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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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Reviewers Top Picks: November 2008



Stephanie’s
November 08 Top Read

INTO THE LAIR
(Falcon Mercenary Group: Book 2)
by Maya Banks

Samhain Publishing
October 14, 2008
ISBN #1605042102
EAN #9781605042107
e-Book


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.”


Read Stephanie’s Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29709


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


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Amber’s
November 08 Top Read

EVIL WAYS
(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.”


Find out more: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/book.php?id=14058


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


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Nancy’s
November 08 Top Read

DRAGON ACTUALLY
(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.”


Read Nancy‘s Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29834


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


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Catherine’s
November 08 Top Read

ANY GIVEN DOOMSDAY
(The Phoenix Chronicles: Book 1)
by Lori Handeland

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


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!”


Read the Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29523


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


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Ruth’s
November 08 Top Read

BEYOND THE GRAVE
(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!”


Read Ruth’s Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29815


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Katherine’s
November 08 Top Read

RUNNING WILD
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.”


Read Katherine’s Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29717


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


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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Reviewers Top Picks: October 2008



Stephanie’s
October 08 Top Read

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?


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!”


Read Stephanie’s Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29510


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Melissa’s
October 08 Top Read

BLOOD TIES
(Claimed)
by Cathryn Fox

Samhain Publishing
November 1, 2008
ISBN #1605042269
EAN #9781605042268
e-Book


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."


Read Melissa’s Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29410


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


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Amber’s
October 08 Top Read

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

Luna
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 rewritten...in 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.”


Read Amber’s Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29222


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


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Karen’s
October 08 Top Read

HOTTER AFTER MIDNIGHT
(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!”


Read Karen’s Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29412


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


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Nancy’s
October 08 Top Read

THE OUTLAW DEMON WAILS
(The Hollows: Book 6)
by Kim Harrison

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


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!!”


Find out more: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/book.php?id=12635


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


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Clover’s
October 08 Top Read

ENCHANTED BEAUTY
by Marly Mathews

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


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.”


Read Clover’s Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29535


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


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Sonya’s
October 08 Top Read

A MERMAID’S KISS
(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: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29418


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


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Catherine’s
October 08 Top Read

VEILED TRUTH
(Valorian Chronicles: Book 3)
by Vivi Anna

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


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: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29292


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


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Jacquie’s
October 08 Top Read

KNIGHT’S FORK
(The Gods of Tigron: Book 4)
by Rowena Cherry

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


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: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29437


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


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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)

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Reviewers Top Picks: September 2008

PNR Reviewers’ Top Picks for September 2008



Deborah’s
September 08 Top Read

KNIGHT’S FORK
(The Gods of Tigron: Book 4)
by Rowena Cherry


Lovespell
September 30, 2008
ISBN #0505527405
EAN #9780505527400
336 pages
Paperback



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?


Deborah says: “Cherry continues her amazing series of djinn world-building, that is fresh, original and so witty!”


Read Deborah’s Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29085


Deborah also recommends:
February 2008: Saving Tampa by Jo Webnar
September 2008: Enchanted Beauty by Marly Mathews
September 2008: Dragon's Heart by Marly Mathews


Melissa’s
September 08 Top Read

IMMORTAL LUST
(Dark Pantheon: Book 2)
by Sierra Dafoe

Ellora's Cave
August 28, 2008
ISBN #1419917765
EAN #9781419917769
eBook


Synopsis: A Multi-Author Series
They are children of the gods. Half-immortal, yet never whole. Until they find the one they burn to possess for all eternity…
For years, Raymond du Sable has chased rumors of a woman shrouded in legend, a woman of unearthly, hypnotic beauty. Finally, on Crusade, he finds her. She is Cytharea, daughter of Aphrodite, irresistible to mortal man — and Raymond's key to grasping the throne of France. To transport her there safely, Raymond hires a Templar Knight, Gerard d'Amiers. Sworn to chastity, Gerard has a deep mistrust of women, born of the infidelity of his boyhood love. Yet Cytharea stirs him in a way no woman ever has. And Cytharea herself is battling a deadly imperative — she must feed from the sexual energy of a man soon, or die.
Together, Gerard and Cytharea discover a passion so overpowering it shakes the very foundations of Gerard's faith. Upon reaching France, he must either abandon every vow he's ever made — or lose Cytharea to the abusive ambitions of a madman.


Melissa says: "If you enjoy hot sex coupled with an intriguing paranormal story, this is a must-read for you."


Read Melissa’s Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29163


Melissa also recommends:
August 22, 2008: Taint of Shadow by Cassandra Moore


Amber’s
September 08 Top Read

LEGACY
(The Anna Strong Chronicles: Book 4)
by Jeanne C. Stein

Ace Books
August 26, 2008
ISBN #044101626X
EAN #9780441016266
304 pages
Paperback


Synopsis:
An Anna Strong, Vampire Novel

VAMPIRE ANNA STRONG...
Anna has struggled to adapt to her supernatural status while clinging to the vestiges of her humanity. Now she must deal with her legacy. The sinister vampire who transformed her is dead, and Anna is entitled to his vast fortune. But a predatory werewolf comes forward, claiming the inheritance as her own—and she’ll kill to get what she wants most: blood and money.


Amber says: "I have to say that Anna is the female vampire character I would most like to be."


Read Amber’s Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29222


Amber also recommends:
September 23, 2008: Untamed by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
August 26, 2008: Pure Blood by Caitlin Kittredge
August 26, 2008: Hunter's Prayer by Lilith Saintcrow
November 2006: Eyes of Crow by Jeri Ready-Smith (first in a series)


Karen’s
September 08 Top Read

NATURE OF THE BEAST
by Hannah Howell, Adrienne Basso, Eve Silver

Kensington Publishing
August 26, 2008
ISBN #0758228465
EAN #9780758228468
304 pages
Trade Size


Synopsis:
Surrender to the kiss of the vampire...
In this captivating new collection from Hannah Howell, Adrienne Basso, and Eve Silver, three women meet the irresistible vampires who are their destiny—and discover a passion satisfied only by complete surrender…
Dark Hero by Hannah Howell
Unlike most of his clan, Berawald MacNachton chooses to live in comfortable seclusion, far from the enemies who hunt his kind—until Evanna Massey and her young brother intrude upon his solitude. Beautiful and mysterious, Evanna is unlike any Outsider Berawald has met, spurring a dark longing that echoes in his heart—and his blood.
Bride of the Beast by Adrienne Basso
When Haydn of Gwynedd first met Bethan of Lampeter, she was a brave and fearless young girl, risking her life to save his. Now Bethan has grown into a striking, courageous woman who needs Haydn’s help to defeat her tyrannical stepfather. Haydn’s dark gift compels him to offer marriage in name only, but he cannot deny the passion that sears them both…or his fierce desire to make her his for all time…
Kiss of the Beast by Eve Silver
Devoted to her work at King’s College Hospital, Sarah Lowell is shocked to discover that someone—or something—is killing the weakest patients, draining them of their blood. Killian Thayne, an enigmatic surgeon, offers Sarah his protection, but his sensual, commanding presence presents another kind of danger, urging her to risk everything for the splendor of his eternal embrace…


Karen says: “A Scotsman with a dark secret, a man of honor, and a man as mysterious as the mystery he must solve. Three men, three vampires and three stories of dark passion you don't want to miss.”


Read Karen’s Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29056


Nancy’s
September 08 Top Read

HEARTFAST
by Linda Mooney

Whiskey Creek Torrid
September 1, 2008
ISBN #1603132937
EAN #9781603132930
e-Book


Synopsis: They were the Guardians, sixteen special men and women with incredible powers who had sworn their lives to the protection of their galaxy, while upholding the laws of their world.
It was a world that, eons ago, had suffered a devastating plague that had rendered more than half its population unable to reproduce. As a result, in order to assure the survival of their species, the HandFast law was enacted. Every month, twenty couples were drawn by lottery. Couples whose sole purpose would then be procreation, the continuation of the species. For the length of one year, two complete strangers would follow the edicts of the HandFast, until the woman conceived. Once that was accomplished, the couple was no longer bound to each other, and they could go their separate ways while the child was given to a couple unable to bear children.
It was a cold and impersonal law, but it worked.
However, the Guardians were exempt from having their names drawn in the lottery. The very nature of their jobs, risking their lives day in and day out to protect their galaxy, precluded any thought of bearing children.
Which was why, when StarLight and Master Hunter heard their names called out to be HandFasted, their neat, orderly lives were turned upside-down. Gone was the comfortable companionship they'd known. Gone was the brother-sister working relationship and the friendship.
Now they would be forced into an intimacy neither had wanted, nor expected.
Neither would they be prepared for the overwhelming passion they would find in each other's bodies, as well as in their hearts.
And things would only get more complicated and dangerous. Because their names had been deliberately placed on the lottery, and the drawing had not been a fluke. Instead, it was the first step in destroying their world and every Guardian living.


Nancy says: “Well worth the time to read - which won't be too long, as you won't be able to put it down!”


Read Nancy’s Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29280


Nancy also recommends:
August 5, 2008: Midwife of the Blue Ridge by Christine Blevins (Historical)


Marlene’s
September 08 Top Read

NOAH
(The Nightwalkers: Book 5)
by Jacquelyn Frank

Kensington Zebra
September 2, 2008
ISBN #0821780697
EAN #9780821780695
512 pages
Paperback


Synopsis: The Nightwalkers have lived in the shadows of our world for centuries, gifted with abilities few humans can comprehend. For Noah, duty is all—until he meets the woman who is his destiny…
She Will Take Him Beyond His Wildest Dreams.
As Demon King, Noah is dedicated to protecting his kind from their human and Nightwalker enemies. Yet for six months he has struggled with vivid dreams that threaten his very sanity. Every night he’s tormented by images of a woman both achingly real and tantalizingly beyond his grasp. And his bone-deep need leaves him no choice but to force her to leave the life she’s known and enter a world beyond her imagining…
Every day, Kestra risks her life in perilous missions that veer just shy of the law, but she instinctively knows that the imposingly sensual figure before her is a danger unlike any she’s ever faced. Kestra has sworn never to trust or need another man, but Noah’s lightest touch scorches her with fevered desire, branding her as his mate, blinding them both to the terrifying truth. For within the ranks of their own people lies an adversary growing in number and power. And nothing and no one will be safe again…
Desire awakens at night…


Marlene says: “NOAH is a wonderful, greatly anticipated addition to the Nightwalkers series, and I highly recommend it.”


Read Marlene’s Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=28951


Marlene also recommends:
September 2, 2008: Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh


Judi’s
September 08 Top Read

WAGES OF SIN
(Cin Craven: Book 1)
by Jenna Maclaine

St. Martin's Press
July 29, 2008
ISBN #0312946163
EAN #9780312946166
352 pages
Paperback


Synopsis: Dulcinea Craven descends from a long line of witches, and she has just inherited wild, untrained magical powers that she has no idea how to control. Now a ruthless vampire and an age-old demon are determined to enslave Cin and steal her power for their own. Her only hope is The Righteous, a band of warrior vampires who slay the rogue undead. Among them is Michael, a fierce swordsman who inflames Cin’s most primal hungers. Showing her a sensual pleasure beyond anything in the mortal realm, she must choose between the human existence she has always known, and immortality as a vampire—a new life filled with forbidden urges, dark yearning, and unearthly passions…


Judi says: "A wonderful debut mixing magic and vampires"


Judi’s Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29217


Judi also recommends:
August 2, 2008: Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
August 26, 2008: Hunter's Prayer by Lilith Saintcrow
July 2007: StoneMaster: A Vampire's Reckoning by V.M.K. Fewings
January 2007: Hell's Belles by Jackie Kessler

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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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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Reviewers Top Picks: July 2008

Announcing the Debut
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PNR Reviewers Top Pick for July 08

Deborah's
July 08 Top Pick
RAPE OF THE SOUL
by Dawn Thompson

Highland Press

June 5, 2008
ISBN #0981557325
EAN #9780981557328

392 pages

Trade Size

Synopsis:The house seemed to beckon her. Welcome her. As if it knew her. The light had faded, and dark, bilious clouds had taken its place. In the three short weeks I'd spent in Cornwall, I'd learned two things: that the weather was not to be trusted, and that the wind never ceased to blow. Fair weather or foul, it whistled and murmured and moaned, like a living, breathing, tortured being. It had risen since it played innocently among the foxglove blooms earlier stirring the mists along the graveyard gate. Now it was angry, driving the black clouds inland from the sea. Waterfowl raced before it dotting the sky like a blizzard over the mighty house, and I'd scarcely pulled the car to a stop when the rain came. It was just as I remembered it from my drive-by earlier, like a creature of myth silhouetted against the storm-a huge, rambling, turreted structure of stone and timbers defying its existence in such a setting. Yet, aside from a wounded turret, a few missing boards, and a good deal of broken glass, Cragmoor approached the dawn of another century remarkably intact. I tried to imagine the house as it once must have been, ablaze with light and life, surrounded by manicured lawns and courtyards and lush, fragrant gardens. Now it rose from a tangled snarl of briar, thorn, and desolation. Row upon row of darkened windows, catching stray glints of the fading light, shuddered in the wind as the gale bore down upon it. The house was asleep, and I was about to wake it.

Deborah says: “From page one, I was hooked. Thompson clearly shows just what an amazing talent she was by instantly giving you a dark, suspenseful tale of horror. She described the book as "Anya Seton meets Stephen King" and that is a fair assessment of its style. I would also say she added a touch of Daphne du Maurier and Arthur Quiller-Couch. Rape of the Soul is one of those books that will linger on bookshelves, and be read again and again. Thompson delivers on all levels. When Jean Maitland enters the abandoned glass house of Craigmoor, you have a Hitchcock style, 'dark at the top of the stairs' foreboding that pure evil can exist and can reach from the past to destroy the future. Thompson delivers with this spellbinding tour de force, her legacy to her fans. It's a keeper. This is one I fully expect to see made into a movie.”


Deborah Also Recommends:
July 29, 2008: Lord of the Dark by Dawn Thompson
July 29, 2008: The Bride of Time by Dawn Thompson
Oldies but Goodies:


Nancy’s
July 08 Top Pick
SHADOW RIDER
by Kathrynn Dennis
Zebra
October 7, 2008
ISBN #1420100483
EAN #9781420100488
320 pages
Paperback

Synopsis:

TWO FATES
Sybilla Corbuc has an uncommon understanding of the horses she cares for, but there are men who distrust such wisdom in a woman. Forced to become a nobleman's servant to avoid prison, Sybilla finds herself bound by chains that are stronger still—she cannot deny her passionate feelings for her new master, Sir Guy of Warwick. Neither is prepared to submit to the other, but his dark eyes and his unbridled desire are too potent a force to resist…

ONE JOURNEY
Brought together by the birth of a mysterious colt, an animal of supernatural power that may foretell their destiny, they embark upon a perilous journey as the kingdom crumbles around them, a journey that will bring them ever closer to each other—and to the danger that lies ahead. And only love can save them…

Nancy says: “The author's knowledge of medieval England is true, her characters are wonderfully written and in keeping with the customs and language of the time. All in all, a great read for lovers of horses, romance and history. A winner!”

Read Nancy’s Review:http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=28830

Nancy Also Recommends:
June 30, 2008: Beautiful Dreamer by Celine Chatillon
June 2008: Confessions of a Confederate Part One: The Calhoun Saga by Taylor Kincaid
July 15, 2008: Holding Her Ownby Marie by Nicole Ryan


Dawn’s
July 08 Top Pick
BELLA MIA
(Daughter of Darkness: Book 3)
by Mandy M. Roth

New Concepts Publishing
June 19, 2008
ISBN #1603942068
EAN #9781603942065
e-Book

Synopsis: On the run from two men who want her, Gwyneth Stevens finds herself at the door of a third-Giovanni Baldassare, master vampire and former henchman of her father, the King of the Dark Realm. When Pallo and Caleb resurface, all hell breaks loose and old habits die hard. Out of time and places to hide, Gwen must face her destiny head on if she ever hopes to find happiness. Can the triangle of lovers make welcome a newcomer, or will the group succumb to old enemies resurfacing and centuries-old grudges, allowing history to repeat itself?

Dawn says: “I love this entire series, and alas, the ending of Bella Mia was perfect. The meat of the story was wonderful and the amount of surprise twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat. It's hard to review this book without giving away spoilers, but I shall endeavor. The emotions on the pages are wrenching. You can feel your heart yearning for things in the book. This book was the perfect addition to the Daughter of Darkness series, and you learn a lot more about the characters. I will be reading it again.”

Read Dawn’s Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=28602

Dawn Also Recommends:
May 21, 2008: Samantha and Her Genie by Daisy Dexter Dobbs
February 5, 2008: Midnight Reign by Chris Marie Green
June 24, 2008: Night Shift by Lilith Saintcrow
Oldies but Goodies:
February 6, 2007: Night Rising by Chris Marie Green


Amber’s
July 08 Top Pick
ETERNAL PLEASURE
(Gods of the Night: Book 1)
by Nina Bangs

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

Synopsis:

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.

Amber says: “I loved this fresh new take on things and it has an unique creative plot that I couldn't help but be sucked into. Eternal Pleasure has got to be one of the most surprisingly good reads ever and I can't wait for more books in this 'Gods of the Night' series.”

Read Amber’s Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=28832

Amber Also Recommends:
July 29, 2008: Hotter than Hell by Jackie Kessler
July 29, 2008: Nightwalker by Jocelyn Drake
July 1, 2008: Dragon Wytch by Yasmine Galenorn
July 3, 2008: The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
June 24, 2008: Night Shift by Lilith Saintcrow
June 24, 2008: A Match Made in Hell by Terri Garey
May 27, 2008: Night Child by Jes Battis
Oldies but Goodies:
December 26, 2007: Marked by Moonlight by Sharie Kohler
July 1, 2004: Blood Lite by Dakota Cassidy


Ruth’s
July 08 Top Pick
ME AND MY GHOULFRIENDS
by Rose Pressey

Lyrical Press, Inc.
August 4, 2008

ISBN #0981890547

EAN #9780981890548

e-Book


Synopsis: There's always fun to be had on a ghoul's night out. By day, Larue Donavan is a down-to-earth bookstore owner. But by night, she's a world-renowned psychic investigator dedicated to helping lost spirits find peace. Dead people won't leave her alone and Abraham Lincoln thinks he's in charge of her lovelife.Larue can handle ghosts and undead presidents. It's the living that drive her crazy. When Callahan Weiss moves to town, the handsome newcomer opens a coffee shop right next door. She's smitten from the start, but she's not the only one -- The boutique owner across the street has her eye on Callahan too, and uses witchcraft to fight dirty. When Callahan gets hit by a love spell, Larue will need more than a little help from her ghoul-friends to save the day...

Ruth says: “Rose Pressey has put an incredible spin on ghost hunting! This book is GHOSTBUSTER'S and Ghost Whisperer in one without the proton packs and Ecto-1. Her characters are alive and full of quick witted charm and will make you laugh. The plot twists keep you turning the pages non-stop. This is a definite read for the lover of ghosts! I will be keeping my eye out for more by Rose Pressey.”

Read Ruth’s Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=28745

Ruth Also Recommends:
June 1, 2008: All Soul’s Nightby Jennifer Armintrout
May 13, 2008: Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready
Oldies but Goodies:
November 1, 2007: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
January 1, 2007: You Suck: A Love Storyby Christopher Moore
2002: Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore


Catherine’s
July 08 Top Pick
UNDEAD AND UNWORTHY
(Undead Series: Book 7)
by Mary Janice Davidson

Berkley Pub Group
June 24, 2008

ISBN #0425221628
EAN #9780425221624

368 pages

Hardcover


Synopsis: Seventh in the hilarious New York Times bestselling series featuring Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor—now with a hot new look. The series New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan calls “DELIGHTFUL, Wicked Fun” is looking hotter than ever… “No one does humorous romantic fantasy better than the incomparable MaryJanice Davidson”, and nobody reigns over the undead with more savvy than her heroine Betsy Taylor, back to rule the nights as Vampire Queen––and survive the days as a new suburban bride. But it’s not all marital bliss. Betsy’s husband, Sinclair, has been perusing The Book of the Dead, Betsy’s being hounded by a ghost who’s even more insufferable in death than in life, and a pack of formerly feral vampires has decided to pay an unwelcome visit…

Catherine says: "A must read for Betsy fans."

Book Info: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/book.php?id=12882

Catherine Also Recommends:
January 2, 2008: Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
January 15, 2008: Sizzle and Burn by Jayne Ann Krentz
Oldies but Goodies:
November 1, 2007: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
November 6, 2007: Holy Smokes by Katie MacAlister
October 2, 2007: Confessions of a Werewolf Supermodel by Ronda Thompson
December 1, 2005: An Accidental Goddess by Linnea Sinclair


Marlene’s
July 08 Top Pick
DAMIEN
(The Nightwalkers: Book 4)
by Jacqueline Frank

Kensington Zebra
May 27, 2008

ISBN #0821780689

EAN #9780821780688

352 pages
Paperback


Synopsis: They are the Nightwalkers, mysterious beings who dwell in the shadows of our world, and Damien, the Vampire Prince, is among the most powerful of them all. But one woman will tempt him with a desire unlike anything he has known, and together they will face a terrifying and relentless foe...

He'd Never Loved. But She Was Irresistible.

As reigning Vampire Prince, Damien has tasted every pleasure the world has to offer-consorting with kings and queens and delighting in sensual adventure. Now, tired of such pursuits, he devotes his energies to protecting his people. The war between human necromancers and Nightwalkers has escalated, and when the enemy makes a daring move, kidnapping Syreena, a Lycanthrope Princess, Damien boldly follows. He succeeds in rescuing her, but is unprepared for the erotic longing her lush sensuality awakens in him. Gifted with rare abilities, Syreena grew up in a cloistered setting and was forbidden to form attachments to others, yet the connection Damien feels with her is immediate, intoxicating, and impossible for either to resist. But claiming Syreena as his mate could have shattering repercussions for every Nightwalker-and leave their enemies more dangerous than ever before...

Temptation tastes sweetest at night.

Read Marlene’s Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=28155

Marlene Also Recommends:
May 1, 2008: Lady of Quality by Georgette Heyer (Regency reissue)


Sonya’s
July 08 Top Pick
LYON
Lords of Satyr: Book 3
by Elizabeth Amber

Kensington Aphrodisia
July 29, 2008

ISBN #0758220413

EAN #9780758220417

256 pages

Trade Size


Synopsis: One taste of forbidden desire is never enough... The last in a fabled line of otherworldly aristocracy, the Lords of Satyr are born to wealth, power, and a talent for sensual delight that mere mortals only dream of. Commanded to marry, these passionate men will travel to Rome, Venice, and Paris—and along the way will explore desires both shamelessly wicked and blissfully divine…

He Is On The Prowl…

The youngest of the Satyr brothers, Lyon enjoys working in the family’s Tuscan vineyards, caring for his menagerie of animals and bedding beautiful women. But he knows he must fulfill his destiny of taking the last daughter of King Feydon as his bride. And so he travels to Paris to wed the infamous Juliet Rabelais…

For His Most Luscious Prize

A celebrated courtesan noted for both her culinary—and carnal—talents, Juliet is a voluptuous beauty with a body meant to tease. And with a full moon only days away, Lyon is quickly aroused. But after a night of intimacy, Lyon wonders if Juliet is truly a mistress of sensual pleasure or whether his sexual mastery will be her undoing…

Sonya says: “LYON, the highly anticipated third book of the LORDS OF SATYR series is well worth the wait. Filled with romance, intrigue, and suspense, LYON is a thrilling read from start to finish. Wildly imaginative and wickedly erotic, this book will keep readers feverishly turning the pages...and in need of a cold beverage nearby! Elizabeth Amber has done a fantastic job bringing this series to life and LYON is without a doubt one of the most "unputdownable" books of the year!”

Read Sonya’s Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=28828

Sonya Also Recommends:
June 10, 2008: In The Cards by Liz Andrews


Clover’s
July 08 Top Pick

BLACKNESS TOWER
by Lillian Stewart Carl

Juno
May 1, 2008
ISBN #0809572028
EAN #9780809572021
240 pages
Paperback

Synopsis: Blackness Tower: an enigma at the edge of this world, looking over the sea to the next. Drawing lonely, haunted souls to its ancient riddles, all seeking their own answers among its stones. Ewan Calder is an archaeologist looking for a galleon from the Spanish Armada, one rumored to have wrecked on the rugged Scottish coast. Magnus Anderson is a television presenter looking for proof of the paranormal. David Sutherland is an ex-soldier looking for restoration not only of Blackness Tower, but of his own life. Lauren Reay is looking for answers about her family's mysterious past-and about her own compelling dreams. Dreams can't hurt you, she thinks. Neither can her ancestors. The past is past.<> Or is it? It is Lauren's past, her presence, the shape of her face, the depths of her spirit, that will open the secret at the heart of Blackness Tower.

Clover says: “Lillian Stewart Carl's writing is at once intelligent, captivating, and romantic, caressed by light fingers of poetic description. In no way am I going to give anything away about the mystery itself except to say that I pride myself on usually being able to figure them out. This one kept me intrigued and guessing until the end. In fact, she had so many clues and details involving the present and not one, but two time lines from the past, I was a little worried that Carl wouldn't be able to pull off a satisfying ending. But I worried for nothing, because the ending blew me away. Blackness Tower is definitely a keeper, a book meaty enough to inspire hours and hours of discussion for the most tenacious book club.”

Read Clover’s Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=28000

Clover Also Recommends: April 28, 2008: No One Left to Tellby Jordan Dane



Marilyn's
July 08 Top Pick

SILKEN SHADOWS
(Killdaren Series: Book 3)
by Jennifer St. Giles

Berkley Sensation
December 4, 2007
ISBN #0425217949
EAN #9780425217948
320 pages
Paperback

Synopsis: When Gemini Andrews laid eyes on Captain Deverell Jansen, she didn’t need her psychic abilities to know that he would soon be hers. It was just a matter of convincing him. So when Gemini learns of his voyage to Northrope in search of a vicious killer whose victims are left strewn among the Druid Stones, she hatches a plan. Knowing she can help—and with hopes of growing closer to Dev—she stows away on his ship…Dev is shocked to discover Gemini, knowing what this kind of stunt could do to her reputation. Yet after learning of her powers, he realizes he does need her, in more ways than one. These murders could be the work of notorious killer Jack Poole—but from beyond the grave? Together they are thrust into the realm of the supernatural, and Dev must trust in the love that Gemini is so certain of—or else there’s no hope of withstanding the strength of a killer’s thirst…

Marilyn says: “Believe me, the mystery, the paranormal elements, and the wonderful romance all add up to this being an outstanding and highly recommended read that fans and new readers alike should not miss.”

Read Marilyn’s Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=27445

Karen’s
July 08 Top Pick
SHERWOOD CHARADE
by Mimi Riser

Amber Quill Press

February 1, 2008
ISBN #1602729522
EAN #9781602729520
Trade Size


Synopsis: Some are born to greatness. Others have it thrust upon them. Marian Allanson would prefer to avoid it, period. Emotionally scarred, and haunted by nightly dreams of the mythical Robin Hood, Marian is just limping through life till a mysterious quirk of fate tosses her and twelve-year-old street kid Orlando Konstantinos centuries into the past.

Now she’s on a full-scale run through medieval Sherwood, threatened by the Sheriff of Nottingham, and discovering there may be truth to the myth, after all. A forest phantom appears out of the shadows to rescue her from death, then disappears again, leaving her to a different danger in the form of a forced marriage to Lord Roland of Hunterdon, a man hot enough to melt a maid’s skivvies—despite the fact underwear hasn’t been invented yet. To make matters worse, when the old sheriff is murdered, Roland steps into the job with plans to kill Robin Hood, unless Marian can stop him. Or will Roland be the one to die?

With the questions striking deeper than Robin’s arrows, and a sudden uncertainty as to who’s the villain and who’s the hero, “Maid Marian” has much more to worry about than her missing unmentionables. And speaking of missing, where the devil is Orlando?
Before the secrets crack open and the dust clears, an unlikely heroine will rise from her own ashes, a legend will be rewritten, and a love will be forged strong enough to conquer time...

Karen says: “I love the story of Robin Hood and Ms. Riser did a fabulous job of putting her own spin on the lovable tale. You'll be swept back in time with the author's vivid descriptions of the era, while being immersed in the magic of legend itself. A must read!”

Read Karen‘s review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=27512

Karen Also recommends:
July 28, 2008: Tigress by the Tail by Teresa D’Amario
May 1, 2008: Call of the Highland Moon by Kendra Leigh Castle
April 29, 2008: Hungers of the Heart by Jenna Black
April 1, 2008: The Heart of the Wolf by Terry Spear
April 1, 2008: The Devil’s Daughter by Laura Drewry
Oldies but Goodies:
December 4, 2007: Wolf Moon by Patricia Rosemoor
October 30, 2007: Brother Odd by Dean Koontz
October 31, 2006: Forever Odd by Dean Koontz
September 1, 2006: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
December 9, 2003: Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

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