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Blurb

While tracking down a killer, clues lead homicide detective, Viviane Taylor to suspect, Julian DeMatteo. From the get-go, DeMatteo unsettles and irritates her. He is a force she has never encountered, someone who excites her even though he is forbidden. Her instincts warn that he’s hiding something and she is determined to uncover those secrets.

As king of the vampires, Julian DeMatteo protects the immortal clans. So, when the beautiful, bullheaded cop embroils herself within his world, he must choose between the woman who reminds him of the humanity he has lost or his loyalty to his people.

As confusing emotions awaken inside her, Viviane can either accept her fate as the one chosen to save the immortal race or lose her soul to darkness. With Julian’s help, she fights an evil that would rip her apart in order to forge a new future with the homicide suspect who has stolen her heart.

Excerpt

Don’t push me away, Viviane,” he rasped in a hoarse gravel of sound. Except for the enticing tremor in her bottom lip, she stood like a statue, the curl of her eyelashes hiding her inquisitive, emerald eyes. Cupping her chin, he lifted her face and dropped his forehead onto hers.

Closing his eyes, his other senses sharpened on the woman quivering against him. Air whispered in and out of her lungs in ragged gasps. The soft brush of her hair teased his skin. The catch in her throat when his hand slid to the small of her back encouraged his slow acquisition of her.

He understood her wish to maintain a professional distance, but her body betrayed her as she leaned into him. With utmost care, his mouth grazed down her face, tasting the lush satin of her skin. Her breath caught. He stilled her halfhearted attempt to step away by pinning her at his side. Flattening his hand against her jaw to keep her from turning, his lips skirted across her cheek, angling toward her mouth. Her pulse skipped, and he smiled an instant before his lips touched hers. In an exquisite, painful burst, his heart exploded and light cascaded into the darkest corners of his soul.

No,” she gasped, planting her hands on his chest, but his desire to claim her was too strong. He slammed her against the wall with his body and kissed her with a roughness that required no less than total submission.

Focused. Strong. True.

 

Review — Into the Darkness by K.F. Breene

I love it when I pick up a book not having any expectations and it totally blows me away. INTO THE DARKNESS was one of those books … it blew my socks off! Wow! What a surprise read this turned out to be.

As an orphan, Sasha has grown up on the outside. She’s not popular or a great student, and to top it off, sees people that others can’t—invisible people she calls shadow men. Fortunately, she has her boyfriend who keeps her on track until her life changes one night when these shadow people turn out to be real!

It took me a few pages to get hooked, but once Sasha met the shadow men and their leader, Stefan, I couldn’t put INTO the DARKNESS down. The chemistry between Sasha and Stefan is intense and hot. Although they try to deny their feelings, especially Stefan, the attraction they have for each other is undeniable and builds quickly.

While I loved the romance between Sasha and Stefan, I also thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Breene’s dialogue. Dialogue can be hard to write in a way that’s not stilted or awkward, yet Ms. Breene’s wit and humor had me laughing aloud in places. The banter between Sasha and Charles is just too funny!

I believe Ms. Breene keeps INTO the DARKNESS as a free read, so it was easy for me to give it a try, and I’m glad I did. Great chemistry between the main characters and strong supporting characters, along with excellent world-building and a strong magical premise will keep me reading this series.

Focused. Strong. True.

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Into the Darkness — K.F. Breene

Review — Archangel’s Storm by Nalini Singh

Jason, the spymaster, was the focus of this book in the Guild Hunter series. What a tough childhood Jason endured, a childhood that molded his adult life. Distancing himself from people and the rest of the world, I couldn’t help but feel for him and his self-imposed aloneness. Enter Mahiya, a beautiful princess who also has endured pain and loneliness, but has fought to remain true to her spirit instead of becoming jaded. I loved their journey together, how they found the courage to trust each other, and as a result, make each other happy. The ending was beautiful.

Raphael’s seven are such an amazing group of broken men. I can’t help but enjoy their stories and hope they all find their happily-ever-after.

Strong. Focused. True.

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Archangel’s Storm — Nalini Singh

Review — Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

DARK LOVER was a good, solid read. I loved the relationship between Beth and Wrath and enjoyed the banter and camaraderie among the brothers. The world-building was strong and inventive. I thought the internal monologs inside the characters’ heads were really funny at times.

What dropped DARK LOVER to a 4 star read for me are personal reasons. I had a hard time connecting with Butch at first. As a once upon a time cop who still works for the department, his disregard for police protocol really bothered me, regardless of the tragedies in his life. I know that makes no sense, right? Here’s a book about vampires and I’m totally accepting of that premise, but a bad cop bothers me! Go figure. However, I did warm up to Butch once he met up with the brothers. (Actually, I really enjoyed how he fit in with the brothers).

I also had a hard time with the way Wrath treated Marissa for all those years, but maybe there’s hope for her yet?

DARK LOVER is a high-quality paranormal romance and I’m glad I had the opportunity to read it. I will read more from this author.

Focused. Strong. True.

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Dark Lover — J.R. Ward

Review — Consumed by Rebecca Zanetti

CONSUMED wasn’t my favorite in the Dark Protector series. I had a hard time connecting with the main characters, Katie and Jordan, who are cougar shifters. (I think I might have a problem with shifters as the driving characters in a story. However, I need to analyze this revelation further by reading more shifter books before I come to a definite conclusion, and that’s a different story).

But with that said, I still really enjoyed this book. Ms. Zanetti has introduced several characters in the Dark Protectors series and she excels by including tidbits about them throughout her books. She doesn’t completely abandon them after telling their story, but continues their storylines as she releases new books. So, even though my favorite characters were secondary in CONSUMED, I got to see how they were doing and learn how they’ve fared. (I’m so impressed she can illustrate their different personalities and weave their information throughout the main story). And because she included them in CONSUMED, I’m totally stoked about PROVOKED. Just hold on Jase, your brothers will save you! I know they will!

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Consumed - Rebecca Zanetti

Review — Shadowfever (Fever #5) by Karen Marie Moning

The first word that comes to mind about this series and SHADOWFEVER is, WOW! What a fantastic story! Usually, I get bored with a series as long as this one, I mean five books is a huge undertaking to the keep characters and storyline interesting. These books, however, were just the opposite—the more I read, the more I couldn’t stop. This series became my addiction, one book blurring into the next until I didn’t even know what book I was reading. To have a series consume me in such a way is incredible, and a little embarrassing to admit.

Although I loved the ending, I’m now at a loss because I’ll miss Mac and Barrons so much—too much. Very well done, Ms. Moning. Thank you.

Focused. Strong. True.

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Shadowfever — Karen Marie Moning

Review — Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

This book—tempted and teased me, tested my patience, drove me crazy—in short, consumed my attention for two days. I love the world Ms. Moning created within the confines of modern urban society, the hidden world that normal people don’t see with hideous and stunningly beautiful Fae creatures walking among us clueless humans. Her story is complex, well written, and executed beautifully.

While Mac is not the heroine I initially envisioned, she grew on me instantly with her constant inner banter. She’s one funny gal! Jericho Barrons is dark, mysterious, not human (I don’t think anyway, I’m not sure what he is), and sexy as hell. I have a selfish reason for not giving DARKFEVER five stars—romance. I’m a romance addict. And while there is sexual tension between Mac and Barrons (achingly so), I wanted more. This isn’t a romance novel and doesn’t even claim to be so I shouldn’t even take that into consideration with my review, but Ms. Moning does such an excellent job of teasing my romantic proclivities  with glimpses of what could be, and what may be in the future that she’s guaranteed my continued reading of the series.

If you start this book, I only hope you have nothing else planned for the next two days because you won’t get anything else accomplished.

Focused. Strong. True.

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DarkFever — Karen Marie Moning

Review — Dark Legend by Christine Feehan

I’ve read some of Ms. Feehan’s earlier books in this Dark Carpathian series. I enjoyed them then and DARK LEGEND proved no different. DARK LEGEND is a great continuation in the Carpathian novels. Ms. Feehan’s writing style is sweeping and lyrical, and left no doubt in my mind about the characters’ feelings toward each other. Francesca is a strong, independent woman who has forged her own way in life. I admired her achievements and her compassion. ­­­Gabriel is the strong, egotistical Carpathian male who, ironically, seemed a bit more in touch with his emotional self than I remember from the previous books. Although both characters were well written and I enjoyed them a lot, what truly excited me was, Lucian, the “evil” twin brother. Parts of the book even seemed more like a build-up for the next book, DARK PROTECTOR, which is about Lucian. Of course, DARK PROTECTOR is now on my to-be-read list.

DARK LEGEND is another exciting read by an author who provides a reliable satiation to my reading addiction.

Focused. Strong. True.

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Dark Legend — Christine Feehan

Review — Fated by Rebecca Zanetti

Fantastic Start to a Series!

For those who’ve been fans of the Dark Protectors series since the beginning, you’re probably wondering where the hell I’ve been. Well, all I can say in my defense is that I was a little slow. Actually, after starting a string of books that I couldn’t finish, I was growing dismayed in my inability to find something to sink my teeth into (pardon the pun). But thankfully, Ms. Zanetti restored my faith in great storytelling.

FATED by Rebecca Zanetti is a wonderful start to the Dark Protectors series. I love Ms. Zanetti’s writing style…absolutely love it! Her dialogue is sharp and witty while the storyline is a fantastic twist on the vampire theme. The heroine, Cara, is everything I look for in a lead character—strong, smart, passionate, funny—but not perfect. Talen is amazing, possessing all the attributes of a larger than life hero. He’s one HOT male!

For paranormal readers who like a good vampire story, I truly believe you’ll enjoy Dark Protectors. And for those fans who’ve already read SHADOWED (the 8th book in the series) and are now waiting in the bleachers with bated breath for the next one, well, scoot over. Although I still have 6 books to read, I’ll be sitting beside ya soon.

Focused. Strong. True.

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Fated — Rebecca Zanetti

Review — Claimed by Rebecca Zanetti

Since I’m starting to sound like a broken record concerning Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protectors series, I’ll most likely make this my last review and just rate the rest as I read them. CLAIMED is my favorite in the series so far. I loved Emma, and Dage is a hero to die for. Ms. Zanetti’s witty dialogue and sense of humor between the characters makes the book a fun, exciting read.

What I truly admire about Ms. Zanetti’s style is that she introduces secondary characters gradually, but integrates them in such a way that by the next book, I’m eager to read more about these well fleshed out personalities. That’s talent, and what a great way to hook the reader on the next book…like me!

CLAIMED, just another great book by a great author.

Focused. Strong. True.

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Claimed — Rebecca Zanetti
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