Sunday, November 30, 2008

Reviewers Top Picks: November 2008

November 08 Top Read

(Falcon Mercenary Group: Book 2)
by Maya Banks

Samhain Publishing
October 14, 2008
ISBN #1605042102
EAN #9781605042107

Synopsis: It was supposed to be an easy mission. But nobody told her that.
Ian and Braden Thomas return to the U.S. to extract Katie Buchanan, the sister of the teammate who betrayed them. She could very well be the key to taking down the man responsible for turning Ian and Braden into unstable cat shifters. Unfortunately, they’re not the only ones after Katie.

Katie has no intention of going quietly or of offering her trust on a silver platter. She’s got troubles of her own that don’t include two pain-in-the-ass men who claim her dead brother sent them. She’s too busy trying to stay one step ahead of Ricardo de la Cruz, the brother of a man she killed.

As the bodies pile up, Ian and Braden are only sure of one thing: Katie makes them crazy. Something about her calls to their inner predator. They both want her, but she’s made a practice of making bad decisions and trusting the wrong men. And by the time she realizes that she can trust these two warriors, it might just be too late.

Stephanie says: “A book that had me from page one and kept my attention right to the end. This series has it all, action, hot sex, incredible alpha men, a strong heroine and wonderful paranormal elements.”

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Stephanie also recommends:
July 2008: THEIR ONE AND ONLY by Trista Ann Michaels


November 08 Top Read

(Quincey Morris Supernatural Investigation: Book 2)
by Justin Gustainis

BL Publishing (Solaris Books)
December 30, 2008
ISBN #1844165930
EAN #9781844165933
336 pages
Trade Size

Synopsis: In a story that ranges from Baghdad to Los Angeles, EVIL WAYS sees eccentric billionaire Walter Grobius attempt to unleash a devastating magical apocalypse. Quincey Morris and his partner, white witch Libby Chastain, are drawn into their deadliest case yet...

Amber says: "Fast paced, action packed with twists and turns all the way, this was like being on a roller coaster and I was way too gripped to fall off or let go.

There are only a few books that have struck me so far this year and this is one of them. If you haven't already read Black Magic Woman then go catch up because that new paranormal writer on the block has earned a fixed place and if they aren't shaking in their boots already, Jim Butcher, M.R Sellars and other prominent male paranormal Urban Fantasy writers should be! Justin Gustainis has started something big and I am already enjoying the ride.”

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Amber also recommends:
October 28, 2008: DEAD REIGN by T. A. Pratt
October 28, 2008: DESTINY KILLS by Keri Arthur
October 28, 2008: LIVING WITH THE DEAD by Kelley Armstrong
November 13, 2008: SHADOW KISS by Richelle Mead
November 4, 2008: MAGIC TO THE BONE by Devon Monk
November 4, 2008: ANY GIVEN DOOMSDAY by Lori Handeland
August 26, 2008: RAZOR GIRL by Marianne Mancusi


November 08 Top Read

(Dragon Kin series: Book 1)
by G. A. Aiken

Samhain Publishing
November 7, 2008
ISBN #1605042323
EAN #9781605042329
e-Book (reprint)

Synopsis: It’s not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear-a lot-or else salute. It’s true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother’s soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man, the way she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer.

Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly, and deadly type. With him, Annwyl feels safe-a far cry from the feelings aroused by the hard-bodied, arrogant knight Fearghus has arranged to help train her for battle. With her days spent fighting a man who fills her with fierce, heady desire, and her nights spent in the company of a magical creature who could smite a village just by exhaling, Annwyl is sure life couldn’t get any stranger.

She’s wrong…

And just wait until you meet the rest of the family…

This book is the ebook reproduction of the print book released September 2008 from Zebra. No changes have been made from that version. This book was previously released under a different title and author name by Trikelion Publishing.

Nancy says: “I loved the plot in Dragon, Actually and the 2nd story was a nice surprise. Both had good storylines, passion and humor.”

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Nancy also recommends:
November 7, 2008: DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR? By Teri Wilson


November 08 Top Read

(The Phoenix Chronicles: Book 1)
by Lori Handeland

St. Martin's Press
November 4, 2008
ISBN #0312949197
EAN #9780312949198
352 pages

Synopsis: The countdown begins now...
Elizabeth Phoenix once used her unique skills as a psychic to help in the Milwaukee Police Department’s fight against injustice. But when Liz’s foster mother is found viciously murdered—and Liz is discovered unconscious at the scene—her only memory of the crime comes in the form of terrifying dreams...of creatures more horrific than anything Liz has seen in real life. What do these visions mean? And what in the world do they have to do with her former lover, Jimmy Sanducci?

While the police question Jimmy in the murder, Jimmy opens Liz’s eyes to a supernatural war that has raged since the dawn of time in which innocent people are hunted by malevolent beings disguised as humans. Only a chosen few have the ability to fight their evil, and Jimmy believes Liz is among them. Now, with her senses heightened, new feelings are rising within Liz—ones that re-ignite her dangerous attraction to Jimmy. But Jimmy has a secret that will rock Liz to her core…and put the survival of the human race in peril.

Catherine says: “Paranormal Romance author Lori Handeland's new smoking hot Urban Fantasy has nonstop action too good to put down!”

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Catherine also recommends:
July 1, 2008: ACCIDENTALLY DEAD by Dakota Cassidy


November 08 Top Read

(Jess Vandermire Vampire Hunter: Book 2)
by Lina Gardiner

Imajinn Books
October 30, 2008
ISBN #1933417439
EAN #9781933417431
Trade Size

Synopsis: Vampire Police Captain Jess Vandermire is hunting a serial killer vampire. The trouble is, Jess is experiencing blackouts, and every time she does, another woman turns up dead. Has she slipped over the dangerous slope into full vampirism? Is she the serial killer she’s hunting?

Lieutenant John Brittain makes it his job to find the killer and prove Jess innocent, but it’s hard to be human in a world of super-strong, super-fast vampires. His best weapon is his tough-cop intellect and he’s using it for all he’s worth. Yes, Jess is a vampire, and yes, she’s capable of killing. He knows, however, that she hasn’t committed these crimes, and he has the horrible feeling that if doesn’t catch the killer soon Jess will be the final victim.
As Jess and Britt wage war against this evil vampire, it becomes a battle for the last vestiges of Jess’s own humanity. Soon the question becomes, who will draw first blood?

Ruth says: "I enjoyed this book so much even though I hadn't read the first one yet, but I will be very soon!”

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November 08 Top Read

by Lucinda Betts

Kensington Aphrodisia
November 25, 2008
ISBN #0758222165
EAN #9780758222169
304 Pages
Trade Size

Synopsis: Travel to a magical desert land beyond the reach of time…A land of winged horses, djinns and demons, ruled by kings and queens of tribes forever lost, where sensual desire rules every living soul…A princess like no other Shahrazad has skin the color of richest honey and black hair that flows like a river under the midnight moon. Prince Tahir is bewitched by her strange beauty—and beset by hot, animal lust. Risking his life to make her his, defying the Sultan to sweep her away, Tahir and Shahrazad vanish into a dream world of their own, on the verge of sexual pleasure so intense as to shatter their souls—and change them forever…

Katherine says: "Looking for an escape from reality? Lucinda Betts’ Running Wild will serve as a delicious diversion.”

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Katherine also recommends:
October, 2008: BIRTHRIGHT by Mari Freeman




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