Here is a PDF copy of the July newsletter. J’s Book Shelf July Newsletter If you have website questions please feel free to email me at Rayna@naughtyeditionreviews.com. or you can call Jeanine at the bookstore 419-517-1308.
A Demonica Novel
by Larissa Ione
Paranormal Romance, Vampires, Shifters, Demons, and the Kitchen sink
Overall Enjoyment: 5
HER TOUCH IS DEADLY
As the only female Seminus demon ever born, master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she’ll die before she’ll relinquish her freedom again. Then Sin’s innate ability to kill her enemies goes awry: She creates a lethal new werewolf virus that sparks a firestorm of panic and violence.
HIS HUNGER CAN’T BE DENIED
Half-werewolf, half-vampire Conall Dearghul is charged with bringing in Sin to face punishment for the plague. And she’s no stranger: He’s bound to her by blood, and the one sexual encounter they shared has left him hungering for her raw sensuality. Worse, Sin is the underworld’s most wanted and Con soon learns he’s the only one who can help her . . . and that saving her life might mean sacrificing his own.
Bad news, it’s the final novel in this series; the good news is it starts the Larissa’s other series about the four horsemen called The Lords of Deliverance.
When I think about Sin and her brothers, I think about how much pain and suffering they have endured. I had really hoped that would be over, for the most part. But Sin can never get a break and when she thought she had love and family it all came crashing down on her in the form of a sexy hybrid named Conall. And he oozed sex so much he became addicted to Sin. And there lied the problem. Blood addiction is so much worst. He would have to die to get over it.
Sin and Conall had to be doomed from the start of their relationship. I knew it would lead to someones death. Why you ask? Well because they haven’t bled enough for my tastes. Nah, but I did think that the series had to end with a HUGE effin bang. But alas, I canna say no more (Conall voice) .
It was a great book and I really look forward to reading the others in the new series. I have to say that now that the books are out I would recommend reading them in order.
Eternal Rider LOD Book 1
by Kristina Douglas
Paranormal Romance, Angels & Demons
A born warrior, Archangel Michael is dedicated to the Fallen’s survival. Only one woman understands the seductive hunger that he cannot forsake.
There comes a time in every angel’s life . . .
Every little girl imagines, now and then, that she’s a princess held captive in a tower. Nevertheless, Victoria Bellona is almost twenty-five. And that completely fairy-tale scenario? That’s her real life. The drop-dead gorgeous man who rescues her is no Prince Charming. He’s the gruff archangel Michael, and he insists that Tory is the Fallen’s only hope for ending Uriel’s vicious rule. She insists he’s crazy.
. . . to show his brethren what he’s made of.
According to the prophecy, Michael must marry this frustrating, fascinating creature, bed her, and drink her blood. But their fate is a double-edged sword. If they give in to their urgently growing desires, Tory will die in battle. If they refuse, she will die anyway, and with her, all of mankind. Michael is determined to find another solution when a traitorous kidnapper forces him into a deadly confrontation. Even if he can save Tory from Uriel’s ruthless clutches, will they ever really be together? Or is her fatal destiny—and the world’s—written in stone?
She dies! Ha, not much of a spoiler huh. I know the blurb says she will die either way. Sucks to be her. Though if you ask Michael sucks to be him. He has to spend his one and only get married card on a chick that has to die. Well then, it is a good thing he doesn’t believe in love anyway. But there are some serious bennies to getting a temporary wife. Like HOT sex, SWEATY sex, oh and lots of sex.
The novel plot was simple: save the world, again. However, the series arc plot is a little convoluted. It became unclear to me. I think that maybe the many subplots confused me a little. Another idea could have been that I had not read the first two books. If that is the case then this really should have be read in order.
Okay where did I leave off, oh yeah. The Hero & Heroine fight some major stuff and find each other through self-sacrifice and tenacity. Michael stops trying to sacrifice himself all the time; things start to get better for the couple. Then there is a major battle, which evidently is the beginning of some more heavy stuff. Then the arrival of a more heinous person-type-angel-fallen. Then the book ends. So HUGE cliffhanger there.
After reading this a second time, I realized this book was more about the journey for the characters to find their love and themselves, not about to ultimate good vs. evil motive. I think I may have to go back and read the other books in the series to get a good grasp of what is truly going on in the story arc. However, for its Happy Ever After for now and I am okay with that.
A novel of the Elder Races
by Thea Harrison
Overall Enjoyment: 5
As a second daughter, Grace Andreas never had to worry about the intrigues of the Elder Races. But when her sister, Petra, and Petra’s husband are both killed, Grace inherits the Power and responsibilities of the Oracle of Louisville, as well as her sister’s two young children – neither of which she is prepared for.
Yet, she is not alone. Khalil, Demonkind and Djinn prince of House Marid – driven by his genuine caring for the children – has decided to make himself a part of the household both as their guardian and as an exasperating counterpoint to Grace’s impudence toward the Elder Races.
But when an attempt is made on Grace’s life, she realizes that Khalil is the only one who can protect her – and offer her more than a mortal man…
I really enjoyed this book. It had sarcasm and sex and a Djinn prince, what more can you ask for? Three wishes, not that kind of Djinn. Grace, the new oracle, and Khalil, and Djinn prince, really don’t get along in the beginning. The only thing they could agree on was the protection of the children. Then slowly Khalil began to feel emotions for Grace. And that really didn’t sit well with other Djinn and Humanist groups with in the local witch coven. I loved the fact that Khalil would have gladly committed murder to keep his new family safe. And life with the Oracle would never become dull. The plot in weaved along all the novels of the Elder Race, and it is still unclear what this dark ancient evil is. Sex with a Djinn has to be the most interesting thing I have ever read. I wondered if they were to have children would they or even if they could. Another question is, will Grace live as long as Khalil? What is their next chapter?
Over all I loved this book. I have yet to read the first three novels, Dragon Bound, Storm’s Heart and Serpent’s Kiss, I hope they are good as this novel is.
Embrace of the Damned
Brotherhood of the Damned
by Anya Bast
Overall enjoyment: 4
Enter an exciting and sexy world of strong immortal Viking warriors, sultry witches, and beguiling shamans.
A damned Viking warrior.
Centuries ago Broder Calderson committed murder. As punishment, he was given over to the dominion of Loki, the Trickster God, made part of the Brotherhood of the Damned and condemned to an immortal life of battle against the Blight, blood-drinkers from Hel.
A mysterious woman he can’t resist.
One thousand years to the day he was damned, Loki allows him a woman as reward for his good service and repentance of his crimes. Once Broder sees Jessamine Hamilton, he is overcome with need. But Jessa is no ordinary woman, and the truth of who—and what—she is could have dangerous consequences.
A tormented man she can’t deny.
Though a future together is impossible, the warrior’s touch ignites an irresistible passion in Jessa. But every heated kiss pushes them closer to destruction. Forced to return to the brutality of his Viking past to protect her, will Broder surrender forever to his darkest impulses?