NEVER DEAL WITH DRAGONS was a fun paranormal romance with a bit of mystery, suspense and action to keep things interesting. The futuristic world where dragons were created from a lab accident and technology is spotty is an intriguing and different setup, I’ll admit. Well, maybe not the spotty technology part (I can think of a few series that feature that) but definitely the dragons, and the lack of any other supernatural creatures.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
As with any Immortals after Dark book, MACRIEVE offers romance, violence, and slap stick comedy. In addition to this tried and true receipt, however, is a blend of gender politics and psychological scarring that may have less universal appeal. Chloe Todd’s transition from cut-throat, professional athlete to Lorean mate is a high point, and Cole did a great job blending the skills and mentality of a top athlete with the grit necessary to survive in the supernatural world.
This has been my favorite Anita Blake book in a long, long time. Interesting action, actual relationship development between several characters, and some intriguing issues for future books. I enjoyed how some of Anita’s lovers are starting to distinguish themselves from the pack, and the action side of things (minus the repetitive ego-stroking and head-butting with law enforcement), was interesting.
While I wasn’t familiar with any of the characters or the overarching series storyline, THE MISS EDUCATION OF DR. EXETER’S plot was easy to get invested in and the characters were interesting and complex. Not having read the previous two books, I was pleased at how quickly I understood everything happening in this this super intricate plot.
THE OUTCAST PRINCE, first in the Court of Annwyn series, creates a whole new world of fae politics and mythology as a backdrop to a very sweet romance story. It’s a good book, but I am having a hard time writing this review. There is not to much that stands out about THE OUTCAST PRINCE. And while that’s neither good nor bad, I do feel that the book was a bit mediocre.
CAGED WARRIOR, the first full novel in the Dragon Kings series, is a very rough and raw romance, not meant for those that want clean lines and saccharine sweet happily ever afters. Full of passion and action, CAGED WARRIOR is one of those books that once you start, you can’t put it down- as evidenced by the fact that I stayed up until 1:00 am one morning reading it. While not perfect, the hot main characters and quickly flowing plot more than make up for the few holes in the world building.
I have come to treasure novellas that offer a glimpse of familiar characters between the books. I’m less excited when these glimpses give me a behind the scenes of secondary characters. The May/ December romance between Shannon and Jesse piqued my curiosity enough to be excited for FORBIDDEN FRUIT, and my excitement is not mislaid.
Rarely does a book manage to sucker punch me on the very last sentence. By that point I’ve usually guessed the possible outcomes and it’s hard to surprise me. But AFTER DARK, a prequel novella to Kait Ballenger’s new series, Execution Underground, did just that. Leaving me speechless and wanting more, AFTER DARK packs action, romance and an underground society of vampire hunters into 200 amazing pages.
I was a tad disappointing by decidedly less dark story in A KISS OF BLOOD. Part of what made A BLOOD SEDUCTION so intoxicating was the unbridled ferocity of it’s characters and world. Vamp City is literally a place were vampires rule, and these vampires feed on more than just blood. Emotions like fear, pain, and pleasure are sought after with equal abandon.
HEART OF OBSIDIAN was an emotionally charged and intensely brilliant story that had me staying up long into the night to finish it. In this book we see the impact of the slowly breaking self- imposed Silence on the Psy race with violent reactions to change and struggles for freedom by the Pure-Psy faction.