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Review of “Dark Skye” – Kresley Cole

ETERNAL OBSESSION
 

As a boy, Thronos, prince of Skye Hall, loved Lanthe, a mischievous Sorceri girl who made him question everything about his Vrekener clan. But when the two got caught in the middle of their families’ war, tragedy struck, leaving Thronos and Lanthe bitter enemies. Though centuries have passed, nothing can cool his seething need for the beautiful enchantress who scarred his body—and left an even deeper impression on his soul.

ENDLESS YEARNING
 

Lanthe, a once-formidable sorceress struggling to reclaim her gifts, searches for love and acceptance with all the wrong immortal suitors. But she’s never forgotten Thronos, the magnificent silver-eyed boy who protected her until she was ripped from the shelter of his arms. One harrowing night changed everything between them. Now he’s a notorious warlord with a blood vendetta against Lanthe, hunting her relentlessly.

 
CAN THE HEAT OF DESIRE BURN BRIGHTER THAN VENGEANCE?
 

With their families locked in conflict and battles raging all around them, will Thronos and Lanthe succumb to the brutal chaos that threatens everything they cherish? Or will the fragile bond they formed so long ago spark a passion strong enough to withstand even the darkest doubts?

 
 
I’ve been a fan of the IAD series since I read A Hunger Like No Other
 
Why?
 
Kresley can write a scene where you feel immersed in the battle with the hero and heroine. However with that said, I found the first half of this installment slower than the other fourteen. Around the midway point, Nix showed up and things got interesting. Gotta love that  soothsayer, she knows how to breathe life into a situation. 
 
Despite my ‘eh’ feelings for the first couple hundred pages, I did enjoy Thronos and Lanthe’s story. There was passion, sweet moments, scenes filled with anguish and of course a HEA. Everything synonymous with a Kresley story.  
 
 
Heart rating system:
1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤1/2
 
 

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Review of “Hot Chocolate” – Anthology by four fabulous authors!

“Not Abigail” – Suzanne Forster
Abigail’s handsome boss, Max, wanted her to find him a wife! Them a sip of delectable love potion made Max fall for his lovely assistant. But was his love forever or fleeting?
 
“Tangled Sheets” – Lori Foster
Night after night, bar owner Cole Winston was seduced by prim and proper Sophie Sheridan’s way with hot chocolate ..until her sexy and outrageous twin, Shelly, walked into the bar…
 
 
 
 
“Buried in Her Heart” – Elda Minger
A luxurious bed-and-breakfast hosting a chocolate convention wasn’t the standard business lodging for Abby and Jack. But one taste of the convention’s delights, and they were tantalized – with each other…

 

“Ecstasy” – Fayrene Preston
Brenna’s fudge recipe was a huge hit at her cafe, and tycoon Hayden Garrett wanted it – and Brenna. But how far would he go to make them both his own. 
 
 
Review 
 
As the front cover proclaims, this collection of short stories are “sweet, steamy, and very satisfying”. For anyone who loves chocolate, I’m sure you’ll be craving a sugary treat after reading any of these stories. For me, I was most definitely thirsting for a a hot cocoa. And speaking of hot cocoa, I’m totally going to try the recipe Elda supplied to her readers in “Buried in Her Heart”. It sounds delicious! 
 
Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤
 

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Review of “Unbelievable” – Lori Foster

JUNE 29, 2010
 
Fantasy

Brandi really means it when she says “Oh, you shouldn’t have” to her sister’s outrageous birthday gift—a five-day dream vacation to a lovers’ retreat…lover included. Just what is she going to do in paradise with sexy stranger Sebastian Sinclair? Anything and everything she wants.

Tantalizing

Josie Jackson was growing tired of a constant stream of yawninducing blind dates, courtesy of her dear, meddling sister. But Nick Harris wasn’t the stuffy, straitlaced workaholic that Josie had come to expect. In fact, he was just the opposite—tall, dark and ready to give little Miss Josie Jackson a night to remember.

 
 
In both stories, the couples fell for each fast and neither couple opened up to the feelings right away. But isn’t that the way in real life (at times)? One person (or both) are too afraid to own up to their feelings for fear of rejection, nerves, etc. 
 
Even though I liked the major players in the two stories, I have to say without Gramps part in “Tantalizing”, I think I would’ve had enjoyed it as much. That old man was a sly fox who still had “game”. Oh yeah, Gramps “got his groove back”. 🙂
 
Heart rating system – 1
(lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤
 
 
 

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Review of “Born of Fury” – Sherrilyn Kenyon

 
 
 

Original Publication Date: July 01, 2014
Setting: Ichidian Universe

 
The war is on…

Counted among the fiercest Andarion warriors ever born, Hauk is one of the five founding members of the Sentella- an organization that has declared war on the League that rules the Ichidian universe with an iron fist and terrifies it with an army of well-trained assassins. Hauk’s enemies are legion, but he fears nothing and no one. He will do whatever it takes to survive and protect his Sentella brethren.
Sumi Antaxas is one of the best assassins the League has ever trained. In her world, failure is not an option and she has never met a target she couldn’t execute. So when she’s assigned Hauk, she believes it’ll be a quick and easy mission.
But nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and Hauk is far better…

 
 
 
Sherrilyn, once again, had me hating some characters and loving others. And if you read the book yet, you know Dariana is a real piece of work. She’s a cold-hearted bitch and a lousy mother. If you haven’t read the latest installment yet, believe me… you’ll be agreeing with my assessment of her for sure once you do. Bank on it!
 
Hauk -no male deserved love and affection more than him. I liked him before. Now, I love him. His loyalty to his friends and family is admirable. 
Oh, let me mention how sweet him and little Kalea were together. She was just a doll and I cracked up during their interactions. 
(No spoilers who she is to him)
 
Darice and Hauk – Despite how much grief and snide comments Darice threw his way, he always embraced the young male. Darice standing up for Hauk (finally) was one of my favorite scenes. He sure grew up in this book and became the man I knew he could be. Way to go, Darice! 
 
Sumi – She’s a woman not to trifle with. Basically, the perfect woman for Hauk! 
 
For the rest of Hauk”s family, you can’t go wrong with entertainment when Syn, Maris, Darling, Nyk, and Hauk get together. So many comedic moments! Love it and I loved this book! 
 
Heart rating system:
1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤❤

 
 

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Review of “Fireborn” – Keri Arthur

Release date July 1 2014
From New York Times bestselling author Keri Arthur comes a brand new series featuring heroine Emberly Pearson—a phoenix capable of taking on human form, and cursed with the ability to foresee death…
 
Emberly has spent a good number of her many lives trying to save humans. So when her prophetic dreams reveal the death of Sam, a man she once loved, she does everything in her power to prevent that from happening. But in saving his life, she gets more than she bargained for.
 
Sam is working undercover for the Paranormal Investigations Team, and those who are trying to murder him are actually humans infected by a plague-like virus, the Crimson Death—a by-product of a failed government experiment that attempted to identify the enzymes that make vampires immortal. Now, all those infected must be eliminated.
 
But when Emberly’s boss is murdered and his irreplaceable research stolen, she needs to find the guilty party before she goes down in flames… 

 

 
 
I’ve read many sci-fi/fantasy/supernatural books in my time. Many (but not all) seem to have a recurring theme when it’s the first book in the series. The author overloads the reader with the history of the characters and you almost need a notepad/pen with a diagram to remember it all. 
 
I’m glad Keri didn’t overwhelm us with too much information. She slowly introduced us to the Red cloaks, the major players attempting to stop them, and left enough mystery behind where the reader will want to come back for seconds. 
 
Good job, Keri. I look forward to the next book in this series. 
 
Heart rating system:
1 (lowest) and 5 (highest)  
Score: ❤❤❤❤
 
 

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