Title: Unquenchable Desire (Virgin Wolf 3)
Author: Lynde Lakes
Length : 193 pages
Genres: Paranormal Romance (Shifter Romance)
TBR Reviewer: Victoria
Rating: 3 Stars - A Good Read
Heat: 2/5 - Flirty
Unquenchable is the third book in Ms. Lakes' Virgin Wolf series. After having read this, I believe it might be helpful for readers to go back and pick up the first two before trying to read this one, to get a better feel for the world and the rules set up within it. It's readable without doing that, but a lot felt very blurry for me because I didn't know the prior two stories.
Val's family has been cursed to become werewolves and only an act of true love can free them from the wolf within. Brian is the groundskeeper for Val's family and has been a werewolf his entire life, with no clue how or why. When Val comes under threat, Brian steps up to protect her and they end up falling in love.
Val was a strong character, though toward the end she got on my nerves a bit considering she's got a body-hopping serial killer after her that she doesn't know. Brian - I loved his development and how he was truly devoted to protecting Val and ultimately willing to step up and try a serum to see if he could be cured of his wolf side (though Val sort of got in the way of that).
The evil-doer, Reeves, was pretty cut and dry, out to destroy those who stood against him, but I liked the whole body-hopping thing - if he died, he just comes back in a new host, and he doesn't have to take over the body entirely, but rather shares it with his host.
One of the things I really didn't like in this was I couldn't tell if the humans knew about the werewolves or not. On the one hand, it seemed like they did. Val's family, in developing their serum to cure the wolf curse, was worried about getting FDA approval. That to me screams "humans know". On the other hand, they bent over backwards trying to be certain no one saw them shapeshift, and there was a lot of talk about wolf attacks, but the humans didn't seem to understand that the wolves were actually werewolves.
So - for me, this turned out to be a mixed bag. I've liked Ms. Lakes' work in the past and I wouldn't hesitate to read another one by her, but this one just didn't do it for me.
Title: Circus Wolf
Author: Lynde Lakes
Genres: Paranormal, MF, HEA
TBR Reviewer: Cecile Tellier
Rating: 3 Stars - A Good Read
Heat: 3/5 - Blush Worthy
Hugo joined up with the circus that Tigra stars in. After a terrible accident causes Tigra to lose her assistant she is forced to allow Hugo to act as a replacement in her tiger magic act. Their attraction is instant though both have secrets. There are events plotting against them however and they will need to work together to avoid catastrophic ends for themselves, the circus, and the animals Tigra loves. Only by working together and revealing their true selves are they able to overcome the many obstacles in their path.
I enjoyed the storyline of this novel, it was definitely more than the typical boy meets girl, boy pursues girl, boy wins girl story. I gave this novel three stars as writing about circus life and combining it with the paranormal (multiple) threads of this story was very ambitious and for a smaller novel it felt a bit rushed at points. The sex scenes were very flowery so it is not an overly erotic romance, though the build up was wonderfully done. I enjoyed the pacing of the main plot, the character’s diversity, and the HEA was well written and did not disappoint. I look forward to reading more from this author and am curious as to where her next book will take us.
Silent Cymbals by Lynde Lakes
Genre - Romantic Suspence
Length - Novel
TBR Reviewer - Daniella
Rusti Collins, a kindergarten teacher, was separated from her identical twin when she was very young. They finally reconnect and although all of the love is still there, Rusti can´t help but wonder why her sister is so secretive and distant. It all unfolds when FBI undercover agent Marc Devaux, aka gangster Razor Jones, mistakes Rusti for her sister and passes her a jeweled box containing incriminating microfilm. When Rusti finds her sister murdered, she
suddenly has to trust Marc and his story, as they are relentlessly hunted by crime bosses, the cops and a killer who wants them dead at any price.
This was a good romantic mystery. It had an interesting plot and Rusti and Marc made an interesting team as they have to keep one step ahead of the killer, while trying to find out who is after them. There is an attraction between them, but they can´t really let go and trust. I liked that this book was more about the mystery with more romantic undertones then the attraction and sexual tension between the two main characters. The mystery was well thought out and I liked the twist in the end.
Although the plot line was clear enough, this still was a little hard for me to read because of the writing style. There was a lot of dialogue and it felt like a lot of things were spelled out and detailed that needn´t have been. I also felt that at times there was just too much going on, too much action and too much tragedy.