Thursday, October 30, 2008

Reviewers Top Picks: October 2008

October 08 Top Read

(The Drake Sisters: Book 6)
by Christine Feehan

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

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?

Stephanie says: “This is a powerful book, I've waited for ages for, Ilya and Joley simply are such incredible characters that they have truly made Ms. Feehan's fans desperate for their story. Christine Feehan doesn't disappoint with this latest installment of the Drake Sisters. Read this book, this is setting up the last book in the series in magnificent fashion. Read this series, read this book. It's amazing!”

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October 08 Top Read

by Cathryn Fox

Samhain Publishing
November 1, 2008
ISBN #1605042269
EAN #9781605042268

Synopsis: Her survival depends on the man—and the erotic sex—of her dreams.
A Claimed story
Dari Blake has spent her life sheltered from the world, believing she has a rare, genetic blood disorder that prevents her from aging. Her overprotective guardians are her only company, except for the mysterious man who enters her nightmares, soothing them into erotic dreams. Only he seems to have the power to help her shut out the cacophony of voices in her head.
Alone in his English castle, Mikel Sare has one mission in life: to protect Dari, his soul mate. Unbeknownst to her, she isn’t suffering from a rare disorder, she is a rare creature herself. She, like Mikel, is a Nallie. Part human, part vampire, one of only two left in the world. Her womb, and her psychic ability, are more powerful—and more dangerous—than she could ever imagine.
Now the alien vampires who created their kind are back, killing everyone in their path as they seek to take control of her child-bearing body. To defeat them, Mikel and Dari must join together—mind, body, blood and soul—in a ritual that will exponentially increase their power.

Melissa says: "Her survival depends on the man—and the erotic sex—of
her dreams."

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Melissa also recommends:
July, 2008: Wicked Omen by Sherrill Quinn
March, 2008: Tempting Sin by A.J. Hampton


October 08 Top Read

(Aspect of Crow Trilogy: Book 3)
by Jeri Smith-Ready

November 1, 2008
ISBN #0373802714
EAN #9780373802715
480 pages
Trade Size

Synopsis: In the ultimate battle for freedom, one woman stands to gain the world...or lose everything.
The stunning conclusion to the award-winning ASPECT OF CROW trilogy
At one time the Spirits united the land and its people.
Then came the dark days.
She is Rhia, bound to the Spirit of Crow and gifted with vision. In a world besieged by escalating conflict, fate has marked her to deliver the Reawakened from oppression.
Now, with a mighty army of Descendants threatening to crush what’s left of her people’s magic, she must trust an ancient prophecy and accept the power that is her birthright—the power of life and death itself.
For while the storm of revolution rages, the legacy of the Reawakened is about to be her family’s blood.

Amber says: "Aspect of Crow Trilogy has really blown me away. I feel like any other book I read now will never make up for this experience. I am going to treasure all three books and I will definitely be reading them again and again.”

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Amber also recommends:
September 30, 2008: The Rogue Hunter by Lynsay Sands
October 2, 2008: Up in Smoke by Katie MacAlister
August 3, 2008: Seaborn by Chris Howard
October 1, 2008: Hex Appeal by Linda Wisdom


October 08 Top Read

(Midnight Trilogy: Book 1)
by Cynthia Eden

Kensington Publishing (Brava)
May 1, 2008
ISBN #0758226020
EAN #9780758226020
272 pages

Synopsis: When night falls, passions rise...
In her sexy and suspenseful new novel, Cynthia Eden introduces readers to a seductive world where powerful night creatures ignite dark, dangerous hungers…

Emily Drake is a psychologist with a very special talent, thanks to her empathic power, she can touch the thoughts and emotions of her patients. And Emily's patients, well, they aren't exactly typical either; they're Other - vampires, demons, all of the creatures that humans fear in the darkness of the night.

When one of the Other starts killing humans, Emily is pulled into the investigation. Colin Gyth, the lead detective on the case, doesn't trust her, and, since Emily senses he's a Shifter, a being born with the ability to transform into an animal, the feeling is pretty mutual. Never trust anything born with two faces - that was Emily's motto. However, she and Colin are forced to put aside their misgivings and work together once Emily officially joins the investigation as a profiler.

While Emily and Colin search to unmask the killer, an unexpected passion grows between them. Burned in the past by those he'd trusted, Colin had never thought he'd let a woman get to close to him again, especially a woman with a dangerous power like Emily's. Yet he finds that he can't resist her. There's something about the reserved Doctor Drake that calls to him, and the beast within the man recognizes his mate. But when the killer sets his sights on Emily, Colin will have to risk his life in order to protect the woman he craves more than anything else, and Emily will have to use her gift to look into the very heart of evil in order to defeat the monster hiding in the shadows.

Karen says: “This tale has it all: tantalizing romance, humor, a mystery to solve and a monster to catch. This is a definite keeper on my shelf!”

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Karen also recommends:
October 30, 2008: All Hallow's Haunting by Desiree Lee
August 5, 2008: Ace Is Wild by Penny McCall (romantic suspense)
May 8, 2008: New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (reprint)
August 7, 2007: Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer


October 08 Top Read

(The Hollows: Book 6)
by Kim Harrison

February 26, 2008
ISBN #0060788704
EAN #9780060788704
464 pages

Synopsis: Super-sexy witch and runner Rachel Morgan is as smart as they come—and she thrashes demons with the best of them. Nevertheless, she was powerless to prevent the recent murder of her vamp love, and she’s taking it pretty hard. Then, after launching an investigation into the truth behind the murder, she learns that some her friends’ lives are now being threatened. There’s no way Rachel’s going to let the worst happen again.
Willing to face anyone or anything dead on, Rachel sets out to ensure her friends’ safety. It turns out to be her most perilous adventure to date when she encounters a powerful demon intent on claiming Rachel and a critical family secret. Rachel has no choice but to do the unthinkable—namely, dabble in demon magic—which will earn her vital long-lost knowledge…or the loss of her soul.

Picking up where For a Few Demons More left off, The Outlaw Demon Wails is Kim Harrison’s action-packed new installment in the Hollows series. You can't miss this wild ride with Rachel and her partners in the Cincinnati-based Vampiric Charms detective agency—the pixie Jenks and living vampire Ivy Tamwood—in their latest crime-solving, demon-drubbing exploits.

Nancy says: “As always Kim Harrison does not fail to keep me up for days finishing her book! Lots of surprises in this one. I Loved It!!”

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Nancy also recommends:
November 1, 2008: The Upside of Karma by B. Ella Donna


October 08 Top Read

by Marly Mathews

New Concepts Publishing
August 1, 2008
ISBN #1603942181
EAN #9781603942188

Synopsis: Annabelle Hawthorne Morton hails from an ancient mystical line—even though she herself has not been endowed with the mark of magic that the magic-kind of Thaliana are born with. Despite this, she aspires for magical greatness, and while performing a spell the enchantment backfires in her face, robbing her of half her sight. But it doesn't take her long to realize that within a few months she will be completely blind. When her father enrages the local lord and he's imprisoned for his crimes, Annabelle must muster her courage and save her father from the beast's wrath.

Lord Malachi Hawthorne, Earl of Markham has been horribly disfigured during a magical battle. His sister betrayed him—and now her curse has put him into his own living hell. Believing that the outside world will revile him for his monstrous appearance, he retreats to his enchanted castle. He is determined to make Annabelle's father his indentured servant, until he meets Annabelle. He quickly decides that she is the one that might finally set him free from his living hell, and knows he must have her as his own.

Clover says: “Enchanted Beauty is an enjoyable tale with lots of unexpected twists and turns and layers, but at the very heart is the satisfying love story involving a beautiful woman with the ability to see beyond the outward ugliness of a man with a noble heart.”

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Clover also recommends:
May 1, 2008: No One Lives Forever by Jordan Dane (romantic suspense)
January, 2002: River of Eden by Glenna McReynolds


October 08 Top Read

(Mermaids: Book 1)
by Joey W. Hill

Berkley Sensation
November 4, 2008
ISBN #0425223809
EAN #9780425223802
384 pages
Trade Size

Synopsis: Part of a two-book series
Some destinies are made to be denied...
As the Prime Legion Commander for the Goddess, Jonah has been battling the Dark Ones for centuries. He has led countless angels into battle, and has seen too many of them slaughtered. Now, his noble spirit has begun to tire with the weight of endless war-which allows a Dark One to strike a blow that severs his wing and knocks him into the sea.

Anna is a Daughter of Arianne - a direct descendant of the mermaid whose poignant legend and lore is much darker and more complex than the human-made fairytale. For tragedy and isolation are the fate of all the Daughters of Arianne. Anna's longing for love compels her to risk her very life to protect and hide the fallen Jonah. And the longer Jonah delays his return to the heavens, the more Anna's secret passions are tempted.

Anna knows that Jonah's destiny lies beyond her desire-and that if she repeats her ancestor's mistakes, heartache will be her only reward. But as she falls more in love with him, Anna wonders if she's destined to lose her heart and her dreams to save Jonah's soul...

Sonya says: "I am in awe of this book. I have read lots of books, and many are enjoyable. Some make an impression while some blend in with all the others. A MERMAID's KISS remains with me and I imagine it will for a long time to come.”

Sonya’s Review:

Sonya also recommends:
March 1, 2008: Last Wolf Standing by Rhyannon Byrd


October 08 Top Read

(Valorian Chronicles: Book 3)
by Vivi Anna

Silhouette Nocturne
October 1, 2008
ISBN #0373617976
EAN #9780373617975
288 pages

Synopsis: Five years ago, virginal Lyra Magice had fled powerful dhampir Theron LeNoir's advances. But now an ancient text the dhampir possesses holds the key to solving murders that have plagued Necropolis. When another body is found and evidence points to the Mistress of the city, duty dictates that Lyra work with Theron—a man she regards as haughty, arrogant and immoral—to translate the symbols left at the crime scenes. But with their forced alliance comes darkly sensual dreams that leave her feeling wanton and achy...

Unwilling to reveal his dark past, the dhampir soon discovers that Lyra—a witch of great power—is to be the sacrificial virgin in a demonic scheme to open a portal to hell itself. Salvation will come only if Theron can win Lyra's trust—and her heart.

Catherine says: "Vivi Anna just gets better and better! I loved the first book, the second was awesome and the third book I just couldn't put down.”

Catherine’s Review:

Catherine also recommends:
February 5, 2008: The Accidental Werewolf by Dakota Cassidy
May 1, 2007: Dead Sexy by Tate Hallaway


October 08 Top Read

(The Gods of Tigron: Book 4)
by Rowena Cherry

Love Spell
September 30, 2008
ISBN #0505527405
EAN #9780505527400
336 pages

Synopsis: "Carpe Scrotum. Seize life by the testicles."
The Queen Consort of Volnoth needs a sperm donor, and only one green-eyed god has the right stuff. Little does she know that she has pinned her hopes on the loins of the fabled Royal Saurian Djinn. Not only is he the son of her greatest enemy, but he has taken a vow of chastity.

The Saurian Knight is caught between a father who has all the moral integrity of a Mafia Don, and a married princess who will stop at nothing to have his seed in her belly. No matter which way he turns, he is "forked".

Taking the wrong lover, in the wrong place, at the wrong time is dangerous. And when the High and the Mighty intervene, it can be fatal. Can true love and a pure White Knight's virtue triumph, when society loves a right royal scandal?

Jacquie says: "Knight's Fork is fun, sexy, fast-paced, and very clever. Rowena Cherry's talent shines once again, and I'm eagerly looking forward to the next book in the series. There's nothing like a Great Djinn god to spice up your day!”

Jacquie’s Review:

Jacquie also recommends:
October 28, 2008: Warrior’s Lady by Gerri Russell (Medieval romance)
November 4, 2008: Spy Candy by Gina Robinson (romantic suspense)


Marlene recommends:
September 1, 2008: The Price of Desire by Jo Goodman (Regency)
September 1, 2008: The Darcys and the Bingleys by Marsha Altman (Historical)


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Staff Top Picks: October 2008

October 08 Top Read

(Tairen Soul: Book 3)
by C. L. Wilson

Dorchester (Leisure Books)
September 30, 2008
ISBN #0843960590
EAN #9780843960594
400 pages

Synopsis: Returning to the Fading Lands with his Celierian truemate, Rain discovers a dissension among the most powerful members of his own council. As the Eld plot their next deadly strike, Ellysetta struggles to master her powerful magic and discover how to save the tairen, while Rain confronts open challenge to his rule and prepares to lead the Fey army to war.

Leslie says: "With her debut novel LORD OF THE FADING LANDS, C. L. Wilson instantly established herself as a “must read” author. With each successive book in this series the reader is drawn deeper into Rain and Ellysetta's world. One cannot help but immediately yearn for the next installment.The third and latest, KING OF SWORD AND SKY is a suspenseful and mesmerizing read to be savored slowly and carefully as its complex plot unfolds.

Ellysetta is simply amazing! Although she has, as yet, been unable to find her inner tairen or to bond wholly with Rain she is strong and loyal and will stop at nothing to save the pride and their fey kin whether she risks her own soul or breaks every law in the land to do so, and she will stand be her truemate’s side come hell or high water. Will she be able to fight the growing darkness inside her or will the Eye’s prophesy come to pass? Tune in as the saga continues with QUEEN OF SONG AND SOULS in June of 2009."

Read Leslie's Review:

Leslie also recommends:
September 30, 2008: IRREVERSIBLE by Liz Maverick
September 30, 2008: KNIGHTS FORK by Rowena Cherry
September 30, 2008: THE CROSSING by Joy Nash
October 28, 2008: WINTER'S DAUGHTER by J. C. Wilder (paperback reissue)


October 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.

Mippy says: “I found myself glued to this strikingly edgy and fast paced story and could not put it down. I eagerly await the next chapter of The Phoenix Chronicles and highly recommend fans of the urban fantasy genre not to miss out on this gripping new series.”

Read Mippy’s Review:

Mippy also recommends:
November 4, 2008: A MERMAID’S KISS by Joey W. Hill (erotic paranormal)
June 1, 2008: THE DARKEST KISS by Gena Showalter
June 3, 2008: WALK ON THE WILDSIDE by Christine Warren


October 08 Top Read

by Jacquie Rogers

Highland Press
September 15, 2008
ISBN #0980035686
EAN #9780980035681
200 pages
Trade Size

Synopsis: It Happened in the Idaho Desert…
The rodeo clown: Brody wants the thrill of bullfighting and the wind at his feet. The actuary: Rita doesn't want anything to do with a busted up cowboy-and odds are, Brody will be. The mule: Socrates understands humans. And love, even if humans don't. Can Socrates lead Brody to Rita's heart? Will Rita let herself take the biggest risk of all?

Deborah says: “I don't know when I have ever laughed so much, or felt so happy after reading a book. The story of Socrates the miniature matchmaking mule is just so original, so witty that is over shadows most of what I have read of late.”

Read Deborah’s Review:

Deborah also recommends:
September 15, 2008: CHINOOK, WINE and SINK HER by Morgan Q. O'Reilly (contemporary)
December 1, 2007: HER WARRIOR LORD by Celia Jade


Saturday, October 25, 2008

Review: Foretaste of Forever

Foretaste of Forever
by Christina Phillips
The Wild Rose Press
ISBN# not assigned
Release Date: 10/24/2008
Pages: 40
Format: Electronic
Paranormal Category: Erotic Paranormal Witches
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Elyesha is a witch, the last surviving of her powerful line, and she finds her true love in an unexpected form. Her family forbids their love, but she cannot control her feelings. When Ben can handle his feelings of guilt over their love any longer, he severs all ties and disappears from her life. Elyesha vows that she will find him, no matter what, because they belong together forever.

Elyesha finally finds Ben after many years of despair and loneliness. Now she must convince him that they can be together, despite the high cost that will be paid by each of them.

Foretaste of Forever is a short, erotic romance, filled with love, passion, and sadness. Elyesha loves Ben, and has loved him before she even met him. Her vision showed him to her and she feel in love instantly. Her love for him, followed by her grief and loneliness after losing him, was an almost palpable thing. Ben feels the same for her, but he fights their love with everything he is and has. He knows that the cost of their love is too high and he sacrifices his own heart and happiness to avoid paying that price. This fast paced story had me sighing from the passion and love and nearly crying with sorrow for these two soul mates. I enjoyed Foretaste of Forever and look forward to reading more of Christina Phillips’ work.

Reviewed by Melissa Conatser
ParaNormal Romance Reviews
October 2008

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Review: The Healing Spell

The Healing Spell
by Kiki Howell
ISBN# not assigned
Release Date: October 20, 2008
Pages: 31
Format: Electronic
Paranormal Category: Erotic, Witches
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Samantha is a witch; and one that knows herself very well. She is very intelligent, very well researched in Wicca, and has spent a lot of time getting closer to herself and learning what she believes. When a lost soul continues to come near her home, walking near a stream in deep thought, his despair pulls at her, night after night. Finally, she feels that she must help him and approaches him to offer him her deal.

David is an ad executive, who was once very good at his job. Lately, he cannot find his creative side and is exhausted, trying to keep up with his job. When the lovely Samantha approaches him, he cannot resist her. He has never met anyone so in tune with himself or herself. She knows who she is and what she believes in, without a doubt. She offers him a sex spell, which he cannot turn down. When the spell is over, will David be able to walk away and never experience Samantha again?

Kiki Howell wove a story of magic that drew me in on the first page. I was impressed with Samantha and how well she knows herself and her craft. David is like most of us; he has lost his way and does not know who he is or what he wants any longer. Kiki’s use of words and descriptions is indescribable and weaves a kind of magic around the reader. This is my first experience with Kiki Howell, but after reading The Healing Spell, she is now at the top of my to be read list!

Reviewed by Melissa Conatser
ParaNormal Romance Reviews
October 2008

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