Monday, April 20, 2015

Royal Blood by Carol Lynne

Title:Royal Blood
Series: Neo’s Realm, 4
Author:Carol Lynne
Publisher:Totally Bound
Genre and Pairing:Paranormal and M/M
PageCount:113 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Neo's Realm Series

The Realm of Blessed Creatures is under attack.

Enter the land where Neo, the Creatures chosen leader resides. As son of Hercules by birth but also a vampire by vengeance, he resides here in his refuge.

Together, the Creatures and Neo have created a haven for themselves, but it will take the combined cooperation of all Blessed Creatures to keep Neo’s Realm safe from those who wish to destroy the peace they’ve worked so hard to achieve.

Book Four in the Neo's Realm series.

Will Nialo be able to put retribution aside in the name of love, or will his anger and untapped power rip The Realm apart?

Spiro Manos ruled over the Realm of Blessed Creatures for centuries in his brother’s stead. Time spent solving everyone else’s problems helped divert his mind from his own. Bound to a powerful but lost god, Spiro has spent a lifetime alone. Although sexual diversions have kept his body satisfied, his soul has never known the touch of the one lover he was born to satisfy.

Betrayed and hunted by his brother, Nialo fought valiantly until his mother, Gaia, hid him away. Forced to live life as a jaguar, Nialo’s found it easier to forget he was ever anything but an animal. One bite from a friendly vampire and Nialo begins to remember who he is and why he was hidden away. His anger and need for revenge are matched only by the desire he feels for the man constantly at his side. It is the touch of his mate that begins to soothe the savage beast.

Will Nialo be able to put retribution aside in the name of love, or will his anger and untapped power rip The Realm apart?

It took a minute for Carol Lynne to give us Spiro’s story, but it was well worth the wait.  This story is definitely not a stand alone and should be read in chronological order as the final installment in Neo’s Realm wrapped up the several story arcs all while allowing Spiro his happily ever after.  Spiro has been a quiet force throughout this series.  He has been father to Michael, brother to Neo and friend to all and with Royal Blood he finally gets to be beloved mate.  To say that I have enjoyed Spiro’s quiet strength throughout this series would be an understatement.  He provided stability and guidance, but his heart has been empty as he waits for his mate.  Learning that the large cat that has been a constant throughout much of his life is his trapped mate sets Spiro on a journey that could prove deadly.  His mate has been there for him but unable to provide comfort or counsel.  Now both men are aware of the lack and both are determined to do something to remedy the situation.  I love that Ms. Lynne gave Spiro an unexpected relationship.  Through their actions and Spiro’s words Nialo has provided for his mate.  Now he wants to provide the comfort of his arms, but to do so he must face his past and protect his mate from a vengeful God.  I love how Ms. Lynne tied up the loose ends in this tale.  She allowed Spiro the opportunity to fight for his future without losing the character of the man we have come to know.  And with Nialo, we meet a man whose heart has caused him nothing but pain; however, for his mate he is finally willing to fight.  Ms. Lynne did not force these two to fight alone.  They had the support and swords of their family and friends.  I think that Spiro’s journey was a fitting end to this wonderful series.

                          Four twinkling Stars

Ashes of the Day by P.G. Forte

Title: Ashes of the Day

Series title:  Children of Night, Book 4

Author:    P.G. Forte

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Genre:    Paranormal

 (M/M, M/F, Oral Sex, Anal Sex)

Page Count: 226

Reviewer: Cassiopeia

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New Year’s Eve, 1999. The world is braced for Y2K, but that’s not the only ticking time bomb in Conrad’s life. Damian wouldn’t be the first vampire to find a way to die, but Conrad is determined he will not be one of them.

Present day. Damian struggles to trust that fate could possibly be kind enough to give him a love as perfect as Conrad’s. Conrad balances on the keen edge of his own fear that one more slip of his formidable control could drive his lover away—permanently.

Julie learns the hard way it’s not just interspecies relationships that seldom work out. Even between vampires, love is not a smooth course.

Meanwhile, intrigue and conflict within the nest continue to grow, fueled in no small part by Georgia’s slipping hold on a deadly secret. Marc works to consolidate his position as leader of the ferals—and discovers that being a walking anomaly has certain advantages. Including some that are totally unexpected.

Review of book:

I loved this book.  I know, I’ve said that about everyone in the Children of Night series so far, but it’s true.  Ashes of the Day, on its own is a fabulous story, but I’d recommend that you read the others before tackling this one, just to be certain you don’t miss out on all of the nuances packed in.  P.G. Forte’s world building skills are intriguing and thought provoking – she manages to weave her own creative history so seamlessly with the accepted facts, there was no interruption to the flow as I read.  The thrilling plot entices you with just the right mixture of details and action, that I couldn’t help but be sucked right in (again…lol).  Most of the characters in this book are the ones we’ve seen throughout the series, though there were a few new players of note. I had the pleasure of delving more deeply into the backgrounds of the familiar faces, seeing how past actions played out to the present day.  Specifically, I found that I really enjoyed peeking into Georgia’s psyche, as brief as it was. I’m eager to read more about her in the next book. 

However, if I had to pick only one character as the “star”, it would have to be Marc.  He’s still what would be considered a very young vampire, who’s had little to no rearing outside of the basic safety training for his species.  Still, he grows by leaps and bounds, exhibiting a wellspring of inner fortitude that flat out surprised me.  He took on the ferals, forming his own nest when Conrad refuses to include them under his, and began searching for answers on he and his sister’s origin.  All on his own. That takes some serious stones, and that guy has a whole BIG bag of rocks to work with when it comes down to it.

Ashes of the Day is one of the best books I’ve read in a long while, in any genre.  It packs a wallop emotionally, while leaving your jaw on the floor with some very interesting plot twists (the cliffhanger KILLED me).  It’s making me impatient to see how all of the intrigue plays out – kudos to the author on this outstanding story!

                                        Five Shooting Stars

Foresaken by Caitlyn O'Leary

Series: The Found, 2
Author:Caitlyn O’Leary
Publisher:Passionately Kind Publishing
Genre and Pairing:Paranormal and M/F
Page Count:252 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
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While working undercover, Seth dreams of a time when he can be reunited with the love of his life. When Annie realizes she finally has a chance to help the man she loves, she takes it. Experiencing the darkest underbelly of society, Annie risks her life to save innocents. When Seth finds out she has been captured, he will do anything to save her, and nothing or no one is safe until Annie is back in his arms.

Okay I will start by saying how much I loved this cover.  Normally the covers don’t do much for me, it is usually all the blurb but for some reason, I adored this cover.  Don’t know if it was the bright colors or the 5 o’clock shadow but something about it hit a note with me.  Now having said that would the story inside the cover hold up to the outside?  I can state unequivocally yes!  I adored Forsaken the second installment in Caitlyn O’Leary’s The Found series.  Seth was not at all what I was expecting.  I mean he has left Annie behind ill prepared to deal with having a child of the found and all that entails.  He has married into a drug dealing family and he is no longer checking in with his office.  None of that bodes well for his character, but that is before Ms. O’Leary gets a hold of him.  Under her skillful hands we find a man full of demons and fighting them the best way he knows how.  He is being pulled under without support and only his memories to sustain him; using Annie as his guide and his life vest as he struggles to maintain his sense of honor.  I adored the man once Ms. O’Leary was finished.  I was predisposed to thoroughly dislike him until I wasn’t.  In fact I could totally see why Annie thought she needed to do more to be worthy of both her man and her daughter.  I could see why Seth adored Annie and used her as his talisman.  Both Annie and Seth were strong in different ways but they bolstered each other even while apart.   I couldn’t wait to turn the next page to see how Ms. O’Leary would give them their happily ever after, because no one deserved it more than these two.  This story was full of action and suspense.  But Ms. O’Leary did not skimp on building believable and lovable characters either.  She continues to build upon the premise began in the first story of this series.  And while you will gain better understanding of the issues, this story can be read as a stand alone.  This is a wonderful addition to the series and I can’t wait to see where she will take us next as the world deals with The Found.

                           Five Shooting Stars

An Opportunity Seized by Donna Gallagher

Title: An Opportunity Seized

Series title:  Haven Security, Book 1

Author: Donna Gallagher

Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing

Genre: Contemporary

 (M/F, Oral Sex, Masturbation, Violence)

 Page Count: 143

Reviewer: Cassiopeia

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Two unforeseen moments in time— One brings them together, the other is a danger so real it could tear them apart.

Antoinette ‘Toni’ Grimaldi prefers to keep out of the spotlight, blend in with the crowd and experience life the same as the bulk of the population. Being a mining magnate’s daughter is a difficult persona for her to uphold. She just doesn’t fit in with high society standards, always managing to say something inappropriate or trip over her own feet at the worst possible moment, resulting in that look of disappointment and embarrassment her parents inevitably wear whenever she’s around.

Meeting a handsome stranger who comes to her rescue and asks her out on a date is so much more than Toni could have ever hoped for on her dream holiday—one she is surprised her parents have even permitted her to take alone. Her fairy-tale moment is short-lived, though, when Toni discovers the stranger has been hired by her family to follow her every move—under the guise of keeping her safe.

Jason finds he is drawn to Antoinette. She is nothing at all like the socialite he was expecting to shadow around London’s nightclubs. After an awkward first meeting, he convinces Toni that there is more to his interest in her than just as her bodyguard. To his surprise, his attraction for the soft-spoken, thoughtful woman grows, despite his usual reluctance to commit to any kind of relationship.

Then a disaster at one of the family-owned mines and a string of death threats force Toni to return home, and her need for a bodyguard becomes a life and death reality.

Review of book:

I’m one of those people that can have a difficult time falling in love with an author’s new set of characters, when I’m already fully vested in previous world they’ve created. I thought that might be the case with An Opportunity Seized, as I’d read (and loved!) many of the League of Love books by Donna Gallagher, but nothing could be further from the truth.  I was instantly smitten by Antoinette “Toni” Grimaldi.  There was something so pure about her butterfly-like transformation from a sheltered school teacher to philanthropist, I found myself smiling multiple times throughout the book.  She grew up a lot in a short time and learned not to judge so harshly what she really didn’t understand.

Jason was the quintessential alpha personality type.  While he was handsome, and often used that to his advantage, he also had an underlying personal set of ethics that I found very attractive.  He knew he shouldn’t be involving himself personally with his assignment, but was so enamored of Toni that he couldn’t resist.  There’s something to be said with risking it all for love – the romantic in me sighed every time he stood his ground for his woman.

There was quite a bit going on in this story.  While most of the plot was dedicated to Toni and Jason’s developing relationship, there was a nice bit of conflict and some secondary characters that piqued my interest as well.  I’m not sure how I feel about Toni’s parents – I just can’t quite grasp what they’re all about – but Nate Haven is someone I look forward to learning more about.  An Opportunity Seized is strong start to the Haven Security series, and one that I would recommend to readers who like the ex-military trope.

                                    Four Twinkling Stars