Monday, December 29, 2008

Reviewers' Top Picks: December 2008



Stephanie’s
December 08 Top Read


THE MAGICAL CHRISTMAS CAT
by Linda Winstead Jones, Nalini Singh, Erin McCarthy, Lora Leigh

Berkley Pub Group
October 7, 2008
ISBN #0425223558
EAN #9780425223550
384 pages
Trade Size

Synopsis: Put a little meow in their stockings this year with these all-new tales of Christmas and felines—from beloved bestselling authors!

New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh and top-selling authors Nalini Singh, Erin McCarthy, and Linda Winstead Jones have a special gift for readers this year: never-before published holiday stories featuring passionate romance, paranormal adventure, and a distinctly alluring feline touch. With four new stories—including one featuring Lora Leigh’s genetically altered Feline Breeds—this is a collection packed with more surprises than Christmas morning, and more chills than the snowiest winter night…


Stephanie says: “Do yourself a favor, give yourself a gift and enjoy this Christmas with some of your favorite authors who gave us a wonderful treat this season. The gift of love, magic and the spirit of Christmas.”


Read the reviews: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/book.php?id=13712


Stephanie also recommends:
December 1, 2008: DEDRICK’S TAMING by Jaden Sinclair
November 30, 2008: S.E.T.H. by Jaden Sinclair


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Amber’s
December 08 Top Read

THE DEVIL’S DUE
(Morgan Kingsley: Book 3)
by Jenna Black

Bantam (Dell)
November 25, 2008
ISBN #0440244927
EAN #9780440244929
336 pages
Paperback

Synopsis:
Possession was never this much fun.
Trust or die, That's the choice Morgan Kingsley, exorcist, is given by the gorgeous rogue demon who's gotten inside her. The truth is, Morgan has dozens of reasons not to trust anyone, from the violence that torched her house and killed her father to a love-life that's left her questioning her relationship with her erstwhile boyfriend, Brian. But Lugh, a King among demons, won't take no for an answer. He's prying into her body, mind, and even her sex life. And he's just pulled Morgan into a power struggle that could have devastating consequences for both the human and demon worlds.

But Morgan still has a job to do: Investigate the highly bizarre possession of the son of a wealthy Philadelphia couple. That hunt leads Morgan into a realm of sexual depravity, then a terrifying kidnapping. Now, a woman who makes her living prying demons from their hosts finds her day job colliding with the night: a darkness that is attracting demons of the damnedest sort, including the one who's about to demand his ultimate due.


Amber says: “Morgan has attitude and makes a great main character. The growing number of support characters keeps the reader on their toes. Good or bad is the question you have to keep asking yourself as the sides change and the story keeps unfolding. Hard, sexy and devilish, this is a must read series. Being an exorcist is obviously hard work but reading about it is fun and addictive.”


Read Amber's review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=30083


Amber also recommends:
November 25, 2008: SUCCUBUS TAKES MANHATTAN by Nina Harper
November 24, 2008: ON THE PROWL by Karen MacInerney
November 29, 2008: BLOOD BARGAIN by Maria Lima


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Nancy’s
December 08 Top Read

GORDATH WOOD
by Patrice Sarath

Ace Books
June 24, 2008
ISBN #0441016413
EAN #9780441016419
336 pages
Paperback

Synopsis:
Worlds collide in Gordath Wood.
Something strange is happening in Gordath Wood, the old woods surrounding a training stable called Hunter’s Chase. The police think Lynn Romano and Kate Mossland have been murdered, but what actually occurred is much stranger. They’ve gone through a hole between worlds, into a medieval society at war. In a world that doesn’t ordinarily have use for women, the danger is great—good thing Lynn and Kate aren’t your ordinary women.


Nancy says: “This book is full of plots, magics, love and mysteries. It is a good read and for a first novel, is excellent. Congratulations to the author and I hope to read more from her soon.”


Read Nancy‘s review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=30035


Nancy also recommends:
February 26, 2008: GOD’S SPY By Juan Gomez-Jurado (mystery/suspense/thriller)


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Karen’s
December 08 Top Read

THE BRIDE OF TIME
by Dawn Thompson

Love Spell
July 29, 2008
ISBN #0505527286
EAN #9780505527288
368 pages
Paperback

Synopsis:
SOME LOVES...
There was little of joy and beauty for Tessa LaPrelle, a scullery maid in 1903 London, but a painting called The Bride of Time. The nude raised eyebrows and speculation that Tessa had posed. Impossible! Even if some man could make her so wanton, even if the subject had Tessa's thick chestnut hair, the work had been commissioned a hundred years previous, at the start of the Regency!

...KNOW THE BRUSH OF ETERNITY
Regardless, it wasn't the subject or its uncanny resemblance to her that drew Tessa to The Bride. Nor was it fascination with the artist: one Giles Longworth, whose portrait showed eyes black as sin, wind-combed mahogany hair and broad, muscular shoulders. If any could make her wanton it was he; but he was also accused of sorcery, of dark evil things. Some even said Longworth had been a werewolf, the throats of his alleged victims torn from their bodies. No, what drew Tessa was a small window in the painting's corner, a seeming portal to that wild Cornish wilderness, to misty moors in a time gone by. Sometimes she dreamt she had been running all her life--from what and to whom, she was about to discover.


Karen says: “I truly cannot say enough about this book with its Gothic romance and the mystery of time travel and the threat of the werewolf. It is a definite keeper on my shelf. Ms. Thompson truly had the knack for creating a tale that grips the imagination.”


Read the reviews: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/book.php?id=13479


Karen also recommends:
June 15, 2008: THE ETERNAL KISS by Diana Castilleja


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Ruth’s
December 08 Top Read

ANCIENT INHERITANCE
by Rita Vetere

Lyrical Press, Inc.
November 17, 2008
ISBN #0981890563
EAN #9780981890562
e-Book

Synopsis: Evil is real, and it’s coming…unless one woman can learn a secret buried in her family’s past.

On a quest to rule the world, the demon Sammael will stop at nothing to unlock his powers...even enter the physical plane.

Catherine Caldwell has unwittingly come into possession of the item Sammael has sought for over two millennia. Her education into the conflict of dark and light is a trial by fire. Guided by prophetic dreams and aided by family, a Creole psychic and a homicide detective, she struggles to learn her role in an age-old war, and elude the demon hunting her.

The secret Catherine uncovers will trigger a battle that could alter the course of mankind forever.


Ruth says: “I picked this one, because it was a great read. Plenty of mystery,
suspense and action! It has earned its way into my heart as one of my
all time favorites!”


Read the Reviews: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/book.php?id=15500


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Clover’s
December 08 Top Read

SEVENTH CIRCLE
(Vampires Realm)
by F E Heaton

Alinar Publishing
November 16, 2008
ISBN #190602362X
EAN #9781906023621
e-Book

Synopsis: Dark, sensual and fast-paced, Seventh Circle is a story of forbidden love so strong that it will save the world.

Born with strange powers similar to a vampire's, Lilith has spent her life hunting demons for Section Seven. Now, on the very same night that she watches a vampire kill her best friend, she's faced with her worse nightmare.

A client who is not only attractive, but a vampire.

Lincoln, a powerful pure blood vampire, has a problem. The prophecy he's caught up in is coming to pass and his only chance of survival is relying on those he hates most–vampire hunters. It has been foretold that one will save him, a female hunter, and when he meets her, the attraction he feels is both instantaneous and forbidden.

Their mutual attraction becomes difficult to deny as they work to unravel the mystery of a contract between Lincoln's lord and the Devil. The barriers around their hearts fall, but is there only pain ahead of them? With Lincoln's life on the line, can Lilith find the strength to protect him and embrace a side of herself that she wished didn't exist? Can Lincoln overcome his fear in order to save Lilith even if it means parting from her forever? What price will they pay to be together?


Clover says: “The action is fast-paced, the romance tender, and the characters' personalities sharp. You'll be glad you read this one.”


Read Clover’s Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29964


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Friday, December 26, 2008

Staff Top Picks: December 2008



Leslie's
December 08 Top Pick

PRINCESS OF THE SWORD
(Nine Kingdoms: Book 3)
by Lynn Kurland

Berkley Pub Group
January 6, 2009
ISBN #0425225682
EAN #9780425225684
368 pages
Trade Size

Synopsis:
When darkenss falls
As the mercenary daughter of Gair, the black mage of Ceangail, Morgan is the only one who can stop the terrible sorcery her father unleashed. To do so, she must race against time and find the spell that will allow her to close the well of evil he opened. But that quest will lead her to places she never dreamed existed and into a darkness she would give anything to avoid..
The magic rises
The fate of the Kingdom of Neroche is intertwined with the closing of Gair's well. Miach the archmage of Neroche , is determined to hep Morgain find what she needs, not only because of the safety of the Nine Kingdoms hands in the balance but also because he will do anythin gto protect her. Together they must search out the mysteries of Ceangail, and the dangers of Morgan's own bloodlines.
Now to rescue the kingdom for total ruin, Morgan and Miach have only each other to trust heart and soul....


Leslie says: What will become of this pair of unlikely lovers? Join them on the conclusion of their journey which began with STAR OF THE MORNING and continued with THE MAGE’S DAUGHTER. Follow them as they soar the skies, steal into dangerous places to uncover spells, and fight for their lives, their kingdoms and their love. Fate has a plethora of surprises in store for the tragically orphaned duo – Morgan, a woman whose only desire was to wield a sword who instead finds herself a princess with a heritage of frightening magic and Miach, a prince whose heritage is magic but whose fondest wish was to be a simple farmer. Victory will force new responsibilities on the pair that they’d neither expected nor welcomed. Is their love strong enough to face the challenge?

I do hope Ms. Kurland will continue to offer us fantasy fare along with her incredibly popular romance novels. She has a knack for this genre that will have the reader longing to know the fate of numerous secondary characters as well as the rest of the Nine Kingdoms long after PRINCESS OF THE SWORD has been put to bed. Cathar is intriguing, Rigaud needs a good thumping and I imagine a child born to Morgan and Miach would be a right handful, no? Ah well, until then I highly recommend this incredibly magical and action packed fantasy series!


Read Leslie’s Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=30112


Leslie also recommends:

November 4, 2008: THE DRAGON MASTER by Allyson James
November 27, 2007: STAR CRASH by Elysa Hendricks


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Deborah’s
December 08 Top Read

ETERNAL SEDUCTION
by Jennifer Turner

CreateSpace
October 8, 2008
ISBN #1440422060
EAN #9781440422065
224 pages
Paperback

Synopsis: After living on the streets of New York City for over a decade, Logan Ellis admits her perceptions might be a little skewed. But twisted or not, there's a satisfying irony in watching a well dressed vampire stand in the middle of a ghetto alley, windblown trash scraping small circles near his feet. What she finds even more intriguing, is waiting for him to decide whether or not he's going to kill her.

Kerestyan Nelek hasn't quite made up his mind. As the Lord of New York, he can't allow a homeless drug addict, whose memories are packed with knowledge of vampiric existence, to run free in his city. It's not the first time he's been in this situation with a human, it's just the first time in thousands of years he's come face to face with one who doesn't seem to care. And that's what makes the decision so damn difficult.

What horrors would you have to witness before you went numb? How many years would it take for you to feel that way? What would it take to make you care again?

Logan's answers are simple: the worst humanity has to offer, almost thirtyand something she never expected.


Deborah says: “Eternal Seduction is a dark novel with strong characters. A true storyteller, Turner keeps a fast pace, seasoned well with wit, and offers you an electrifying pair in Nelek and Logan. A wonderful debut novel I highly recommend.”


Read Deborah’s Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29854


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Mippy Recommends:
August 26, 2008: TEMPT ME WITH DARKNESS by Shayla Black
January 6, 2009: STAY THE NIGHT by Lynn Viehl
September 30, 2008: NIGHT FALL by Cherry Adair

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Review: Vampire Kristmas


Vampire Kristmas
Donna Michaels
The Wild Rose Press
Dec 3, 2008
ISBN# not assigned
Paranormal Black rosette
Theme: Christmas
eBook ~ 32 pages
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We meet Jeremy Kristmas who gets rudely awoken by his brother after being in stasis for two centuries. Groggy and not really understanding why he was awakened, he comes to terms that he is to 'clean up' his brother’s mess, again! He also does not want to fall in love with another human because he had lost Cordelia.

Then he sees her...a spitting image of Cordelia, but her name is Lynette. And his brother has made a mess of everything. Now it is he that has to try to convince her that he is a good man, er, vampire.

After she lashes out at him, he tells her that he is Jeremy and that the one that hurt her was his twin brother, Jared. But there is someone else that could possibly be his long lost love. But in the end, will someone indeed have a Merry Vampire Kristmas?

Ms. Michaels created a touching story with the back story being short and sweet, just enough to let you know about Jeremy's past with Cordelia. She created a world where the vampires live on an island and seem to have accumulated wealth. But they are down to earth and real. I felt for both Jeremy and Lynette. I know everyone hopes that loves soul will find them one day.

Ruth Schaller
ParaNormal Romance Reviews
December 25, 2008

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Review: Thief of Hearts


Thief of Hearts
New Concepts Publishing
Copyright 2003
ISBN: not assigned
E-book: Short Story
Price: $2.50
Genre: Erotica


"A dark exploration of sensual desires"

First installment of three short stories

From the first person perspective, experience a night of erotic seduction as told in this "Dear Diary" entry.

Imagine waking up to find yourself in the dark…aroused, frightened…and not alone. Imagine endless hours of teasing torment and mindless pleasure. Imagine having no choice in the matter. Every emotion is intensified as the mind and body struggle for control that is methodically stripped away. At the end of your ordeal, you are relieved only to discover that a dark erotic desire has been awakened inside of you – and now your sensual fulfillment is forever at the mercy of the Thief of Hearts.

Kimberly Zant’s THIEF OF HEARTS is an erotic short story that explores the dark desires and psychological conflicts of the capture fantasy. The narrator’s confusion and helplessness is evident as she succumbs to the seduction of her intruder. The "thief" never reveals himself, yet leaves little doubt that he will likely return. Is he real…or is he a dream? I’m still not sure, but I plan to find out. In the meantime, if you’re looking for an erotic short story with an air of quiet mystery, you may want to check out THIEF OF HEARTS.

Reviewer’s note: This book contains elements that some readers may find objectionable: Explicit sexual content, bondage, spanking, and forced seduction.

Reviewed by Sonya Harrison
December 2008

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Review: Thief of Hearts: Stolen



Thief of Hearts 3: Stolen
New Concepts Publishing
December 2003
ISBN: not assigned
E-book: Short Story
Price: $2.50
Genre: Paranormal Erotica

"Refreshingly Original and Shamelessly Sexy"

Final installment of three short stories

The THIEF OF HEARTS has one more trick up his sleeve in the final "Dear Diary" entry of this erotic short story series. Kate struggles to comprehend his meaning when her "thief" announces that she isn’t real and their game is over. Desperate to find her dream lover, she decides to take matters into her own hands by easing her way into the local BDSM scene. If her mysterious intruder is real, then perhaps she will find him and convince him that she is real too.

By invitation, Kate visits a bondage club with a scene "regular." Nervous and excited, she scans the club looking for her thief, but by the end of the night she gives up hope of finding her dream lover. She has failed to find her "thief", though he has indeed found her and before the night is over she will find herself once again tied, teased, and completely at his mercy.

THIEF OF HEARTS: STOLEN concludes the darkly erotic series with a unique psychic twist. The "thief" uses astral projection to visit and pleasure his dream woman. His out of body ability results in explosive sexual fulfillment for both him and Kate. At the end of the game they are both left to wonder…what is real and what is illusion? At times this reader wondered as well, and although the ending felt a little rushed and awkward, I found this series to be refreshingly original and shamelessly sexy.

Reviewer’s note: This book contains elements that some readers may find objectionable: Explicit sexual content, capture, bondage, dubious consent, anal play, and forced seduction.

Reviewed by Sonya Harrison
December 2008

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Review: S.E.T.H.


S.E.T.H.
Jaden Sinclair
Midnight Showcase Fiction
November 30, 2008
ISBN: not assigned
E-book:
Price: $5.99
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
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S.E.T.H was designed for the military in the hopes that the computer program would become a super military power, he would be the ultimate in military high tech design. Only Seth was learning, he was designed to learn what is true, but he wasn't designed to learn emotions. Seth learned that all on his own. As Seth begins to develop emotions he finds that his strange attraction for Alyna Satara go much further than mere curiosity at this human woman, he finds he has fallen in love with Alyna. Soon, Seth will be free of the machine, free to take a body developed for him. He will then take the woman he knows is destined for him as well. The only problem? Getting her to understand the depth of the love that he feels for her is real. That, and keeping her alive once the military discovers that Seth does have one weakness. Alyna. The military is not about to let their property walk out the door to go live a normal life as a man with the woman he loves. No. They want their property back. At all costs. Even if it means using Seth's twin program against him.

Alyna Satara doesn't have much in life, but she has a life. She also has a friend, albeit a computer chat buddy, it's a friend none the less. Too bad she has no clue who he is in the real world. If she did, Alyna doubts he'd be interested in her, not in the way she is in him anyway. Determined to stay out of her grandmother's home for good, Alyna is working herself to the bone. Until one day she discovers that Seth, her chat buddy, has decided it is time for them to meet in real life. She never expects that Seth is not human, not until she sees the great lengths he will go to in order to escape the military, escape with her. Seth will do whatever is needed to keep Alyna safe, but most important, he will do whatever he needs to in order to keep Alyna. Period. Can a machine love? Once it does, is it possible to have a life? The couple may never find out if the military has anything to say about it, they will use anything they can get their hands on to control Seth, including Alyna.

I really enjoy military action books with a hint of the extraordinary added to the mix. S.E.T.H. won't disappoint you if you do too. It's a departure for Ms. Sinclair, but one that she is able to make. This will be a great new genre and series her. I will look forward to the next book in this series! Not only is S.E.T.H. action packed, it's got a hot love affair that will keep your heart pumping right along with the action.

Reviewed by Stephanie McGrath
ParaNormal Romance Reviews
December 2008

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Review: Mary's Christmas Wish


Mary's Christmas Wish
Wild Rose Press
December 2, 2008
ISBN: not assigned
E-book: 12 pages
Price: $1.50
Genre: Paranormal (Fantasy/Futuristic)
Rating: Sweet


Everyone deserves to live long and happy lives. Although for Mary, who is dying, her life wasn't as happy as it could have been. After having a visit from a family member, a stranger dressed as Santa comes to her room and asks if she could go back in time what part of her life would she try to change?

After some thinking that maybe this fella was strange, she decided that before she died she would get her big secret off her shoulders to him. Then maybe she would die peacefully.

So she tells him. Then things start to get a little weird as she learns to forgive herself. And before she knows it her wish has come true.

Ms. Coumans' wrote this story with a lot of feeling. It isn't very overwhelming, it's quite sweet. I think we've all had moments where we wish we could back and try to change something in our pasts. Although we know that it won't happen, maybe whatever was done, would help us learn to forgive ourselves and move forward. At least that's what this book has taught me.

Reviewed by Ruth Schaller
December 2008

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Review: Blood Martyr : Book 5 – Blood Poison



Blood Martyr: Book 5 - Blood Prison
Fionn Jameson
Freya's Bower
November 25, 2008
ISBN: not assigned
E-book: Chapter Book
Price: $1.75
Genre: Vampire/Paranormal/Contemporary
Rating: Sweet
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Tanith is just where the story left her last time. In her club surrounded by werewolves who are about to shift and attack each other. Kieran's pack is going up against Phoenix's pack and the odds don't look good for Kieran from where she is standing. With only an aluminum bat as a weapon she jumps in and fights alongside Kieran.

Jamison is still nowhere to be seen but Mitch has found out something about his disappearance. Of course Jamison is in trouble but what kind this time? A quick phone call that doesn't give her any information leaves Tanith waiting for Mitch to turn up in person to give her the news. What will he tell her when he arrives? Is Jamison dead?

There were only 2 chapters in this new installment and slowly I am beginning to tire of this short book concept. The idea of a few chapters of one story being released now and again was new and interesting at the start but the cliffhanger ending this time annoyed me because yet again I have to wait for the next part to find out what happens next.

On the other hand my annoyance shows how good this story is turning out to be. It has a great main character and an exciting amount of paranormal content. I am hooked. However, not enough of the story is shared in each installment. It makes keeping track of what has happened almost impossible. As soon as you get back into the world that the author has created and remember what happened last time the newest addition is already over.

All in all another great section of the story but please give the reader more. The suspense is keeping me reading but at some point I know I will bore of the shortness of the book sections.

Reviewed by Amber Chalmers
ParaNormal Romance Reviews
December 2008

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Review: The Sword and the Slave


The Sword and the Slave: Damsels of Distress Book 2
Michelle L. Levigne
New Concepts Publishing
October 2007
ISBN: not assigned
E-book: Long Novella
Price: $3.99
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
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Adon, Chief Physician and son of Prime Minister Naqueron and Adieri, a strong magical healer, are taken by General Istrak, leader of the Parsadi Empire's army, as a peace hostage. A peace hostage is essentially a slave who is fitted with a collar which controls his behavior. Adon is surprised to learn that General Istrak is a beautiful woman and the princess of the empire. General Istrak is L'istra's ceremonial title, and she has fought hard to obtain her status
and feel in control. L'istra and Adon are drawn to each other, but how can a princess and a slave have an equal relationship?

THE SWORD AND THE SLAVE is a wonderful fantasy romance with a very different sort of hero, and a strong but wounded heroine. Adon is a beta hero, but don't think that makes him weak, because he has great inner strength. It is in Adon's nature to seek to heal, and L'istra's
wounded spirit calls to him. L'istra had a traumatic and shattering experience as a young child and has covered her fears well, but the nightmares continue. Slowly, Adon gains L'istra's trust and helps her to heal. Adon is a great hero-- a pleasant change from the usual alpha.

I highly recommend THE SWORD AND THE SLAVE.

Reviewed by Marlene Breakfield
ParaNormal Romance Reviews
December 2008

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Review: Inherently Sexual: The Runaway



Inherently Sexual: The Runaway
Jaime Samms
Freya’s Bower
Available Now
ISBN#: Not Available
Rating: Sweet
Ebook: 23 pages
Price: $1.49
Genre: M/M Romance

After ten years and his father’s death, Miles is finally coming back home. His home and past still haunt him, but he knows that he must face them. In facing his past, he may be able to find his future.


Jaime Samms did an excellent job with such a short story. Each page is filled with deep emotions and vivid descriptions. Miles has been filled with pain for years because of his drunken father, and his uncle who beat him. He still carries the scars from his past, inside and out. All the pain and anger he has carried with him has affected who he is and how he has lived his life. Ms. Samms gave me an in-depth look at Miles and all of his emotional pain. Dillon’s character is not quite as developed, but I could still feel his deep pain and abiding love for Miles.

This story brings to life a very real pain, not over the top, but just as it would be in reality for anyone in this same situation. The reader gets just enough of the past and present, colored with the emotions of each character in each situation, to imagine the rest of the story, including all those years of the past. I highly recommend this very real, very touching story.

Reviewed by Melissa Conatser
December 2008

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Review: I'm A Vampire at War on Halloween



I'M A VAMPIRE AT WAR ON HALLOWEEN
Xtasy Books
2006
ISBN#: not assigned
Rating: 2 Flames
Ebook: 56 pages
Price: $2.09
Genre: Vampire/Paranormal Romance
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Mariutza Tepes, the mother of Vlad Tepes, who is better known asDracula, is incensed at the way the Americans have commercialized Halloween and taken the scary right out of it. Chief among the instigators of this attack on Halloween is Mariutza's daughter-in-law,Tiffany. Tiffany is married to Mariutza's youngest son, Victor, who is the new ambassador for Romania.

To get her point across, Mariutza enlists the aid of her other son Dracula. Unfortunately, his efforts aren't very successful and the vampires break off into two factions: those who want a scary Halloween and those who want it to continue as is. During his first attempt to scare people, Dracula meets a history teacher, Ellen Reinecke, who he has an attraction to.

Ms. Rose adds a short story to her humorous vampire series. While I was happy to see characters from the previous stories, I wish that Ms.Rose had spent more time with Vlad and Ellen. I don't feel that I got a true handle on their characters. However, it was a refreshing change to have a hero and heroine, both being less than physically perfect. If you are looking for an amusing short story to read on a lazy afternoon,give I'M A VAMPIRE AT WAR ON HALLOWEEN a try.

Reviewed by Marlene Breakfield
December 2008

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Review: Hot! Hot! Hot!



Hot, Hot, Hot!
Stephanie Bedwell-Grime
New Concepts Publishing
March 2007
ISBN# : not assigned
Rating: Sensual
E-book : Short Story
Price: $2.50
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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Crystal Addison has always known she was different, but never knew why since her mother died in childbirth and she was adopted. She "sees" things that normal people do not see, and has taught herself about the supernatural. But, there is still a lot she does not know about. She helps out with the police whenever they have a weird case.

When called to a murder scene, Crystal surveys the room and comes to the conclusion that the murder used pyokinesis, much to the dismay of the cops involved. As she was leaving the scene she noticed a shimmer in the air and felt a crackle in the air. She followed the Shimmer and came face to face with an elemental, Razael. He tells her that he was investigating the scene also and that it is his job, he is kind of a supernatural cop.

Can Crystal trust this stranger who could be the murderer? Will she succumb to the passion she feels when she is around him?

This is a spectacular short story! Stephanie Bedwell-Grime has written a prime example of how to write a short story. The characters are developed, the plot is smooth and does not feel rushed and the conclusion leaves an opening for further books (which I hope that there are more stories to come).

Reviewed by Catherine Smith
ParaNormal Romance Reviews
December 2008

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Review: Blind Love


Blind Love
Tamelia Tumlin
Wild Rose Press
August 13, 2008
ISBN#: not assigned
Rating: Sweet
E-book: 23 Pages
Price: $1.50
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Shapeshifter
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Blind Love is an incredible story. Dr. Jared Fields finds himself searching for love with no hope. He had a spell cast upon him – he is a human monster by day and at night he is a shape shifter. He rescues a woman from the plane crash. He would like her to stay and be with him, but he knows that if she could see him, she would run screaming. Or so she thinks.

Anna becomes blind after the crash and while Jared takes care of her, she realizes that she loves him no matter what he looks like. He is kind and caring and tells her his sad story.

Tamelia Tumlin spun a great tale of love. The beauty loves the beast --- and brings truth to the old saying ‘Love is Blind’.

Reviewed by: Ruth Schaller
ParaNormal Romance Reviews
December 2008

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Review: Elfing Around


Elfing Around
J Morgan
Lyrical Press
December 1, 2008
ISBN# not assigned
E-book ~54 pages
Price: $2.50
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Holiday Fantasy
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“Who wants to be on the nice list when you can be so naughty?”

Santa’s elf Essie, is not your typical elf. First off, she is a drop dead gorgeous blonde who most men would drool over. Secondly, she doesn’t build toys; Essie is an apprentice in training, she makes sure the naughty people are still being naughty and the nice people on the list stay nice. Essie has an assignment from Santa; she must keep an eye on the people of Shelton. To keep herself protected Essie has a neat little gadget she can use called the Eub2000 that makes her invisible so she can observe the people. While out on her mission, Essie’s Eub loses its charge and her cloaking device fails. Essie is soon picked up by a cop who thinks she is a whore; he takes her to the local jail where she meets Sheriff Dalton. The Sheriff releases Essie from jail, after all she didn’t do anything wrong, she was falsely accused by the cop. Sheriff Dalton invites Essie to come stay at his place, since she has no family or friends around. Essie is so attracted to Dalton she could not turn down his invitation. However, while Essie is at Dalton’s house she must be on her best behavior, other elves will soon be looking for her. But Essie wants nothing more than to be naughty this Christmas.

Elfing Around is without a doubt one of the best Christmas romances I have read so far. I absolutely love the characters and their snarky sense of humor. I was in tears laughing at some of the stuff that was said. I would recommend this story to anyone looking for a little naughty this Christmas.

Reviewed by Beth Senters
ParaNormal Romance Reviews
December 2008
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Monday, December 1, 2008

December 2008 PNR New Release Update

The Pagan Stone
(The Sign of Seven Trilogy: Book 3)
by
Nora Roberts
Berkley (Jove)
Available: December 1, 2008
EAN #9780515144666
336 pages
Paperback

Deadly Gift
(The Flynn Brothers Trilogy: Book 3)
by
Heather Graham
MIRA Books
Available: December 1, 2008
EAN #9780778325277
448 pages
Paperback

Revelation
(Scions: Book 3)
by
Patrice Michelle
Silhouette (Nocturne)
Available: December 1, 2008
EAN #9780373618002
288 pages
Paperback

Holiday With A Vampire II
by
Lori Devoti, Merline Lovelace
Silhouette (Nocturne)
Available: December 1, 2008
EAN #9780373618019
288 pages
Paperback

Secrets, Volume 25: Wicked Delights
by
Sedonia Guillone, Cynthia Eden, Anne Rainey, Natasha Moore
Red Sage Publishing
Available: December 1, 2008
EAN #9781603100052
316 pages
Trade Size

Black Copper
(Machine Lust: Book 1)
by
Michelle Marquis
Whiskey Creek Press (Torrid)
Available: December 1, 2008
EAN #9781603132244
e-Book

Talyss
(The Rea Cheveyo Chronicles: Book 2)
by
Rayne Forrest
Whiskey Creek Press (Torrid)
Available: December 1, 2008
EAN #9781603132275
e-Book

Zen and the Art of Vampires
(Dark Ones: Book 6)
by
Katie MacAlister
Signet
Available: December 2, 2008
EAN #9780451225603
352 pages
Paperback

Unusual Suspects
by
Charlaine Harris, Sharon Shinn, Simon R. Green, Dana Stabenow, Laurie King
Ace Books
Available: December 2, 2008
EAN #9780441016372
320 pages
Trade Size

Dark Nights, Dark Dreams
(Sisterhood of the Sight: Book 1)
by
Savannah Russe
Signet
Available: December 2, 2008
EAN #9780451225665
320 pages
Paperback

Cursed
(Book 2)
by
Jamie Leigh Hansen
Tor Books
Available: December 2, 2008
EAN #9780765357212
384 pages
Paperback

Undercover
by
Lauren Dane
Berkley Pub Group (Heat)
Available: December 2, 2008
EAN #9780425224649
320 pages
Trade Size

About A Dragon
(Dragon Kin series: Book 2)
by
G. A. Aiken
Kensington Publishing (Zebra)
Available: December 2, 2008
EAN #9781420103748352 pages
Paperback (reprint)

Princeps' Fury
(Codex Alera: Book 5)
by
Jim Butcher
Ace Books
Available: December 2, 2008
EAN #9780441016389
Hardcover

The Flame
(Sons of Destiny: Book 7)
by
Jean Johnson
Berkley Pub Group
Available: December 2, 2008
EAN #9780425224052
384 pages
Trade Size

Devil May Ride
(Ghost Dusters Mysteries: Book 2)
by
Wendy Roberts
Signet
Available: December 2, 2008
EAN #9780451225658
288 pages
Paperback

22 Nights
(Emperor's Bride: Book 2)
by
Linda Winstead Jones
Berkley Pub Group
Available: December 2, 2008
EAN #9780425224915
336 pages
Paperback

Black Aura
by
Jaycee Clark
Samhain Publishing
Available: December 2, 2008
EAN #9781599985046
e-Book

The Tales of Beedle the Bard
by
J. K. Rowling
Children's High Level Group
Available: December 4, 2008
EAN #9780545128285
128 pages
Hardcover

The Promise of Kierna'Rhoan
by
Isabo Kelly
Samhain Publishing
Available: December 5, 2008
EAN #9781605042435
e-Book (reprint)

I Married a Demon
by
Beverly Rae
Samhain Publishing
Available: December 9, 2008
EAN #9781605042459
e-Book

Christmas Delivery
(Jenkins Cove: Book 3)
by
Patricia Rosemoor
Harlequin (Intrigue)
Available: December 9, 2008
EAN #9780373693689
224 pages
Paperback

Fathom
by
Cherie Priest
Tor Books
Available: December 9, 2008
EAN #9780765318404
384 pages
Hardcover

Wolf Rain
by
Flesa Black
Samhain Publishing
Available: December 9, 2008
EAN #9781605043470
e-Book

Blood Sins
(Bishop/Special Crimes Unit: Book 11)
by
Kay Hooper
Bantam
December 16, 2008
EAN #9780553804850
304 pages
Hardcover

Sleight of Hand
by
Katrina Strauss
Samhain Publishing
Available: December 16, 2008
EAN #9781605042725
e-Book

Dragon Strike
(Age of Fire: Book 4)
by
E. E. Knight
Roc
Available: December 20, 2008
EAN #9780451462350
368 pages
Hardcover

Parties & Potions
(Magic In Manhattan: Book 4)
by
Sarah Mlynowski
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Available: December 23, 2008
EAN #9780385736459
352 pages
Hardcover

Revelations
(Blue Bloods: Book 3)
by
Melissa de la Cruz
Hyperion
Available: December 23, 2008
EAN #9781423102281
256 pages
Hardcover
Young Adult

The Secret Circle (Omnibus)
(The Secret Circle: Book 3 - 4)
by
L. J. Smith
HarperTeen
Available: December 23, 2008
EAN #9780061671357
400 pages
Paperback
(Young Adult)

Midnight Rose
(The Watchers: Book 2)
by
D. McEntire
Samhain Publishing
Available: December 23, 2008
EAN #9781605042473
e-Book

In the Blood
(The Fallen: Book 2)
by
Adrian Phoenix
Pocket Books
Available: December 30, 2008
EAN #9781416541455
352 pages
Trade Size

At Grave's End
(Night Huntress: Book 3)
by
Jeaniene Frost
Avon
Available: December 30, 2008
EAN #9780061583070
384 pages
Paperback

Veil of Midnight
(Midnight Breed: Book 5)
by
Lara Adrian
Bantam (Dell)
Available: December 30, 2008
EAN #9780440244493
384 pages
Paperback

Primal Needs
(Primes Universe: Book 7)
by
Susan Sizemore
Pocket Books
Available: December 30, 2008
EAN #9781416562122
384 pages
Paperback

Evil Ways
(Quincey Morris Supernatural Investigation: Book 2)
by
Justin Gustainis
BL Publishing (Solaris Books)
Available: December 30, 2008
EAN #9781844165933
336 pages
Trade Size

Running Hot
(Arcane Society: Book 5)
by
Jayne Ann Krentz
Putnam
Available: December 30, 2008
EAN #978039915521
535 pages
Hardcover

Love Without Blood
by
Raz Steel
Dorchester
Available: December 30, 2008
EAN #9780505528001
304 pages
Paperback

Daring The Moon
by
Sherrill Quinn
Kensington Publishing (Brava)
Available: December 30, 2008
EAN #9780758231871
320 pages
Trade Size

The Witch's Grave
(Ophelia & Abby Mysteries: Book 6)
by
Shirley Damsgaard
Avon
Available: December 30, 2008
EAN #9780061493430
272 pages
Paperback

My Favorite Phantom
by
Karen Kelley
Kensington Publishing (Brava)
Available: December 30, 2008
EAN #9780758225726
320 pages
Paperback

Lord of the Forest
(Elementals: Book 3)
by
Dawn Thompson
Kensington Publishing (Aphrodisia)
Available: December 30, 2008
EAN #9780758227096
320 pages
Trade Size

Stolen Fury
(Stolen: Book 1)
by
Elisabeth Naughton
Dorchester
Available: December 30, 2008
EAN #9780505527936
336 pages
Paperback

The Vampire Agent
(The Annals of Alchemy and Blood: Book 2)
by
Marc Paoletti, Patricia Rosemoor
Del Rey
Available: December 30, 2008
EAN #9780345501059
320 pages
Paperback

Wolf Tales VII
(Wolf Tales)
by
Kate Douglas
Kensington Publishing (Aphrodisia)
Available: December 30, 2008
EAN #9780758226938
256 pages
Trade Size

A Ghost of a Chance
(Legends: Book 2)
by
Carolan Ivey
Samhain Publishing
Available: December 30, 2008
EAN #9781605042619
e-Book

Omitted Past Titles

Key to Redemption
(Gillian Key, ParaDoc: Book 3)
by
Talia Gryphon
Ace Books
EAN #9780441016440
304 pages
Paperback

Demon Bound
(The Guardians: Book 7)
by
Meljean Brook
Berkley Pub Group
EAN #9780425224533
336 pages
Paperback

The Chosen Sin
(The Chosen: Book 1)
by
Anya Bast
Berkley Pub Group
EAN #9780425223567
320 pages
Paperback

Carnal Desires
by
Crystal Jordan
Kensington Publishing (Aphrodisia)
EAN #9780758228994
304 pages
Trade Size

In Blood We Trust
(Sequel to In The Beginning)
by
F. D. Davis
Parker Publishing, LLC
EAN #9781600430411
250 pages
Paperback

Naughty Or Nice
by
Sherri Erwin
Kensington Publishing (Zebra)
EAN #9781420101065
352 pages
Paperback

Angel Unaware
by
Elizabeth Sinclair
Medallion Press
EAN #9781933836317
350 pages
Paperback

Lost In You
by
Alix Rickloff
Kensington Publishing (Zebra)
Paperback

Intimate Beings
by
Jessica Inclán
Kensington Publishing (Zebra)
EAN #9781420101140
Paperback

Tall, Dark, and Kilted
by
Allie Mackay
Signet
352 pages
Paperback

Death Perception
(Psychic Eye Mysteries: Book 6)
by
Victoria Laurie
Signet
EAN #9780451224866
336 pages
Paperback

Lilith Unbound
by
Mike Resnick, Elaine Cunningham (Editor), Lawrence Schimel, Jackie Kessler
Popcorn Press
EAN #9781427627551
272 pages
Trade Size

How to Ditch Your Fairy
by
Justine Larbalestier
Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
EAN #9781599903019
320 pages
Trade Size
Young Adult

Elemental Love
by
Renee Field
Ellora's Cave
EAN #9781419919114
e-Book

Moonfire
(Pure Wildfire: Book 3)
by
Lynne Connolly
Ellora's Cave
EAN #9781419919015
e-Book

Playing with Matches
(Fangly My Dear: Book 3)
by
Mardi Ballou
Samhain Publishing
EAN #9781605042343
e-Book

Not in Kansas
by
R. G. Alexander
Samhain Publishing
EAN #9781605043463
e-Book

Something Wiccan This Way Comes
(Rhiannon Godfrey: Book 2)
by
Traci Hall
Samhain Publishing
EAN #9781605042411
e-Book

My Fair Monster
(Monsters in Hollywood: Book 2)
by
Lila Dubois
Samhain Publishing
EAN #9781605042657
e-Book

The Wolf's Sister
(Tale of the Holtlands: Book 1)
by
R. F. Long
Samhain Publishing
EAN #9781605042374
e-Book

Blood and Mint Chocolate
(Dark Moon)
by
Adrianne Brennan
Freya's Bower
EAN #9781935013440
36 pages
e-Book

Dreamcatcher
by
Anna Leonard
Silhouette (Nocturne Bites)
EAN #9781426822445
e-Book

Wilderness
by
Barbara J. Hancock
Silhouette (Nocturne Bites)
EAN #9781426824821
e-Book

Broken Souls
(Werewolf: Book 2.5)
by
Bonnie Vanak
Silhouette (Nocturne Bites)
EAN #9781426824753
e-Book

Mahina's Storm
by
Vivi Anna
Silhouette (Nocturne Bites)
EAN #9781426823565
e-Book

Guardian's Redemption
(Storm Lords: Book 5)
by
Marie Harte
Total-E-Bound
EAN #9781906811303
e-Book

The Gallery
by
Dakota Rebel
Total-E-Bound
EAN #9781906811297
e-Book

Changing Hearts
(Lusting Wild: Book 2)
by
Marilu Mann
Ellora's Cave
EAN #9781419913020
e-Book

Wishful Thinking
(The Swann Sisters Chronicles: Book 1)
by
Evangeline Anderson
Samhain Publishing
EAN #9781605042428
e-Book

Chamberlain's Knight
by
Skyler Grey
Red Rose Publishing
EAN #9781604351835
e-Book

Bound By Fate
(Bound Series: Book 2)
by
Amanda Cummings
Red Rose Publishing
EAN #9781604351699
e-Book

Rock Bound
by
Rochelle Weber
Red Rose Publishing
EAN #9781604352412
e-Book

Emerald City
by
Melody Knight
Red Rose Publishing
EAN #9781604352467
e-Book

The Purebred
(Daughters of Dagda: Book 3)
by
Rorrey Lynch
Red Rose Publishing
EAN #9781604352078
e-Book

Dark Moon Magick
(The Moon Series: Book 4)
by
Rose Marie Wolf
Red Rose Publishing
EAN #9781604351583
e-Book

Everlasting Hunger
(Twilight's Possession: Book 3)
by
Tawny Taylor
Ellora's Cave
EAN #9781419918643
e-Book

Fae's Gargoyle
(The Hussies)
by
Sally Painter
Ellora's Cave
EAN #9781419918995
e-Book
(A Multi-Author Series)

Spanish Topaz
(Topaz)
by
Regina Carlysle
Ellora's Cave
EAN #9781419918667
e-Book
(A Multi-Author Series)

Desert Fever
by
Adele Dubois
Ellora's Cave
EAN #9781419919060
e-Book

Wild Card
(Down & Dirty: Book 1)
by
Moira Rogers
Changeling Press
EAN #9781605210773
e-Book

Machinations
(Steamy Nights: Book 1)
by
Marie Treanor
Changeling Press
EAN #9781605211015
e-Book

Courtesan
(Spaceport)
by
Cat Marsters
Changeling Press
EAN #9781595964762
e-Book
(A Multi-Author Series)

Hollow Cove
(Paranormal Investigations Team: Book 1)
by
Tuesday Richards
Changeling Press
EAN #9781605211138
e-Book

Sexationby
by
Alice Gaines
Changeling Press
EAN #9781605210896
e-Book

Black Star United
(Black Star: Book 4)
by
Marteeka Karland
Changeling Press
EAN #9781595966797
e-Book

Renato's Dragon
(Vampiropolis: Book 3)
by
Selena Illyria
Changeling Press
EAN #9781605210704
e-Book

Splendor and Darkness
(Rebel Angels: Book 3)
by
Cyndi Friberg
Cerridwen Press
EAN #9781419917103
e-Book

Juiced
(Spaceport)
by
Mary Winter
Changeling Press
EAN #9781595968074
63 pages
e-Book
(A Multi- Author Series)

Noodlin' for Nadine
(Hot River: Book 4)
by
Kate HillChangeling Press
EAN #9781605210841
56 pages
e-Book

Dragon's Devotion
(Dragons: Book 4)
by
Willa Okati
Changeling Press
EAN #9781595968562
43 pages
e-Book

Mistletoe High
by
Alexis Fleming
Changeling Press
EAN #9781595969873
139 pages
e-Book (reprint)

Mating Dance
(Shifting Priorities: Book 2)
by
Anne Kane
Changeling Press
EAN #9781605210674
51 pages
e-Book

Endurance
(History Patrol: Book 2)
by
J. L. Wilson
Cerridwen Press
EAN #9781419918360
e-Book

Gladius
(The Hussies series)
by
Nathalie Gray
Ellora's Cave
EAN #9781419919343
e-Book
(A Multi-Author Series)

Secrets of the Jin-Hakku
by
Kate Willoughby
Ellora's Cave
EAN #9781419919275
e-Book

Wicked Delicious
by
Anna J. Evans
Ellora's Cave
EAN #9781419918728
e-Book

Have a Little Faith in Me
(The Hussies series)
by
Nicole Austin
Ellora's Cave
EAN #9781419919183
e-Book
(A Multi-Author Series)

Absolute Trust
by
Kaenar Langford
Ellora's Cave
EAN #9781419919152
e-Book

Witch Vamp Were?
(Huntingdawn: Book 2)
by
Anne Douglas
Loose Id
EAN #9781596328334
e-Book

Excitable Gals
by
Leigh Ellwood
Loose Id
EAN #9781596328327
e-Book

Cosmic
by
Sharon Maria Bidwell
Loose Id
EAN #9781596328341
e-Book

Duality
(Guardians of the Light: Book 1)
by
Renee Wildes
Samhain Publishing
EAN #9781605042169
e-Book

Woman In The Mirror
by
Joyce Ellen Armond
Liquid Silver Books
EAN #9781595785060
e-Book

Beyond Shadows
(Sequel to "Shadows Stir")
by
N. J. Walters
Ellora's Cave
EAN #9781419919039
e-Book

Topaz Dream
by
Ann Jacobs
Ellora's Cave
EAN #9781419919220
e-Book

Sandwich Play
by
Brigit Zahara
Ellora's Cave
EAN #9781419919169
e-Book

Cicada
by
Afton Locke
Ellora's Cave
EAN #9781419919411
e-Book

Roane
(Circe's Recruits: Book 1)
by
Marie Harte
Loose Id
EAN #9781596328075
e-Book

Falling For You
(Trueblood: Book 2)
by
Barbara Elsborg
Loose Id
EAN #9781596328303
e-Book

The Hunted
by
Rachel Carrington
Total-E-Bound
EAN #9781906590437
e-Book

Feral Heat
(Untamed Hearts: Book 1)
by
Jude Mason, Jamie Hill
Total-E-Bound
EAN #9781906811143
e-Book

Wolfish Dreams
by
Wendy Stone
Total-E-Bound
EAN #9781906811167
e-Book

Tartan Interlude
(Tartan Werwolves: Book 2)
by
Selena Illyria
Changeling Press
Available: October 9, 2008
EAN #9781605210698
e-Book

Tainted
(Channeling Morpheus: Bok 4)
by
Jordan Castillo Price
Changeling Press
EAN #9781605210759
e-Book

Fighting the Undertow
by
Eden Rivers
Loose Id
EAN #9781596328273
e-Book

Deadly Inheritance
by
Jayelle Drewry
Liquid Silver Books
EAN #9781595785015
e-Book (reprint)

In Alien Arms
by
Etienne D'Artagnan
Liquid Silver Books
EAN #9781595784988
e-Book

Illicit Bargain
by
Lolita Lopez
Ellora's Cave
EAN #9781419916755
e-Book

Scent of Danger
(Phoenix Agency: Book 3)
by
Judith Rochelle
The Lotus Circle
EAN #9781419980701
e-Book

Ask For It
by
Gail Faulkner
Ellora's Cave
EAN #9781419919138
e-Book

Flicker
(Terran Times)
by
Viola Grace
eXtasy Books
EAN #9781554871803
92 pages
e-Book

Time's Up
by
Keiko Alvarez
eXtasy Books
EAN #9781554871827
260 pages
e-Book

Stolen Magic
by
A. J. Llewellyn
eXtasy Books
EAN #9781554871834
e-Book

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