Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hundreds of Years to Reform a Rake by Laurie Brown

Ratings: * * * *(out of 5 *)
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Its a mixture of Paranormal and Regency as the ghost of Deverell, 9th Earl of Waite, comes to the future and takes Miss Josie Drummond, Paranormal Researcher, back to Regency England. Deverell has asked Josie to unmask a charlatan, prevent his death and find some missing treasures.
Not really. Josie must use her wits and feminine wiles because she cannot bring in her equipment. Armed with a corset and 20th Century thinking, she dodges would-be suitors, fake Seances and Dev's bitchy ex-girlfriend.

The book is a lighthearted read, very informative in Regency decorum and a real feel-good reading. Highly recommended for romance collectors.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Dark Predator by Christine Feehan

Ratings: * * * * (out of 5 *)
Genre: Paranormal Romance

I was looking forward to Zacarias' book. It did not disappoint. :-)

Dark Predator is the 22nd book in the Carpathian Series. It features the eldest De La Cruz brother, Zacarias.

Spoiler Alert in review. (I might give too much away)

Dark Predator is more emotional romance than sensual delight. Zacarias was always hinted as a being who wielded too much power. He was getting too close to the darkness. He believes the age and power is corrupting him already. He's one of the oldest Carpathians alive and he acts as father not only to his brothers but to the whole hacienda.The families under him sees him as a king. Coming from a 3rd World country, we still have many feudal systems in the provinces. The Santos and Fernandez are under their don. Zacarias, being the oldest, he is supreme. He is the authority in everything. Nobody should question him. Drug lords try to encroach on his property but he deals with them without mercy. 
As the Haciendero, it is also his job to take care of his people. Not only are they financially well-off, he makes sure they are well-equipped. There really are things in the provinces that go bump in the night. Zacarias makes sure everybody has a gun and each house has a panic button.

Margarita is in awed at first. It develops into something more in the end. When she realized Zacarias is her lifemate, shegoes from pleasing the don to pleasing the man.

My fave scene: Memories of Zacarias holding Riordan.

My Fave De La Cruz brother: 1. Manolito 2. Riordan

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

My Book Collection

Layers upon layers. There's a full stack behind the outer layer of books.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Series: Undead Series by Mary Janice Davidson

Ratings: * * * * * (out of 5 *)
Genre: Paranormal Romance (With a bit of chic lit)

For light-heartened romances with a whole lot of comedy, this is a good series to collect. A vampire queen's tale might be cliche for paranormal romance but nothing is funnier than cliches in Betsy's world.

Meet Queen Betsy. Born Elizabeth Taylor -as in!- and died waking up as the queen of the vampire world. She's Undead and quite frankly unwed. She's dealing with paranormal weirdness that comes with being queen. while shopping for Manolos. Betsy is joined by her housemates: Jessica -a rich black woman and Betsy's closets friend and landlady. There's Marc, a gay guy. He's a doctor with suicidal tendencies. There's Eric - Betsy's fiance and vampire king. Tina - Eric's bodyguard/assistant. Then there's George the Fiend -a ghoul living in the basement.
Later in the series they'll be joined by Laura - the devil's daughter and Betsy's half sister, and Antonia - a werewolf that can't turn werewolf, but she's got other special talents of her own.

Life in the mansion of the vampire queen is never dull and the threat to her royal highness might be serious but they all deal with it lightheartedly. It's a wonderful series full of colorful characters. A must-collect and must read for Paranormal Romance Series Collectors.

Series Listing:
The Undead Series - Betsy

  1. Undead and Unwed
  2. Undead and Unemployed
  3. Undead and Unappreciated
  4. Undead and Unreturnable
  5. Undead and Unpopular
  6. Undead and Uneasy
  7. Undead and Unworthy
  8. Undead and Unwelcome
Note: Some short stories crosses with Windham Werewolves Series

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Dark Slayer

Ratings: * * * * (out of 5 *)
Genre: Paranormal Romance

For all Christine Feehan Fans out there, this book must not be missed! It takes a dramatic twist at every turn! There will be no disappointment I swear to that.

Newbies out there, you need to read a couple of books before this one otherwise, you might not. Lifemating and hated enemies that run centuries deep can be tricky. This book is all about Razvan, the mage's grandson, and Ivory Malinov, the feisty little girl who grew up to be a warrior.

Each character has something to prove and both of them share a will stronger than death.
So, why only 4 out of 5 stars? I love the book. I like bickering big he-mens and women who knows how to fight. Unfortunately, this book borders on pure fantasy. The hero and heroine have no conflict in their relationship. They each quietly accept it as fate and teach each other value, truth, love and fighting techniques. Spells, poems, brush with death can be expected and of course, there will be a Master Vampire involved. In this case, it is Ivory's brother Sergey.

Families collide and families unite in this gripping tale.
Read her Dark Series! It's good!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Hidden Currents by Christine Feehan

Ratings: * * * * (out of 5*) R18
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Elle Drake, the seventh daughter of the seventh daughter, the daughter who will inherit the Drake Family Legacy is trapped in a madman’s world. Tortured and beaten, she calls out tot eh one man she knows who can rescue her.
Deputy Sheriff Jackson Deveau has always loved Elle Drake but his own torture past is hindering him from showing his feelings. Now, Elle has reached out from a dark place. He will find a way to free her from a mad telepath’s grasps and fulfill the Drake Legacy with Elle.
It is a thrilling, fast-paced action story filled with psychic battles and heart-filled romance. As Elle and Jackson try to heal their own past, they soon realize they need to heal each other’s hearts first. The Queen of Paranormal does not disappoint. Every turn of the page has either passion or danger. The ending will not dissatisfy either. Truths will be revealed and a prophecy is fulfilled. This book is more intense than the previous six Drake Sisters Novels.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Lover Avenged

Ratings: * * * 1/2 (out of 5 *)
Genre: Paranormal-Erotic Romance

Ward's 7th book to the series is not only steamy, it is on fire. Apart from the action filled drama happening, there is also the hot arguments and wicked love scenes between lovers and mates.

Rehvenge is a male of worth but has a lot of secrets up his sleeves. The Black dagger Brotherhood tolerates it because he is useful. his beloved sister and his lover is oblivious to his secrets. Sympaths are a race apart from the vampires. They are violent sociopaths with dark gifts. Rehv is suppressing his Sympath side while running the underground of Caldwell. Every month, he pays a ransom to the Sympath princess money and sex. In exchange, he will not be turned over to the colony. His club assistants will also remain hidden. Ehlana was the only good thing to come his way. She is innocent and knows nothing of his world. Risking her job, she tries to give him antibiotics to heal him. Somehow, attraction sparks even in their first meeting. Ehlana tries to fight it but she soon falls for the perfect stranger with amethyst eyes. She knew she would risk more than her job for him. She would risk her life to see that he is safe and avenged.
Half of the book is also about the brotherhood and the war. The King is getting blind flashes. John is acting up, being all rebellious. Torment is tormented by the past. The Lessening Society has killed so much of the aristocracy that the rest of the glymera is plotting against the Blind King. So what was a king to do? He fights!

It is exciting, action packed and will get you to want more. Each character has a struggle and in the end, fear not for they will prevail. The struggles always end in love and salvation. Of course Ward keeps you wanting more!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Dark Curse by Chrisitine Feehan

Ratings: * * * * (out of 5 *)
Genre: Paranormal Romance

The 19th Book to Christine Feehan's Dark Series. Feehan has never disappointed and her books are getting deeper and deeper to the problems with Carpathians and vampires. This time, when the plot thickened, the people of the earth bonded together.

Her Carpathian men are swirling with testosterone and that includes our hero, Nicolas De La Cruz. Nicolas is the middle of the five De La Cruz brothers who resided in the Amazon. The eldest, Zacarias, sent him with information to the prince of his people who is half the world away in the Carpathian Mountains. On the way to meeting the prince, he meets his lifemate and his world has met a metanoia.

Nicolas always believed in a fairytale ending where his lifemate would fall madly in love with him, have tons of babies and stay at home. He gets the opposite. She had a strong will and a fire in her. Sex is something she cannot tolerate because she cannot bare to be touched. Her powers are explosive to the point of endangering everyone. Worse, the Carpathian people need her powers.

Danger is at their doors. The endangered Carpathian must deal with mutated bacterias, pollutants, mages and marital struggles as they find a way to save their race.

I'm spoiling a lot already. One thing I must say, this is a must-read and the series is a must-collect. Who knew Carpathians, vampires, werewolves, jaguars and mages would combine in a world we are very ignorant of.

Extra treat for Feehan fans: Gregori will get a scolding form Father-in-law and his dear older brother.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

My Immortal Highlander

Ratings: * * * (out of 5 *)
Genre: Fanta-Historical Romance

A two-part novel by Hannah Howell and Lindsay Sands, My Immortal Highlander is about identical Twins Bothan and Calum NacNachton. Twins who went their own ways and found brides. Each becoming a laird in medieval Scotland.

Rumors hound the MacNachtons. They were said to be demons preying on souls of virgins and bairns but that was not so for the women who found themselves in situations that called for big strong men that were more than human.

Hannah Howell's The Hunt stars Bothan. He searches for an Outsider, one who is not of clan, to be his bride. Centuries of inbreeding had weakened them. His father made sure to mix their blood and dilute their curse. So Bothan and his siblings delve in two worlds. He can come out in the day but takes precaution to hide behind a thick cloak. They drink blood when weakened and heal very fast. Destiny has sent him to the aid of Kenna Brodie who's murderous uncle claims her inheritance Bantulach from her. Together, they must vanquish foe and dark rumors and as all good romance do, have a happy ending.

Lindsay Sand's The Rescue deals with Calum. Lonely from being separated from his twin, now a laird, Calum sets out in quests that takes him away from his home. As fate had brought his brother to a woman in need, so he too faces an heiress in trouble. Seems marriage was the only solution. Will he take the plunge? Can she and her people accept a vampire laird?

The story, the set and the concept is good but it leaves the reader hanging. I felt it was an abrupt ending and it needed expansions.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

The School for Husbands by Wendy Holden

Ratings: * * * * (out of 5 *)
Genre: Contemporary Romance

The story doesn't start with boy meets girl. The story starts in the middle of a marriage. Couple do fall out of love for various reasons and it takes a love story to bring them back together.
Sophie is not happy with Mark. He works late and never phones. All the responsibilities are placed on her shoulders and he's being a typical male. As in not closing toothpaste, not cleaning after self, that kind of thing. Small but everything adds up and Sophie can't take it anymore. Worse, she and her mother thinks he's sleeping with a co-worker.
Mark is desperate to save his marriage especially now that they have a baby son to worry about. When Sophie went to her mother's house, he quits his job and enrolls in Dr. Martha's School for Husbands.
Dr. Martha has her quirky ways in training good husbands. Tortures, awful lodgings, ghastly food but Mark has to bear it all to prove his love to Sophie. On the sides, there is Sophie's mother pushing her to date a millionaire and sabotages to make sure Mark fails his final exam: Marriage.
It's a very good read especially to those who are just beginning to be couple. In life, men will be men. Sometimes, these men still have that caveman thinking that women must take care of the home. But this is a book for men as well. It shows that there must be compromise in a relationship. Little things might blow out of proportions because of the lack of communication. Oh, and in a relationship, you have to be best friend with your in-laws.
A witty and hilarious novel!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Her Kind of Trouble by Evelyn Vaughn

Ratings: * * * * * (out of 5 *)
Genre: Romantic Suspense
I should be reviewing a different genre of romance but this was what I had in my desk. :-) It's a Bombshell series.
Maggi Sanger is a grail-hunter. But not just any grail hunter, she hunt for special kinds of cup. The ones she and her girl-power family needs to keep safe for the sake of all the women in the world.
In the mean time, there are assassin from an organization of super manly man who wants to kill her and take the cup. By the way, her ex is part of that org... and he wants her to marry him.
It is a very eventful book. Action packed and very romantic. Did magic actually occur? We let you speculate on that. Magi and her Lex are very romantic but she has to watch every corner. Bad guys seem to leap out at her. Is is Lex or his demented cousin Phil? Perhaps this is all part of the curse of the grail?
This book is a keeper.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Lover Enshrined by J. R. Ward

Ratings: * * * 1/2 (out of 5 *)
Genre: Paranormal Romance

In Cadwell, New York, a band of Brotherhood protects the vampires from the undead slayers. They are the Black DaggerBrotherhood.
This is the sixth instalment of Ward's Black Dagger Bortherhood Novels.
Talk about emotional vampires! Everyone has their past and it comes to haunt them. Especially Phury. In the previous novels, he is introduced as the celibate twin of Zsadist. We think he is so engrossed in saving his brother or the whole world but the dark side to it is not. He is actually a masochist. His hurts himself emotionally. He also hurts himself physically through drugs and alcohol. Phury also has a sadistic side but he often show it to the slayers.
Enter Cormia, a Chosen female sent to be his first mate. Phury has accepted to be Primale. Meaning: He has to ensure the race by impregnating 40 females form the Scribe Virgin's Chosen. Unfortunately, he's falling in love with one of them. Throughout the book, he battles drug and alcohol addiction and a strange inner voice pulling him to destruction.
In the mean time, the other brotherhood members have their own battles to fight. The Glymera is being massacred, King Wrath is having problems ruling. Zsadist is fearful of Bella's pregnancy and John Mathews is not comfortable in his transition. Outside of the brotherhood, things are also chaotic. Rhevenge is being blackmailed. Haver's Clinic is hit by the Lessening Society(Slayers). Will they all pull through?

Who would have known emotional vampires could be fun and romantic? The main characters are given depth and each one is tested. Unfortunately, not all characters are featured. I felt there wasn't much on Butch, Vishious and Rhage. Guess, these three didn't have that much of an impact on Phury as Wrath, Zsadist and Rhevenge. John's story is very much part of the problem. His friends are there to protect him and he is there for them. Slowly he grows up emotionally but it is in steps. Ward's Series is a must collect. It's not-your-usual vampire series.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Dark Prince by Christine Feehan

Ratings: * * * * (out of 5 *)
Genre: Paranormal Romance

I thought my first review should be about the first book of my favorite romance series. Dark Prince is Christine Feehan's Book one on her Dark Series, a Carpathian Novel. It is a different take on vampire novels.

They are not vampires but Carpathians. Not dead but very much alive. These Carpathians are named after their mountain origins. They are a separate species, a powerful and immortal one but seemed doomed to extinction. After 200 years, a male Carpathian looses their emotions, feelings and ability to see colors. The lure of power and destruction becomes a nagging urge. When they can no longer take it, they kill their prey and relish the momentary surge of rush. This turns them into vampires, undead. Vampires are Carpathian males who turned and are no longer "of the light."

In order to save them from this plight, they must find their lifemates, their one true love. This lifemate will give them back their colors, emotions and life. She will save is soul and bring him back to the light. Unfortunately there are so few Carpathian women.

Mikhail, prince of the Carpathians is in turmoil. His inability to feel weakens his will to live on for his people. They have to face it: extinction. His sister was just murdered by human vampire hunters who cannot tell the difference between a Carpathian and a vampire. He is the judge, jury and executioner of his people. Mikhail has no other choice but to bring justice.

Enter Raven Whitney. She is a psychic with remarkable talents. Attraction flares up between her and Mikhail. Little did she know he was her... Dark Prince.

I like the series. Though, Dark Prince was not the first one I read. It is actually the third book I got my hands on in the series. It is a must-read and a must-collect. The main characters each struggling with their emotions but through it all, they profess their love. Mikhail struggles with his acquired emotions and the need to protect Raven at all cost. Raven, loner for most of her life, is struggling with the loss of her independence and rigid Carpathian ways. Their customs clashes but one thing they know and that is to protect each other at all cost. It's an explosive beginning!