#BookReview : The Warrior Vampire by Kate Baxter

Reviewer: Kate

I received a copy of The Warrior Vampire  by Kate Baxter in exchange for an honest review.

the vampire warrorSynopsis:

The vampire was built for sin, every inch of him tight and bulky with corded muscle. A killer, that much was apparent, and she couldn’t help but wonder if his appetite for violence would rival his appetites for other…things.

A WOMAN SEDUCED
Naya Morales is no ordinary mortal. Born with a shaman’s power, she has devoted her life to tracking down stolen magic-and punishing those who take it. But one fateful night, she follows the alluring call of a sensual magic that is too glorious to be true-and finds herself face to face with a stunningly handsome thief who is too magnificent to resist…

A VAMPIRE ENSLAVED
From the moment he sees her, Ronan knows Naya is his mate. Driven by a deep, almost mystical connection, he aches for her body, hungers for her blood, and swears their souls are anchored together. Naya refuses to believe the words of a vampire-or risk the wrath of her tribe. But when she tries to make Ronan her prisoner, neither chains of silver nor fires of hell can help her escape the truth: she is the one who’s been captured, in The Warrior Vampire by Kate Baxter.

Review:

Yum yum yum. Kate Baxter started the Last True Vampire series off right in her debut novel of the same name, and oh my does she follow it up well with The Vampire Warrior. The vampires were almost extinct, only one was left Michael. You think, this is a good thing, right? Why on earth would we want blood sucking vampires around to feed on us. Well, let me tell you, if they are as hot as Michael and Ronan, I am soooo rooting for Michael to reboot the race. Ok enough about how sexy I think these vamps are, here’s the lowdown:

When Naya, a witch, and Ronan, a vamp, instantly bond at first sight all kinds of things get totally messed up. And that’s where the fun begins.

Baxter does a commendable job blending lore to create her own supernatural world. Witches, shape shifters, vampires, werewolves, berserkers, oh my! There is a lot going on here, but Baxter weaves it all together seamlessly. If paranormal is your thing, you’ve got it here in spades.

Baxter also writes beautiful strong female characters who are every bit a match for their hunky, hulk mates. Naya is no exception. Powerful, proud, Naya is my kind of heroine; her flaws and fallibility are a welcome reminder that every strength is mirrored by a weakness, and that’s what makes us human(ish).

In her world building, Baxter continues to evolve her story to support the rich menagerie of characters she has created. This installment, like the last, has left me wanting more and waiting eagerly for the May 2016 release of Dark Vampire.

Rating: 4 Stars

 


#BookReview : Passion Ignites by Donna Grant

Reviewer: Kate

I received a copy of Passion Ignites by Donna Grant in exchange for an honest review.

passion ignitesSynopsis:

He consumed her with that kiss, leaving no question that whatever was happening between them was meant to be-that it had always been meant to be…

HE LOVES FOR ETERNITY
Thorn is the bad boy of the Dragon Kings, a gorgeous, reckless warrior whose passions run wild and fury knows no bounds. When he sees the brave, beautiful Lexi being lured into the Dark Fae’s trap, he has no choice but to rescue her from a fate worse than death. But by saving this tempting mortal, he exposes himself to his fiercest enemy-and darkest desires. As the war between Dragons and Fae heats up, so does the passion between Lexi and Thorn. And when love is a battlefield, the heart takes no prisoners…

SHE LIVES FOR VENGEANCE
Lexi is on a mission of justice. Every day, she searches for the monster who murdered her friend. Every night, she hides in the shadows and plots her revenge. But the man she seeks is more dangerous than she ever imagined. He is one of the Dark Fae who preys on human life, who uses his unearthly power to seduce the innocent, and who is setting a trap just for her. Nothing can save Lexi from a creature like this-except the one man who’s been watching her every move…in Passion Ignites by New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant.

Review:

I’m totally a sucker for big burly sensitive men. Thorn should be a prick but when he sees brave, beautiful, totally-in-over-her-head Lexi bravely and stupidly trying to avenge her best friend’s murder, something inside of him softens just enough to change the fate of the Dragon Kings. This seventh installment in the Dark Kings series proves what fans of Donna Grant already know—dragons are addictive.

Once you get started you won’t want to stop.

Danger, destiny, death and desire. There is a war on earth and, as usual, we stupid humans odn’t know anything about it. The Dragon Kings are trying to protect us, but the Dark Fae are quickly closing in luring us all to our deaths one by one in an attempt to take over the earth. Caught in the middle of this war Lexi doesn’t know what she’s getting into when she starts stalking those who look like the man who killed her best friend. The King’s aren’t supposed to care about individual humans, they are simply supposed to protect the hordes. But love changes things.

In reading this novel, I felt very much like Lexi, caught up in the middle of something I didn’t know was happening, joining the story in the middle. But Grant is a wizard of a writer, able to engage new comers to the series without being monotonous for those already fully entrenched. This book makes me want to go back and read all the others, and I’m totally ready for Smoldering Hunger the next book in the series out December 29, 2015!

This was suggested to me as a Halloween read, but I’m thinking it’s a much better Christmas gift. If you’re still looking for last minute gifts, match this to readers on your nice list. It’s sure to make their holiday happy!

Rating: 4 Stars



#BookReview : Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz

Reviewer: Kate

I received a copy of Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz in exchange for an honest review.

secret sistersSynopsis:

They knew his name, the man who tried to brutally attack twelve-year-old Madeline in her grandmother’s hotel. They thought they knew his fate. He wouldn’t be bothering them anymore…ever. Still their lives would never be the same.

Madeline has returned to Washington after her grandmother’s mysterious death. And at the old, abandoned hotel—a place she never wanted to see again—a dying man’s last words convey a warning: the secrets she and Daphne believed buried forever have been discovered.

Now, after almost two decades, Madeline and Daphne will be reunited in friendship and in fear. Unable to trust the local police, Madeline summons Jack Rayner, the hotel chain’s new security expert. Despite the secrets and mysteries that surround him, Jack is the only one she trusts…and wants.

Jack is no good at relationships but he does possess a specific skill set that includes a profoundly intimate understanding of warped and dangerous minds. With the assistance of Jack’s brother, Abe, a high-tech magician, the four of them will form an uneasy alliance against a killer who will stop at nothing to hide the truth….

Review:

Evocative, funny, hot—Secret Sisters is one of the best romantic suspense novels I’ve read this year. I loved this book! From the first page, there is an edginess that crawls under your skin and doesn’t release you until the very end. The tension of cold, calculating murder and simmering, suppressed lust will make your blood race and your heart pound.

And the great thing about this one—you will never guess who done it! That I can appreciate. Once I figure out who the culprit is, I rarely feel the need to finish the book (yes, yes, I know it’s about the journey and not the destination, but lack of suspense in a suspense novel kinda kills the joy for me). No need to worry about that in Secret Sisters. And if you are like my mother and you read the end first, you’ll still have to read the middle to really figure it all out. Krentz has given this plot some hardy twists, and with so many villainous characters it’s a tough mystery to crack.

And I’ve only told you about the mystery… I didn’t even get to the hot hot hot security specialist (Jack) and his hot hot hot cybergeek brother (Abe). Oh oh oh. Let me tell you, there is more mystery beyond the odd murders surrounding the secret that Madeline shares with her sister of the heart. These two brothers are a totally different case, and each incredibly worthy of investigation. Krentz does a fabulous job setting us up for the sequel (read and you’ll know what I mean).

The sweetness of these secret sisters is a testament to the type of bond that can only be forged in the fires of adolescence. Which introduces a welcome love storyline outside of the typical romantic interests. Krentz provides welcome context to the notion of girl power, creating two amazing heroines who couldn’t be more different but are linked in sisterhood and friendship.

If you love romance with some meat, a story that both you can really sink your teeth into and give your mind and body a bit of tease, this is the book for you. This would make the perfect HOLIDAY GIFT for the romance lover in your life. Stuff some stockings with this gem, and you’ll be sure to make your loved readers merry.

Rating: 4 ½ Stars