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

Gabriel

Title: The Stone Warriors: Gabriel (book#3)

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Author: D.B. Reynolds

Publisher: ImaJinn Books, Oct. 30, 2018

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages:292

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5+

Violence 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. . . .

Gabriel Halldor. . . one of the fiercest warriors the world has ever seen, but his tremendous skill can’t save him from a sorcerer’s curse. Trapped in stone and left lying in darkness for thousands of years, he is, at long last, brought into the sunlight of a Japanese garden, where a young girl comes to sit at his feet and read him stories as she grows to womanhood.

Hana Himura. . . beloved granddaughter of a Japanese mob boss, raised to the life of a warrior. When death comes for her grandfather, he sends her to the one guardian courageous enough to protect her from a sorcerer who will stop at nothing to have her.

Raphael. . . the most powerful vampire lord on earth, and the only man who can save Gabriel and Hana from an enemy who would enslave them both.
Running from the certain death that awaits them in Japan, Hana and Gabriel flee to Malibu and the vampire lord her grandfather called friend. Raphael is magic and power combined, and Gabriel and Hana will need both if they’re going to survive long enough to defeat their enemy and light the flame of desire that’s been simmering between them for years.
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Margaret Atwood on vampires, “You used to know where you stood with them-smelly, evil, undead-but now there are virtuous vampires and disreputable vampires, and sexy vampires and glittery vampires, and none of the old rules about them are true any more.”

That is Raphael’s cue to make an entrance; for he is not smelly (thank goodness), he is not disreputable, and he is definitely not glittery. He is sexy and powerful and totally capable of aiding Hana and Gabriel in their fight against evil sorcerer Sotiris. Sorcerer Nicodemus Katsaros is the warrior who led the others in battle in ancient times and has been searching for the four stone warriors since. Nico’s magic will aid Hana in developing her magic control. He will also fight Sotiris along with Raphael.

This offering in The Stone Warriors series starts off with Hana running for her life with Gabriel, newly released from his stone prison, and hardly gives the reader a breath as they fight their way to safety from Japan to Malibu where they hope Raphael can help vampire Gabriel. However no place is safe for Hana as long as the evil sorcerer Sotiris is after her.

Once you start with this series it becomes addictive. The action, suspense, the sensuous sex, the romance and love all add up to pure addiction. You can easily read this book as a standalone but I don’t recommend that. You need to start with THE STONE WARRIORS:DAMIEN and then KATO. I recommend this not because this book lacks sufficient background but because these two warriors appear in this book and I want you to be immersed in their stories as well as Gabriel’s. Then we can all wait anxiously for Stone Warrior Dragan. I also have it on good authority that my heart throb, book boyfriend Nick Katsaros will get his book also in this series.

If you are new to this author you will want to read more of Raphael and his mate Cyn in the Vampires in America Series. Start with RAPHAEL and enjoy sexy, powerful non-sparkly vampires and the women who bring them to their knees. ( search for my reviews of this series in the search box in the left column. Type in D.B. Reynolds.)

Another aside: This blog received a cover quote but let me assure my followers that it in no way influenced my review. It just made me very happy. 🙂

 

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Release Day Review- Vincent by D.B. Reynolds

Title: Vincent (Vampires In America Series)

Vincent

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Author: D.B. Reynolds

Publisher: ImaJinn, 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Sinaloa, Mexico . . . haunting deserts, hot nights, and vampires, who’ve been there for hundreds of years, watching from the shadows, playing their games, manipulating humans, and surviving at any cost. Vincent Kuxim, powerful and charismatic, was made vampire by an ambitious leader looking for soldiers to pave his way to the rule of all Mexico. But more than a century later, Vincent’s Sire is looking over his shoulder as Vincent closes in for the kill, ready to claim the title Lord of Mexico for himself. Lana Arnold is a bounty hunter, smart, beautiful, and determined to chart her own future. So when the most powerful vampire lord in all of North America enlists her help in tracking down a very old and elusive bloodsucker, Lana sees nothing but opportunity. There’s only one catch. The client wants her to take Vincent—a vampire she neither knows nor trusts—along on her hunt. Then again, maybe it’s herself she doesn’t trust, because Vincent Kuxim is sex walking in a pair of tight black jeans. Thrown together by circumstance, Vincent and Lana soon find themselves battling an evil they didn’t know existed in a fight that makes Vincent all the more determined to destroy his Sire, seize Mexico for himself . . . and keep Lana by his side forever.

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Once again I had to clear my schedule because I could not put this book down. Vincent is the epitome of the powerful, dangerously violent, charismatic vampire, who just happens to be drop-dead handsome. Lana works for her father as a bounty hunter but is trying to take on Private Investigation work so she can start her own business. She is doing a job when she is sent to meet Vincent and she does not know diddly about vampires. Over the next few days of their acquaintance she learns everything.

How I see Vincent sometimes:

Vincent Arron Diaz

How I see Vincent other times:

Vincent Eduardo Verastegui

How I see Lana:

Beautiful woman with perfect face

What you get in a D.B. Reynolds’ novel is plenty of action, adventure, off the chart sexual chemistry and a splendidly entertaining read. This offering, from an accomplished storyteller, has a well plotted story with a swift pace. This book in the series I found to have a bit more bloody violence and a wonderfully satisfying build-up in sexual tension. Our romantic pair do not do-the-deed until chapter sixteen (yes, I made a note of this) but then have trouble keeping their heads on business. The evil bad guys are truly evil villains and the good guys are honorable even if a bit of the-end-justifies-the-means slips into their philosophy.

You have already guessed that I highly recommend this book to Paranormal Romance enthusiasts, but Thriller and Urban Fantasy fans will also find this series to be right up their alley.

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Recent Release Review- Shattered by Kevin Hearne

Title:  Shattered

Shattered

 Genre: Urban Fantasy

Author: Kevin Hearne

Publisher: Del Rey, June 2014

Source: Free for review from the Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 0

Description from Amazon.com:

For nearly two thousand years, only one Druid has walked the Earth—Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company.   Atticus’s apprentice Granuaile is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy.   And Owen has some catching up to do.   Atticus takes pleasure in the role reversal, as the student is now the teacher. Between busting Atticus’s chops and trying to fathom a cell phone, Owen must also learn English. For Atticus, the jury’s still out on whether the wily old coot will be an asset in the epic battle with Norse god Loki—or merely a pain in the arse.   But Atticus isn’t the only one with daddy issues. Granuaile faces a great challenge: to exorcise a sorcerer’s spirit that is possessing her father in India. Even with the help of the witch Laksha, Granuaile may be facing a crushing defeat.   As the trio of Druids deals with pestilence-spreading demons, bacon-loving yeti, fierce flying foxes, and frenzied Fae, they’re hoping that this time, three’s a charm.

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I confess, I read the first book in this Iron Druid Series, HOUNDED, (loved it) but didn’t get back to the rest of the series until this book.  I thought that might be a big problem but it turns out it was no problem at all.  I fell right back into the crazy life of Atticus and Oberon(his telepathically talking dog) and didn’t have any problem with getting to know Granuaile, Orlaith (her telepathic dog) and Owen the new kid on the block or rather the 2000 year old geezer on the block.  This book is told from the three main characters point of view and has some rich humor and anxious moments abound.  I’m now psyched to go back and read those books in the series that I’ve missed. Try this one whether you’ve read the others or not.

P.s- I love the guy on all the covers of this series.  I have never seen a cover depict the main character so well.

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Review- The Taken by Vicki Pettersson

Title:  The Taken

The taken

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Supernatural Romance

Author: Vicki Pettersson

Publisher:

Source: Free for Review from Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Griffin Shaw used to be a PI, but that was back when gumshoes hoofed the streets . . . and he was still alive. Fifty years later, he’s an angel, but that doesn’t make him a saint. One small mistake has altered fate, and now he’s been dumped back onto the mortal mudflat to collect another soul—Katherine “Kit” Craig, a journalist whose latest investigation is about to get her clipped.

Bucking heavenly orders, Grif refuses to let the sable-haired siren come to harm. Besides, protecting her offers a chance to solve the mystery of his own unsolved murder—and dole out some overdue payback for the death of his beloved wife, Evie.

Joining forces, Kit and Grif’s search for answers leads beyond the blinding lights of the Strip into the dark heart of an evil conspiracy. But a ruthless killer determined to destroy them isn’t Grif’s biggest threat. His growing attraction to Kit could cost them both their lives, along with the answer to the haunting question of his long afterlife . . .

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A hard-boiled detective meets a feisty, Rockabilly reporter and they set out to solve an old crime and a new crime.  It sounds like it ought to be a film starring Bogart and Bacall but there is a twist.  The detective is a fallen angel who falls for the reporter.  Sounds like disaster for both of them.

The premise intrigued me since I’m a big MALTESE FALCON fan.  However the pace of this book was so slow I ached my way through it.  Oh sure Ms. Pettersson can write prose and a plot but the characters were hard to wrap myself around.  Kit and her Rockabilly proclivities just didn’t jive.  I didn’t ever feel like I really knew her.  Why had she married Paul?  Why did she like dressing in 50’s glamour garb?  Grif was easier to understand, his agenda was clear even though he did his best to thwart his superiors on high.

The ending had the most exciting and page turning moments in the book but it didn’t outweigh the task of getting to it.  I found that I really didn’t care much if Grif and Kit got together or not. This was not a horrible book, it is probably better written than most, it was only okay.

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Coming Tuesday, Nov. 15th… DUNCAN by D.B. Reynolds

YAY! It is finally here!  Well almost here.  Next Tuesday it will be here.  DUNCAN is the 5th book in D.B. Reynolds’ Vampires in America Series.  I am a huge fan of this series and I encourage all of you who think you don’t like vampire stories to read this series.  It is chock-a-block full of romance, action and adventure.  There are good guys and bad guys and it is definitely a can’t-put-it-down read. 

D.B.’s vampires are not your sparkly kind.  They are dangerous, sometimes violent but always so-o-o-o sexy.  Each book follows a vampire lord and his followers as they try to maintain their vampire society in the midst of humans.  Each Lord rules a section of America.  There are political maneuverings and sometimes war amongst themselves or some criminal elements.

 RAPHAEL (Book 1 Vampires In America Series) is available on Amazon.com here:  http://tinyurl.com/cuvbxhr   (the Kindle edition is only $2.99- a steal) I guarantee that once you read RAPHAEL you will want to read the entire series.

Now for the latest book in the Series:

 

 BACK COVER BLURB

Washington, D.C. … capital of an empire. Powerful. Exhilarating. Corrupt. And in the shadows … vampires far older than the nation itself.

A power unto himself, Duncan has served at Raphael’s side for nearly the entire two hundred years of his existence. But long laid plans have finally borne fruit, and the time has come for Duncan to leave Raphael and tackle the greatest challenge of his life. He will face treacherous vampires and murderous humans. He will rock the halls of human power if necessary. But Washington, D.C. will be his.

Emma Duquet cares nothing for vampire politics. She just wants to find her missing roommate and best friend, Lacey. But Lacey’s been playing with vampires of a particularly dangerous kind, and Emma will have to deal with the new vampire in town if she’s going to find her friend.

Battling powerful enemies who will stop at nothing to keep their secrets, Duncan and Emma will dig beneath the corruption and depravity that is Washington, D.C. and uncover the most heinous conspiracy of all …

D.B. reynolds Vampires In america Series:

Book #1- RAPHAEL- (from my amazon .com review)” I read this book, reread it, and think it may get read again when I go through those desperate-for-a-good-read times. Reynolds delivers in RAPHAEL on all of those points that I look for in a vampire romance; a bad boy vamp, a strong heroine, sizzling sex, a plot that is actually a plot, interesting side characters, facinating back story.”

Book #2- JABRIL- (from my Amazon.com review) “This follow up to Reynolds’ “Raphael” does not disappoint. We are treated once again to tough, beautiful P.I. Cynthia Leighton and to die for vampire, Raphael. Cyn is on the outs with Raphael and takes an offer from an evil Texas vampire lord, Jabril, to find his missing ward. The action rockets from Texas to California and back to Arizona in this fast read. I couldn’t put it down. The love scenes between Cyn and Raphael sizzle (yes they kiss and make up in one of the best written declarations of love ever written in a romance novel). ”

Book #3- RAJMUND- (from my Amazon.com review) “D. B. Reynolds writes such delicious bad boys. They are truly bad not sparkly but they are also the kind of guy you want covering your back in a tough situation. Her prose is such that the world of these vampires is vivid, so vivid that you can see the environment and feel the dark. The romance is tortured and long time developing and oh so sexy. There is mystery, action, suspense, sleazy characters to contend with, did I mention romance and sex? Another winner in the Vampires In America series.”

Book#4- SOPHIA (reviewed here on La Deetda Reads on May 16,2011)

Book#5-DUNCAN ( book release on Nov. 15, 2011)

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Review- Hounded by Kevin Hearne

Title: Hounded

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Author: Kevin Hearne

Publisher: Del Rey, 2011

Source: Library

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: Hero has sex, not explicit

Description (from back of the book): 

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.

Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power—plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish—to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.

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Wow! What a terrific start to a series!

This is a character driven novel (my favorite kind, when I’m not in love with a plot driven novel).  There are actually two main characters, Atticus and his wolfhound, Oberon.  These two carry on a mind reading dialog that is thoughtful and very funny.  I am truly a cat person but would love to have a dog like Oberon.  I am also truly infatuated with Atticus; he is so charming that he has all the goddesses hot for him, too.  Atticus is portrayed so humanly and so  realistically and his superpowers are so strong that we are totally impressed by his kindnesses and generosity. There is plenty of action and our hero’s life is endangered time and again.  He never makes stupid mistakes but doesn’t see some things coming at him.  He has a strong set of back-up lawyers who happen to be werewolves and a vampire.  I must mention the cover art is an accurate depiction of this hero, from his appearance to the sword to the necklace full of magical charms (three cheers for Mr. Hearne’s publisher’s art department, go here to read the story of this cover.  http://suvudu.com/2011/01/making-a-book-cover-a-behind-the-scenes-look.html). 

There are numerous mythological characters, paranormals and witches.  We are never info-dumped, but we are introduced and made to understand the world these creatures inhabit without ever thinking we want to get on with the story.  The story unfolds while we are absorbing the worlds of all the fantasy beings.  The magic is sometimes funny and often scary but we are always made aware of the “whys and hows” of the magical realm.  This puts us right in the midst of this fantasy world.

Kevin Hearne’s other books in The Iron Druid Trilogy are now available:

HEXED (Bk 2)

     HAMMERED(Bk 3)

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