We’re back in the world of Veiled Eliminators! Twenty-Four is an assassin who is partnered with an android/cyborg named Ninety one. However, their mismatched nature may actually bring them closer together. As they risk their lives on a mission, loyalties are testing and their world forever changed.
The beginning is a little confusing. I wasn’t sure what is going on or who the characters are. Eventually you get an ohhhh moment. Now I understand the beginning but the way it is written is confusing to start a story. That said, this is another great addition to the series. This follows the same pattern as the first two books. Loyal assassins go on a mission, see the truth and defect but not without a battle. I like Twenty-Four. She survives some terrifying events and is stronger for it. The romance between them is sweet and slow but I wish it had more heat. The action and intrigue is, as always in this series, fantastic!
We’re back into the world of Veiled Eliminators! This book follows Seventeen who is tasked with killing Two and Four from the pervious book. She has a cybernetic suit with wings to help her with the mission but can she go through with it?
Seventeen didn’t come off as a trained assassin. She seems a bit too timid for the role. Edrian is a sexy dragon shifter. Right from the first meeting, they have great chemistry. There’s great world building as Seventeen searches for her prey and keeps doubting the order. Can she really kill them? Will she herself become a traitor and disobey? You’ll have to read and find out. The romance is light. I do wish there had been more of it.
Virama is a good addition the series. I’m interested to see how the series will continue!
Two/Starla is a trained assassin but with the help of her partner Four/David, they deviate from their mission to create their own future.
Despite having her memory wiped Two remembers things including her real name. The beginning is a little slow moving. It’s just introducing characters and the world without anything that really pulled me in. That said, once she’s sent on her mission and meets Four things really perk up. I liked the tension between them. There was a great push and pull. Once they’re on the run it’s all action and romance. I could not stop reading! There is also great world building that really intrigued me.
Extrication is a great start to a new scifi series!
You can take the boy out of the country...
...but a new country can definitely get into the boy, and make him explore new territory he never dreamed of.
Johnny Fabian isn't entirely happy with his life but isn't planning on any radical changes as he deals with the fallout of divorce and keeping his business alive in small town California. However, he's not averse to a change of pace when offered a free trip to a tropical destination from nice-guy Nelson O'Keefe, the local veterinarian but he never thought a change of pace would turn out to be a complete 180 in sexual orientation.
I'm not certain how many straight guys can actually turn gay overnight, but at least Johnny puts up a fight before getting pulled headlong into the vortex of gay abandon all around him at a secluded resort in St. Maarten. Johnny approaches his situation logically and with deep thought and self-examination before allowing himself to fall in love with another man, giving the book some believability and non-GLBT readers like me a comfortable entry point into the story. The only uncomfortable moment is when the author refers to a book by Jane Austin. Ahem, that's Jane Austen. (Please, if you're going to quote from great literature, get the spelling right).
Still, this is a joyful book, and the joy is not in reading about homosexual exploits but about the true nature of love and caring for another person. Tropical vacations are nice, but Johnny and Nelson prove that you don't necessarily have to leave the country to discover new horizons. Happy Trails!
Step brothers are having a hard time dealing with their romantic feelings toward each other. Will this taboo situation really have a happy ending?
The book starts right in the middle of their first kiss. I don’t like that start at all. I have no idea who these characters are, what makes them the way they are and what their personalities are. The kiss just felt out of left field. Why start there when we don’t care about the characters yet? After this awkward start, we do learn more about Colton and Asher. They have had feelings for each other for a while but neither of them was willing to act on it. Until now. The resulting cat and mouse game is really entertaining. They are both attracted but Colton is unsure while Asher knows exactly what he wants. There’s a side drama of bi-polar that I found interesting and Colton’s dad who’s a jerk. The ending is extremely satisfying and really sweet. I really enjoyed Step in Love and I look forward to reading more from this author!
Brenn has a guardian dragon that is working her way through his tough armor. She has to help him find his family after the village is burned down. Together they create an impressive force but can they also fall in love?
I read Carnal twilight, the prequel, a few months ago and didn’t enjoy it. I’m happy to say the first book, In Search of Pride faired much better. The longer length really showed what the authors could create. It’s a fantasy world filled with rich description. Ciara is a great character. She’s a dragon with as much fierceness as the guys in this book but also a sweetness when it comes to Brenn. I really like how their story plays out. There’s some angst, lots of action and who doesn’t love dragons?! There are some slow spots that makes the story drag but overall, I enjoyed this story. The romance/sex aspect is good but written in an overly simple style and it is not as hot as I hoped it would be. The author also introduces us to some great secondary characters that I hope get their own story!
Mishel is looking for adventure when he tags along with his uncle to Ireland but he finds is a paranormal mystery, darkness and an interesting twist.
This is the fourth book in a series and I didn’t realize that when I picked it up. Once I checked it out closely and learned that it was, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But I am surprised. This story of paranormal drew me in almost from the start. I was eager to delve into the mystery woven by Mishel’s uncle Arnie concerning Cairnnon Castle in Ireland and the demon he meets during his paranormal hunter early days. I liked Mishel’s closeness with his uncle and his eagerness to find out more about Cairnnon Castle and why it has not only his parents captivated and in a way repulsed. When the two men arrive in Ireland so Arnie and commemorate the twenty-fifty anniversary of the collapse of Cairnnon Castle they find the castle is being rebuilt. Arnie thinks it has to be the work of evil. They can’t get in to snoop around so Mishel applies to work on the construction. He’s more than attracted to the guy who hires him. Joel, is an interesting character but we don’t learn anything about him which I would have loved to have done. All we know there is a supernatural vibe about him. There are some hot scenes in this short story, but it’s the paranormal angle of a possessed castle that I found the most interesting. The gave clues enough of a demon lurking around and created sufficient doubt about whether the workers are human.
I’d recommend this story to anyone who loves paranormal ghost hunter, paranormal, or fantasy stories with heat. The story should be read with the others, but I had no trouble diving into this one without having read either of the first three stories.
A dolphin shifter is given charged with taking a selkie family from Australia to Ireland but he doesn’t expect to find love along the way.
This story has an interesting premise which captured my interest early on but the story itself did begin to slow just a little for me. Galadir is an agent of an organization called The Shallows. They seem to be all about protecting the environment and shifters. Galadir is charged with taking a Selkie family from Australia to Ireland but rather than going by boat they are swimming there. Galadir is uneasy about this job because one of the Selkies is a baby, a rare white pup. Along the way, the pup becomes ill and Galadir has to go ashore for help. He’s pretty much a one trick guy. He knows how to protect from threats but he doesn’t know how to heal or anything like that, so he needs to get help. This is where the story takes a slow turn for me. All the different things he goes through to get the help took me a little out of the story. I would have liked more information on Greg and the Depths and what Greg and those other sharks are doing out in the ocean.
This is an enjoyable story, but it left me wanting more, hence my rating of three. Still, I recommend it to those who enjoy shifter stories because this is a good addition to genre.
Title: The Officer and the Vampire Chef
Author: Charlie Richards
Length: 94 pages
Genres: vampire, contemporary romance,
TBR Reviewer: Erica
Rating: 3 Stars - A good read!
Heat: 3/5 -—blush worthy
A vampire chef is happily going about his life when he crashes into a robbery that leads to sparks with a human cop.
This was my first book by Charlie Richards, and I was looking forward to it. I wasn’t sure what to expect but let me start off by saying, the writing is excellent and the story is a fun short read. The story doesn’t have a good deal of the fantasy vampire world in it. The characters all carry on like humans other than mentions of blood donors. The vampire chef, Patrick, is a fun character with his blue toe nails and his very human way of disarming a robber by throwing eggs at him. Patrick also likes to dance and has a thing for fashion it seems. He’s also a good cook obviously which you rarely see in vampire romances. I like seeing it here because it adds a human dimension to vampires—it’s a wink and a nudge to the humans they once were. When Patrick stops a robbery and officer Allen Robinson comes to the scene the two don’t automatically hit it off, but it’s clear to Patrick that Allen is his beloved—soul mate. Patrick and Allen have one meal together and some hot making out but Allen is a virgin who’s so deep in the closet he steers clear of Patrick after that. So, with the help of friends, Patrick resorts to a little old-fashion game playing with a plot to run into Allen at a policeman’s dance.
I thought the story was fun but short. I would love to have seen more interaction between Patrick and Allen before Allen just accepts that Patrick is a vampire and gets involved with him. However, Allen’s reticence to come out of the closet even after the two men start dating is realistic.
I would recommend this story to anyone looking for a quick read with a hint of the supernatural, some good sex, and good writing.
Title: The Russos Episode 3
Author: D.J. Manly
Length: 56 pages
Genres: contemporary romance,
TBR Reviewer: Erica
Rating: 3 Stars -A Good Read!
Heat: 1/5 - Tame
Temptations and confessions abound as a family attempts to wade through the murky waters of the aftermath of a near fatal shooting. The Russos is a series of shorts that center around its stars Johnny and Drake Russo who are rock stars.
I’m not a fan of stories of this nature where the story is told in short bites and I haven't read the first two shorts. That said, the episode is easy to follow as it centers around an event from Episode 2 where Johnny Russo has been shot in a tussle for a gun with his brother. This is a story of taboo love and the family that surrounds Drake and Johnny the two brothers who are in love. Drake grapples with his feelings and his fears that his brother might not survive the injury. Drake also has to deal with the fact that his lawyer, a woman, is attracted to him and he can’t or might not ever be able to return her feelings since he’s in love with his brother.
I think the incestuous relationship is being handled with some sensitivity though some of Drake’s family seem to be ignoring it while others accept the closeness with a bit of bitterness. Also, an illegitimate son is introduced and he wades into the family’s muddy waters unaware that love and relationships aren’t exactly as they seem on the surface in the Russo family, well not all of them.
If you like family drama this one is for you.