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Monday, August 31, 2009

Calling The Wild by Lila Dubois

Calling The Wild by Lila Dubois
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full (235 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Holly

Destiny is waiting…

Moira doesn’t know who’s hunting her, but she knows why. In her youth she unleashed a deadly force that killed everything within range—a strange power she has vowed never to use again.

Needing protection, she risks a bit of the old magic to call for backup. She gets more than she asks for. A lot more. A proud, sexually magnetic, enraged centaur who’s far from a quiet, obedient servant.

Kiron at first tries to intimidate the witch into freeing him, but she possesses more backbone than the average human. When she’s attacked again, he realizes she’s not a real witch. In fact, she’s not even human. And the sparks flying between them have nothing to do with the magical shackles that bind them together.

Curiosity grows to admiration, then to a love that in the end may not be enough to protect her. Moira’s enemies are closing in, intending to harness her power to restore a dark kingdom that has lain dormant for a thousand years.

There’s only one, heart-wrenching way out—give herself over to the full extent of her powers hoping that her true destiny lies with Kiron, and not in fulfilling a prophecy of death.

Calling The Wild is a cross country search for truth. Moira has been on the run for over a year, trying to keep the dark from taking her. She has power, but not enough to fight what’s chasing her. She performs a ritual, and calls a creature from the Wild and binds him to her to boost her power. What she gets is Kiron, a centaur, who is angry at being enslaved. He believes Moira is trying to gain power for evil reasons, and tries to keep from helping. There are several very important questions to this story, all crucial to the outcome of Moira’s story. Who or what is after Moira? What is she looking for, and where is it to be found? And most important of all, who or what is Moira?

Lila Dubois has written a compelling tale of mystery, adventure and passion for life. The central theme in this is Moira’s search for the truth of why she is being pursued and by whom. The relationship between Moira and Kiron is allowed to grow slowly, as in the beginning he mistrusts her completely, believing she is bent on doing evil. As they travel, he begins to see the strength in her, and learns more about her quest.

I found this story exciting and compelling, and couldn’t put it down. I like it when the author surprises me with an unexpected turn of events, and there were a few big surprises in this story. It does start off as a bit slow and slightly confusing, but the pace picks up quickly once Kiron comes on the scene. That Moira insists through most of the story that she is human, with human parents and a past, is an interesting twist. I wasn’t sure if it was denial or that she truly didn’t know who/what she was. They do get their happy ever after, but it is hard fought for and almost lost several times.

All in all, I recommend this to fantasy and action lovers as one terrific read.

The Sari Shop Widow by Shobhan Bantwal

The Sari Shop Widow by Shobhan Bantwal
Publisher: Kensington
Genre: Contemporary, literary romance
Length: Full (352 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Pungent curry…sweet fried onions…incense…colorful beads…lush fabrics. Shobhan Bantwal’s compelling new novel is set on the streets of Edison, New Jersey’s Little India, where a young businesswoman rediscovers the magic of love and family…

Since becoming a widow at age twenty-seven, Anjali Kapadia has devoted herself to transforming her parents' sari shop into a chic boutique, brimming with exquisite jewelry and clothing. Now, ten years later, it stands out like a proud maharani amid Edison’s bustling Little India. But when Anjali learns the shop is on the brink of bankruptcy, she feels her world unraveling…

To the rescue comes Anjali’s wealthy, dictatorial Uncle Jeevan and his business partner, Rishi Shah—a mysterious Londoner, complete with British accent, cool gray eyes, and skin so fair it makes it hard to believe he’s Indian. Rishi’s cool, foreign demeanor triggers distrust in Anjali and her mother. But for Anjali, he also stirs something else, a powerful attraction she hasn’t felt in a decade. And the feeling is mutual…

Love disappointed Anjali once before and she’s vowed to live without it—though Rishi is slowly melting her resolve and, as the shop regains its footing, gaining her trust. But when a secret from Rishi’s past is revealed, Anjali must turn to her family and her strong cultural upbringing to guide her in finding the truth.

Anjali, the lovely widow from India, and her wonderful boutique in New Jersey form the center for the interesting culture study featured in "The Sari Shop Widow." This novel is rich and the descriptions tactile; you will hear, smell, and feel all the details, from traditional foods to clothing. Indeed, tradition, and respect for tradition, form a part of the plot.

Like the gentle aura created by Silk & Sapphire's background music, 'The Sari Shop Widow,' sets a lovely tone, through word choice and imagery, and manages to maintain it throughout. The traditions of the culture - and the tradition of respect withing the family, all play a crucial role. It is interesting to find acceptance in the main character, at times and during events where you yourself feel frustration or impatience.

Rishi, although with full awareness of the traditions, is also more of a product of western civilization, and he seems at times to be the perfect solution. He's not as hide-bound as some, more open to ideas... and we quickly understand Anjala's interest in him. His business acumen is another bonus. And, in the gym 'Anju' cannot help but notice his physique...but is he ready to commit to her? Or is his interest merely a matter of helping this family.

This is far from a typical romance with, at times, wordy background descriptions and also sections of interior monologue. It is however, quite beautiful, and very readable. If a romance fan is looking for something a bit slower, and an immersion in a particular culture, one could hardly find a better choice.

Feral Passion by Stephanie Bedwell-Grime

Feral Passion by Stephanie Bedwell-Grime
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full (193 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Queen Anne’s Lace

It’s never a good idea to date your prey…

Xandra had a thing about vampires—like not dating one. Ever. But now that she’s on the hunt for the mastermind behind a newly formed vampire army, she’s sucking it up and dating every vamp in her little black book. Her prime suspect: Dante. Cop, vampire—and drop-dead gorgeous.

As the police force’s vampire liaison officer, Dante is no stranger to crime. Feral vampires are attacking in droves, and he’s hell-bent on finding out who’s responsible before the backlash robs them all of their hard-won rights. His number one suspect: Xandra. Hunter, smartass—and sexy as sin.

No one is more surprised than Xandra when Dante shows up as her date. Her cover is not all that’s blown during their mutual interrogation. Sparks of attraction fly—right before an attack leaves her gravely injured. With no choice but to inoculate her with his blood, Dante has more questions than ever before. Like who wants her silenced.

As they race to uncover a long-buried secret, Xandra realizes she can trust no one. Not even Dante. Especially since his blood is giving her unpredictable side effects.

Special Agent Xandra Wheeler has just been reassigned. Now instead of hunting vampires…she must date them! Attempting to infiltrate the local vampire society, which has suddenly spawned new feral hives, Xandra enters her profile at the Mortals Seeking Vamps section of V-date. Only instead of identifying the new possible kingpin in the vampire underworld, Xandra meets Dante, the gorgeous vampire liaison of the police department. But Dante is hiding something, a secret that not only could threaten her job, but her heart.

Ms. Bedwell-Grime’s writing is both seamless and well edited. Her word choice is witty, spicy and ironic. The sexy dialogue and story is reminiscent of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series. The fast paced story draws the reader in from the beginning and delivers a most satisfying ending.

This is my first story by Ms. Bedwell-Grime, and I know it will not be my last. She is a talented author who seamlessly delivers an ass-kicking story with heart-felt characters and spicy sexual interludes. Don’t miss out on this WONDERFUL read!! Thanks Ms. Bedwell-Grime!

Beauty Tempts The Beast by Leslie Dicken

Beauty Tempts The Beast by Leslie Dicken
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (196 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Queen Anne’s Lace

Is the enemy of her enemy a friend…or a beast?

Lord Ashworth is scarred by a night of terror years ago that left his face in ruins and his life in shreds. He hides in Silverstone Manor, using rumors that paint him as a horrible, murdering monster to keep visitors at bay. Yet he can’t shake the feeling that the rumors might be true. He tells himself it’s better this way. If his memories ever resurface, at least he will be the only one hurt by them.

The woman on his doorstep, however, simply refuses to fear him. That’s not only an oddity, it’s a threat to his secret…and his heart.

Vivian Suttley has seen the face of evil more than once in her young life. She’s on the run from the latest, a cruel man determined to force her to marry him. Whatever the whispers about the reclusive Ashworth, surely it’s nothing compared to the bleak, violent future she leaves behind.

Ashworth saved her once before, and he’s her last hope for refuge. Yet she wonders if she’s truly safer at Silverstone—or if she has just made the biggest mistake of her life.

A horrible night of terror leaves Lord Ashworth scarred and his life in ruin. He hides in Silverstone Manor, using rumors he’s a beast to keep everyone away. But could the rumors be true? Will he ever know? Then Vivian Suttley arrives refusing to fear him, and to leave. The mysterious Lord Ashworth offers her refuge, but could she be making the biggest mistake of her life by trusting him?

Beauty Tempts The Beast is brisk, fast-paced, and completely sexy. The writing is crisp and concise with characters any reader can easily identify with. The point of view never jumps, and the scenes are well described and packed with delicious adjectives. The dark and mysterious atmosphere Ms. Dicken’s creates in Silverstone Manor pitch perfect.

Ms. Dicken is a talented story-teller. This is my first story I have read by her, but I know it will not be my last. Wonderful job for a writer who is definitely a must keep in the business. Don’t miss out on this deliciously decadent read.

Prime Time by Hank Phillipi Ryan

Prime Time by Hank Phillipi Ryan
Publisher: Harlequin (Mira)
Heat: Sweet
Length: Full (288 pages)
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Larkspur

In the cutthroat world of television journalism, seasoned reporter Charlotte McNally knows that she'd better pull out all the stops or kiss her job goodbye. But it's her life that might be on the line when she learns that an innocent-looking e-mail offer resulted in murder, mayhem and a multimillion-dollar fraud ring.

All too soon her investigation leads her straight to Josh Gelston, who is a little too helpful and a lot too handsome. Charlie might have a nose for news, but men are a whole other matter. Now she has to decide whether she can trust Josh…before she ends up as the next lead story.

For all you gals, and guys that are tired of the teeny-bopper, or the 20's or even the 30's heroine get ready for sexy, funny and wonderful Charlie - 40 something- McNally TV reporter extraordinaire.

In Hank's first of her Charlotte McNally series we find Charlie hunting for a news story worthy of the November sweeps and she finds a lot more than she bargained for. Ms Ryan gives the readers edge of your seat excitement, nail biting danger and brow sweating drama. Her characters are all wonderfully detailed and not only the main characters but her supporting cast could easily support there own story (hint hint). She gives us wonderful dialogue that is witty and funny and with a crash course on Journalism 101's no nos.

Her story line is exceptional and even though the 10 oclock news in no big story she gives it just enough of a twist that will have her readers flipping pages non-stop. She creates an almost romance that makes her readers anxious to read the next chapter in Charlie's life. So if you're ready for a non-stop, seat of you pants, roller coaster adventure into the daily life of a 40 something investigative reporter, who's also a great gal. Prime Time is your read.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Out of the Darkness by Lesli Richardson

Out of the Darkness by Lesli Richardson
Publisher: Lyrical Press Inc.
Genre: Contemporary Paranormal
Length: Full (334 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Phlox

Ancient evil forces a woman to fight for her life - and true love.

Man may forget horrors, but the land remembers. Built on a cursed patch of ground, George Simpson's house of evil has ruined many lives over its hundred-year existence.

Author Steve Corey rents the place as an early anniversary surprise for his wife, hoping it might repair the deep rift his alcoholism has created in their marriage.

Before they moved to the Simpson house, Samantha Corey thought getting Steve sober was the hard part. But the house's dark nature has turned her thoughts to Matt Barry, Steve's best friend and agent...and her old love. Can they overcome the ancient evil threatening them all from OUT OF THE DARKNESS?

The carefully crafted beginning to this book sets the mood in historically-spaced vignettes which fill the reader with a delicious sense of dread and anxiety. These were so well done, I felt myself going into horror-moviegoer mode, wanting to shout at the heroine ‘no, don’t move into that cursed house- can’t you feel it?’ The idea of a cursed place, a geographical feature or area which gathers negative energy, allowing it to pool and fester, is not a new one but it’s certainly one that resonates with readers in primal ways. Most sensitive people have stood in a particular doorway or field or street at one time or another and shivered on the thought ‘something truly bad happened here.’

Ms. Richardson’s writing style is polished and smooth, at its best in descriptive passages of the park. A Florida native, the author has a gift for transporting the reader geographically, painting pictures of this part of the state in vivid detail. Her characters speak in their own voices, in words that ring true for them, and they have enough depth to draw the reader in on a personal level. I wanted to like them. Sami is a resilient woman, she’s put up with a lot more than she should have, Matt is the supportive, strong type and even Steve, despite his obvious flaws, is poignantly endearing in his struggles with his inner demons. Unfortunately, Sami and Matt’s choices, without giving too much away, disappointed me. Humans make mistakes, certainly, but I found it difficult to sympathize with Sami’s fury at Steve for hiding things from her when she had hidden things from him for years, and not small things like shoe purchases either.

Again, without giving too much away, the unusual beginning and the slow build had me hoping for a more surprising ending, something out of the ordinary and unexpected, a denouement which resolved all of the old damage from the past. I will let the readers decide on their own but I was left with a feeling of incompletion and, as a horror reader, a certain amount of déjà vu.

Overall, though, this is a gripping read with characters who possess more depth and grit than the average paranormal stock character. Once begun, the story haunted me in ways a novel has not for many years. Compelling, rich in setting and detail, this is a ghost story to keep you up nights.

Snowflake Secrets by Lorna Collins, Sherry Derr-Wille, Luanna Rugh, Christie Shary

Snowflake Secrets by Lorna Collins, Sherry Derr-Wille, Luanna Rugh, Christie Shary
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Holiday
Length: Full (204 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Can a simple crocheted snowflake contain magic? The Sullivan sisters think so. On Christmas Eve, 1958, Great Aunt Maude gives a unique snowflake ornament to each of them: Allegra—thirteen, Sonata—twelve, Melody—nine, and Carole—eight. Years later, they learn she might have crocheted a little something extra—a bit of magic and wisdom—into their gifts. In Snowflake Secrets, each sister, now grown, uncovers the magic of her unique ornament. As they confide their revelations to each other and their dying mother, they discover the secret they all share. Every narrative is unique and told in a different voice by four authors: Allegra by Lorna Collins; Sonata by Christie Shary; Melody by Luanna Rugh and Carole by Sherry Derr-Wille. Yet all their stories are woven together into the tapestry of Snowflake Secrets, an inspirational tale of family, love and finding that special joy that makes life worth living.

At times, SNOWFLAKE SECRETS is a delightful trip down memory lane with the Sullivan girls. At other times, a second chance at love with passion and trust fills the reader’s heart with a sense of joy and hope.

Allegra, Sonata, Melody, and Carole, the Sullivan girls, are loved and nurtured in a Christian environment that includes their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and even a Great-Aunt Maude that give each girl something more valuable than material goods. She gives them a sense of self-worth and purpose that influences their adult lives.

Carole, the baby and tomboy of the family, born on Christmas Eve, flounders for months when she is widowed after 36 years of marriage. Feeling dejected after decorating the Christmas tree, she notices the starched, glittering crocheted snowflake that Great-Aunt Maude gave her the year she turned eight years old. She seems to hear Maude’s voice with a note in it that indicates the old woman is not pleased with Carole’s behavior. She urges Carole to start living again because something special is out there just waiting for her to notice it. Remembering the poem that came with the snowflake that Christmas, Carole takes her great-aunt’s advise and goes from a 55 year old moping widow to being an assistant to the manager of a prosperous company then moves on to a relationship that brings meaning and joy to her life. She learns to enjoy the moment.

Allegra, the oldest Sullivan girl, abandoned her college education to marry a gorgeous hunk studying to be a lawyer. Young and in love, she did not see his self-absorbed, manipulative ways. However, after years of being married and helping him gain wealth and social status, Allegra recognizes him for the liar and cheater he is and gets a divorces. With her self-esteem in tatters, she returns to Aspen Grove, Colorado to take care of her terminally ill mother. In the attic of her childhood home, she finds her starched glittering snowflake and its companion poem. Like Carole, she recalls her special times with Great-Aunt Maude. Life takes a positive turn. She realizes she has allowed someone else to define who she was and to abuse her. At church with her mother, Allegra meets Andrew McDonald, an acquaintance from high school. He helps to reaffirm Great-Aunt Maude’s message that Allegra is precious, beautiful, talented, and destined for special things.

Sonata, the different Sullivan girl, carries her starched glittering snowflake with her through her years in the Peace Corps and UNICEF as she ministers to the poorest of the poor around the world. It gives her strength, courage, and reminds her of the times with Great-Aunt Maude that truly understood her and her deepest desires. Sonata’s story takes the reader into heartbreaking situations as well as into experiences that are incredibly rewarding. The mystery of Sonata is compelling.

Melody, the family peacemaker and always like a song and ray of sunshine, lives with her husband Mike in California. Their children are grown with lives of their own so Melody takes up writing again—a talent and love she’d put aside for many years. When a package arrives for her that was mailed 29 years earlier, she is reunited with her starched glittering crocheted snowflake and its attached poem. It brings calm and comfort along with the memory of her mother saying she was like Great-Aunt Maude—a writer and a caregiver. With renewed courage, she overcomes the “empty nest” blues, pursues her writing, and builds a revitalized life.
As the four girls and the extended family gather at their old home in Aspen Grove for the Mother’s last Christmas, the girls reconnect in their maturity as they never had before. The resolution of many issues makes poignant reading.

SNOWFLAKE SECRETS, a gentle story chocked full of human failings, desires, new beginnings, and continuity of family strengths, takes the reader through some memorable times of the ‘60’s, ‘70’s, ‘80’s, and ‘90’s that many will identify with. This book has a special charm all its own.

Stranger in His Bed by Nancy Henderson

Stranger in His Bed by Nancy Henderson
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Historical, Action/Adventure
Length: Short (141 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Vervain

The best kept secret was right in his own bed…

It was interesting to read a book where the hero isn’t tall, handsome beyond belief, and nearly perfect. Instead, the hero of this tale is short, feels like a freak at times, and is far from perfect – yet he still managed to be perfect for the heroine. Angus may be a barkeep who’s run into bad luck, but one look at Cat and he knows he has to help her. He truly has a heart of gold; a diamond in the rough. Cat may seem like the perfect lady, but she has her flaws and insecurities.

I found the characters to be believable and sincere in their emotions. While this may be an unconventional romance by normal standards, I found myself reading page after page, anxious to see where the story would go. Ms. Henderson did a lovely job, painting scenes that I could easily see in my mind. She didn’t over describe anything, but gave enough description for me to fill in the rest, making me a part of the tale.

The only thing that would have made it better would have been a little more editing. The editors missed a few errors that detracted from the story a bit, taking away from the word flow in a few places as I stopped to re-read a few sentences inserting the correct words.

Over all, this was an enjoyable read and I would gladly read something of Ms. Henderson’s again.

Cat's Curse by Kelley Heckart

Cat's Curse by Kelley Heckart
Publisher: Awe-Struck Publishing
Genre: Historical, Fantasy Romance
Length: Full (310 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Heather

Cardea, follower of the Great Goddess is cursed to live an eternity as a blood drinker. For centuries she has lived with hate hunting and feeding off humans. Now she finds herself at the end of a sword blade held by the most handsome and arrogant man she has ever met. Aedan mac Gabrain, prince of Dal Riata and a Christian, trusts no one after suffering a curse that keeps him from touching any females or he will turn into a black cat like his brother. He especially distrusts this strange female who could be the one who cursed his clan since no one knows Cat Anna's true face.

Can two tortured souls find love while battling a dark goddess determined to destroy them?

Never piss off a witch. Especially a Fae witch. A prophecy declared a descendant of Aedan’s would destroy the Cat Anna, so she cursed him (and, just to err on the safe side, all the men in his family) – touch a woman with desire and turn into a cat.

Cardea bears a curse of her own. Nightwalker, blood drinker – not a likely friendship between two cursed souls. But they are – friends who yearn for more than friendship.

This is true dark ages stuff – the aftermath of Rome’s occupation of Britain, and the growing influence of Christianity vs. the old pagan ways and gods. I love epic historical/high fantasy. Fae, Celt, vampire, curses – all rolled into one book. Typically, there’s lots of worldbuilding and lovely, lovely description, such as: “His breath caught in his throat when she emerged from the mists like a lovely apparition, making it difficult for him to keep his guard up around her. She reminded him of a breath of fresh air, her beauty sparkling amid the gloom. Even her male clothing and long doeskin cloak covering her head could not dim her rare beauty. Her exotic bluegreen eyes gazed at him from within the folds of the hood, spellbinding him.” The names aren’t too hard to pronounce. You truly are transported to a magical time and place. The Cat Anna’s not really evil – she just doesn’t want to die. Everyone has motivation and reader sympathy.

The story does fall prey to the downside of too much narration, making for slow reading at times. There’s a fine line between drawing the reader into a world…and the reader starting to skim. Some of the description, while lovely, went on a bit long. Even so, it’s a wonderful escape book for anyone wanting to get away from it all and I would definitely recommend it.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Coyote Moon by Pat Cunningham

Coyote Moon by Pat Cunningham
Published by Siren Bookstrand
Genre: contemporary
Length: Short (83 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

It's that time of the month—the full moon—when Willy Alvarez's moods go wonky and her dreams fill up with wolves. A time for hungers she doesn't dare fulfill because they lead to violence. She's resigned herself to a manless life, then Cody Gray arrives.

Cody is cute, funny, charming, and a werecoyote. His nose knows what Willy doesn't: she's half werewolf. He's convinced this repressed half-human she-wolf is his perfect mate. Now he just has to convince her. And quick, because her long-lost pack has learned about her existence, and they've come to town to claim her.

Coyote Moon by Pat Cunningham is one of those surprise finds of a read, that reaches out and drags you straight in. This romance tangles the paranormal into life as if it simply existed, and takes off from there. It’s a bold approach, and Pat Cunningham carries it off like some sort of magician. I was completely enthralled, from the first moment Cody Gray broke up the tableau of evil-doers closing in on that nice blond she-wolf at the garage.

Cody wants what anyone can identify with – the mate, the pack…er, family, and bit of countryside to call his own. He’s an honorable Texan through and through, and doesn’t mind taking time out to help a lady wolf in distress, either. Alpha-wolfette, Willy doesn’t mind the help, and is even suitably impressed with his handling of her fancy wheels, but let’s face it, she’s a tad out of old Cody’s league, or is she? Cody does have those intriguing yellow eyes, after all.

The action is fast, the dialogue snappy, and the situations utterly unpredictable. The full moon and the wild freedom of certain canines, as well as all the heightened senses that go along with that, bring the life of these not quite humans into amazing perspective. Go ahead, let out a howl.

From waffles to wagging, this is a paranormal that dares. I hope Pat Cunningham continues in this vein for a full length novel, as she’ll be setting a whole new standard for paranormal fiction. Kudos, and then some.

Vampire Bytes by Jane Greenhill

Vampire Bytes by Jane Greenhill
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short (91 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Orchid

Bored with crunching numbers, Heath Clifford, accountant by day spends his nights with the on-line role playing game Vampillion. The game is controlling his life, but how does this vampire in training tell his soul mate he loves her and wants to suck her neck.

Does reaching a certain level of the computer game make fantasy become reality? Has Heath become a vampire? If he truly had become one of the "fanged ones" did it have to be now when he's met the girl of his dreams?

Greta is fascinated by Heath. At first she has an ulterior motive to getting to know him, but soon she likes him for himself. The deeper her feelings become, the more she knows the only way to save him is to stop seeing him.

Poor Heath. Put together Greta's brother's Goth Be Damned Nightclub; a weird bookshop owner who sells him ten books on vampires; a sister who seems to know more than he does about the dark world of vampires and Goth — and Heath is faced with the problem of discovering who are the real vampire. And is he one of them?

I enjoyed this book. It's not the type of thing I usually read, but the title seemed to lure me to review it. Greta and Heath are fun characters who bring humor and romance into an otherwise impossible situation. Neither wishes to put the other in danger, but they also don't want to part.

At first Greta and Heath didn't seem compatible. Greta is into the dark and deadly; Heath is a bit of a computer geek who's got hooked on role playing games. Their feelings for each other at first wash away any differences, then force them to reassess their own situations and how it affects the other.

In the first few chapters I thought the story was merely a lighthearted look at vampires. Although this is partly true there is also a hidden depth of feelings and how two people react to save the one they love.

I would recommend this book not only to lovers of vampire stories but also to those who aren't quite sure if it's the type of story they really want to read. Vampire Bytes has me interested enough to consider reading more books about vampires.

Her Wolf by Rebecca Royce

Her Wolf by Rebecca Royce
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short (99 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Mistletoe

Ashlee Morrison has a secret obsession—with a dark and mysterious male. The only problem is that he’s a wolf and she’s becoming convinced that she’s insane. But Ashlee’s wolf is no ordinary canine; he is Tristan Kane, third son in the royal family of the Westervelt Wolf pack.

Trapped in his wolf form by his evil father’s men, Tristan has desperately sought a way out of predicament and is shocked to find that the sad but beautiful redhead who has come to the wolf cage can not only hear him, but awakens in him the knowledge that she is his mate, the other half of his soul.

Ashlee, unaware that she is half wolf-shifter, agrees to accompany Tristan back to his pack in Maine to seek answers to her past and understand her future. But as Tristan and Ashlee grow closer, familial betrayals will threaten to destroy the fragile love they have started to build.

With the odds stacked against them, Ashlee and Tristan will either embrace their love to save the Westervelt Wolves or be lost forever to despair.

This story had me captivated from the first page. From its wonderful characters to its action packed climax, Her Wolf is a beautiful tale of love and trust.

Poor Ashlee Morrison thinks she is loosing her mind, especially with her latest obsession: wolves. And not just any wolf, a specific one that is houses at the zoo she volunteers at. Little does she know that this particular wolf is actually the prince of a wolf shape shifter pack.

His name is Tristan and he recognizes Ashlee as his mate but is stuck in wolf form and unable to shift back because of an evil spell cast by his father's men. Tristan must find a way to convince Ashlee to free him from the zoo and go back with him to his pack.

Back at the pack, Tristan is struck down by another spell. Ashlee must believe in their love and trust in herself as she tries to save Tristan and the rest of the packs males. Will the help of the pack and her family be enough? Can they defeat the witch and Tristan's evil father?

Rebecca Royce had me cheering for Ashlee and Tristan. The story had this reader glued to the pages. It was so full of twists and turns I kept reading, wanting to know what was coming up next. It was beautiful to see the love and the bond that formed between Ashley and Tristan.I truly enjoyed watching Ashlee come into her own. She definitely became a woman to be reckoned with. Seeing the pack and its acceptance of Ashlee and her family was endearing. And the bantering between the pack members and brothers was great. I certainly cannot wait to read more adventures of the Westervelt Wolves. The author skillfully introduced a pack full of three-dimensional characters that I came to love.

This book is definitely a must read. It had a great flow and lots of action. I loved seeing a female come in to her own and take charge and have an Alpha male at her side to protect, cherish and love her. If you enjoy your reads with lots of magic and action this is the book for you and once you finished reading this book I'm more than certain you'll be looking for more on the Westervelt pack.