s father, the Fey King, threatens to leave the Council destitute if they don’t hand Timothy over to him. Weiss’s brilliant solution? Mating Timothy and forcing the Council into protecting him.

There’s only one small hitch in that plan: instead of protecting one, the Council might decide to get rid of two.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63216-923-5

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Reviewer: Shorty

Review: I suggest people read book 1 in this series before reading book 2 as certain things are explained better in book 1 and that are glanced over in book 2.

With that being said I really enjoyed this story but felt it lacking in details about the investigation. Weiss, Alpha wolf who has a temper and seems out of control at times, and Tim, half fey and half elf, is a PBA counselor and has a secret crush on Weiss.

I really liked the chemistry between Weiss and Tim once Tim gets closer instead of admiring Weiss from a distance as he had been doing for years. Of course, there is tension at times, but that was to be expected. Saving Weiss from being terminated in pretending to be his lover was no hardship for Tom.

The dialogue throughout the book was well written and draws the reader in to find out what happens. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this second book in the series and hope there will be more.

Good and intriguing read.
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Captive Fire by Erin M. Leaf

captivefire1l__29564.1430268392.300.450Title: Captive Fire
Series: N/A
Author: Erin M. Leaf
Genre: Paranormal/ Futuristic/ Suspense/ Sci-Fi/ Shifters/Vampires
Length: Novella (88 Pages)
Publisher: Evernight Publishing (April 29, 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5 Hearts
Blurb: Prince Ryuu hates his father, Emperor Midian. When he’s forced to buy a slave, he defiantly chooses Drakon instead of a woman. Because he’s determined to overthrow his father’s empire, he can’t afford to show vulnerability, but Drakon is more compelling than he’d anticipated. For an Arethuza warrior, affection is a weakness that can lead to death.

Drakon isn’t really a slave—he’s a black dragon, considered cursed by everyone. Despite his people’s distrust, he will do anything to keep them safe, even submit to an Arethuza prince. He never expected to find love, and that complication could ruin his plans to sabotage the emperor’s war campaign. Though Ryuu is his fated mate, their fledgling bond is a secret too dangerous for Drakon to reveal.

Will their duty tear them apart? Can honor prevail in a war that might be too violent for even the strongest dragon warrior?

ISBN: 978-1-77233-340-4

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Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This is a unique story that I wasn’t too sure about at first. It was told with a serious tone to it and I didn’t sense any humor to it. Now normally I don’t go for stories where there is no humor however this story is about dragons and wars.

Like I have always said there is nothing better than a good paranormal. I don’t usually see that many involving dragons and was quite impressed. Now I must admit that there was something missing in it that was needed to make it perfect. It felt a bit like it had been rushed when it was written but it does not take away from the story itself.

Ryuu hates his father with a passion. His father kept them all prisoners to the point that even his mother wore chains. His father had decided it was time for him to take a slave and mate with her. The Emperor wanted children. Not for the reason that one would think. There was an idea that his mother’s people held the form of a dragon. Not that he believed him, but then again he hated it all. So to defy his jerk of a father, he chooses a male slave.

Now that slave had a secret of his own.

Drakon was in fact a black dragon. He was not a slave but a prince from a place that Ryuu’s father had not taken yet. He was there to kill the Emperor, but found himself mated with Ryuu. Now all he had to do is to show Ryuu, that he was in fact a dragon just as Drakon himself was. They had to stop the war that was coming.

Now anyone with a hint of knowledge about dragons would know that Drakon means dragon. Which is what made it a kick for me, even more than the story. I love Erin’s stories and this was no different. I had a blast with it and look forward to reading more like this story. I do wish that it had been longer though. It gave me almost everything I could want in a story.

I would definitely recommend this story. It has a kick to it that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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The Demons of Whitechapel by Leska Beikircher

91JVj8d93QL._SL1500_Title: The Demons of Whitechapel
Series: N/A
Author: Leska Beikircher
Genre: Mystery / Paranormal
Length: Novella (131 pages)
Publisher: JMS Books LLC (March 15th 2015)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts
Blurb: Simon Stark returns to Whitechapel in east London as a Detective Inspector in Homicide. But Simon fears fieldwork and interacting with a team, because he has a few … issues. He is severely OCD and voices in his head keep him pinned down to the Rules by which he must live his life.

In his experience, people dislike him, and the feeling is mutual. Simon expects resentment, especially from Detective Sergeant Ralph Golding, who’s been leading the team since the death of their previous inspector. But to his surprise, the team warms up quickly to him.

Now Simon has to deal with the growing attraction between himself and Ralph while the Rules forbid such unprofessional behavior. And when the demons living under Whitechapel begin to manifest, Simon has to face bigger dangers than just the voices in his head.

ISBN: 978-1-61152-746-9

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Reviewer: Leigh

Review: The relationship between Ralph and Simon is very slow building. Simon has multiple issues to deal with. Things like OCD and what he calls “The Rules”. These rules state how he lives his life and interacts with the world and the people in it. Plus there are things going on in Whitechapel, things like voices and knocking.

Not everyone hears them, but Simon does. And they tell him things, things about the murder cases Simon and his team get.
Ralph is directly below Simon on the team, but he becomes a steadying influence on Simon. He also has an adoptive daughter who hears the knocking and knows things. He knows how to deal with Simon and accepts his weird quirks. Over time as he gets closer to Simon, he starts to feel more for him. Something that turns into love.

From the murders they solve, to the crazy things that are going on in Whitechapel, this was an intense read. Whitechapel is known for the weirdness and death. Something is there, something that causes people to lose their minds and commit heinous acts. I still not sure what.

I was not excepting the type of story I received when I started reading. This was definitely well written and very intelligently so. Also very British. But it also left me feeling a little unsatisfied. I want to know what the Demons of Whitechapel are. I want to know why they are there. I want to know what they are doing.

I want to know more everything basically. And the ending leaves it wide open for another story. So I really hope there is another one.

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Purrfect Protector by SA Welsh

23492162Title: Purrfect Protector
Series: Shifter Protection Specialists Inc, #1
Author: SA Welsh
Genre: Paranormal / Thriller Suspense
Length: Novel (150 pages)
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (January 30th 2015) Available for Early Download
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb: Book one in the Shifter Protector Specialists Inc. series

Never play cat and mouse with a saber-tooth tiger.
When Kale Andrews gets disturbing mail from an obsessed fan, his brother drags him to Shifter Protection Specialists, Inc. Kale reluctantly agrees to have a bodyguard, but when a tall, muscular blond walks into the office emanating power and a sexy dose of danger, Kale’s doubts about needing the man with him twenty-four hours a day quickly disappear.

The easy babysitting job Aleksi was promised quickly changes from strange mail to threatening deliveries, so Aleksi has to become creative to keep his protectee out of danger. Everyone knows models are self-centered and shallow, so why does being with Kale make him feel like he finally has a home? Since he’s a saber-tooth tiger and naturally dominant, most people aren’t strong enough to be with him in a relationship or even as a friend. Yet Kale seems to calm his beast, simultaneously exciting the man in Aleksi.

Neither man expects nor wants a relationship with strings, but as they grow closer, Aleksi realizes that Kale might be his mate. With an obsessed fan escalating toward murder, Aleksi isn’t sure that even his tiger can keep his mate safe.

ISBN: 978-1-78430-388-4

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Reviewer: Leigh

Review: Kale has a stalker, who starts out slow and builds up to truly creepy and dangerous. When he gets sent an animal eyeball, his brother/manager finally calls in the big guns for protection. They go to Shifter Protection Specialists, Inc. There Kale meets Aleski. Aleski is a huge man, but then he has to be since he is a saber-tooth tiger.

I loved Aleski right from the start. How cool to have a saber-tooth tiger shifter. At first, I was not really drawn to Kale as he had the cool diva act down pat. But as the story goes on he warms up and it’s revealed he hides himself from the world in general and only lets his brother in. As the two MCs deal with a progressively more dangerous stalker, Kale and Aleski get closer and learn about each other. For the first time Aleski has someone who is not afraid of his animal and Kale deals with letting someone in behind his walls.

This was an alternative world set up where shifters are part of society, but are still looked at as suspect and dangerous by many. This whole book pulled me in from the start. I was always waiting for the next something to happen. Whether it was a snarky comment, to see what the stalker would pull next, some funny situation, or some loving. The world built was interesting and well described without distracting from the overall story. It was fast paced with a good mix of action and scenes with the MCs and their growing relationship.

I am really looking forward to the next book in the series. It looks like that will be an interesting and exciting ride too.

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Sweet Fire by Sarah and Shannen Brady

SweetFireLGTitle: Sweet Fire
Series: N/A
Author: Sarah and Shannen Brady
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Length: Novel (196 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 02, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts
Blurb: Between Homeland Security’s Gifted Agenda and the bigotry of a fearful populace, having paranormal Gifts is a dangerous thing. Pyrokinetic Aaron Flores knows firsthand how difficult it can be to control his power. Still, he runs his bakery and never gives up on finding his Happily Ever After. When Aaron’s cousin asks him to check on her former EMT partner, Aaron’s chance has finally arrived. He’s determined not to let anything stop him from catching (and keeping) his man.

Ramón Del Rio spent three days at the tender mercies of HOMSEC agents when his former partner was taken. He wants nothing to do with a Gifted guy, but Aaron is nothing if not persistent. He’s a pastry chef, after all, and the way to a man’s heart really is through his stomach. The physical passion they share is the icing on the cake.

Just when Ramón decides that having Gifts might not be a deal breaker, someone close to Aaron decides his fire needs to be put out—permanently. Ramón will have to face his fears to save them both.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63216-314-1

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Reviewer: Shorty

Review: This story has a lot of drama in it. Ramon wants nothing to do with a gifted guy so when he meets Aaron a pyrokinetic, he runs the other way as fast as he can. But he can’t get Aaron out of his mind.

Danger and mystery are around Aaron, as someone wants him dead. They don’t know who it is but have several suspects in mind. It comes as a shock when they realize it’s not who they thought it was. Aaron seems sweet, yet stubborn and loving. Ramon, an EMT, seems loyal and protective but has to deal with what happened to him if he wants a future with Aaron.

Loved the details throughout. The creepy phone calls and the vandalism seemed sinister. Was very glad the stalker/killer didn’t complete his agenda.

Hot sex between Aaron and Ramon added spice to the story.

Good read.

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Playing Hard to Forget by Piper Doone

PlayingHardtoForgetLGTitle: Playing Hard to Forget
Series: N/A
Author: Piper Doone
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novel (200 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 26th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5Hearts
Blurb: Ethan Robertson never asked to be the latest in a long line of werewolf hunters, but the war between his family and the werewolf Kinnairds has raged on for a millennium, and he is expected to fight like all the Robertsons before him. But then he meets Liam Kinnaird, a gorgeous, mysterious werewolf Ethan falls hard for. Despite the danger, they carry on a torrid affair until a terrible explosion destroys everything, including Liam and Ethan’s memories of their time together.

Twenty years later, Ethan is embroiled in battle once again and catches a glimpse of Liam. It triggers intense, erotic dreams that Ethan thinks might not be dreams at all. But he’s never been anything but enemies with Kinnairds. He’s certainly never been in love with one. Or has he?

ISBN: 978-1-63216-887-0

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Reviewer: Prime

Review: This story on the surface seems kind of like the usual hunter vs. shape shifter story. However, as much as it, it’s more like Romeo and Juliet, with two families feuding over a millennia and carrying on the feud with each generation as the stories were passed down.

The prologue opens as a folktale before we get to the meat of the story, which opens in Part 1, Chapter 1. This is where we meet Ethan Robertson. He is a member of the human family, which have been fighting with the Kinnaird Clan to wipe out the wolves who one of their distinguished ancestors initially started the feud with.

We first meet Ethan Robertson as a young man who is being trained by his father, along with his sister, to be a soldier against the Kinnaird. He seems sweet, kind hearted and untainted by his family’s hate for the werewolves they hunt. Soon later, we meet Liam Kinnaird, a werewolf, who approaches Ethan and speaks to him after watching the human. Ethan is immediately intrigued by Liam.

The relationship that begins to grow between Liam and Ethan inPart one truly does read like Romeo and Juliet. Part 2 is set 23 years later and thankfully, I can say the characters have changed and matured during the skipped years. The change in Ethan is both horrifying and amazing, and quickly we find out that there’s more to things than meets the eye. It’s sad what happened to Ethan but the plot picks up quickly and doesn’t keep us waiting for too long to know just about everything.

Even though this is a full-length novel, this is really easy to read and the plot moves along at a rapid and steady pace. The Robertson family do truly come across as the monsters of the piece, they’re not just misunderstood, they have contorted the feud and in the end, it’s easy to feel sorry for Liam and the rest of his Clan.

It’ll probably be difficult not to have an intense dislike for Ethan’s sister, Fiona. The words witch and bitch don’t quite cover how negatively I feel about her and in that respect she is a well-written character although she doesn’t change terribly much between 1991 and 2014.

No matter what happened, Ethan retains his kindhearted nature, despite the Robertson nature trying to taint him. The thoughts and internal battle Ethan goes through to remember Liam also plays out really well. It’s not all angst, like the 20 year old he started as, but more mature in line with the 43 year old he becomes.

We get an epilogue of a sorts but the story is left wide open for a sequel, particularly when there is mention of a name in the epilogue that is mentioned oh so briefly in the beginning. Also, Ethan and Liam’s story stops abruptly, just when they are starting to get their shit together. Leaves me wondering what is going to happen…

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Puncture Wounds by A. Morell

PunctureWoundsLGTitle: Puncture Wounds
Series: N/A
Author: A. Morell
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/ Vampires/ Paranormal
Length: Novella (78 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 15, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: James is at the end of a long crusade for vengeance against the vampire clan that destroyed everything he held dear. He has Ren, the final and most dangerous of them all, cornered at last in London. But victory remains just out of reach when Ren sets a feral vampire on James and makes his escape. With no other leads, James is forced to take in the feral until he can use its connection to its sire to track down Ren.

But in caring for the vampire, James sees they might not all be the monsters he thought them to be. Faced with an ugly truth, his quest for revenge becomes a war for retribution, and the discovery of what it truly means to be human.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63216-117-8

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Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Absolutely loved this book. It was full of danger, suspense, action, drama, and a journey to end the last vampire who killed James family. It was interesting that James, a hunter, takes Shay, a newly turned feral vampire, home to question him about Ren’s whereabouts. Even more interesting that Shay helps him in his quest and protects James against other vampires that Ren has turned. I loved the action scenes of hunting down Ren and the fight scenes were very detailed.

This story grabs your attention from the very beginning and doesn’t let go to until the last word. Once I started reading, I could not stop until the very end. Wonderfully written book I was pleasantly surprised with this story. The sex at the end was hot and passionate. It was sweet that Shay wanted to stay with James at the end. Fantastic read.

Highly recommend this to vampire/paranormal readers.

His Beautiful Samurai by Sedonia Guillone Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hey peeps, we have Sedonia Guillone popping in with her His Beautiful Samurai blog tour, Sedonia is letting us have a peek at an excerpt and there’s a great giveaway. So enjoy the post and check out Zane’s review <3 ~Pixie~

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His Beautiful Samurai

(Genjin/Holmes Mysteries 01)

Sedonia Guillone

Sex and murder don’t mix but Detective Toshiro Genjin and psychic John Holmes do…

John Holmes comes to Tokyo to help stop a killer. Through the use of his psychic abilities, he can help find out things that no one else sees. Toshi is a policeman who reluctantly accepts John’s help, but from their first touch, John knows he wants more than that. He wants all Toshi can give him, and the heat between them surprises, and delights him.

The modern killer, a historical murder of two samurai, and Toshi’s need to honor other commitments combine to make the blooming love between John and Toshi difficult. And dangerous. The more deeply they delve into the past, the more unsure the future looks. Could the heat between them be the only thing that can solve the mystery, despite all of the difficulties that stand in their way? Can they find a way to keep what is most precious to them? Haunting and powerful, His Beautiful Samurai is a murder mystery, a romance, and a study in the supernatural. Get your hands on it today!

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Shatter by Glass by Emmi Lawrence

el_shatterbyglassTitle: Shatter by Glass
Series: N/A
Author: Emmi Lawrence
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Length: Novel (210 pages)
Publisher: Loose Id (September 30, 2014))
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: When Detective Brettoni Rhodes is assigned to investigate a murder that occurred in the desert outside his city, he doesn’t anticipate the victim to be a man straight out of his past. Nor is he at all prepared to find clues that the murderer could be an old lover he hasn’t seen for twelve years. An old lover who, once they reconnect, isn’t interested in staying an ex.

With Luca Baino going from old lover to new lover all over again, Brett struggles with whether they’re on the path to something real. And if it they are, what then? Because in the desert city of DaSunder, death is the punishment for murder and Luca’s conjuring abilities have put him at the top of a very short list of suspects.
In order to save the man he loves, Brett would have to go against the laws he’s sworn to uphold.

But with evidence stacking up against Luca and conjured creatures appearing in the city, Brett doesn’t know if he can protect Luca… Or whether he should even try.

ISBN: 978-1-62300-518-4

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Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Brett a detective is assigned along with his partner to solve a grisly murder. What shocks him is he knows the victim is Dafid a sand conjurer. They immediately start gathering clues and talking to different people to establish alibi’s.

I really enjoyed this story very much. I didn’t understand why Luca sister, so was so quick to claim that Luca was the killer without any concrete evidence. Nor did the story say exactly what the accident was that ended up killing a man and sending two young men on the run twelve years earlier.

I loved the details of the case and how Brett tried to investigate every lead or idea he could think of. The different conjurings were simply breathtaking. The fight scene was intense. It left me stunned at the end because I never saw that particular person as the killer so I was surprised. The sex scenes between Brett and Luca were hot and passionate.

Great story to read with mystery, drama, action, and suspense throughout.

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The Duality Paradigm by Lia Cooper

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Title: The Duality Paradigm
Series: Blood and Bone Trilogy #1
Author: Lia Cooper
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novel (261 pages)
Publisher: The Spec Press, Inc (February 1st, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Reviewer: Leigh
Blurb: Everyone knows magic users and werewolves are intrinsically diametrically opposed…

Seattle Police Detective Ethan Ellison, born into a long line of Quebecois magicians, leads a fairly unassuming life working Theft and consulting on magical misdemeanors. He’s spent eight years building a life for himself in Seattle, far from his father’s shadow. He works hard, lives under the radar, and fucks whoever catches his eye.

Detective Patrick Clanahan, beta-heir to Pack McClanahan, is a tightly wired bundle of rage and guilt, still trying to come to terms with the murder of his last partner.

When a human woman is murdered in werewolf territory under suspicious circumstances, Ethan is reassigned to worked the case with Clanahan in the hopes that he’ll be able to balance out the wolf’s rougher edges.

Too bad they mostly just rub each other the wrong way.

DISCLAIMER This work contains language and sexual content that may not be suitable for readers under 18. This work contains sexual MALE/MALE content. Not your cup of tea? Don’t read it. Otherwise, please enjoy.

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Review: A young woman is murdered but what looks like a wild animal. Patrick is assigned the case and receives a new temporary partner, Ethan. The two clash from the start. But damn it’s funny some of their arguments. Patrick is the growly bad-tempered wolf, and Ethan the sarcastic wise ass.

As Ethan and Patrick dig into the murder, more and more questions are brought up then answers.

Ethan has built a new life for himself, after getting away from his father and family, as well as a former lover. He is living his life the way he wants too, and sleeps with whom he wants. He is also a magic user, but not a very strong one. But still the humans do not tend to trust him, even the police he works with. So he is a bit of loner on the force. Until is captain decides it’s a good idea to assign him to a murder case.

Patrick still feels guilt for not being there when his last partner was killed on duty. So he is not happy about getting a partner. And Ethan does not help matters with his wiseass comments and inability to keep his mouth shut. Also, Patrick’s sense of smell knows what Ethan has been up to at night. So there are few tense moments between them, as well as some funny ass exchanges.

This is book one in a trilogy, so there are two more books to come. Which I am very glad for. This book gives a unique twist on the paranormal world. The laugh out loud moments, the tension, and the intrigue all draw me into this world. This is a highly entertaining read. And I want more.

The Lost Prince by Harper Fox, 2nd edition

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Series: Sequel to A Midwinter Prince

Author: Harper Fox

Genre: Paranormal/Suspense

Length: Novel (339 pages)

Publisher: Harper Fox (September 27th, 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb: Laurie and Sasha have built a bright new world together. Sasha is working for the Immigration Guidance Council, and Laurie is landing theatre roles he could once only have dreamed of. Best of all, they’ve spent the past two years enjoying the love they snatched from the jaws of Sasha’s violent, dangerous past.

But Laurie has a history too. He’s on edge, his talents increasing beyond his ability to deal with them. And although his father is dead, Laurie can’t deny the turbulent genetic heritage the old man has bestowed on him. Only Sasha’s love is keeping him anchored and sane – and Sasha is vulnerable, shaken by bad dreams about his life on the streets.

Then Laurie learns that Sasha’s Romanian gang-lord father is on the loose in London, and his deepest fears boil to the surface. The last time Stefan’s shadow fell, Sasha made a run for it, and Laurie can’t bear the thought of losing him again. When Laurie lands a part in the latest Hollywood blockbuster, he abandons England for a dream of safety in the States, persuading the astonished Sasha to come with him.

But the dream becomes a waking nightmare for both of them beneath an alien Californian sun. Laurie must meet his demons head-on, and Sasha must confront the inner barricades that have kept him from treating Laurie as a comrade as well as a lover and a friend. The frosts of a midwinter London brought them together – will this blazing summer crack them apart, or forge enduring love from first romance?

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Reviewer: GiGi

Review: I had not read the first book, which even as the author does her best to fill in the back-story. I feel I need to do. However…this book I could not put down! I lost a ton of sleep last night, just to let you know! My first impression, is that this story was about watching a train wreck…the tracks were set, both engines were full steam full of mistakes, each picking up speed for a collision you know would happen but could do nothing to stop.

Sasha and Laurie hold so much passion. Both characters had me in their corner. I was in turns angry at and cheering for both love interests. Harper’s characters are truly human with beautiful flaws and painful strength. Every mistake they made to protect each other along the way was clear, I imagined myself making those same mistakes, and was more sympathetic to each character for it.

This book stabbed me in the heart, but mended the wound beautifully. There will be scars, but they just stand to represent strength. I loved this book for the passion, for the characters and for the adventure. Lots of surprises lay in wait around every corner, and all this is sprinkled with very hot and sometimes painful sexual encounters. Not only does the reader traverse the globe, but cultures, and relationships as well. There’s murder, covert operations, deceit, betrayal and forgiveness.

I also cant’ possibly end this review without commenting on the tongue in cheek resemblance of Blood Moon to another movie franchise we all love to hate. Readers, you’ll know what I mean when you crack this baby open, all I can say is I’m looking forward to attending live theater in the near future. High five, Harper Fox! Keep up the great work!

Invisible Curtain by Alex Morgan

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Series: A Corey Shaw Mystery, #3
Author: Alex Morgan
Genre: Paranormal/ Mystery/ Suspense
Length: Novella (168 Pages)
Publisher: WildeCity Press (November 12, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: Paranormal sleuth Corey Shaw is enjoying vacation with his family in the Baltic Sea when terrorists bomb restaurants hosting World Cup parties in London and Copenhagen, just as his cruise ship leaves port. Although the United States isn’t attacked, Corey and his colleagues are unavoidably drawn into the investigation with or without the blessing of international intelligence agencies.

When a third bomb goes off in St. Petersburg, Russia, Corey is convinced the terrorist is aboard his ship, or at least connected with it. Corey is torn between protecting his family and a ship’s dancer whom he’s falling for and helping keep the world safe from terrorism.

ISBN: 978-1-925180-63-3

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Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Alex has given another amazing Corey Shaw Mystery. I am absolutely in love with Corey. Although I must admit there is some part of me that would not mind smacking him also. This has such a serious tone to it but you can tell that there is just a hint of humor and for me that makes it even better then the average mystery.

I was never one to get into a mystery, give me a good romance any day, but Corey Shaw Mysteries are some of the best ones I have read. The characters are almost perfect and the plots that Alex comes up with are a blessing. I love the fact that Corey and the others have different types of abilities such as telekinesis, Telepathy, and Teleportation.

Corey was going on a cruise with his family. Talk about a pain worse than death. Things started happening and he was getting the scenes in his head. A bombing in London, starts his path down a can’t deny. There was one beautiful sight on this trip. Raul was one of the dancers on the cruise. A gorgeous man who seemed to have more hidden then Corey first thought. He knows that the terrorist on board of the ship. He must protect his family and the man that he is slowly falling for.

I loved the twist that this story gave me. I loved it so much and the fact that the one behind the whole thing was such a surprise made it even better. Usually when I read one I can tell you who the killer is before the ending but this one I had to wait to find out. I mean I was sitting on the edge of my seat and biting my lip waiting for the next chapter. It caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end. It also gave me everything I could want in a story. I loved it and can not wait to get my hands on the next book.

I would recommend reading this book especially if you love a good mystery. This book gives you a sexy man with some great powers, twist and turns, excitement, adventure, action and suspense. Trust me this is an amazing book that you will fall in love with.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through *

The Hit Man Cometh by Edward Kendrick

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Series: N/A
Author: Edward Kendrick
Genre: Paranormal / Crime & Mystery
Length: Novella (158 pages)
ISBN: 978-1-78430-313-6
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (December 12th, 2014 / Early Download November 14th 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts
Reviewer: Leigh
Blurb: Mick is a hit man sent after Gavin. Can Gavin, an ex-conman and a shifter, convince Mick they should join forces before Mick kills him?

Mick Whalen is a hit man hired to kill Gavin Wilde. However, when he tracks Gavin to a remote mountain cabin, he discovers that killing the coyote shifter is not in the cards. Especially when Gavin offers sex as an incentive to spare his life—an offer Mick does not refuse.

At Gavin’s insistence, they find out who hired Mick before someone else is sent to finish the job. The most probable person is a vampire with an ax to grind because of something Gavin did to him in the past. With the help of Gavin’s bear shifter friend Torben, and Torben’s vampire friend Brynja, they set out to stop the vampire—perhaps permanently.

Mick and Gavin decide to join forces since, as Gavin points out, he can teleport Mick away after a hit. The contracts come, and their rough bouts of sex heat up in the process.

However, they’re almost killed on a job—a job no one knew about except Mick’s friend and handler Johnny. When Johnny is murdered, they team up with the two other hit men who also once worked for Johnny, to find and eliminate his killer as well.

With death and destruction now both men’s way of life, will it draw them closer together—or destroy what has become more than just a friendship?

Reader Advisory: This book contains light BDSM.

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Review: Gavin is a 180-year-old coyote shifter and Mick is the human assassin sent to kill him. When the planned killing goes out the window, they decide to team up and track down the person who ordered the hit. From there, things lead to an unusual partnership between Gavin and Mick. Along the way, the reader learns some interesting things about paranormals. I liked that the author gave different powers to the shifters and vampires than usual norm used in the genre. Like the ability for shifters to teleport or “air coyote” as they jokingly called it.

The relationship between Gavin and Mick is not what I would call romance. Instead, they build a partnership. At first, it is just for them to track down the person who hired Mick to kill Gavin. Once that is done, they decide to partner up in Mick’s business and to keep giving each other what they need sexually.

The sex between them is what I would term rough sex and not so much BDSM. There is mostly hard spanking, bondage, and some pain play. The sex scenes are short and to the point. There is no real build up or foreplay. And they do become repetitive to me. They are basically all the same. What does grow between them is a trust to have each other’s backs and respect for each other.

Overall, I liked the storyline idea. The writing style was very clean and concise. However, I found myself easily distracted from the book. There was no pull for me to “have” to finish the story as soon as possible. There is no real emotional aspect to this story. These men do not love each other. Gavin and Mick are not looking to be saved from a bad life by love. They purposely team up to continue killing people and having sex with each other. That is really all they are looking for, to not be alone.

I guess I am a romantic at heart. So this story did not give me the happily ever after in love feeling. I need the emotional connection and this one did not give it to me. Even with the great writing technique, I was left unsatisfied.

Thirst by Lisa Worrall

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Title: Thirst, 2nd edition
Author: Lisa Worrall
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novel (200 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 12th 2014) *note* Title originally published by Silver Publishing in 2012, this is a re-release.
Heat Level: Moderate to Explicit
Blurb: A dark killer haunts the streets of Los Angeles, stalking unwilling victims and draining their blood. When the evidence runs dry, Detective Max Bowman quenches his thirst at his local bar hoping for inspiration. Instead, he’s robbed and left for dead in the alley. Waking up in the warm bed of horror novelist Carter Gray was the last thing he expected, but it may be the lead he needs. For Carter hides a dangerous secret behind his life as a bestselling author and it might be the answer, no matter how unbelievable, Max has been looking for.

But as they search for the killer, Max begins to wonder if he’s being led in circles by a mastermind of plot twists and deception.

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Tams’ Review: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5Hearts
Police Detective Max Bowman makes no secret to his fellow officers that he is gay, but he doesn’t flaunt it either. When out at a bar trying to unwind and grab a quick lay, he puts his trust in the wrong person. Max goes from passing out after being bashed and mugged to waking up in a dark room surrounded by red silk sheets. He can feel the remnants of the attack, but he has no memory of how he got where he is. Well, other than a pair of piercing green eyes.

Carter Grey has been on the run for close to eighty years. He realizes exactly what he is, a killer. But there is a suave and finesse to his style both inside and outside the bedroom. He seduces his meals and enjoys them fully before he drains them then buries them. He was going to drain Max as well, until he was caught up in those brown eyes and the enigma that is Max Bowman.

The two things these men do best is fight, and then make up. Carter is determined to live his life alone, soulless, without love. There is something about Max that calls to him though. He swears Max makes his breath catch and his heartbeat faster, which is saying something since he has no heart and hasn’t sucked a breath in almost a century. Max feels the pull to Carter as well, so much so that he can find Carter just by mentally wanting to. They don’t understand why they want each other so badly and they give a valiant effort to fight the attraction, well Carter does anyway. When an old enemy makes his presence known, Carter fears losing the one man who has made him feel in over eighty years over a false accusation.

Oh, but this book was fun! There was suspense, danger, a bit of comedy and flat out raw sexuality. The banter back and forth between Carter and Max made me snicker more than once. Carter is this other worldly, domineering personality that has to have his way and gives off the ‘I’m not budging’ vibe. While Max is a big, burly cop with the attitude and sex drive to match. There chemistry is immediate and electric, so much so that sometimes it was too much. Like I said, their two favourite things to do were fighting and each other, but the overuse of sex put a little bit of a damper on the story.

But overall, this was still well worth the read. If you are a fan of paranormal, vampires, sex on a stick alpha males and that added air of danger than this is the perfect book for you.

Lisa’s Review: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
I love Lisa’s stories and this definitely made my top ten of great mystery and suspense stories. She gives you characters that will draw you in and have you falling in love. It will have you sitting on the edge of your seat and biting your nails waiting for these two men to get what they deserve.

Detective Max Bowman is in search of a killer in the middle of Las Angeles. There was something strange about these killings that kept him guessing, but he is soon to find the answers in a way he never thought he would.

Max was a damn good Detective but when the evidence and leads start drying up, he is left with questions. Although he should have thought just a bit harder on his decision of going out and having a drink. He gets his drink all right and then gets his butt handed to him by two very ruthless men. He slowly wakes up to a very gorgeous man looking down at him and he wakes up in a mood. A mood for sex, that is until he finds out that his sexy hero, is in fact a vampire. A vampire with an attitude.

Carter has been a vampire for a very long time and a published author for just a few years. When he finds a very sexy man, being beat up he decided to help him. Although to be truthful, he also wanted to drain him of his blood. But something was keeping him from going there. He wanted this man for more than blood, he just couldn’t figure out why.

Here there was two men wanting each other and they still needed to find out who was behind the killing. Carter found out who and knew that the man was coming for him. Too bad the man behind the killing was coming after the wrong vampire. Now all they had to do is to give in to their desires and fulfill their most wanted ideas. To keep each other safe and to learn that love over comes all other wants.

I loved this book and cannot wait for more from Lisa. Her stories always gives you sexy men, dangerous situations, suspense and mystery, heated desires, quirky attitudes, a touch of humor and the paranormal world. A world that I found myself captivated in and kept me there to the very end.

I would recommend reading this book especially if you want all of the above and so much more. It was an amazing read that I found myself wanting to read it more than once.

Between the Shadow and the Soul by Jamie Craig

BetweenShadowSoul*Spoiler Alert*

Title: Between the Shadow and the Soul
Series: This is part of the Risky Business AmberPax
Author: Jamie Craig
Genre: Paranormal/ Ghosts/ Haunting/ The Arts/ Suspense / Thriller
Length: Novella (103 pages)
Publisher: Amber Allure, Amber Quill Press (July 20th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Ryan Jackson doesn’t expect too much from his weekend at the Shadows and Souls fan convention in Tahoe—he wants to meet his online friends, engage in a few heated debates about the plot for the upcoming season, and maybe shake the hand of the TV show’s star, Johnny Marlowe. But his weekend goes off course almost immediately after his arrival. First, the hotel loses his booking. Then Johnny Marlowe talks to him as if they’re actual friends. And while his head is still spinning, a ghost attacks him in the elevator.

Despite fighting ghosts every week on television, Johnny Marlowe does not believe in the spirit world. He does, however, believe he should get to know Ryan better. Fan or not, the man is not only gorgeous, he’s down-to-earth, fun, and makes Johnny forget about the fake life he’s forced to lead and the ex-boyfriend who refused to participate in the charade. Unfortunately, every time Johnny tries to get close to the handsome ginger, something explodes or the earth shakes or lights blink out—and none of that is as sexy as it sounds.

Johnny doesn’t believe in ghosts, but he knows he has to get to the bottom of this haunting if he ever wants to get close to his biggest fan.
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ISBN: 978-1-61124-633-9
Reviewer: Shorty
Review: Handsome, shy Ryan Jackson is disappointed that the hotel has lost the reservation for ShadowCon 2014 he made months in advance. While looking at the beautiful view of the lake outside the hotel his idol, Johnny Marlowe the sexy star of a paranormal show, walks in the door heads for the front desk to acquire his keys to his room. Upon overhearing that, Johnny has two rooms reserved but only wants one of them Ryan tells Johnny of his predicament. Johnny immediately offers the second room to Ryan since he won’t be using it.

Following Johnny into the elevator they small talk until all of a sudden the elevator completely stops between floors 3 and 4. The lights go out. Ryan searches for his cell phone and turns it on only to wish he hadn’t. There is a man standing right next to him when all of a sudden he moves in front of him. The man has one eye swollen and the other missing. Flesh is hanging off his lips and nose. The lights start flashing on and off. After the figure looks down at where Johnny is he disappears. Johnny and Ryan are both freaked out at what they saw and exit the elevator as fast as they can. Once in the room they both try to calm down and have a few lagers. Johnny asks Ryan to be his PA while at the ShadowCon. Ryan agrees.

Just as Johnny stands up the bottles on the dresser begin to rattle and the floor shakes suddenly everything stops. At the meet and greet Ryan keeps an eye out in case Johnny needs anything. One of the hotel staff informs him that Johnny can’t stay in his room because it’s not safe but doesn’t elaborate any further. After rescuing Johnny from fans and consuming any more alcohol, he tells him he’ll have to stay in his room because of what one of the hotel staff told him. They go inspect Johnny’s room and find nothing amiss until Ryan spots a ghostly figure hanging by the window. They can see his ghastly face, the rope looped around his neck, hands balled into fists and legs twitching.

Both Ryan and Johnny get out of there as fast as possible and go to Ryan’s room. Wanting to get to bottom of what’s going on they do a Google search on the hotel and find out that on Labor Day weekend 1962 actor Benson Watts was last seen at a party stumbling down toward the docks. His body was recovered a week later and ruled an accidental but the man’s family never accepted that due to the numerous bruises and marks found on the body after it was recovered. The family’s concern was written off due to how much time the body was in the water, post mortem. Albert Herzog, a Los Angeles lawyer, hung himself out a fourth story window of the hotel, there was no note left, and the family couldn’t be contacted for comment.

There were no more parties hosted at Lakeview Manor after that until it reopened in the 80’s as a hotel. Upon further investigation Ryan and Johnny discover via Google that Albert and Benson knew each other and were often seen in the others company, they even had an apartment together. Ryan finds a picture of Johnny and Christian, Johnny’s ex. No name as to who took the photo. Johnny is upset, as no one knows he’s gay but he realizes someone was watching that day as the couple was walked hand in hand on the beach during Christmas.

After getting some rest the next morning they attend the breakfast meet and greet, while on their way to the next event they kiss under a light bulb that explodes. Stewards Ryan suggests that they do a séance or use an Ouija board to determine what the ghosts wants since it seems it may have unfinished business and that’s why it’s still around. Ryan knows that Rachel, who is at the convention, is into the occult and may be able to help them. Ryan tells Rachel about the things that have happened.

While waiting for Johnny to finish the Q&A Rachel takes it upon herself to test a theory and kisses Ryan just as Johnny finishes and comes through the door. The glass shatters, exposing a hose moving toward Rachel trying to hit her. Ryan intervenes and gets hit several times until they all crawl out of the room away from it. They set up a time to do the séance as soon as possible. During the séance, both Albert and Benson show up.

Benson tells them all what happened. Steven hated Benson and killed him then Albert killed Steven for killing Benson. Revealing that Steven Snowe still torments him in death unleashes Steven’s wrath as the incense burner shatters. Rachel screams and yanks her hand away breaking the circle. In the aftermath, Ryan sees that Rachel has been cut by glass and that Johnny is putting out sparks made by the flying incense burner pieces.

This was an intense, edge of your seat read. Filled with drama, suspense, ghosts, and secrets. The details of the manifestations were downright scary at times. The séance was interesting and dangerous. I really enjoyed this book however, I found one scene that wasn’t accurate when compared to the description of the book. The ghost in the elevator manifested itself by drawing energy from the elevator and the lights, then stood in front of Ryan, and never touched him or Johnny. But other than that, it was a fascinating read.

Pearls in the Darkness by S.E. O'Connor

Image297_fmtTitle: Pearls in the Darkness
Author: S.E. O’Connor
Genre: Dark Paranormal Suspense
Length: Novella (39 pages)
Publisher: Torquere Press (June 25th 2014)
Heat Level: Mild
Heart Rating: ♥♥ 2 Hearts
Reviewer: Tams
Blurb: Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. When Tanner goes on vacation to get away from school and work, he learns this the hard way.
Though he hates water, Tanner agrees to join his older brother and friends away from home for two weeks at the beach. There he meets Chase, a gorgeous local who offers to show him the sights and introduce him to what he’s been missing. Against his better judgment, Tanner agrees. He’s given the gift of pearls, and his life is quickly turned upside-down as Tucker’s friend (and Tanner’s long-time crush) Jimmy starts acting strangely.

Tanner learns that there are things in the water that go beyond human understanding, and he’s left with two major questions: What is a siren? And why is it hunting Tanner?

Pearls in the Darkness contains dark themes that some readers might find disturbing.

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Review: Tanner is on vacation with his older brother Tucker and several of his brother’s friends, including Jimmy, at the beach… to spite the fact he can’t stand the water. At a small cafe one afternoon he meets Chase who woos him, shows him the sites and gives him a string of pearls as a gift. When he finally meets up with Tucker, Jimmy and the guys, Tanner learns he’s been gone for several hours when it felt like only a few.

Jimmy is acting stranger than normal, Tucker is being very overprotective, and Chase seems to find him in his dreams. Tanner hates the water, so why does he find himself not only in the water, but being taken by Chase, who was not who he presented himself to be at all. Turns out that Tanner’s biggest bully that has always picked on him because he’s gay, Jimmy, is actually in love with him. But now Tanner has gone and gotten himself claimed by Chase who means only to harm him.

I’m so confused! I read this thing twice. I still don’t know what exactly is going on. I think Chase was like a dark fairy or a demon, the pearl fits with fairy because you aren’t supposed to take gifts from them. And then Jimmy who was brazenly homophobic at the start, but only to hide his own feelings toward Tanner? And then Tanner seems to forgive him about five seconds later because he can kiss. What?!

I tried to like this story, I love fantasy and stories about the Fae, but this book left me nothing but confused and bewildered. Read at your own risk.

Machine by K.Z. Snow

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Series: Mongrel, 03

Author: K.Z. Snow

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Steampunk/Paranormal

Length: Novel (224 pages)

ISBN: 978-1-62798-484-3

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 30th, 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb: Mongrel Trilogy: Book Three

The closing-day flea market at the Marvelous Mechanical Circus always draws a colorful crowd, but salesman Will Marchman doesn’t expect to see a large, elaborate gold wagon on the plaza—especially one called the Spiritorium. The wagon’s exotic looking owner claims he can perform “cleansings and siphonings” via a miracle-working machine housed within. He can supposedly flush the wickedness out of people and places.

The Spiritorium appears in the Mongrel village of Taintwell the next day, setting off a potentially tragic chain of events that begins with a shocking revelation. To make matters worse, Fanule Perfidor, de facto mayor and Will’s lover, has been neglecting to take the tonic that stabilizes his moods. Besieged by his illness, Fan drives Will away. Then Fan’s best friend, vampire Clancy Marrowbone, vanishes, causing a rift between him and his mortal lover. Then Will disappears.

As Fan regains control of his mind, he knows what he must do to save his village and the people most important to him. He must solve the mystery of the Spiritorium and confront a man he’d hoped never to see again.

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Review: This is the third book of the Mongrel series. Each book can be read as a standalone but I suggest you read them in order to get the full impact. I hope this isn’t the last, since I would love more and I’d really love Clancy’s and even Elizabeta’s story and more on how the mongrels came to be. (Yes K. Z… this is a hint… Actually, I have nothing against blatantly begging).

Machine is a fitting title as are all of them. I love the titles and covers of these books. The story starts out with the appearance of this strange cart and man. I love the ominous feel of this sort of prologue type page. Then the first chapter fed off the feel and I will say the eerie, ominous feel had my hairs on the back of my neck standing on end.

Fan has taken to actual physically working with his hands again since being the Eminence of Taintwell isn’t enough to keep him busy and he misses the physical labour.
Will is finishing up his season at the mechanical circus and missing Fan.
A strange cart is there with an even stranger man. The man claims to be able to help cleanse or siphon evil.

I loved how Will’s thoughts and feelings revolve around Fan. It is very erotic yet more sensual. I absolutely love the connection between these two, but it’s not so simple. I absolutely love everything about this story from the character’s, the plot, the setting…Everything.
The beginning sucks you in and holds you until the very fabulous end. The story is complete, no leaving you wondering what’s next or hanging. It’s a gripping, mysterious, suspenseful page-turner with sensuous, hot sex spun cleverly within. I loved the old world feel with the steampunk take.

I highly recommend this if you have ever thought of trying some steampunk but wasn’t sure if you’d like it, this is the one to try. (Of course start with book one Mongrel) If you like steampunk, old-world feel, Machines, Vampires, Witches, healers, other paranormal creatures, twists and turns, suspense, mystery, true love, and some moderately hot, sensual mansex this is definitely for you!