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Romantic Suspense Review-King’s Captive by Amber Bardan

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Title: King’s Captive

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense

Author: Amber Bardan

Publisher: Carina Press, Feb. 2017

Source: Purchase, Kindle $3.99

Pages: 252

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

For three years, I’ve belonged to Julius King. Some people would think being stuck on a private island is heaven, but this is my hell.   Because I’m not here as a guest. Not even close. I’m a prisoner. I’m his. Julius King. Powerful. Wealthy. Dangerous. There are parts of me he wants that I can’t give him. When he looks at me, there are times I swear he sees someone else. And the scary part is that sometimes, when he touches me, I think he may be someone else, too. Though my body might be tempted, and he might control everything else, I can’t let him have any piece of my heart. I won’t. But every day, the fight gets harder, and Julius manages to slip past my defenses in the most unexpected ways.  I have to find out the truth about Julius King. Even if it destroys me.  

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Wow! Hang on to your hat for a wild ride.  At the start this book seems to be a fairly adequate description of Stockholm Syndrome.  But that’s only the start.  We readers are privy to Sarah’s view of events and we learn along the way of Julius’ version which doesn’t always match. There are twists and surprises that I absolutely, positively guarantee will keep you from putting the book down. The sex is sizzling. Truly a very good read by an author who is new to me. I look forward to more adventures in her books.

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D.B. Reynolds’ Lucifer Releases Tomorrow, Sale on Raphael and Jabril Today

To celebrate LUCIFER’s release , tomorrow, Nov. 18, 2016, JABRIL (Book Two, Vampires in America) is ON SALE, e-book is only $0.99 from November 16th to November 30th. RAPHAEL is always on sale ($2.51), so this is a great time to pick up BOTH of the opening books of Cyn & Raphael’s love story, and the Vampires in America series.

luciferPreorder available, release on Nov. 18, 2016 (Deet’s rating: 4 stars, reviewed here on Nov. 9. Scroll down to read review.) Lucifer (Book #11, Vampires In America)- Lucifer Scuderi is a vampire handsome and charismatic, a powerful hunter of unusual skill—who arrives in Montreal to take on the most important hunt of his life. Someone has kidnapped the mate of Canada’s ruling vampire lord, and it’s up to Lucifer to find him before his death sets off a crisis that could engulf the entire continent. Eleanor Morel lost everything—including the love of her life—when she became a vampire. But now, twenty years later, she’s a trusted bodyguard to the Canadian lord, Sophia, and the only person Sophia can count on to lead the search for her endangered mate. But what Eleanor doesn’t know is that the special hunter she’ll be working with is none other than her long-lost love. And he’s demanding answers.

raphaelRAPHAEL (Book #1, Vampires In America)- Powerful and charismatic, Raphael is a Vampire Lord, one of the few who hold the power of life and death over every vampire in existence. Thousands call him Master and have pledged absolute loyalty on their very lives. But when, in a brazen and deadly daylight attack, a gang of human killers kidnaps the one female vampire he’d give his life for, Raphael turns to a human investigator to find his enemies before it’s too late. Cynthia Leighton is smart, tough, and sexy—a private investigator and former cop who’s tired of spying on cheating spouses and digging out old bank accounts. When Raphael asks for her help in tracking down the kidnappers, Cyn’s happy to accept. But she soon realizes her greatest danger comes not from the humans, but from Raphael himself.(Deet’s rating: 5 stars)

jabrilJabril (Book #2, Vampires In America)Jabril is the face of evil in the new world, a vampire who values no life but his own, who enslaves those he desires, steals whatever he covets, and destroys anyone who stands in his way. Running from L.A. and its seductive Vampire Lord, Raphael, Cyn sees the Houston job as a welcome refuge, a place to get away and heal her broken heart. But Texas will be no vacation. Cyn will confront a true enemy in Jabril, one who will go to any lengths to satisfy his lusts, enrich his coffers, and expand his power. Fighting for the lives of two young sisters, Cyn’s journey will take her through the streets of Houston and back to L.A., where the human police are determined to bring Raphael down for the murder of one of their own. But the danger doesn’t end there. Jabril has set his sights on Cyn, and he will stop at nothing to have her. (Deet’s rating: 5 stars)

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Advance Review- Lucifer by D.B. Reynolds

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Title: Lucifer (Vampires In America: The Vampire wars, book11)

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Suspense

Author: D.B. Reynolds

Publisher: ImaJinn, Nov. 18, 2016 (preorder available)

Source: Free For review from the publisher

Pages: 303

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5+

Violence Rating: 5+

Description from Amazon.com:

Montreal, Quebec . . . A charming city on the St. Lawrence River, historic, sophisticated, but beneath it all lies an extensive underground where treacherous vampires are plotting to seize the country. Lucifer Scuderi is a vampire—handsome and charismatic, a powerful hunter of unusual skill—who arrives in Montreal to take on the most important hunt of his life. Someone has kidnapped the mate of Canada’s ruling vampire lord, and it’s up to Lucifer to find him before his death sets off a crisis that could engulf the entire continent. Eleanor Morel lost everything—including the love of her life—when she became a vampire. But now, twenty years later, she’s a trusted bodyguard to the Canadian lord, Sophia, and the only person Sophia can count on to lead the search for her endangered mate. But what Eleanor doesn’t know is that the special hunter she’ll be working with is none other than her long-lost love. And he’s demanding answers. Lucifer’s love for Eleanor burns as hot as his anger towards her for leaving him. But they’ll have to find a way to set history aside and work together if they’re going to unravel the twisted betrayal that threatens not only Sophia and her mate, but the whole continent. Because the European vampires are on the move. And if Canada falls, the rest of North America could follow . . .

(D. B. Reynolds is the RT and EPIC Award-Winning author of the Vampires in America series of paranormal romance and an Emmy-nominated television sound editor. She lives with her husband of many years in a flammable canyon near Los Angeles, and when she’s not writing her own books, she can usually be found reading someone else’s. Visit her blog at dbreynolds.com for details on all of her books, for free stories, and more.)

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I’m always wondering how to classify the genre of the Vampires In America Series.  Yes, it is Paranormal Romance but it is also Urban Fantasy, Romantic Suspense and Erotic Romance.  It is romance in that the focus is always on the romantic involvement of the main characters but the running side story is all about vampire politics which is often violent and conniving.  In this installment we are treated to the most romantic of all of Reynolds’ vampires.  Lucifer Scuderi loved Eleanor before she was made a vampire and lost her twenty years ago. Now he finds her again as his aide in recovering the kidnapped Colin and he has no intentions of losing her again. Eleanor is still besotted with Lucifer but thinks that their relationship is doomed because she thinks two vampires cannot find happiness together. Together they make a formidable team in the search for Colin.

This series is still going strong after eleven books which is to the credit of terrific writing and an author not afraid to change things up. Always, Ms. Reynolds’ heroines are feisty and quite able to take care of themselves in this violent world. Eleanor is a vampire to be reckoned with. Humans, those not a love interest of the protagonists, are relegated to bit-part players, usually as daytime trusted guards of the vampires. I would like to see humans playing a more pivotal role in the series. There is a lot of sex in this book. A lot! I personally would have liked less because the story did not need this amount to carry the plot or theme. I even found myself skipping some sex scenes, which is far beyond what I usually do, so I could get back to the meat of the story. The action scenes are truly well choreographed and leave us biting our nails to wait for the end of the confrontation.  The suspense is riveting.

This is a superb addition to a superb series.  Yes, this is a standalone book but you would do well to enjoy the entire series starting with book #1 RAPHAEL. You can type in my search box Vampires In America to find my reviews for all of the books in the series.

 

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Recent Release Review- The Stone Warriors: Damian by D.B. Reynolds

Title: The Stone Warriors: Damian (Book#1)

Damian

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Author: D.B. Reynolds

Publisher: ImaJinn Books, June 15, 2016

Pages: 318

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com

It was a time when gods walked the earth, when armies fought not for bits of land, but for the very existence of humanity. On such a battlefield, five formidable warriors stood against an evil greater than any the earth had ever seen. But evil is not an honorable foe. Betrayed by someone they trusted, the warriors were cursed, one by one, tossed into the maelstrom of time, imprisoned in stone, their freedom resting on nearly impossible conditions. Until . . .

Damian Stephanos honed his skills in battles fought with magic as much as swords. Caught by a deadly spell that left him trapped for centuries in darkness and obscurity, he is finally freed, only to discover that his enemy still lives. Determined to find him—and to free his brothers in arms—he first must fulfill his blood debt to the woman who released him from his torment. Unfortunately, being so close to this enticing female is another type of torment altogether . . .

Cassandra “Casey” Lewis is a hunter. Possessing the rare ability to sense magic, she spends most of her time shadowing arcane collectors, and more often than not, stealing the dangerous artifacts she pursues. Her job is risky, especially when she’s stealing from one of the most powerful sorcerers alive. But having a gorgeous warrior by her side is a definite bonus. He’s great in a fight . . . and in other places, too. Following a trail of dead bodies, the two of them must join forces to track down the sorcerer who cursed Damian, and who now plans to turn an ordinary magical device into a deadly weapon. Risking everything, including their hearts, they’re about to discover that trusting each other might be the hardest thing of all.

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That description is spot-on so I’m not going to repeat it here.  Let me tell you about Damian; 6’5” tall and broad shoulders, “the face of a god”, dark eyes and long blond hair.  He is an ancient warrior that was cursed to be in a statue until a warrior woman freed him. Now let me tell you about that Kick-A$% warrior woman who freed him; Cassandra Lewis, 6’ tall, slim, athletic, long dark hair, possesses the ability to sense magic and very definitely a modern woman.

There is no shortage of action and violence in this book #1 of the new Stone Warriors series.  We start out with Casey being hunted by Hellhounds and running with a bullet in her shoulder. And that’s in the first few pages.  We have Damian coming to rescue and he demands she set him free.  Well you can guess how that turns out.  Stay glued to your E-Reader for some D.B. Reynolds’ trademark sizzling, scrumptious sexy scenes.  Casey’s boss Nick Katsaros, an ancient sorcerer that we have met briefly in previous books by Reynolds, pops in and out of the narrative never staying very long (my only complaint, since I LOVE Nick), but he is around to help the two warriors and aide in their mission. Let’s not leave out the evil, foul, wicked, malicious Sotiris, the arch enemy of Nick and also a supremely powerful sorcerer. Now if you think all this action takes place in some fantasy world you would be mistaken.  This is our world populated by vampires and now sorcerers and ancient warriors.  Didn’t know about them, did you? When Reynolds brings these beings to life you are convinced they are walking among us.

This book reads like an action film.  It has pulse pounding exploits, car chases, passionate kisses and Hellhounds. Really, you don’t want to miss this one.

D. B. Reynolds is the RT and EPIC Award-Winning author of the Vampires in America series of paranormal romance, and an Emmy-nominated television sound editor. She lives with her husband of many years in a flammable canyon near Los Angeles, and when she’s not writing her own books, she can usually be found reading someone else’s. Visit her blog at http://dbreynolds.com  for details on all of her books, free stories, and more.

For Deet’s interview with D. B. Reynolds scroll down to yesterday’s post.

 

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London Library Bars- Yeah!

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Found on BuzzFeed  16 Library Bars in London

Now this is my idea of a fun way to drink my wine.  Usually I favor Pinot Grigio but in these settings I may have to go with a Pinot Noir or Merlot or even two fingers of a single malt. completely ensconced in my book I may not even notice the famous author sitting by the fire.

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Coming Nov. 15, 2015- CHRISTIAN by D.B. Reynolds

Are You Ready for another sexy Vampire?

Coming November 15, 2015 (preorder available)

Christian

They want him dead and her enslaved . . .

Texas . . . the heart of a territory that stretches from the golden deserts of New Mexico to the turquoise shores of the Florida Keys. It’s big, it’s rich, and it’s the next battleground for some of the most dangerous vampires in the world.

Christian Duvall . . . charismatic and powerful, and determined to claim the South as his own. But with old enemies and new fighting to stop him, victory suddenly takes on a brutal, and far more treacherous, edge. Because what one of his enemies wants more than anything else already belongs to Christian . . . and her name is Natalie.

Natalie Vivant Gaudet . . . brilliant and lovely, a strong Southern woman who can unravel the most intricate financial schemes designed to swindle and steal. She loves her complex job and the simplicity of her life. And then she meets Christian. He’s beautiful, he’s complicated, and she’ll fight to keep him alive.

With allies trying to kill him, and enemies readying a horde of zombie vampires to roll over all of Texas, it will take every shred of Christian’s power and Natalie’s determination to win this war and give North America a brand new Lord of the South.

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Advance Review- Shifter Planet by D.B. Reynolds

Title:  Shifter Planet

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Genre: PNR/SyFy

Author: D.B. Reynolds

Publisher: Entangled, Oct. 26, 2015(E-Book pre-order available)

Pages: 341

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Specialist Amanda Sumner is one of the first to make contact on the Earth-like planet Harp and discovers she’s the only Earthling, who can hear the trees sing in the strange forest. Determined to remain and learn more of the planet’s secrets, Amanda sets out to become part of the elite Guild there…

But there is a secret involving some Guild members-one that could get her killed.

Shifter Rhodry de Mendoza wants the Earthlings off his planet before they destroy it–even if that means denying what he feels for the fierce and lovely Amanda. The pair is thrown together in what becomes a fight for their lives. And they might just lose everything-including each other-in their battle for the right to live in peace.

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D.B. Reynolds leaves her vampires to Earth to develop a whole new world that is out of this world.  On the isolated planet, Harp, there is a colony of Earthling descendants from a space ship that crashed some 500 years ago.  The year is now 4668, and a new ship of human Earthlings has arrived on Harp. But the current population of Harp is not very welcoming. They don’t wish to have their secrets discovered.

This is very much an action/adventure story with a slow building romance between Rhodry and Amanda.  He is reluctant to follow his attraction because he is a wild cat shifter and Amanda is a human.  She is attracted also but steps back because of his seeming disinterest. That is until circumstances force them into a life or death situation.   Amanda is certainly a kick-ass heroine.  She spends much of the book proving that she can play with the big-boys and best them.  Although Rhodry is a strong Alpha male he does sometimes look a bit wimpy next to some of Amanda’s exploits.  When they finally confess to their attraction and act on it we are treated to some super steamy intimate scenes. The side characters are well developed and perhaps we will see them in future books. There is Fionn, the crown prince, who is charming and sexy and even if a bit narcissistic he would make for a terrific future hero.  There is also the Guild with interesting shifters who are not all that interested in having a human join them.

I am an avid fan of Ms. Reynold’s vampires and I am enjoying this foray into the SyFy romance realm of shifters in outer space.  She gives us a new world that is not so much different from our own but with some very big differences thrown in. She does not disappoint in the action and suspense areas nor in the hot and steamy love scenes.  She does both with a polished touch.

If you like strong heroines, hunky alpha heroes and breathless adventure and romance then this is your next great read.

 

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Advance Review- You’re The Earl That I Want by Kelly Bowen

Title: You’re The Earl That I Want (The Lords of Worth, book #2)

You're the earl that I want

genre: Historical Romantic Suspense

Author: Kelly Bowen

Publisher: Forever, Aug 25, 2015

Pages: 384

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon:

For Businessman Heath Hextall, inheriting an earldom has been damnable nuisance.  The answer: to find a well-bred, biddable woman to keep his life in order and observe the required social niceties.  But it’s always been clear the Lady Josephine Somerhall is not that woman.  Once a shy slip of a girl, Joss is now brilliant, beautiful chaos in a ball gown.

In her heart, Joss has always loved Heath, the one person she’s always been able to count on.  That doesn’t mean she wants to marry him though.  without a husband, Joss can do as she pleases and Now, it pleases her to solve the mystery of an encoded file given to Heath by a dying man.  It’s put Heath in peril once, and Joss won’t let that happen again.  She’ll do what ahe must to come to the rescue of Heath and ensure the earl’s safety.  and to remind him that what she lacks in convention, she makes up for in passion.

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This is not your typical deb-at-the-ball novel.  Well…it starts out that way but after the ball all hell breaks loose and Joss comes to the rescue of Heath at the same time that Heath pledges his honor to a dying man.  The action and twists escalates from there.  What Heath and Joss find out is that they are cut from the same mold, that they have more to offer each other than nothing.

I really enjoyed this book.  The writing is take your breath away style in both suspense and romance.  The chemistry sizzles between Joss and Heath even as she tries not to give in and he thinks of courting a more biddable woman.

This is the second book in Ms. Bowen’s The Lords of Worth series and I enjoyed it as much as first which I reviewed here:

A Good Rogue Is Hard To Find   Have no fear they are both standalone novels.  I recommend that you give both a read.

A good rogue is hard to find

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Read A Romance Month starts today

Romance Read a 2015 tooGo to Read a Romance Month for your chance to read three essays each day by popular romance authors.  They are also giving away a ton of books.  Today featuring the fabulous Lisa Kleypas and Sonali Dev.  The theme this year is “joy”.

Brown Eyed GirlThe bollywood bride

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Release Day review- Hell or High Water by Julie Anne Walker (Book #1 The Deep Six)

Title: Hell or High Water

Hell and High Water

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Author: Julie Anne Walker

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, July 7, 2015

Pages: 384

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Only two things could make former Navy SEAL Leo Anderson return to the world of weapons and warfare. First, a capsule of chemical weapons lost on the ocean floor, and second, a plea for assistance from the one woman he can’t seem to forget-CIA Agent Olivia Mortier.

Now, working together to race against the clock and a deadly terrorist faction, Leo and Olivia must find the missing capsule, all the while battling the intense desire burning between them. If they can survive, can their growing attraction become more than just a momentary flare?

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This is the first book in Julie Anne Walker’s The Deep Six series. It is the story of six former SEALs who band together to form a salvage company to find lost treasure at the bottom of the Caribbean. Their civilian goal is set aside when they agree to help CIA agent Olivia Mortier, an agent they met when in the employ of the Navy.

This is action packed and when Ms. Walker writes action she can pull you into the story as you quickly turn pages to find out what will happen next. It is also sex packed with the lust that does more than simmer between Leo and Olivia. They are often thwarted in their lovemaking attempts which is sometimes very humorous. Olivia is made very human by her very human reaction to violence. Side character, and civilian, Maddy has an initial horror of her circumstances but seems to adapt rather too easily to the situations. The remainder of the salvage crew all have distinct personalities and I look forward to each of their stories in future books of the series.

It always amazes me in these highly violent Romantic Suspense books how the H/h can find time to get-it-on while all kinds of crazy is going on around them or just before their hook-up.

This is a taut thriller and I can surely recommend it to all Romantic Suspense fans.

 

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