Graelen Scott is one of four brothers - two sets of twins –all four are witches born under a family curse which forces them to live apart from each other. Rena Gallagher is staff historian at the Museum of Art History in San Diego specializing in tarot history. Rena has been commissioned to study an ancient deck of tarot cards, during her research she discovers a connection to Grae’s family and goes to his house to question him about it. From the moment Grae and Rena meet sparks fly, literally, and they soon discover their attraction to each other is something neither of them can deny. Grae discovers Rena is in possession of a deck of tarot cards that has disappeared from his family’s vault and is distrustful of her explanation as to why she has sought him out. Despite Grae’s misgivings he agrees to help Rena and their search for the truth behind the tarot cards leads them into a journey of dark danger and sensual delight.
From the very first paragraph of this novella you know you are in for a hot ride. Grae is obviously a very strong witch with strong desires and a bit over bearing. You should hate him for these traits but you just can’t help being attracted to him. Rena is a bit mousy at times and at other times she is strong as steal, she is intelligent and, oh by the way, a strong empath. You can’t help but feel sorry for her having to feel all of Grae’s emotions and want to tell her to just run away. There are a few secondary characters introduced, Grae’s brother Cash and eventually Rena’s mysterious client. We don’t get much background on anyone in the story but do find out Cash has anger issues and he’s not very likeable.
This is a short novella, easily read in a couple of hours and with enough of a story line to keep you interested through the whole thing. I have to admit I would have liked a little more background on the family curse and a little more depth of the characters, but it is a short novella and I understand that there just wasn’t enough time to give the reader more. This is semi-erotica but there is a story here, not just one sex scene after another one. The sex scenes are slightly explicit but not so much so that they overshadow the story. If you enjoy a good steamy story with a little bit of a mystery, you will enjoy this novella.
It’s the year 2187, Lila Howell works for the Security Ministry as an archival historian where she records the autobiographies of those who had lived through the passing. On her next assignment she is sent to interview Susanne Newton who is living in hospice with her best friend Larissa. Rumor has it that Susanne can name the Southern Dragon who supposedly defeated the last war lord, Heavenly Wind. The powers that be at the Security Ministry would like Lila to get that name. During the course of her interviews with Susanne, Lila begins to feel an attachment to Susanne and Larissa and they convince her not all is as the New Dawn government would have the citizens to believe.
This is a complicated book and not all that easy to read and understand. The book begins with a prologue that puts the events leading up to 2187 in order, which helps but the author has built a world that has all sorts of complicated laws mixed with a touch of the paranormal. Futuristic novels can be a bear to write, after all what will the future bring. Some are able to pull it off, some not. Ms. Hunt just couldn’t quite hit the mark. Like a lot of author’s she has chosen the path that there will be some high tech gadgets in the future, citizens will have very few freedoms and, of course, there will be rebellion. I couldn’t seem to get involved with the characters, Lila is a mousy sort of thing that takes everything she has been told and doesn’t dispute it. Susanne and Larissa have some mystery surrounding them and I did like them better than Lila. There were a number of supporting characters in the book, Lila’s best friend Ervin, Susanne’s nephew Kris, bad guys Aron Kirby and Brad Colon and a few assorted others that just seem to be along for the ride.
There were a number of editing errors in the book, even to point that Lila’s last name gets confused with someone else. The concept was not bad and there were moments that I thought, ahhh we are getting somewhere now, but they were few and far between. I didn’t hate the book, I was just glad when I finished it. I think with some good editing and little re-write there is promise here; it’s just not quite there yet.
4 1/2 stars
Right in the middle of a kick ass rock and roll dream in which he is the star, Matt Johnston awakens to someone trying to smother him with a pillow. Knocking his assailant away from him, he discovers it’s a small framed girl who has a huge grudge against him. Years ago a person with his name wrote a nasty letter to the producers of a series that had just begun which was going to give her father his big break as an actor. The series was cancelled and her father eventually committed suicide, now the girl is out to seek revenge against the man she thinks is responsible. Thus begins a series of events, each more bizarre than the previous, that will take Matt from his small town life as a guitar teacher/band member to the world of mobsters and cults.
Full of great one liners, ex-hippies and behind the scenes glimpses into the world of music, this book was just downright fun to read. Poor Matt just tries to do the right thing and manages to get himself into one scrape after another. He lives at home with his onetime ex-Woodstock hippy grandmother who grows “medicinal” pot in a greenhouse in the back, teaches guitar to make money to partially support himself all the while try to stem off advances of horny cougars, plays in a Rush tribute band on the side and really, isn’t that a good enough life for anyone? This book is full of quirky, off kilter characters, Matt himself goes by the name Lerxst who is the guitarist for Rush, and he is possibly the most normal person around. Lerxst manages to get himself into the kind of trouble that puts him on the run from the police, while trying to figure out how to get himself out his mess he finds out there is more to his little, peaceful family than he ever could have imagined.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this book to read it, while a child of the 70s Rush wasn’t the kind of music I listened to and a book about a tribute band to them didn’t sound like my cup of tea. How wrong can a person be? I loved this book, Lerxst manages to take everything that happens in stride and still maintain a sense of humor, which you just gotta love. The characters he is surrounded by are just weird enough to keep you interested and there is a decent little plot twist going on that you will not see coming. The only off thing for me was there were a lot of references to Rush, their music, band members that, not being a fan, I just didn’t get. There is a tiny little bit of violence in the book and some sex, although neither are explicit or offensive and are integral to the story. The plot is a little complicated but works itself out and you don’t mind since you tend to get caught up in the fun of it all. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys quirky characters, fun off beat adventures, snappy dialogue and just a little bit of a mystery thrown in.
George Mason is a successful suspense writer with three published novels about true crimes, for which he has received a good deal of money. He lives a quiet life, he spends his time alone, walking and writing and that is how he likes it. Unfortunately, his life as a writer is a lie; he actually received the manuscripts for his books anonymously and was told to publish them, so he did. He’s never felt comfortable with this arrangement and vows to actually write his next novel himself, this is not going well. Then he receives yet another manuscript, after some research he finds this is also a true case and against his better judgment contacts the FBI. His life takes a bizarre and dangerous turn from there and he runs for his life from both the bad and good guys.
I would like to say this was a well written book, but I just can’t. The editing was so bad that it made it painful to read. There were places in the book where first person was used and the next sentence, third person. Throughout the book homonyms were used, sentences repeated over and over, the same thought repeated chapters later, etc. The writing style seemed to be either that of a person who did not speak English as a first language or that of a very young person. While we did learn a bit about George, the other characters he interacted with were just along for the ride.
The concept behind the book was a good one; it just wasn’t carried out well. I think if this book were sent back to the drawing board, reworked and sent to a good editor it might have a chance, but as it stands now I just can’t recommend it.
Set in the middle of nowhere Alaska, the V.V. Inn caters to the discerning vampire who desires to have all his/her fantasies come true. Owned by Dria (known as Vivian to her staff) a master vampire, and her human husband Rafe, the V.V. Inn is known for its excellent service and attention to detail. When they offer a chance for a week vacation for vampires and werewolves to hunt down – and kill – a rogue vampire, they get an eclectic mix of clientele turning up. Now the hunt is on, but will be guests be the hunters or the hunted, and is the rogue really guilty as charged? Vivian, Rafe and their staff have their work cut out for them, loyalties will be tested and everyone might not make it out alive.
Once again Ms. Ellisson has given us a fun, exciting adventure to share in. Told from the point of view of Vivian, Rafe and a number of their staff, The Hunt is jam packed with exciting hunt scenes, juicy sex scenes and a more in depth glimpse into the past lives of characters we met in the previous book, Vampire Vacation.
Vivian is an ex-enforcer, very old, very smart, very sexy woman. I’m a little scared of her and a little in awe of her. She manages her baser instincts well, but they slip a little during the hunt and give us a few spine tingling moments. Rafe, her husband, is just plain out and out yummy. He is devoted to Vivian (and she to him) and balances her out in every way. They are most definitely the perfect couple.
We see more of Jon, Vivian’s werewolf servant in this book; he is madly in love with Vivian and doesn’t really hide it well. Vivian, Rafe and Jon have an unusual relationship and the interactions between the three of them are at times fun to watch and at times, painful. Rafe for the most part, tolerates Jon, sometimes he loves him, sometimes he likes him and sometimes he hates him, but there is a definite sexual tension going on between the three of them.
The rest of the cast of characters are as varied and different as any staff of an Inn would be (well if they were vampires). It was fun getting to see what was going on their minds, and seeing how they were dealing with being in Vivian’s seethe.
The author starts the book out with a foreword that mentions she lost her nephew while writing the book and how difficult it was to finish the book. She ended up naming a character after him, and even naming the characters best friend after her nephew’s best friend. It was very touching to read.
This book is darker than the first book, it has many more gory scenes (it is a hunt after all) and fewer explicit sex scenes. Don’t be mistaken, they are there, they just don’t occur as often as they did in the first book.
I loved this book and my only problem with it was the method of telling it from different POV’s. I’m not a fan of this, although the author handled it well, it’s just not a favorite of mine. To make matters worse for me, I truly wasn’t that interested in one particular character's POV, so I tended to just skim over his telling of the story.
There was a set up for another installment in the end, no drop off cliffhanger here, just a setup. I can’t wait to read the next one, since I had a number of unanswered questions about some of the characters that I’m hoping will be answered.
All in all, this is another home run, and I have no problem recommending it to anyone who enjoys a good vampire hunt and a mystery, with some lusty moments thrown in.
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team