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  • Immortal Desires (a Well of Souls novel) on April 03, 2012

    I received this book to review as part of the Read 2 Review on Goodreads and I REALLY enjoyed it. I read it in about a day. Once I started I could not put it down. The first few pages were a little difficult to follow because it was a new concept. Once I had the players in their roles, it was easy to follow and very enjoyable! I could not put it down. Laura Eno does an amazing job of creating characters that you feel for and root for. I found myself crying at one point, even though I knew what was coming. I just didn't want it to happen. I can't wait for the next book in this series. At least I hope there is another one! Happy Reading!
  • Demon's Moon on April 18, 2012

    Demon's Moon has a bit of everything in it.....demons, werewolves, vampires, witches, sorceresses. It also has a lot of sex in it without the sex. It seems like everyone was having sex every other page, but without the descriptive detail. I love paranormal books and shapeshifter stories are one of my favorite. There were some things I liked about this book and others I did not. I loved the battle scenes and reading about the fights was interesting. I was a bit disappointed in the final battle. I found it anti-climatic. I was also disappointed in Ceri that she didn't figure out how to win until the very last moment when I figured it out as soon as I read the prophecy. I also loved her pet demon Lily. Lily added a lightheartedness that was enjoyable and very much needed in the dark story. I also found her to be a fierce protector of Ceri and that made me lover her more. A couple of things I did not like were just flat out confusing to me. The beginning of the story focuses on Ceri and her doctoral work. New terminology had me struggling with the story at first but then it got easier to follow. I'm not sure why we spent so much time on her scientific research. I thought it was going to come into play later in the story but it never manifested. I also had a hard time following the mythology as she was conducting her research. It became more clear after she spoke with Alexandria and then even more clear as they approached the final battle. The first half of the book was a struggle for me to get through. The last half of the book was very good and I couldn't put it down after that point.
  • Water on April 25, 2012

    WOW! This is a great beginning to a new series. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the next one in the series. Terra does a great job of developing characters and story that are completely believable. The fear, skepticism, anger and curiosity all expressed by Kaitlyn make her seem like one of my friends. [ I fell in love with Micah right along with her and then I hated him with her as well. I think I hated him longer than she did! I could see the conflict with Shawn early on but had no idea it would take such a nasty turn. I have a few ideas in mind for his punishment! I thought Kaitlyn's use of the leaves, dirt and water to escape were original and clever. (hide spoiler)] There were a couple of grammatical errors that threw me for a loop when I was reading and I had to bad to re-read in those spots to make sure I understood what was going on. Overall, a very well written story and I'm looking forward to finding out what happens next!
  • Howl (Kane Wolves, 1) on May 28, 2012

    Annalise Grey does an outstanding job of weaving a story so believable and captivating you can’t stop reading it. I found myself getting teary eyed as Jaime and Sophie tried to find their way through their relationship. Part way through the story I figured out part of the mystery with the humans being killed. While I was correct in one aspect of the killings, I was taken by surprise by the rest of it. Ms. Grey does an excellent job of showing the emotions Sophie goes through as she embarks on her new role. Ms. Grey also adds in another element I love in books that are part of a series, the cliffhanger. While I love cliffhangers I hate having to wait until the next one comes out. So, now I must wait until the next one comes out to find out what Sophie does next. Follow this and more reviews at http://www.mysecretromancebookreviews...
  • A Demon Made Me Do It (Demonblood Series #1) on June 02, 2012

    Young adult novels are not my usual read. I like my stories to have a bit more edge to them in either the romance department or the suspense/mystery department. A Demon Made Me Do It manages to fill my need for more edge. This was a really good book and I couldn’t put it down once I started it. However, real life got in the way and it took me few days to read it. Ms. King weaves a wonderful story set in rural Virginia. Liora/Lucky, Kiernon, and Bones are loveable, even thought they’re demons, enigmatic characters. Liora/Lucky are truly two people inside of one and Ms. King did a fantastic job of building each person’s personality, quirks and flaws included. I don’t typically like books that change POV but this story was different in that regard. Switching between Liora and Lucky made sense and built the story in unbelievable and imaginative ways. Even though the chapters switched between Liora and Lucky it wasn’t really changing POV since they were both the same person, yet different. Kiernon was a very nice touch to the story since he could travel in both worlds, human and demon. His love and devotion to both Liora and Lucky was touching and managed to heal them both. This is a touching story with a bit of bad-ass thrown in. I held back on giving it 5 stars since I like a little more spice and steam in my romances. I realize it’s a YA novel and the amount spice and steam was appropriate for a YA novel, but I still want my spice and steam.
  • Fire with Fire (Demonblood Series #2) on June 24, 2012

    Wow! Just…..wow! Penelope King did it again! This story is just amazing. As soon as I started reading this story, I couldn’t put it down. It was a real page-turner for me. Young Adult is not a genre that generally appeals to me, but this series is unbelievable and I can’t wait to read the rest of them. I have to know what happens next. This series is a bit edgier than most Young Adult novels that I’ve read. I think that’s one of the reasons it appeals to me so much, on top of the fantastic writing! Liora/Lucky, Bones, and Kieron all are fascinating characters that really appeal to me. They all have their flaws and love each other in spite of them. I found myself cheering them on as they fought through their battles, emotional battles as well as physical battles. I also found myself crying for Liora/Lucky as she hit her most despondent moments. I also found myself crying at the loss of a beloved character, even if I do understand the reason for it. I don’t like it, but I understand it. I only hope he comes back to us in a later book. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. I’m very curious to see what lies in their future. I am also very curious to see what Corinne’s role in all of this becomes. She’s been a periphery character up until now and I hope we see more from her in later books. Unfortunately for now, I have to wait until the third book comes out. I’m eagerly awaiting it’s release!
  • Raven (The Carriena Oracles, Book One) on July 18, 2012

    This is really about 3.5 stars for me, so I rounded up. I enjoy Laura Eno's writing. Her stories are imaginative and fresh. Raven and Mikael are enjoyable characters who are finding their way in universe. They both have good hearts and try to do what's right. The romance between Raven and Mikael is light and sweet and the mystery of the oracles puts a little tension in the storyline. Overall, a good book and I'll definitely read the others in the series as they become available.
  • Not That Type of Guy on Aug. 07, 2012

    I was very excited about reading this book. The premise of the book has a lot of merit. Aiden is a CIA assassin who is struggling with his sexuality. Trace is a sweet, innocent, doctor who tempts Aiden. I had a really hard time connecting with the characters. I found I just didn't care. When I should have been upset Aiden and Trace were having problems, I just couldn't bring myself to be worried or upset about it. I also found parts of the plot a little difficult to believe. Things regarding Aiden's assignment and then the trip to the Poconos and then the Rio incident felt forced. The writing also felt flat. There didn't seem to be much steam and passion between Aiden and Trace. The parts I did like about the book. I loved that Aiden struggled so much with his sexuality, especially when his upbringing was brought up. He really struggled with things and tried to block and deny his homosexuality. He was very concerned with what other thought, his co-workers, family, and even strangers. It was interesting to watch how he dealt with all of this and hear his inner monologue regarding these concerns.
  • Siren Song on Sep. 30, 2012

    HOLY HOT HELL BATMAN! This is one HOT story! Lexi is an enigmatic character that lives life to the fullest and takes a no hold barred attitude. She wear outlandish outfits and doesn’t take crap from anybody. I want to be her when I grow up! Of course, Lexi is a Siren, she just doesn’t know it…..YET! Duncan is the typical Alpha Wolf that has to control everything around him. Then he meets Lexi and all bets are off! From the moment I started reading this story I was HOOKED! Right off the bat Lexi is doing body shots with her roommate and bar owner. Duncan decides to do a body shot off her and it was GAME ON! Unfortunately for him, Lexi passed out before they could do the deed. Over the next several weeks, the attraction between them grew astronomically. They were a combustible item looking for a place to explode. Every time they got in the same room with each other the sparks flew! This is a very straightforward story without much suspense or suffering. The sexual tension was phenomenal I would have liked to have had more suspense in the story. I’m really hoping there will be more in this series. There are some wonderful periphery characters that should get their own stories. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
  • Stone Lover on Nov. 14, 2012

    This review will also appear at My Secret Romance Book Reviews Blog I’m in love with gargoyles. Who knew? These are some really hot, sexy, wonderful gargoyles and I WANT ONE! Vaughn and Melanie are a fantastic couple that make you believe anything can happen. Their romance and passion are a tale for the ages! Love can conquer all! Melanie is drawn into Vaughn’s supernatural world and falls in love with him. Pesky little imps decide they want to keep her to themselves so they create all kinds of problems for her. Beware…all those pesky little problems we have aren’t gremlins, they’re f*ing imps (to quote Armand and Vaughn!). Melanie and Vaughn are willing to risk everything to be together. There’s nothing they wouldn’t do for each other, even if means giving up everything. Melanie is a strong heroine who finds her way in a strange new world. Vaughn is a wonderful hero who feels very deeply and wants to do anything for Melanie. There were several twists and turns in this story and all of them wonderful. I found myself crying at times and hoping at others. I love the world that A.C. has created. I’m so excited there are more stories in this series. It’s a wonderful world and I don’t want to leave it behind! A copy of this book was provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  • Darkness Comes on Dec. 25, 2012

    Oh my goodness! A.C. Warneke has introduced a wonderful world of vampires, slayers, and aliens! It’s awesome! Malorie lives is trying to live a normal life. The vampire war has ended and all she wants to do now is live a normal life with her son. All that changes on Christmas Eve when she gets caught at the mall during an open feed. Not only does Malorie get bit, she’s marked. Her once normal and peaceful life is about to change…..forever. Nothing is what she thought. Everything she knew is about to change. A.C. Wareneke’s vampires are not the sexy, mesmerizing creatures we know. They’re something else. Their creators are not vampires, yet they drink blood. They’re something more than vampire and they are mesmerizing! I loved the world A.C. Wareneke created! Malorie is a wonderful heroine. She’s grown up strong because she had to. She grew up fighting the vampires, protecting humans! They only thing she wants now is to protect her son and let him choose his own path, let him grow up normal and make normal choices. She tries so hard to do what’s best for him. Making these choices is not easy as she’s drawn to Feryn, but giving in to him means taking choices away from her son. Giving in to Feryn also means she gets to live a normal life. A life free of stress, worry, and she’ll be cherished and loved. How can she decide? What will she decide? (view spoiler) Darkness Comes is the first in a series and I’m eagerly waiting for the next one. I love vampires in all their variations. A.C. did something that I love and hate! She left us with a cliffhanger! I love cliffhangers because it means I get more of the stories and characters I love. I hate them because I have to wait so long for the next one to come out! I received a copy of this book from author as a prize in a contest.
  • Above the Dungeon on Jan. 21, 2013

    Emotional Intense Two words that describe Above the Dungeon to a T. The emotion is not a tear-jerker, emotional roller coaster, but more of a discovery of ones self and all the feelings that go along with that. Everything in this book is intense. Every scene, every conversation, every look is full of promise, discovery, or emotion. Dare fled his life to start over in the city. He’s staying with his cousin and working in a gay fetish bar. Roman owns the bar and the dungeon below it. Jeff is Roman’s slave. Roman takes a liking to Dare and brings him into the BDSM lifestyle as well as an introduction to enjoying men in a sexual way. Dare takes it all in stride while questioning things as he goes. It wasn’t an easy introduction for Dare, but he handled it well. Jeff takes all this in stride since it’s Roman’s will. This was an interesting story and one I loved to read. SM Johnson did a fantastic job with delivering a wonderful story and giving each character so much depth. A wide range of emotions were dealt with in this story. We had fear, jealousy, love, new love, lust, infatuation and acceptance. My only problem with this story was the changing of the POV. We kept flipping from Jeff’s POV to Dare’s POV. On top of that it switched from third person (Dare) to first person (Jeff). Every time there was a switch I was dropped out of the story. My suspension of disbelief was interrupted, and it took me a few minutes each time to get back into the story. Overall a very good story and I plan to read the second one in this series. I have to see how things turn out. There was no great cliffhanger at end of the story, but there were some unanswered questions. I received a copy of this book from the author.