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Tempt Me with Darkness by Shayla Black

In Paranormal Romance, Shayla Black on June 28, 2009 at 7:16 pm

Tempt Me With Darkness

First Novel of the Doomsday Brethren

By Shayla Black

ISBN-13: 978-1416558583

Pocket (August 26, 2008)

Cursed by Morganna LeFay, Marrok of Cadbury has lived in isolation for fifteen centuries without friendship, sex, or hope. When he begins dreaming of another LeFay woman with the trademark violet eyes and birthmark of the spell-happy witch who doomed him, he’s determined to do whatever necessary to make her release him and grant him death–even abduct her. But soon Marrok discovers they are mates and that he must protect her from an evil wizard who knows she holds the key to a power both terrible and awesome–a power he will do anything to seize.

After her mother’s death, Olivia Gray discovered that the father she thought died before her birth is actually alive and in London. Determined to find him and the acceptance she’s always yearned for, she moves to the British capitol, opens an art gallery, and begins her search. It isn’t long after a sexy stranger appears in her erotic dreams that he walks into her shop and abducts her–demanding she release him from a curse. As Marrok ingrains himself in her life, evil stalks her, and Olivia is caught between her long-lost family and her immortal mate. Will she and Marrok choose the dreams they’ve held dear or the love in their hearts?

From the first page I knew I was going to like this book.  Anything to do with the Arthurian legends whether it be good bad or indifferent in everyone else’s eye is great in mine.

Marrock of Canterbury was once an honoured warrior of King Arthur but an indiscretion with Morgana Le Fay (Arthur’s half sister) stripped of him of everything.  Unfortunately the only thing not stripped from him was the curse Morgana placed on him – immortality and no sexual satisfaction.  Marrock stole Morgana’s Doomsday Diary in an attempt to free himself from the curse but here he is 15 centuries later still trying.

Olivia Grey is a descendent of Morgana’s and has come to England to look for her father that she has never seen.  At the first meeting between Olivia and Marrock,  Marrock believes she is Morgana and as such tries to convince her to release him from his curse.  He then convinces her to go to his house under the pretense of seeing his carving  and again tries to get her to lift the curse.  Things get heated and during their first most intimate encounter, Marrock, who still thinks Olivia is Morgana, responds to Olivia’s mate bonding figuring he cant get anymore cursed.  This sets the tone for the rest of the book.  Gradually Marrock realizes that Olivia is not Morgana and beings to fall in love with her.  Olivia tried to convince herself that she shouldn’t fall for the tortured warrior because if she can break his curse, then she believes he wishes to die and leave her.

At the same time as all of this is going on, a heinous villain by the name of Mathais is after not just the Doomsday Book but Olivia as well.  He is determined to succeed where he failed last time and will stop at nothing to tear the world apart.   With his evil followers both wizard and human out numbering the Brethren I cant wait to be introduced to more Brethren charatcers

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Eve of Darkness by S.J. Day

In S.J. Day, Urban Fantasy on June 20, 2009 at 6:01 pm

Eve of Darkness

by S. J. Day

1st of the Marked Series

Cursed by God, hunted by demons, desired by Cain and Abel… All in a day’s work.

For Evangeline Hollis, a long ago fling with a bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks just became a disaster of biblical proportions. One night with a leather-clad man of mystery has led to a divine punishment: the Mark of Cain.

Thrust into a world where sinners are drafted into service to kill demons, Eve’s learning curve is short. A longtime agnostic, she begrudgingly maneuvers through a celestial bureaucracy where she is a valuable but ill-treated pawn. She’s also become the latest point of contention in the oldest case of sibling rivalry in history…

But she’ll worry about all that later. Right now she’s more concerned with learning to kill while staying alive. And saving the soul she’d never believed she had.

Eve is an interesting character in a subgenre where heroines often seem to be all cut from the same cloth only with an interchangeable name. Just like most of us out there she has a strained relationship with her parents. But she has a good friend in her next door neighbor who is a widowed older lady.  She has a career she loves and the only thing missing is a man.  Unfortunately all the men she has met have failed to capture her heart like the one who left her ten years earlier without a word.

Eve had an experience ten years prior to the start of this book which started a chain of events that culminates in a tryst in a stairwell and becoming marked with the “Mark of Cain”.  Coming from the chosen life on an agnostic, she is suddenly right in the middle of the battle between good and evil, heaven and hell, angel’s and demons.  Everything she has believed is turned on its head.  What is up could be down or could be sideways or even back to front.  One minute she is an up and coming designer the next she is learning that the things that go bump in the night are out there and she is tasked with the charge of working off her penance by hunting down the bad guys and removing them.

A major point of difference with this book as opposed to most other books in the paranormal/urban fantasy area is that this book is about angels.  After reaching a near saturation level of vampires, werewolves and demons it’s great to see this branching out. The twist on the biblical story of Cain and Abel makes us challenge the knowledge we grew up with and as a reader you begin to question if the Bible is the equivalent of today’s modern media.  It’s also good to see that with this series, S J Day has got the jump on one of the stars of the paranormal world, JR Ward whose angel series doesn’t come out until later this year.

This book is the first in the trilogy with Eve of Destruction released  June 2nd 2009 and Eve of Chaos to be released on June 30th 209

Demon King and I by Candace Havens

In Paranormal Romance on June 19, 2009 at 8:24 pm

The Demon King and Iis the first book to be released in the Guardian series,from Candace Havens, the author of the Charmed books. It’s a terrificly witty new series featuring wealthy party girls with an interesting side job of being Guardians of portal to other worlds.havens1

The Caruthers sisters are heiresses with privilege, wealth, beauty, and brains. But these party girls have something extra. As the Guardian Keys, possessors of an ancient family secret, they hold the fate of the world in their hands.

Gillian, the eldest, is a sensation in the art world– this world, that is. In her other world, she’s the Assassin, a knockout who snuffs out dimension-jumpers who foul up her personal space. She never expected to join forces with one. But when a plague of murderous demons plunges the earth in darkness, she has no choice but to get a little help from a being who knows his stuff.

I really liked this book. It was funny in all the right places, it had spunk and it inspired an emotional connection as you get to know the characters. And I only have three words for Candace Haven, YOU. ARE. AWESOME. I an now a gun toting, yellow Jimi Choo show wearing fan of her’s. Well maybe not really but if I could afford it. I recommend it to anyone to read this one. Its light on the sex, heavy on the action and reaction. It is an absolute treat. If you liked this one you will love her next one called Dragons Prefer Blondes, which releases July 7, 2009.

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June Releases from Bek Last Vampire Standing

In Paranormal Romance, Vampires on June 18, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Last Vampire Standing Last Vampire Standing – Nancy Haddock
This book picks up where La Vida Vampire ended. Cesca is a 228 year old vampire that was buried for 200+ years. Now she back in the world of living and wants to get on with her afterlife. Unfortunately for her, the other vamps just won’t let her get on with it. A stranger vampire called Jo-Jo lobs up on her step requesting sanctuary which sets off a whole chain of events and murders which Cesca and Deke, her scrumptious partner, then work together to solve.
This book and the previous one, are light, airy and they will make you laugh. There is no tortured hero or heroine that needs redemption that they can only find through their “true” bond with a mate. The only darkness is the baddies and you know what, I think that’s the way it should be. Cesca doesn’t let being a vamp define her. It is what she is rather than who she is. Her definition of herself is in what she does or doesn’t do not that she happens to have fangs and the ability to do all those really cool vampire things. I’m looking forward to the next installment

HAWTTEST BOOK COVERS VOL. 1

In Erotica, Paranormal Romance on June 18, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Today, I was trolling Ellora’s cave website trying to figure out what to read, when I came across the most erotic book cover. I have to admit that i really didn’t care what was in the book as long as i had the “photo”.

Tapestries – Woven Dreams By N.J. Walters

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Third in the Tapestries series.

In Javara, women are scarce and brothers must share a woman, although only one can claim her as a wife. Scarred and maimed from a battle fought almost a year ago, Jarmon Bakra is afraid chances are slim that he and his twin brother, Garrik, will find a bride.

While on a hunting trip, the brothers stumble upon a woman claiming to be a tapestry bride. Now that fate has dropped a beautiful, courageous woman in their path, they will both use all their sexual skills separately and together to convince her to stay.

But Genny has secrets of her own and they have only three days to uncover the truth.

This is not a print book from what I can find. But its a excellent eBook. You can find it at Ellora’scave.com Happy shopping!!

Spoilers and Rants on Skin Trade Anita Blake #17

In Erotica, General, Urban Fantasy on June 7, 2009 at 10:56 am

Okay after careful rethinking I won’t say this is my last Anita Book because we all know that is not the truth. But I do need to vent so I will say this

Vent/Rant Post. Will CONTAIN EXTREME SPOILERS

This is my take on spoilers, discussions and reviews that try not to spoil everything for you.
• People get upset that they read the review and it didn’t tell you anything.
• Or they get upset about a review that tells them too much.
• Then they get upset that they just spent $27 on a book that they really didn’t want to read and they blame somebody (review or discussion group, author, they guy that writes the book synopsis on the back cover)
I feel like that about LKH last one. And have decided that that is the book that has no name to me because it is dead. When Laurell wrote that one sentence dismissal of the fact she slept with a 16 year old and it was okay because it was in that state, she lost my respect on that. It was too close to being a pedophile for me.

Oh and another thing she killed off Mommy dearest with a bomb I think since the Queen vampire was haunting Anita thru so many books that she should have had her own book also to give it a more fitting ending. Unless it’s not the last we will see of her…

Skin Trade: Anita Blake series

In Laurell K Hamilton, Paranormal Romance on June 5, 2009 at 9:22 pm

Skin Trade by Laurell K Hamilton
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Skin Trade is the 17th book in the Anita Blake vampire hunter series. In this latest installment:

When a vampire serial killer sends Anita Blake a grisly souvenir from Las Vegas, she has to warn Sin City’s local authorities what they’re dealing with. Only it’s worse than she thought. Ten officers and one executioner have been slain paranormal style. Anita heads to Vegas, where’s she’s joined by three other federal marshals, including the ruthless Edward. It’s a good thing he always has her back, because when she gets close to the bodies, Anita senses tiger too strongly to ignore it. The were-tigers are very powerful in Las Vegas, which means the odds of her rubbing someone important the wrong way just got a lot higher.

And “higher” it did. She pissed off everyone she met; cops, witches, tigers, vampires, vampire lovers, SWAT Teams, demons and a tiger Queen. I wish I could get more into why she does what she does, but it would be giving away the story and what is left of the plot to you. We also see the re-entry of Edward, I love Edward. (He needs his own storyline.) Together they do absolutely nothing. Anita actually takes a backseat and lets cops do their job. She how ever gets under foot when she thinks she is helping. Lots of action out of scene and lots of “soul searching” going on for Anita. I don’t think she actually had to fire a bullet during the entire book.

Do you remember in the beginning of the series when Anita had a clear since of who was good and who was bad? Well, I think now she is starting to realize that she may not be the good guy she thought she was? This latest epiphany did not hinder her from having sex with more people and doing other bad things under the guise of “I didn’t know!” As a mother, I consider one of the worst things an author can do, is commit a grossly offensive and illegal act in a book against a child and write about it as it were another day. Again I can’t go in to any detail without giving away the book, but I can say this, Anita is dead to me. This character has gone down a path that she cannot redeem herself from no matter what LKH does. It goes against all that I know and love. This is my last book for that series that I am willing to pay for. It was not edgy or right.

I can’t wait until Flirt comes out. I hear LKH is going back to raising the dead. Its supposed to be a small book like Micah was. Basically a novella at paperback price. *sigh* sometimes it pays to buy eBooks.

Renee Bernard

In Historical, Renee Bernard on June 1, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Yesterday, I got an email from Renee Bernard, a historical erotic romance author.

In it she said this “…the new book coming out in March has been titled “Revenge Wears Rubies” with the next book in July “Seduction Wears Sapphires”…. so the Jaded are on their wicked way!”, yay for Renee.

I met Renee last year at the RT 2008 convention when my then crazy roommate stumbled into her room about to make herself at home. (The drinking had not even started yet.)
Come Visit us on her FaceBook fan page. Thanks!
Renee currently has four books out:

A Lady’s Pleasure
A Lady's Pleasure

Seeking revenge on a nobleman who had slighted her, Merriam Everett sets out to seduce her victim, but her plans go badly awry when she targets the wrong man, Drake Sotherton, Duke of Sussex, who, convinced that the mysterious beauty is a pawn of his late wife’s murderer, comes up with his own scheme of revenge.

The School for Heiresses
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At the elite School for Heiresses, headmistress Charlotte Harris takes pride in teaching her wealthy students how to find true love while avoiding fortune hunters and other undesirable spouses, in a quartet of Regency stories by four popular romance authors–Sabrina Jeffries, Liz Carlyle, Julia London, and Renee Bernard.

Madame’s Deception
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Believing that her mother’s couture business had financed her boarding school education in Europe, virginal bookworm Jocelyn Tolliver is stunned to discover that her dying mother is the infamous Madame of London’s elite Crimson Belle bordello and that she has inherited the establishment and its ladies.

A Rogue’s Game (Mistress Trilogy)
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Refusing to undertake the inevitable marriage of convenience after losing his family fortune to gambling debts, Julian Clay, the Earl of Westleigh, becomes infatuated with Eve Reynolds, the beautiful niece of a scheming con man, to whom he is first drawn because of her remarkable skill at cards.