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- Black Silk
on July 09, 2012
I absolutely loved this story! I could not put it down. It has a twist that other paranormal books seem to skip. I like how it Cole admits that he has read Vic's favorite genre of books and says that there is some truth to them. It would be an interesting world if that were true. I hope to read a lot more like this book.
- Traitor (Ava Delaney #6)
on July 09, 2013
Absolutely loved it!! Heart stopping, breath holding drama and excitement that kept the pages turning at the up most speed. It is a great conclusion to the series but you don't feel like it is the end but the beginning and are left satisfied with the end.
- Demon Possession
on July 09, 2013
I really enjoyed this book! It was a mixture of my favorite genres; SciFi, Fantasy, Paranormal and Romance.
There are space ships, slaves, Demons, unknown creatures with special abilities and gifts, war zones, magical wards, trade contracts, betrayals, finding and overcoming ones past finding love (and the love scenes are HOT) looking towards the future and a quest to save a race from those who have decimated others including the Demons.
Demon Possession is about a woman, Analia, an escaped slave who you don't find out what she is until you are mostly to the end. Analia has special powers and is the reason for her captivity she thinks that only 200 years have past since becoming a slave but it turns out that it was twice that. The space ship that she stowaway on is run by a family of Demons, all of whom have a rough past when their planet is betrayed by those closest to them and ends up being destroyed. The demons have a hard time with trust and especially with their heart. Since Analia has been a slave for as long as she can remember she is very wary when captain Sebastian finds her and especially since there is an undeniable attraction that they each share. The story takes you along a journey to deliver cargo with stipulation in the contract that no one may enter or leave the ship and the trip could take several months. Along the way Analia and Sebastian fight against their innate desires and have to overcome the pains of their past and look toward their future while finding comfort with each other. The person that owned Analia before her escape is coming after her and by her being on the ship she endangers the entire crew, whom she has gotten to know, like and in some become the closest thing to a family she has ever had (that she can remember). Aanlia was very careful to not make her powers know to the others because she feared that they would use her like her old captive did, but once he catches up and starts to fire upon the ship she decided that sacrificing her life to save the others was worth it and she uses her gift to save everyone.
Once the contract is fulfilled it turns out that the intended recipient of the cargo was Analia and the truth of her past and what she is, is starting to be revealed and is the beginning of a quest to save her home planet and people.
The transition between POV is smooth and you don't have that abrupt change when reading between different characters. It adds to the story and the reader is able to get some background information as well as how others are taking in what is happening and the feelings of the others. The one thing that I felt was missing was more information about what exactly Analia went through for all those centuries, whither it was from her captive boating about it or from her explaining things or flashes of her memories. I feel as empty about her captivity as she does about past before becoming a slave.
- Demon Slave (Shadow Quest Book 2)
on July 09, 2013
I enjoyed reading Demon Slave. It incorporated much of the main characters from Demon Possession, but is mainly the story of Marik and Nadau (Analia’s sister).
In this story Marik is captured, he breaks out, kidnaps and saves the life of the local’s queen, discovers she is the person he is looking for, fights the horrors of his past, falls for the girl, accidently breaks an old demon law, fights for his future and fights for the woman he loves.
Nadau has lived the last 400 years not being able to have any physical contact because the Cyrellian’s skin is so cold it burns her skin and hers burns theirs. While living hundreds of years safe and sound the King dies and bestowed the position of Queen on Nadau until the rightful queen becomes old enough to rule. She is mostly successful except for those who want to overthrow her. When she meets up with Marik she has so many new feelings and she doesn’t know if it is because she hasn’t had physical contact for the last 400 years or something deeper. She fights these feelings for most of the book. She discovers that she had been betrayed, deceived, heartbroken, adjusts to her gift becoming more prevalent and is just trying to stay alive after the attack on her life and what is in store for her future.
The story flows really well even though the POV skips character to character. There is one instance where something happens between Sonya and Ethan and I feel like you are left wanting an explanation that never fully comes. There are a few other tidbits that leave you wondering but nothing like Sonya and Ethan.
- Man Seeks Woman - Man Seeks Woman 1
on July 23, 2013
I had 15 minutes to kill so I decided to pick up and read Man Seeks Woman, I ended up blowing off my other plans (aka sleeping) and read it in its entirety. I loved this story. Even though it reminded me of other storied I have read I felt more of a connection to the characters in Man Seeks Woman than the other stories. From a woman who has to also special order bras because no one carries 38K in their stores, I really appreciate that Vic's body is that of a real woman and not some fake supermodel the media makes sexy women out to be and is what every other author uses as their main characters especially in genre like this.
It is easy to relate to Vic, a woman that had a hard time growing up, has only the family that she chooses (friends), and like a bunch of people in the world is out of work and isn't able to find anything because she doesn't have the right look aka "barbie" she is trying really hard to find a job and even though she hates it and plans on paying them back, she is allowing her friend to pay for her rent amongst other things. She is a woman that speaks her mind and doesn't take crap from anyone.
Vic ends up going for an interview but after an hour of waiting with a room full of barbies she decides to leave and on her way out she is talked into going into the interview, which she blunders through, and even though she is asked to proceed onto the next step of the process she leaves because no one would choose her over a perfect barbie doll.
Things work out and Vic gets the job, but it isn't as easy as it should have been because along comes the ex and does everything she can to get back in to the life of Sebastian, including but not limited to threatening to kill her, belittling her about her past and much much much worse.
I love this book and cannot wait for the next one to come out!!!!!!!!!! :-)
Thanks Stephanie for such a pulse racing, breath holding, exciting book!!!
- Man Seeks Woman 2, Man Seeks Wife
on Dec. 02, 2013
Absolutely LOVE this book! I sat down and read it straight through. I love how Stephanie's characters are not the stereotypical people you read about or see on TV, but people that have substance. This allows the reader to be able to connect with the characters on a deeper level, able to feel their emotions and allows some semblance of the story actually being able to happen in real life.
i recommend this book to everyone!!!