Saturday, August 30, 2008

Reviewers Top Picks: August 2008

PNR Reviewers’ Top Picks for August 2008



Deborah's
August 08 Top Pick
FATE OF CAMELOT
by Cynthia Breeding
Highland Press
July 10, 2008
ISBN #0981557384
EAN #9780981557380
256 pages
Trade Size

Synopsis: When an immortal god desires a mortal queen, can her champion save her from her fate?

Accompanied by Gwenhwyfar, King Arthur is healed on the holy isle of Avalon following the battle of Camlann. But Avalon is surrounded by the ever-shifting Land of Faerie. When Myrddin attempts to pass them through, Cernunnos, the horned god of the Wild Hunt, captures Gwenhwyfar, intending to make her his consort. Enraged that Gwenhwyfar has been captured, Lancelot swears he will bring her back. A vision of the Holy Grail allows him to find the portal to Faerie, but Morgan le Fey has other designs for him. Will Lancelot's love for Gwenhwyfar be strong enough to endure in a world where Time is distorted and illusion reigns?

Deborah says:
“A talented writer, Breeding understands her subject well, giving Camelot a 'fresh coat of paint' for these amazing tales. So strong is her writing, you forget the lore we know by rote, and follow her into these tales so vivid in their world-building, romance, sensuality and magic.”

Read Deborah’s Review:
http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=28839

Deborah also recommends:

August 26, 2008:
Double Enchantment by Kathryne Kennedy
October 2008:
The Legacy of Sleepy Hollow by Morgan Leshay



Marilyn's
August 08 Top Pick
TURBULENT SEA
(The Drake Sisters - Book 6)
by Christine Feehan

Jove
July 29, 2008
ISBN #0515145068
EAN #9780515145069
336 pages
Paperback

Synopsis: The star: Joley Drake was born with a legacy of unexpected magical gifts, but it was the gift of singing that made her an overnight sensation - a rock and roll goddess trapped by fame, fortune, and ambition. Heated by the flush of success, Joley could have any man she wanted. But there's only man who can give her what she really needs.

The bodyguard:
Ilya Prakenskii, cool, inscrutable, dangerously sexy, and working in the shadow of his infamous reputation - that of a secret Russian hit man on the payroll of a notorious mobster. He's the last man Joley should get close to, yet when her life is threatened on tour she has nowhere left to turn. But in the seductive safe keep of Ilya's embrace, is Joley really as secure as she imagines?

Marilyn says:
“The highly recommended next installment in the Drake Sisters series.”

More Info:
http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/book.php?id=13022

Marilyn also recommends:

June 1, 2007: Safe Harbor by Christine Feehan



Nancy's
August 08 Top Pick
BELTANE FIRE
by Diane Taylor

Firedrakes Weyr
May 1, 2008
ISBN #0981481981
EAN #9780981481982
140 pages
e-Book

Synopsis: A sexy ghost, a beautiful woman, and...oh yeah, a Psycho Killer out to get her. What else can happen?

Selena Morgan is a well respected Author, a survivor of a brutal childhood, a year in a Tibetan prison camp, and she rides a Harley. Everything is going fine...except for one minor, little problem. There’s a psychotic kill whose already tried to kill her, twice. What next?

Ian Hunter, aka Ian Chattan, is… well...a ghost. A Guardian with a mission—protect Selena Morgan at all costs. There’s just one thing. Selena has the Sight to see what he truly is. He also knows what she can do.

Together, with a bloody killer after them, they must run for their lives, or Life as the case may be. From Seattle to LA and into the mysterious Ancestral home of the Chattan clan. Can Selena and Ian contain the fires of desire that burns them both? Or will the conflagration consume them like the Beltane Fire.

Nancy says:
“Absolutely my favorite August read!”

Read Nancy's review:
http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29015

Nancy also recommends:
April 28, 2008: Fiance at Her Fingertips by Kathleen Bacus


Marlene’s
August 08 Top Pick
ACHERON
(Dark Hunters - Book 25)
by Sherrilyn Kenyon

St. Martin's Press
August 5, 2008
ISBN #0312362153
EAN #9780312362157
544 pages
Hardcover

Synopsis: From the world of the Dark-Hunters comes the most anticipated book to date...

Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron endured a lifetime of hatred. His human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Brought back against his will, he became the sole defender of mankind.

Only it was never that simple...

For centuries, he has fought for our survival and hidden a past he never wants revealed. Until a lone woman who refuses to be intimidated by him threatens his very existence. Now his survival, and ours, hinges on hers and old enemies reawaken and unite to kill them both. War has never been more deadly... or more fun.

Marlene says:
“A must read!”

Read the reviews:
http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/book.php?id=13021


Clover’s
August 08 Top Pick
THE LAST TWILIGHT
(Dirk and Steele - Book 7)
by Marjorie M. Liu

Leisure
January 29, 2008
ISBN #0843957670
EAN #9780843957679
368 pages
Paperback

Synopsis: Doctor Rikki Kinn is a virus hunter - one of the best - working in the Congo for the CDC. But when mercenaries attempt to kidnap her in order to prevent an investigation into a new and deadly plague, her boss calls in a favor from the men at Dirk & Steele...

Africa is Amiri's home, where he was raised to race as a cheetah, to wake with the sun. It is also a land of lingering nightmare, where he was kidnapped and experimented upon. Now, against his better judgment, Amiri has been asked to return to his homeland by his colleagues in Dirk & Steele - men who are friends and brothers, who like himself are more than human.

He must protect a woman who is the target of murderers, who has unwittingly involved herself in a conflict that threatens not only the lives of millions, but Amiri's own soul...and his heart.

Clover says:
“I enthusiastically and wholeheartedly recommend The Last Twilight as a you-gotta-read-this-one. Then again, I'll say the same for anything this author writes. If you see any book with Marjorie M. Liu's name on it, snatch it up.”

Read Clover's review:
http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29011


Ruth’s
August 08 Top Pick
LOVE AND BRIMSTONE
by Lesli Richardson

Amira Press
August 4, 2008
ISBN #1934475904
EAN #9781934475904
e-Book

Synopsis: Anastazia Proctor finds out that destiny really sucks. Literally. She's a "fixer," a cool, aloof, carefully controlled lawyer, and has earned her "Ice Queen" nickname. When she takes a dream job working for handsome millionaire, Matthias Hawthorne, life as she knows it changes forever.

With her life in danger, she must learn to put aside her anger at Matthias for years of deception and accept the truth about her past--and her future. But as they are forced to retreat to the safe haven of Yellowstone, can she escape the haunting echoes of her distant past before more tragedy strikes?

Ruth says:
“I picked this because it was a good read, I couldn't stop reading it. I loved the way she wrote the story so you can identify with the characters.”

Read Ruth's review:
http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=28879


Amber’s
August 08 Top Pick
STORM BORN
(Dark Swan - Book 1)
by Richelle Mead

Kensington Zebra
August 5, 2008
ISBN #1420100963
EAN #9781420100969
384 pages
Paperback

Synopsis: Just typical. No love life to speak of for months, then all at once, every creature in the Otherworld wants to get in your pants...

Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl's got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy--one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie's first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.

Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherworldy ne'er-do-well, and the ones who don't want to knock her up want her dead. Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she wields a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this. She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction. But with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her...

Amber says:
“I loved everything about it and would recommend this to anyone who likes anything fae and enjoys a leading lady who can really kick butt!”

Read Amber’s review:
http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=28955

Amber also recommends:

September 16, 2008: The Bride of Casa Dracula
by Marta Acosta
July 29, 2008:
Just One Bite by Kimberly Raye
August 5, 2008:
Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon
July 29, 2008: The Devil You Know by Jenna Black
August 5, 2008 Gale Force by Rachel Caine
July 29, 2008:
Touch of Darkness by C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp
July 22, 2008:
Going Up, Going Down by Celia Kyle & Renae Johnson



Dawn’s
August 08 Top Pick
ACHERON
(Dark Hunters - Book 25)
by Sherrilyn Kenyon

St. Martin's Press
August 5, 2008
ISBN #0312362153
EAN #9780312362157
544 pages
Hardcover

Synopsis: From the world of the Dark-Hunters comes the most anticipated book to date...

Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron endured a lifetime of hatred. His human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Brought back against his will, he became the sole defender of mankind.

Only it was never that simple...

For centuries, he has fought for our survival and hidden a past he never wants revealed. Until a lone woman who refuses to be intimidated by him threatens his very existence. Now his survival, and ours, hinges on hers and old enemies reawaken and unite to kill them both. War has never been more deadly... or more fun.

Dawn says:
“I loved seeing Sherrilyn Kenyon delve into the mystery that is the Harbinger, and making him seem somehow more.”

Read the reviews: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/book.php?id=13021

Dawn also recommends:

August 5, 2008: Gale Force by Rachel Caine
August 19, 2008: Romancing the Stones by Catherine Berlin


Barbara’s
August 08 Top Pick
ACHERON
(Dark Hunters - Book 25)
by Sherrilyn Kenyon

St. Martin's Press
August 5, 2008
ISBN #0312362153
EAN #9780312362157
544 pages
Hardcover

Synopsis: From the world of the Dark-Hunters comes the most anticipateded book to date...

Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron endured a lifetime of hatred. His human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Brought back against his will, he became the sole defender of mankind.

Only it was never that simple...

For centuries, he has fought for our survival and hidden a past he never wants revealed. Until a lone woman who refuses to be intimidated by him threatens his very existence. Now his survival, and ours, hinges on hers and old enemies reawaken and unite to kill them both. War has never been more deadly... or more fun.

Barbara says:
“I sat up till 3am finishing the book.”

Read the reviews: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/book.php?id=13021

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Staff Top Picks: August 2008

PNR Staff Top Picks for August 2008


Leslie's
August 08 Top Pick
SHADES OF DARK
(sequel to GABRIEL'S GHOST)
by Linnea Sinclair

Bantam
Available: July 29, 2008
ISBN #0553589652
EAN #9780553589658
432 pages
Paperback

Synopsis:
For two fugitive lovers, space has no haven, no mercy, no light - only...SHADES OF DARK...

Before her court-martial, Captain Chasidah "Chaz" Bergren was the pride of the Sixth Fleet. Now she's a fugitive from the "justice" of a corrupt Empire. Along with her lover, the former monk, mercenary, and telepath Gabriel Ross Sullivan, Chaz hoped to leave the past light-years behind...until the news of her brother Thad's arrest and upcoming execution for treason. It's a ploy by Sully's cousin Hayden Burke to force them out of hiding and it works.


With a killer targeting human females and a renegade gen lab breeding jukor war machines, Chaz and Sully already had their hands full of treachery, betrayal - not to mention each other. Throw in Chaz's Imperial ex-husband, Admiral Philip Guthrie, and a Kyi-Ragkiril mentor out to seduce Sully and not just loyalties but lives are at stake. For when Sully makes a fateful choice changing their relationship forever, Chaz must also choose - between what duty demands and what her heart tells her she must do.


Leslie says:
"All I can say is wow, this book should win every literary award on the planet, and then some. If you read one SF romance this year, make it SHADES OF DARK. And if you haven't yet read GABRIEL'S GHOST run, don't walk, to the nearest bookstore and read it first. BTW fans of this series - get excited! Ms. Sinclair is working on a story for Admiral Philip Guthrie, which she is calling HOPE'S FOLLY. I personally cannot wait."


Read Leslie's Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=28186


Leslie also recommends:

August 26, 2008
: DARK LIGHT by Jayne Castle
August 5, 2008:
HOT MAMA
by Jennifer Estep (Mass Market Reissue)
September 2, 2008:
JINX by Jennifer Estep


Dee's
August 08 Top Pick

NIGHTKEEPER’S
(Final Prophecy: Book 1)
by Jessica Andersen

Signet
June 3, 2008
ISBN #045122437X
EAN #9780451224378
464 pages
Paperback

Synopsis: A Novel of the Final Prophecy

The Mayan doomsday prophecy states that the world will end on December 21, 2012. The NOVELS OF THE FINAL PROPHECY tell of the ancient myths that come to life in the last four years before that end-date, and their opposition by the Nightkeepers, descendants of an ancient magic-wielding race sworn to protect mankind from the apocalypse.


In NIGHTKEEPERS, their last king is forced to team up with a Miami-Dade narcotics detective in order to reunite his scattered warriors and fight Zipacna, god of the Mayan underworld. Wielding ancestral magic based on bloodletting and sex, the king will have to choose between his duty and his love for the human woman who is the gods' destined sacrifice.


Dee Says:
“A unique premise, non-stop action and hot romance, what more could you want?”

More info: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/book.php?id=13886

Mippy's
August 08 Top PickETERNAL PLEASURE
by Nina Bangs

Dorchester (Leisure Books)
July 1, 2008
ISBN #0843959533
EAN #9780843959536
384 pages
Paperback

Synopsis

THE ELEVEN--an alliance of ultimate predators. Primal, lethal, irresistible.

THE PROPHECY
--an ancient Mayan prediction that the world will end on 12-21-12.

THE PREY
--where can you hide from pure evil?


Kelly Maloy opens her car door to much more than a great looking stranger at the Houston airport. Terror, desire, and a horrible truth climb in with him. She's only supposed to drive Ty Endeka around the city for a few weeks. Too bad no one tells her that once day fades she'll become part of a battle fought in the darkened streets with an enemy that isn't human. And the sensual man who feeds her fantasies hides a soul that gives new meaning to animal magnetism.


Eleven Gods of the Night...


The only creatures more deadly are the ones they've been summoned to destroy.

Mippy Says:
“what I really loved about the whole book was how unique both the main heroes and the storyline is. It is a totally fresh and creative idea and it definitely left me with a wow factor that I hadn't expected! I highly recommend Eternal Pleasure to anyone out there who loves paranormal romance and is looking for something different in this ever-growing genre.”

Read Mippy's Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=28988


Mippy also recommends:

July 29, 2008:
NIGHTWALKER by Jocelyn Drake (Urban Fantasy)
July 29, 2008:
CRY WOLF by Patricia Briggs (Urban Fantasy)
August 5, 2008:
ACHERON by Sherrilyn Kenyon
September 2, 2008:
DARK CURSE by Christine Feehan


Stephanie's
August 08 Top Pick
HOSTAGE TO PLEASURE
(Psy/Changeling: Book 6)
by Nalini Singh

Berkley Pub Group
September 2, 2008
ISBN #0425223256
EAN #9780425223253
352 pages
Paperback

Synopsis: Now, as the deadly Psy Council tightens its grip, a rebel Psy scientist finds herself at the mercy of a changeling who has sworn vengeance against her kind...

Separated from her son and forced to create a neural implant that will mean the effective enslavement of her psychically gifted race, Ashaya Aleine is the perfect Psy--cool, calm, emotionless...at least on the surface. Inside, she's fighting a desperate battle to save her son and escape the vicious cold of the PsyNet. Yet when escape comes, it leads not to safety, but to the lethal danger of a sniper's embrace.

DarkRiver sniper Dorian Christensen lost his sister to a Psy killer. Though he lacks the changeling ability to shift into animal form, his leopard lives within. And that leopard's rage at the brutal loss is a clawing darkness that hungers for vengeance. Falling for a Psy has never been on Dorian's agenda. But charged with protecting Ashaya and her son, he discovers that passion has a way of changing the rules...

Stephanie says:
Hostage to Pleasure was well worth the wait, you will not be disappointed. Let's face it, Ms. Singh never disappoints. This book is a roller coaster of emotion and just as thrilling as a roller coaster too. I loved every page and hated to see it end. This series is one of the best on the market. Do yourself a favor and read them all, then enjoy Hostage to Pleasure.”

Read Stephanie's Review:
http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=28953

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Monday, August 4, 2008

Review: The Calhoun Saga


THE CALHOUN SAGA

Confessions of a Confederate: Part I

by Taylor Kincaid

Forbidden Publications

June 2008

ISBN: not assigned

Paranormal Romance

Buy Now


What goes better with writer's block than a haunted house? Gwen moves into the mansion called Katelyn, even as the owners run out, and from then on things aren't quite as simple.


After moving into Katelyn, Gwen visits the town gossip/historian Abigail who spares no time enlightening Gwen and her aunt to the history of the area and of Katelyn specifically. Steeped in Civil War tragedy, Katelyn lives on.


The Calhoun Saga is an intriguing first piece of a several part series. Well written, I am already anxious for part two to learn more of Katelyn, the mansion and of Gwen, the writer!


Reviewed by Nancy Eriksen

ParaNormal Romance Reviews

August 4, 2008


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