Monday, July 30, 2012

Ilona Andrews Guest Post and Giveaway


Today we have an AWESOME guest post by the extremely talented writing duo Ilona Andrews!

Their Top 5 moments in the Kate Daniels series will be posted on 5 blogs, starting today with us, here at Demon Lover's. And what better way to kick things off, than with a giveaway!!
One lucky commenter will be chosen to receive a copy of Gunmetal Magic (read my review here)
***Note: please leave me your email address so I can get ahold of you. If you don't, you won't be disqualified by any means, but you'll have to check back on Monday to see if you've won.***




Top Five Moments of Kate Daniels Series
The world has suffered a magic apocalypse. We pushed the technological progress too far, and now magic returned with a vengeance. It comes in waves, without warning, and vanishes as suddenly as it appears. When magic is up, planes drop out of the sky, cars stall, electricity dies. When magic is down, guns work and spells fail.

It’s a volatile, screwed-up world. Magic feeds on technology, gnawing down on skyscrappers until most of them topple and fall, leaving only skeletal husks behind. Monsters prowl the ruined streets, werebears and werehyenas stalk their prey; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds.
In this world lives Kate Daniels. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she spent most of her life hiding in plain sight.  But sometimes even trained killers make friends and fall in love, and when the universe tries to kick them in the face, they kick back.

Every author has favorite moments in their series.  Gordon and I have many.  We're easily bored, so we try to make each other laugh or go "Oooooh" at least once per scene.  The idea is to cram as much gratuitous coolness into every chapter as humanly possible.  Sometimes we come up with awesome moments, and sometimes it's kind of wince-inducing.  We both had times when we'd ask each other, "Hey, this is what I've got.  I need something funny here."  Sometimes the response is great and sometimes we just end up rolling our eyes and scrapping the dialogue.

With that in mind, here are some of our top favorite moments and how we came up with them. We will be posting one special moment on 5 different blogs, so stay tuned….

Hugs,
Gordon and Ilona


Moment #1: Here kitty, kitty. (Magic Bites)
We both count this moment as our favorite.  As Kate tries to untangle the murder of her guardian, her investigation puts her on a collision course with Curran, the Beastlord of Atlanta and the head of a giant Pack of shapeshifters.  Curran is a secretive figure, and he wants to meet in Unicorn Lane, a particularly nasty area in the middle of the night.  It's a tactic designed to test and intimidate.  Unfortunately Kate doesn't do well with intimidation.
A low, warning growl froze me in mid-move.  It came from the dark gaping hole in the building across the street and rolled through the ruins, awakening ancient memories of a time when humans were pathetic, hairless creatures cowering by the weak flame of the first fire and scanning the night with frightened eyes, for it held monstrous hungry killers.  My subconscious screamed in panic.  I held it in check and cracked my neck, slowly, one side then another.
...
My saber firmly in hand, I marched across the street and stepped through the opening.  The darkness swallowed me whole.
The lingering musky scent of a cat hit me. So, not a bear after all. 
Where was he?  I scanned the building, peering into the gloom.  Moonlight filtered through the gaps in the walls, creating a mirage of twilight and complete darkness.  I knew he was watching me.  Enjoying himself. 
I gripped the saber.  A shadow darker than the rest shifted at the opposite wall.  It was low, around the level of my waist.  It made no move in response to my glare.
Diplomacy was never my strong suit and my patience had run dry.  I crouched and looking at the shadow, called out, "Here, kitty, kitty, kitty."
Two golden eyes ignited in the shadow.  The darkness shifted and the eyes went up and up and up, towering above me.  A single enormous paw moved into the moonlight, disturbing the dust on the filthy floor. Wicked claws shot forth and withdrew.  A massive shoulder followed, its grey fur marked by faint smoky stripes.  The huge body shifted forward, coming at me, and I lost my balance and fell on my ass into the dirt.  Dear God, this wasn't just a lion.  This thing had to be at least five feet at the shoulder.  And why was it striped?
The colossal cat circled me, half in the light, half in the shadow, the dark mane trembling as he moved. I scrambled to my feet and almost bumped into the grey muzzle.  We looked at each other, the lion and I, our gazes level.  Then I twisted around and began dusting off my jeans in a most undignified manner.
The lion vanished into a dark corner.  A whisper of power pulsed through the room, tugging at my senses.  If I did not know better, I would say that he had just changed. 
"Kitty, kitty?" asked a level male voice.

Next Stop:
Tuesday, July 31
 MOMENT #2

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews

Come back tomorrow for our kick-off to Gordon & Ilona's Top 5 Moments in the Kate Daniels Series along with a giveaway of Gunmetal Magic and the next 4 stops on the tour.


Gunmetal Magic (Kate Daniels, #5.5)Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews



My rating: 5 of 5 flames

This book amazed me. That’s different than “this book is amazing” (although it is, that). What I mean is that I didn’t expect to be so wowed by it. The world, the characters, the storyline, all of it was so vividly built that I had no trouble at all picturing the Kate Daniels World.

I can’t get over how seamlessly the writing flows, at how darkly beautiful the world is, and how well-written this book is. I almost can’t even write my review because I am still a bit stunned from the book.

I haven’t caught up on my Kate and Curran, so I wasn’t so sure I could read it without being confused, but I absolutely think it can stand alone.

I won't go over the plot, since the back cover copy does that, but I will let you know that Raphael and Andrea are/were mates, but pride has gotten in their way. The scene where Raphael brings his new girl into Andrea’s office was so messed up. But the worst part in the entire book was where he told Andrea that he did it on purpose. It’s one thing to know, but to have him say it to her? That was harsh and cruel.

Their road to HEA was the dark and realistic kind where it isn’t as easy as the alpha saying “You’re my mate,” and the female saying “Yay! Let’s have the sex now!” This was a twisted road where you have the power to hurt the one you love the most because you know where to aim the barbs. Once Raphael realized that Andrea hadn’t betrayed him and the Pack for the reasons he thought, he started to see a little more clearly and the “you hurt my feelings” goggles came off. Without the pain obscuring his view, he sees what a hard decision that was for her.

For Andrea’s part, she knows she screwed things up, she knows this and tells him this, but he hurt her purposely. That is so hard to get over. She grows up, she looks at things differently, she understands that love isn’t always enough. They both have to work at it, not just say “I love you, my mate” and have life be sunshine and rainbows.

They worked their butts off for their HEA, and they earned it, no doubt. But in the meantime, the romance is intertwined with the horrific plot of someone trying to raise an old god from the dead. And it’s baaaad news.

Andrea is investigating the murder of some of Raphael’s employees and at the same time trying to figure out what may (or may not) have been stolen from a previously unknown vault. She and Raphael have to work together, and they have to deal with their break-up but in the mean time they are fighting to save the world.

It’s an intense book that will grab your from the first word and hold you in its grip until the last word.


***ARC courtesy of Ace Fantasy

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Shadow Rising by Kendra Leigh Castle




                                                         My Rating: 5 out of 5 Flames


I knew I liked Damien from his first scene in Dark Awakening. He’s broody and sexy and may not seem to have much of a conscience, but he surprises even himself.

 Damien is a Shade-an assassin, thief, jack of all trades-so long as those trades come with a paycheck. One thing that I thought made so much sense to me is that Damien was the youngest son of a titled nobleman-so he was a rake of the highest order. Dressed well, played hard, disappointed the family…

 This has sort of scarred him, although he’d never admit it. But you can see it in how he interacts with everyone around him. His insouciant grin, his air of immortal ennui, devil-may-care attitude, Those are Damien just protecting whatever is left of his heart.

Enter Ariane. She is one of the Grigori caste of vampire. No one knows much about her kind, since they keep to themselves. The Grigori consider themselves “Watchers” so they very rarely interact. Ariane has left her isolated desert oasis home against her people’s orders to stay put, because her best friend, her only friend, Sammael has gone missing. She has no idea how na├»ve her people have purposely kept her, and how little she really knows.

Ariane’s whole purpose is to find her friend Sam. Damien has been hired by the Grigori to find Sammael and to turn in a renegade Grigori female if he sees her (Ariane). When he sees her, turning her in is the furthest thing from his mind. In fact they team up to help each other, which goes against all the rules of the House of Shadows. The two of them initially are trying to find Sam, but the more they discover, the deeper his disappearance goes.

 I really want to tell more, but I’ll have to stop myself. I’ll keep this one short and sweet: Shadow Rising, the third book in the Dark Dynasties series, is a great book with a new take on vampires. With emotions ranging from dark and intense, to sweetly satisfying, this book delivers.

***Thank you to both the author and netgalley.com for the eARC

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Burned by Jennifer Blackstream


 ----A Review by The Shadow Queen






My rating: 3 out of 5 flames 



Aldric has waited two hundred years to exact his revenge on Saule, the sun goddess to whom he had prayed to for mercy when his village was overtaken by the Russians. He has spent the last two decades killing any and all of those men whom attacked his village, spending the entire time planning his retribution.  He receives a letter from the Unseelie Queen informing him that she has Saule, in her mortal form, as her prisoner and inviting him into her sithen. He walks into Dubheasa's court to find Saule bound and naked awaiting his vengeance/pleasure. He allows his revenge to overcloud his common sense and what happens when you get to close to the sun.... you get burned!

A steamy erotic paranormal, I give the book 3 out of 5 flames. I am very torn by this story, I wanted to really like it and it is very well-written. The plot is well thought out and the scenes are descriptive and steamy .  Though I did not like the ending as much as I was probably supposed to. However,  it did lead me into wanting to read the next story in the series. Curious to see what happens to the rest of the characters in this world. 

 ----A Review by The Shadow Queen


***Review copy courtesy of the author  and Skeleton Key Publishing

Monday, July 23, 2012

Fiery Icicle by Ju Dimello


 ----A Review by The Shadow Queen







My Rating: 4 of 5 Flames

Meet Madeline, a singer, a witch and all around naive young woman.  She falls in lust and then love with Zach a half-fae engimatic man.  She is a elemental sun witch, only the light of the sun keeps her energized. Zach has helped boost her self-esteem and her magical aura since being with her.  These two things combined have made her a target for the demons, those of whom Zach is trying to catch in his work for the Magical Council. Zach has to go away to finish his latest undercover assignment and wants Madeline to meet him in Switzerland when he his done. He sends Nathanial to be her bodyguard on her trip, Madeline however doesn't know this.  He shows up at a most inopportune moment and ups the sexual tension between the two of them. They make their way across the world to meet up with Zach and avoid being killed by parties unknown, all the while fighting their attraction to each other. They meet up with him after an attack and Madeline finds out some interesting information from her lover which may make her change her mind about persuing a relationship with him.

I give the book a 4 out 5.  It is very descriptive in the play of the characters in the bedroom or wherever they happened to be when the mood hit them.  I could close my eyes and picture both Zach and Nathanial in detail.  The plot was good, there could have been more in the story about the dangerous situation that Madeline was in the entire time and didn't know about. I also think that there could have been more about the bond between Zach, Nathanial and Madeline.  Also there was no real end to the conflict that the trio was in from the demon world. 

***Review copy courtesy of the author

----A Review by The Shadow Queen

Saturday, July 21, 2012

A Cast-off Coven by Juliet Blackwell

A Cast-Off Coven (A Witchcraft Mystery, #2)A Cast-Off Coven by Juliet Blackwell
My rating: 4 of 5 flames

This was such a fun book!

So 5 French nuns walk into a bar...no I'm kidding---they walked into an old convent in San Francisco. And they apparently stirred up something supernatural. This was in the early 1900s, before the Big Fire in San Francisco, and whatever those nuns did, it got buried in the rubble of the old convent. And when Lily is offered the chance to pick up some vintage clothing from the college, she jumps at it. But the closet it's been housed in isn't quite a closet. And what's inside is more than just Victorian gowns.

Lily Ivory is a witch who has been in San Fran for less than a year, but in this second book in the Witchcraft Mystery series, Lily is once again up to her elbows in vintage clothing and ghosts.

Lily is such a fun character to "be" and I love the first person point of view-which is odd since I'm not a big fan of that. Her voice is easy and fun. She's from Texas and her little sayings always crack me up. I like watching her learn to trust and to put down roots. This is the first time she's ever been able to feel like herself and to have real friends.

But her vintage clothing shop seems to attract all kinds. She gets asked to check out the local art school and while she just doesn't quite buy the fact that a ghost is causing any trouble for the students, she goes anyway. And she comes face-to-face with a murder scene. Lily has to figure out (on her own again) what's haunting the school, what, if anything, the french nuns stirred up, and what is going on with this murder plot. With her trusty gargoyle/gnome/pig familiar, she tries to solve the latest supernatural mystery in her new city.


Getting absolutely no help from Aidan, the local head witch in San Francisco, she is once again left on her own to try to figure out who/what killed Jerry Becker. Aidan gives her cryptic clues and hints, but no actual help. We found out why, BUT I hate how he is supposed to be this uber-powerful and strong witch and he sends Lily out on her own in a strange city. She's still new, and has no idea what she's getting into. So Aidan tells her to find Sailor.

Sailor was my favorite character in the whole book. He's a dark, broody kind of guy and I really REALLY hope he gets more page time in the next book Hexes and Hemlines. I love him and his motorcycle boots. I love his broody and dark personality. Oh I wish he could have been Lily's boyfriend.

Max is an investigative reporter, if you remember from the first book. He and Lily are getting closer in this book, and while I like Max, he's just not supportive of Lily being gifted. He won't even talk about her witchcraft or her talents. He wants her to just "not" be a witch. Boo! But I do like him otherwise. I just think he's not what she needs. Not that Aidan is what she needs, no matter how sexy he is. He is such an arrogant ass, I just can't like him enough to be her lover.

The only things I didn't like were just we keep getting random hints about how her mother was afraid of her and left her. About how her father studied with Aidan, but she still knows very little about either her father or Aidan. I'm just frustrated for Lily that everything is so cryptic and difficult. Everyone who is supposed to help her is really not at all helpful. I'm hoping we get to know a lot more about Lily in the next book which I can't wait to read. But I have to wait til June.

So anyone who wants a witchy cozy mystery and a fun heroine, this series is for you!



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Friday, July 20, 2012

A Night of Secrets by Lori Brighton

A Night of Secrets (Night #1)A Night of Secrets by Lori Brighton
My rating: 4 of 5 flames

Laurie over at www.bittenbyparanormalromance.com once suggested one of this author’s books, and I loved it! (The Ghost Hunter) Then I read a story in Entangled that was historical vampires, and had to read more.

I enjoyed this one. It's got a lot going on in it, which kind of works against it, but I like the fresh voice and the story enough that I didn't mind. The only thing I just did not like was the heroine's body betrayed her at every chance it got. I just can't stand when a heroine is (rightly) pissed at the hero and his very nearness turns her into a pot of simmering hormones. I take that back, once or twice in a book, it's fine, but it was all the dang time in this one!

That being said, I really REALLY had a hard time putting the book down. I liked the characters, and I liked the hero having to sort of regain his humanity and relearn emotions. The one thing I really like that was stressed in this book, is that the vampires don’t think of humans as anything more than a means to an end. A food source. Now I don’t mean in the cruel way, just in the way that humans are there, but the vampires keep to themselves. So for Grayson to have these annoying twinges in the vicinity of his heart was a great touch.

The book opens with Meg visiting London on a charity mission with her father, the vicar of their little town. She witnesses an atrocity, a beautiful woman asks for her help, and gains the promise to watch out for her daughter Collette. And then the woman falls over in a pool of blood while shadows with glowing eyes take her away.

A couple years later, Meg is swimming with her youngest sister Hanna out at the pond, which is where the new owner of the neighboring property finds her. . .and he finds a dead body.

Grayson is looking for his niece Collette, and all of his leads have led him to Meg’s family. Could Hanna be his long-lost niece? If she is, she’s going to go through a massive change in a few months. But Grayson’s search for Collette is constantly hindered by Meg, and since all of his thoughts are consumed with Meg, he realizes that he’s not being very observant. Two vampires are in the area, there have been several murders, and Meg is a suspect.

I loved the story, I think the suspense plot was a teeny bit weak, but I was definitely surprised by the culprit. He was a nasty sort, too. But Meg and Grayson do get their HEA, and I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a quick and interesting Historical Paranormal Romance.

***Thank you to the author for the ebook

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Trust


I don’t normally post about all the drama going on in the blogosphere, but this one kept getting under my skin. 

A few days ago, author MichelleGorman tweeted an honest question-what do we all think about paid reviews? She had asked a blog [btw I’m not linking to the blog because it’s “coming soon” i.e. they’ve taken it down temporarily. If you really want to know who it is, the Dear Author post tells you and so does Ms. Gorman’s post] to review her book, and the blogger sent back a letter saying  (read letter here on MG blog) that after a careful selection process she had decided Ms. Gorman’s book met their criteria-they felt just by looking at it that it would be a 4 or 5 star review (they only post 4 or 5 star reviews on their site) and they would charge her $95 for the review.

That bothers me. I read a book a few months back that just by reading the back of the book, I absolutely thought I’d love it. I hated it. I gave it a 1, and was so angry I wanted to stab something. You can’t automatically know if you’ll love or hate a book. I don’t purposely pick out books to read that I go in thinking I’ll hate. I pick books I want to read, ones that sound good to me.

But my frustration level with the paid reviews rose and rose until I couldn't help myself. I had to comment. There's a trust issue, here. When I review a book, the author trusts that she will receive an honest review from me-my followers trust my judgment, and therefore they need to know I'm giving an honest review.

How can I trust a review an author paid to have posted?

Many feel we can’t.

As a reviewer, I do have 1 or 2 star reviews. But, the point is-they are there.  They exist. I feel they make my 4 and 5 star reviews hold more weight. My readers also know my taste. They know that some things that didn't work for me might work for them. I've bought books based on 1 and 2 star reviews.

As an author, I’d like to point out that the 1 and 2 star reviews do sell books. One I’ve seen says my book is nothing like Hannah Howell’s writing-well that’s awesome because there are readers out there who don’t want to read a sweet Historical Romance like Hannah Howell writes. Mine isn’t that. So if my book had only 5 star glowing reviews, who would really believe them? There’s no contrast.

 Now, when I tell an author that I will review her work, I take time away from writing, from my children, and from my husband to do this (as do most bloggers). Why? Because it's something I enjoy. I love to read. I love to tell people about the books I read. And that means, the good, the bad, and the "meh." Lately, I've noticed many of the publicists I've been dealing with send me a link to netgalley.com for the eARC. I have a Nook so I only have 55 days to read that book before it disappears from my device, so when I see people say we accept books compensation for the reviews, which somehow cheapens what we do- I want to yell that I don't.  I don't even get to keep the book because it's expired from my Nook.

 I’m not getting anything from my hard work except for the joy of sharing books and seeing people comment on my reviews. That’s seriously a great thing to see. 

I didn't write this to start drama, or to re-start the drama, I guess it would be. I wanted authors out there to see that there are many blogs that review books for free. Please don't pay for reviews-you don't have to. Many blogs support indie and self-pub authors only, many read on paranormal romance, and so on. So you see? There are tons of blogs out there and you don't have to pay to have your book reviewed.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Woman Made for Pleasure by Michele Sinclair

A Woman Made for Pleasure (Promises Trilogy, #1)A Woman Made for Pleasure by Michele Sinclair
My rating: 3.5 of 5 flames



Right off the bat I didn't care for the heroine. In her quest for adventures, she came off bossy and pushy. But at the same time, she was 12 years old, so I tried to give her some leeway. She pushed them into a no-marriage pact. None of them would ever get married. But they each had one escape clause. Millie required a man who would allow her to climb trees, ride astride, hunt, and have adventures. Her friend Aimee's escape was her brother's friend Reece. Janelle must have a man who prized debate, adventure and discussing philosophy. I felt Millie bullied them into the pact.

When next we see her as an adult, I still had a hard time with her. She was still pushing her friends around, and still on the hunt for her next grand adventure.Until I realized how fiercely loyal she was, how much she loved her friends, and how much they loved her. We weren't just told that, but we were shown through their actions and their points of view. Aimee and Janelle enjoyed her adventures as much as she did, though they sometimes needed an extra "push" from Millie. I found I actually kind of liked Millie.

Charles is Aimee's brother, and Marquess of Chaselton (his friends call him Chase). He is also who was constantly rescuing little Mildred Alder from her "adventures." And while he may have teased her mercilessly, he's always sort of admired her.

He's spent the past few years abroad as part of a spy ring, helping both on the front lines, and behind the scenes. He is back in London as part of a ruse. He is chaperoning/escorting his sister and her friends, but he is also searching for the man who killed his father.

There is a bit of a "National Treasure" type mystery there, and it's okay. I found it to conveniently pop in and out of the plot as needed, but I liked it nonetheless. I hope in the next book, that it's continued; I'd like to see some bad guys get their due.

I liked the romance, and I liked the side characters a lot. I really want to see Reece and Aimee get together, and I'm curious if the bad guy is truly gone. He may not be. I didn't see him as the villain of the piece at all, but it worked. There was something about his character I didn't like, but it would spoil the mystery if I put it.

***Thank you to Kensington's Zebra Historicals for the ARC



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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Winner and Contest

Our random winner of her choice of Jane Feather's An Unsuitable Bride or Kris Kennedy's Deception is: Jenn the Book Nympho! *muppet flail* Didn't win? No worries! There's still another contest going on until July 20th! For a chance at either Forbidden by Fate or Claimed by Desire by Kristin Miller. Just click here

Friday, July 13, 2012

Darkness on Fire by Alexis Morgan

Darkness on Fire (Paladins of Darkness #9)Darkness on Fire by Alexis Morgan
My rating: 3.5 of 5 flamess



In this novella, Penn Sebastian-the warrior who nearly lost his hand when it was severed by an Other- is given a mission. A real mission, not just busy work. His sword arm is still weak, but he's getting better with his left arm. He's just not good enough to go back to active duty protecting the barrier.

A phone call comes in from an anonymous source that they are needed in a normally inactive section of the barrier. But no one knows why the woman is behaving so nervously.

When he meets Jora, he is shocked by two main things. 1, she is an Other, a Kalith. 2, she inspires feelings of protection, not rage.

Jora's parents left their world and settled on earth where Jora was raised. Her parents never really adapted, and told Jora horror stories of the Paladin warriors who kill her kind who seek the light (her home world is dark). Calling in the Paladins is like calling up her own personal bogeyman and inviting him into her home.

 The problems they have to overcome are more than just being natural enemies, but also to see why someone has been tampering with the Barrier in the middle of one of the world's largest supervolcanoes (the Yellowstone Caldera). They also needed to figure out who was working against them-if it was humans, Others, or both. I was happy Penn found that he doesn't have to be a warrior to be worth something.



One of my favorite things about this series is that it's a paranormal romance without vampires, shifters, angels, or demons. Don't get me wrong, I love each and every one of those kinds of characters, but every now and then, it's nice to read a PNR that's different.

A good addition to the Paladins of Darkness series.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

NEW! Giveaway and Discounted e-Books

GIVEAWAY TIME! Just by commenting and adding your email, you can win a copy of either An Unsuitable Bride by Jane Feather, or Deception by Kris Kennedy!  

Fine Print: US only, Giveaway ends July 15th


I just got a fab email letting me know that A WEDDING WAGER by Jane Feather (eBook) will be discounted to $2.99 until July 15th, so grab it while it's hot!


Her next book, AN UNSUITABLE BRIDE, goes on sale July 24th. 

 *Sigh* Such pretty covers.

Next up is DEFIANT by Kris Kennedy (eBook) is discounted to $2.99 until July 30th.

Her next book, DECEPTION, goes on sale July 31st.



 ***We also have an excerpt from DEFIANT http://kriskennedy.net/170.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Kilts & Kraken by Cindy Spencer Pape

Kilts & Kraken (Gaslight Chronicles, #3)Kilts & Kraken by Cindy Spencer Pape
My rating: 4.5 of 5 flames

This is a great Steampunk romance and it has an edge of magic to it.
In this world, which was really easy to get into, Geneva is a physician in Edinburgh, Scotland who has just established her practice. As a female doctor, it's hard enough, but her father tells her to just up and leave her practice because he needs her to heal a stranger. Her father is part of the Order of the Round Table, as is not just asking her on behalf of the Order, but also as a personal favor. She finds she can't say no.

Magnus is chief of his clan and lives on a magical island. He is tied to the island magically in the sense that the island can heal him, but if he leaves the island, he weakens.

Someone has called up the kraken-giant squid who live in deeper waters- and nearly daily his people are attacked, and many killed. Magnus is washed away during one such battle. A woman finds him on her shore, near death, and calls in a favor. Enter Geneva.

Taking him back to his island is an act of mercy on Geneva's part-she thinks it's Magnus' last wish to die in his home. But once he's near his island, he's healing rapidly and unexpectedly. She is only partially shocked because she has a wee bit of magic of her own, and while magic is looked down upon, or not believed in, she knows there's more than just the practical things in this world.

The two of them have a sweet and passionate love, each knowing it cannot last beyond the week. but in the meantime, the kraken are not the only enemies on the island.

I really enjoyed this one. I'm thrilled to have the first book on my nook, and just bought the second in the series. I really think any Steampunk lover and any paranormal romance lover can enjoy this series-it's not just for Steampunk readers.


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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Man Candy Monday



Man Candy Monday!
What a great way to start out the week...
Enjoy

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Blog Tour with Kristin Miller



Today we welcome author Kristin Miller to Demon Lover's. She has an intriguing world of Dragons and Weres in her Isle of Feralon series that you can't help but enjoy.

You can read my review of Forbidden by Fate right here

Today she's offering a pretty sweet giveaway:


      Two random commenters from the tour will win their choice of either a Kindle or Nook format eBook of Forbidden by Fate OR a Kindle or Nook format eBook of Claimed by Desire, the first novella in the Isle of Feralon series.
      The tour host with the most comments will receive a Kindle or Nook format eBook of both Forbidden by Fate and Claimed by Desire.
      Please leave a comment along with your broken up email addy.
      Contest is open the duration of the tour (July 2 - 20) and Internationally.
      Winner will be randomly selected and notified via email.

Tour Stops:Listed Here



 
A forbidden love……

A second chance……
A night of passion neither will forget.
Sasha, a love-thirsty werewolf and rightful heir to the Were throne, is ready to take control over her pack. But when her first love, dragon shifter Damon Frost, lands on her doorstep, demanding their races negotiate ownership over Feralon’’s hot springs, he makes her question more than the fight for the enchanted neutral ground. No matter the emotions bubbling inside her, Sasha can’’t become involved with Damon. Not now. Not ever again.
Forbidden to step foot onto Were land after a romp with the Alpha’’s daughter as a teenager, Damon has bided his time, waiting for the day when he’’d be accepted back onto Were land. Using the hot spring negotiation as a way to get closer to Sasha, Damon plans to use every minute alone to remind her of the passion they shared–—a passion they could ignite again.
One night of ecstasy stands between them and the fight for the springs. One night of revealing glances, skin searing chemistry, and erotic desires they’’d long buried.

Will one taste of forbidden love be enough to satiate their desires? Or will the need to explore the depths of their love unleash a Were-Draco war?








 
Kristin Miller has had a passion for language and literature her whole life. Born and raised in Small Town USA, she often made up stories about faraway places and edge-of-your-seat adventures.

After graduating from Humboldt State University with a degree in psychology, Kristin realized there is no scarier place than the warped human psyche. Wanting to combine her love of writing with her desire to paint twisted villains, Kristin wound up in the unlikeliest of places—the classroom. She taught high school and middle school English before giving in to the desire to create her own world, where villains can be sympathetic and heroes can be devilishly good.

She is represented by Nalini Akolekar of Spencerhill Associates Ltd. and writes dark paranormal romances and toe curling romantic suspense.


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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Forbidden by Fate by Kristin Miller

We're the next stop on Kristen Miller's Virtual Blog Tour! Stop by tomorrow to enter her contest for your own copy of Forbidden by Fate. Forbidden by Fate



My rating: 3.5 of 5 flames



This was a fun and sexy world full of dragon and wolf shifters. Sasha’s a wolf, Damon’s a dragon. Seven years ago they fell in love until Sasha’s father found out. He made Sasha tell Damon they could never see each other again. It was a star-crossed lovers plus getting over a betrayal plot (which I love).

I enjoyed the world. I think the world-building and plot were well-done and easy to follow. I think that the hero had some fantastic lines, oh boy did he make me swoon at the end, and I liked how the heroine was finally willing to stand up to her father.

I couldn’t get past the way the hero and heroine were. It’s hard for me to explain. I feel like they behaved really young for their age and for who they were in the book. The heroine is the alpha’s daughter in the wolf pack, and is being groomed to take over the pack as the first female alpha ever. Yet every time she is in a scene (which is most of the time), she acts like a bratty teenager who pouts and sulks.

The hero has been ostracized from his people because of his relationship with Sasha, so he’s had a rough life living on his own. But Damon’s queen has offered him a chance to rejoin their people and gain her favor once more-all he has to do is go to the wolves, negotiate this neutral parcel of land into draco territory and ignore Sasha. This will prove his loyalty and that he doesn’t want Sasha anymore.

I was expecting a harsh demanding alpha male, and I got another kid. He’s flippant and teasing (don’t get me wrong, I did actually like him), but he wasn’t what I was expecting from a badass dragon shifter. I think he had some fantastic lines towards the end, and he was one of those guys who had no problem making the heroine see how much he loved her in actions and words. He was able to admit his need and desire and it was nice to see a hero who could do that.

I think that while the ending was a tiny bit predictable (in a good way-sometimes it’s nice knowing the bad guys will fall, and the lovers will triumph), I did enjoy myself and I will read anything else in this world, because I’m really intrigued with the Draco queen.

***Thank you to Harlequin for the review copy


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Monday, July 2, 2012

The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan

The Governess Affair (Brothers Sinister, #0.5)The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan
My rating: 5 of 5 flames

I always know if I open a Courtney Milan book, that it will be a winner. This book did not fail me.

Serena is in quite a fix. Hugo is known for fixing problems. . .for the duke he works with. Unfortunately, Serena is a problem. Hugo is supposed to clean up any problems the duke has, and he’s worked really hard to get where he is (oh don’t be fooled into thinking he works for the duke, he has a different sort of arrangement with his Grace).

Serena quickly becomes more than a “problem” to tidy up.

Serena is pregnant and jobless. And she wants the duke to pay. Not financially, or at least not entirely. She wants him to acknowledge what he did to her. She was silent once, and look where that got her. She won’t be silenced again.

Knowing that this is a prequel to a new series has me on pins and needles for the first book (due out in August, I believe). And one thing that’s really cool? The series is about Serena and Hugo’s children. I can’t wait!

Hugo and Serena have a wonderful romance, and a wonderful story to tell. Read it, you won’t be disappointed.

My favorite line:
“I’ve never pretended to be a good man, you know. It’s just that...I’m yours.”


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