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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

My Top 10 of 2013 Review and Giveaway: Urban Fantasy Novel, Malice In Wonderland by HP Mallory

It's Christmas Eve and what better way to celebrate than more reviews from My Top 10 books of 2013 reviews and giveaway. Today is a repost of my review of another awesome book by HP Mallory, Malice In Wonderland! 

Remember, you can enter to win an ePub copy, along with the rest of my books on the list! Click here to enter! 


Title: Malice In Wonderland
Series: The Dulcie Series, book 5
Author: HP Mallory
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy - Adult







Official Synopsis:
A broken relationship, tarnished with lies and deceit,
A father who wants her dead,
And a shocking surprise that could rock the very foundation of everything she believes in...

Fairy and law enforcement agent, Dulcie O'Neil, has to face the fact that her father, the Head of the Netherworld, is also Public Enemy Number One. In joining a group of rebels who would see her father dethroned, Dulcie will realize just what it means to go against her own blood. Throw in her tattered relationship with Knight Vander and the shock of a lifetime and Dulcie's life just went from bad to worse.
My Review:
This book is filled with danger, romance, sexual tension, humor and non-stop action, all tied with a snarky little bow. This combo of danger and humour, action and romance, dark scenes with light hearted fun is a winning recipe that HP Mallory has perfected, and it couldn’t be more true than in the 5th book of the Dulcie O’Neal series, Malice in Wonderland.
This book picks up right where Wuthering Frights left off. Knight discovers that Dulcie is not really working for her father and was instrumental in the latest drug bust, the leader of the Resistance is revealed, and now it is time for action in love and in war. With lies, deceipt and anger clouding Knight and Dulcie’s relationship, they are left with a relationship that is utterly broken. Will they be able to rekindle the love they once had or is the damage to deep to repair?
Along with Dulcie’s messed up romance, she also has to deal with her dysfunctional family which consists of a dictator father who would like nothing more than to see her dead if it meant keeping his power. With the war between the Resistance and her father growing closer, Dulcie must stop her father, deal with a broken heart and protect the people she loves before they are destroyed.
Loyalities are tested, relationships are rocked and everything that you thought you knew is about to be thrown a curve ball.
This book is amazing. Everythinig you love about this series is here, but with an emotional cloud that seems to be building throughout the book and explodes towards the end. You will run to buy the next installment of this book, I promise you that.
Dulcie and Knight are trying to mend a relationship that seemed unfixable after what happened in the last installment. The sexual tension, love and undeniable attraction between these two is explosive and I truly felt for them.
Unfortuantely for Knight, he is not the only one after Dulcie’s affection. Bram fans, get ready for some fun time with the dramatic vampire. I truly love the banter between Dulcie and Bram. He become a sort of protector to her in this book so they actually “live” together. Get ready for a very hot fog scene…you will know what I mean when you read it (get a cold glass of water ready!). Quinn is also back…can he be trusted? Well, you’ll have to read it and see, but I do love his gentleness…which is weird since he is also a criminal.
The usual gang is also back and I love the connections that Dulcie has with them. Sam, Trey and Dia feel like old friends to me and they always have Dulcie’s back. We also learn the ins and outs of the Resistance and their members. Get ready for some interesting characters.
All in all, this is another great installment to a truly incredible series!
This is another 5 Fang book by the great HP!

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Have you read one of HP Mallory's novels? Which is your favorite?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

My Top 10 of 2013 Review and Giveaway: Urban Fantasy Novel, Better Off Dead by HP Mallory

Happy Hump Day! What better way to celebrate than another review off of my Best of 2013 book list! Today is a book by one of my favorite authors, HP Mallory. Here is a repost of my review explaining why this is one of the best books of the year!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway for a chance to win an epub copy of your choosing, including Better Off Dead. Click here to enter!




Title: Better Off Dead
Series: The Lily Harper Series, book 1
Author: HP Mallory



Synopsis:
From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, HP Mallory, Comes BETTER OFF DEAD, the first book in the Lily Harper series!

If there’s such a thing as luck, Lily Harper definitely doesn’t have it.

Killed in a car accident before it’s her time to go, Lily learns that the hereafter isn’t exactly what she hoped it might be.

First, there’s AfterLife Enterprises, the company responsible for sorting out the recently dead and sending them on their way to the Kingdom, (aka happily ever after,) or to the Underground City, (not so happily ever after.) Learning that Lily’s death was indirectly their fault (her guardian angel, Bill, was MIA during her accident and was one of their employees,) Afterlife Enterprises offers Lily the chance to live again. But, as with most things involving the afterlife, beware the fine print. Most notably, Lily will have to become a soul retriever, venturing into the bowels of the Underground City to retrieve souls that were mistakenly sent there by Afterlife Enterprises during a Y2K computer glitch.

Second, there’s angel Bill. As if risking her second life in the Underground City wasn’t enough, Lily’s guide to the Underground is none other than her incompetent, alcoholic, womanizing guardian angel, Bill, the antithesis of anything wholesome. With only Dante’s Inferno and Bill to help her in her quest, Lily’s future isn’t looking bright.

Finally, there’s the legendary bladesmith, Tallis Black. As Scottish as his kilts and heavy brogue, Tallis Black is a centuries-old Celt who, for reasons only known to him, offers to train Lily and act as her escort into the depths of the Underground City. Dark, brooding and definitely dangerous, Lily knows she shouldn’t trust Tallis, but she also can’t deny her attraction to him.

Between soul retrieving in hell, dealing with Bill and trying to figure out what’s in it for Tallis, Lily wonders if maybe she would’ve just been better off dead.


My Review:
Is it even possible for HP Mallory to write anything but a hit series that will keep readers begging for more? If this series is any indication, the answer is no!

Immense danger, sexual tension, mysteries, humour  and romance combined with never ending twists and turns will keep your fingers turning the pages and you dreaming of the characters long after you read “the end.”

Lily’s life has ended, yet that is where her story truly begins. After dying in a car accident, Lily learns even death is complicated. After a little incident left her prematurely evacuating her body, she is given a second chance at life...by becoming an employee of AfterLife Enterprises. She will have a new life, a new identity and a new job as a soul retriever. Plus she gets to pick her body so that is always a thumbs-up. But Lily soon finds out that even in heaven, you have to read the fine print, as she soon finds herself in the depths of hell.

With no training, and only her Guardian Angel that got her killed in the first place by her side - she sets out on her first mission. On her way, she must first meet wtih Tallis - a bladesmith with a history written in the books and the body of a God. Little did she know that he would single-handedly change her life. He offers to help keep her alive, but what is in it for him? With her life on the line and two people she doesn't even know if she can trust by her side - she sets off to Hell to retrieve her first soul. Will she survive the depths of hell or will the people she has come to depend her make her wonder if she was better off dead?

Lily Harper is a complex woman. She is strong, yet insecure; scared but courageous; sexy but self-conscious. In other words, she could be any woman and that makes me like her even more. She’s relatable and someone I would be bff’s with…(in my head, we already are lol). She struggles with her new life and new found beauty, and as the book progresses you can see her grow into her own. I can’t wait to see what is in store for Lily and hew new life. Especially as it pertains to Tallis.

Tallis is brooding, mysterious and sexy as hell. You never know what he's thinking and is completely unpredictable. His history has made him tough, but we soon see that Lily doesn't take no for an answer. Both are strong willed and the sexual tension that develops will definitely keep you turning the page. His ulterior motives are unclear, but one thing is for certain - he definitely has an interest in Lily.

Along with Tallis and Lily is Bill - the unconventional Guardian Angel. He's hilarious, annoying, raunchy and I love every minute of it. He will keep you laughing out loud at his outrageous antics.

To say I love this book would be an understatement! The characters, the plot, and the mix of comedy, romance, mystery and thrills makes this book unputdownable!!

I cannot wait for the next installment. The one thing I disliked about the book is that it had to end!

This is another 5 Fang book by the great HP!
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Have you read one of HP Mallory's novels? Which is your favorite?

Remember to enter my giveaway for your chance to win an epub copy of Better Off Dead here

Friday, December 13, 2013

Review of Urban Fantasy Novel: Crest by Emma Raveling - Part of my top 10 giveaway!

 
 
 
 
Title: Crest
Series: Ondine Quartet Series, book 3
Author: Emma Raveling
Genre: Urban Fantasy, suitable for YA

 

Synopsis
Illusion. Power. Identity.

Tensions are reaching a fever pitch everywhere Kendra Irisavie turns.

Darkness settles over elementals as a new threat stirs suspicions of a betrayal from within. Details of recent events spread through Haverleau, prompting doubts over Irisavie leadership. The mysterious Selkie Kingdom finally opens its doors, but the gesture only fans the flames of division. And despite the perils involved, Kendra finds it difficult to ignore the demands of her heart.

As the body count rises, pressure also grows to shift the tides of war. The sondaleur is on the hunt, but tracking the Aquidae leader is the greatest challenge she's ever faced. With the Shadow playing a deadly game of obsession and horror, Kendra's best chance to win is to unravel a tangled web of deception spanning back to the origins of the elemental world.

Nothing is what it seems and the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous her pursuit for answers becomes. When the unthinkable happens, Kendra must decide if survival is worth the sacrifice.

Conflicting loyalties, fierce passions, and irrevocable choices ignite in the electrifying third installment of the Ondine Quartet.

My Review
Ondine Quartet is one of the best Urban Fantasy series I have ever read,! It has completely won my heart, and that is why it has earned a spot on my Must Have Books of 2013. Emma Raveling has done a wonderful job creating a world, and characters, that instantly draws the reader in and never lets you go. Each installment gets better and I am on pins and needles waiting for the next book!

Get ready...because from the very first page, you are thrust into a world of magic and mayhem. Crest is an adventure filled with mystery, romance, danger and suspense that grips you from the very beginning!

Kendra has faced loss, love and betrayal, but none bigger than the one she faces now. As she gets closer to finding the Shadow, she realizes that all she thought she knew is not as it seems. People she loves are dying, and the Shadow is always a step ahead of her. To make matters worse, the love she has for the Selkie King is growing, but the fact remains that theirs is a forbidden love that comes with a price.

As Kendra races to end the war that will save all elementals, she is forced to face the fact that she may have to give up everything to save the ones she loves. What do you do when those you trusted are the ones that turn on you? Will Kendra have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her people, or will she lose everything she loves to the Shadow?

This book is amazing! Every page brings a new clue to solving the mystery of the Shadow. And with each clue, there is also loss. People are dying, the elementals are looking for answers and all eyes are on Kendra. With the pressure building, she soon learns that the one person she can trust is herself.

The Shadow is the most important issue, but definitely not the only problem Kendra is facing. The feelings she has been running away from, for Tristan, has only intensified. Along with learning how to fight the Shadow, she is also trying to fight the budding romance that is not only forbidden, but impossible. The problem is neither knows what to do...the heart wants what the heart wants.

There is also the problem of Julian. Oh how the mighty have fallen. Julian has always been a favorite of mine, but when he doesn't get his way...watch out! I am still rooting for him, but the question remains...can we trust him?

The rest of the gang is also there to lend Kendra a hand. But, as the puzzle pieces come together, the target on their backs have grown and the Shadow is ready.

With love, friendship and the survival of the entire elemental race on Kendra's mind, we have to wonder - can and will she be able to save them all? And if she does, will she have to sacrifice herself to make it happen?

This is truly a nail-biter of a read. My heart was elated with each battle won, filled with love as Kendra faced her feelings for Tristan, heartbroken with each life lost and completely torn as the secrets are revealed, and we must face the fact that the people we thought we could trust are the ones behind the war.

This book is rated 5 Fangs - Incredible!!


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Run don't walk to go and pick up this read. You can thank me for it later :-)

Better yet, enter my giveaway for your chance to win an epub copy of Crest here

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

My Top 10 Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Books of 2013 and What the Nook Giveaway!

Happy Hump Day! We are one step closer to the weekend and the holiday - woo-hoo. What better way to celebrate then with a giveaway and the release of my Top 10 Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Books of 2013 list!

Who made the list? Check out my awesome slideshow below to view the books and a blurb on why it made the list. If your in a rush, don't worry - I'll list them for you too:


  1. Crest by Emma Raveling
  2. Better Off Dead by HP Mallory
  3. Far Shore by Traci Slatton
  4. Bitter Blood by Rachel Caine
  5. Werewolves Be Damned by Stacey Kennedy
  6. Eternally Devoted by Stacey Kennedy
  7. Fall of Night by Rachel Caine
  8. Women of War by Lisa Beth Darling
  9. Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
  10. Malice In Wonderland by HP Mallory (didn't review until 2013)

As you can see, there is a mix of traditionally published and indie authors. One thing that can be said is that each book is phenomenal and each author has a way of transporting you to a world that will grip you, and take you on the ride of your life. Check out the slideshow for a quick blurb on why each book is amazing. For the next two weeks, throughout the duration of the giveaway, I will be (re)posting a review for each book on the list. Three lucky winners will get their choice of an epub of one of the books on the lists.

Now for the Giveaway! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

My MIA What The Nook Apology Giveaway of my Top 10 Paranormal Romance Books of 2013

Hi!!

I am back (from undead reality) and this time it's for good. Life got in the way of my blogging for a bit, but with all that behind me, I am ready to do what I love...read, blog and chat with all my fellow paromantasy addicts :-)

I feel so bad about not being able to blog, that I'm going to host my What The Nook Giveaway. Tomorrow I will announce the Best of 2013 - Top 10 Paromantasy Books. 3 winners will get their choice of any of the top 10 epub books on my list.

Just to give you a sneak peak of who is on my list...I will tell you Emma Raveling, HP Mallory and Rachel Caine are all on there.

The indie authors really stole the show this year and dominated my top spots so this giveaway is a great chance to try out books from some amazing authors you may not have heard of! Until then, how about you tell me what books of 2013 made your list?!

Hope to see you all here tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Crest is almost here! Here is a recap of Urban Fantasy Novel: Billow by Emma Raveling

Crest is almost here! Winners of the Emma Raveling Contest will be announced later today.I cannot wait! To celebrate...Here is a recap of the second book of the series...Billow by Emma Raveling


Title: Billow
Series: Ondine Quartet Book 2
Author: Emma Raveling
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: 5 Fangs





Official Synopsis
It has been six months since ondine Kendra Irisavie arrived in Haverleau, the hidden capital of the water elemental world.

Six months since she discovered her destiny as the sondaleur.

Six months since a series of devastating events left behind their mark.

Now, as she enters the chevalier elite program in her final year at Lumiere Academy, Kendra continues forward on her prophesied journey against the Shadow. Obsessed with what she must do to keep those around her safe, she struggles to balance her powerful magic and the demands of her fate with the challenges of friendship, the complications of romance, and the bonds of family.




Meanwhile, the threat of the Shadow looms larger. Kendra and her friends investigate a series of puzzling human and elemental disappearances in the city of Lyondale and uncover a horrifying tactic used by the Aquidae in the war. When danger strikes close to home, Kendra must separate the tuths from the lies and choose who and what to believe.


Even if it means facing what she fears the most.
My Review
Billow in one sentence:  An action-packed, emotional rollercoaster ride of a read that will grip you from the very beginning and leave you begging for more.
It is official – this is one of my favorite urban fantasy series of all-time.  When I say it is unputdownable - I mean it and the bags under my eyes can prove it. This installment of the Ondine Quartet series took everything I loved from Whirl and amplified it. It has been six months since the last time we saw them, yet all that happened still haunts the characters.

Kendra was thrust into a situation that has left her confused and isolated, even when there are plenty of people around her that want to help. She lost her mother, learned that she is not only an Ondine (a water elemental) but also the Sondaleur - the prophesized savior of her race, and faced the evil that is Aquidae.

With being the responsibility of being the Sondeleur comes the feeling that the world is on her shoulders. The nightmares of all of the people she has lost and could lose if she doesn’t put an end to the Shadow, leader of the evil Aquidae, haunts her. She lost her mom, and her good friend Ryder: how many more will she lose before the war is over? This fear turns to obsession and the darkness seems to be closing in on her. Then the man she thought she’d never see again Tristan, the Selkie Prince, walks back into her life and makes things more complicated. WIll she ever find her path?

With her world spinning out of control, she must learn how to keep the darkness at bay while she battles the Aquidae and tries to take down the Shadow. With her entire race and the people she lovesmost hanging in the balance, will she be able to defeat the Aquidae and put an end to the war, or will the Shadow just continue to take away the people she holds dear until she is left with nothing?

Squeal! I just had to do that. This book is phenomenal! Along with the action, danger, mystery and bits of romance is pain, loss and self-discovery as the characters grow and learn with each situation they face. The layers are slowly peeled back revealing the inner most desires, fears and insecurities of our beloved characters.

Kendra is only 17, but she is a heroine to be reckoned with. She is fierce, dedicated and loyal to her friends. Behind her tough facade is a girl who feels lost and confused. She is a character we can relate to and empathize with. She is thrust with the responsibility of being the Sondaleur, and is also in love with someone she cannot have - not because she is not allowed, but because doing so would be the end of her mortality. That is an obstacle that is unique in that it is not forbidden love, but one which is physically impossible. I do hope Emma Raveling has a plan for Kendra and Tristan because they both deserve happiness.
Of course if that does not work out, there is always Julian. I love Julian. He is sarcastic, strong and smart, but has an underlying sweetness. As much as I love Tristan, I can’t help but hope that Kendra will at least give Julian a shot. The fact that he is much more involved and fleshed out in this book put a smile on my face. His appearance always guarantees a good time as he and Kendra banter away.
Along with our favorite threesome are Kendra’s friends and the introduction of a few new charaters who are also going through hard times. They are each so unique and strong in their own way. They are a great group of characters and I guarantte you will find yourself thinking of them as your friends.

All I can say is: Read This Book!! You will not regret it.
Billow is rated 5 fangs!
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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Emma Raveling's Urban Fantasy Book: Crest (Ondine Quartet book 3) Tour, Julian's Book list and A Giveaway!

As you can tell from yesterday's post, I am a huge fan of Emma Raveling and her Ondine Quartet Series. It has a kick-ass heroine, a steamy love triangle, tons of action and never-ending surprises! Here are all my reviews pretty much gushing about this series :-) Today, Emma has stopped by to give us a teaser of what we can expect from the final book of the series, Crest and Julian's Book List. What is sexier than a hot guy who loves to read? That's right, nothing :-)

Here is the preview to Crest, out September 17th!!

CREST (ONDINE QUARTET BOOK 3)
 
Illusion. Power. Identity.
Tensions are reaching a fever pitch everywhere Kendra Irisavie turns.

Darkness settles over elementals as a new threat stirs suspicions of a betrayal from within.

Details of recent events spread through Haverleau, prompting doubts over Irisavie leadership. The mysterious Selkie Kingdom finally opens its doors, but the gesture only fans the flames of division. And despite the perils involved, Kendra finds it difficult to ignore the demands of her heart.

As the body count rises, pressure also grows to shift the tides of war. The sondaleur is on the hunt, but tracking the Aquidae leader is the greatest challenge she’s ever faced. With the Shadow playing a deadly game of obsession and horror, Kendra’s best chance to win is to unravel a tangled web of deception spanning back to the origins of the elemental world.

Nothing is what it seems and the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous her pursuit for answers becomes.

When the unthinkable happens, Kendra must decide if survival is worth the sacrifice.

Conflicting loyalties, fierce passions, and irrevocable choices ignite in the electrifying third installment of the Ondine Quartet.

AUTHOR BIO
Emma Raveling writes urban fantasy and fantasy books for teens and adults. Hopelessly addicted to coffee and diet coke, she is currently working on completing her young adult series, Ondine Quartet.


I cannot wait for the release! While we wait, lets take a look at Julian's Playlist. Let's welcome author Emma Raveling, and Julian from the Ondine Quartet Series!!

Hi everyone! First of all, I’d like to thank Evie for having me here today. Julian LeVeq, First Lieutenant chevalier, is one of the heroes of my series, Ondine Quartet.  He’s an avid reader and so I asked him for a list of recently read books and his thoughts on each.

Here’s what he had to say:

Selected Poems By Fernando Pessoa

 
Because feeling is like the sky —
Seen, nothing in it to see.

Pessoa’s poetry reminds me of his country, Portugal. Stunningly beautiful, with a trace of melancholy and a great deal of dry introspection. There is a lyricism in its sparsity as if every word multiplies into .

I especially like the idea that he published poetry under four different names. His real name and three heteronyms (link to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heteronym_(literature) ). Not pseudonyms.

Pessoa created an entire backstory and life for each poetic identity and the poetry written under each name dramatically changes in style and tone.

It reminds me of what I do undercover. When I assume an identity, the process involves more than magic and external glamour. The most effective disguise involves a total understanding of motivation and personality.

It is difficult - I sometimes have the sense that these fractured personalities stretch me until I no longer recognize who I am.

 
The Stranger By Albert Camus
“I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world.”

This book is unbelievably depressing. Last two pages? Killed me.

But the ideas behind it, the existentialist concept of being lost within the absurdity of life, resonated with me. Camus repeatedly asks, “What is the point?”

And the truth of the matter is, there is no point. I see it in our world and our war every minute of every day.

Our lives are defined by the meaningless. Money, social status, Redavi, non-Redavi, chevaliers, gardinels, races, all of it.

I do my job and I live, seeking what pleasures I can. Attempting to control or change anything outside of it is ultimately a futile endeavor.

 
Collected Works by Arthur Rimbaud
 
A thousand Dreams within me softly burn:
From time to time my heart is like some oak
Whose blood runs golden where a branch is torn.
 
For me, Rimbaud was an absolute genius and the beginning of modern poetry. Part of the Decadent movement, he completed all of his writing by the age of twenty and then went on to live a crazy, full life over three continents.

He was the epitome of someone who lived hard and died young. Provocative, he pushed every boundary both in his work and life. He believed in risk, in feeling the burn of extreme emotions, to channel his work.

It’s a philosophy I apply to what I do with the chevaliers. My magic allows me to navigate through the edges of the elemental world and walk freely among the world of monsters.

Risk is what makes me feel alive.

 
Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire 

I know that pain is the one nobility
 
upon which Hell itself cannot encroach

No matter how many times I re-read this, it still stays with me the same way it did the first time I came across it while still at the Academy.

Baudelaire is deeply romantic without being sentimental. His brilliant poetry weaves dark depravity and a kind of morbid curiosity through exquisitely beautiful phrasing.

There is a rebelliousness, a cynical eye with which he observes French and Parisian society. When I first came across his works, I envied his ability to write in such a way. I still do, especially since so much of his poetry reminds me of my constraints within Redavi society and Haverleau.

Giveaway Time
A few lucky readers will get to win the Ultimate Ondine Quartet Swag Pack filled with signed Whirl, Billow, and Crest bookmarks and book cover stickers! Check it out!

I would once again like to thank Emma Raveling for stopping by and urge my readers to check out the Ondine Quartet Series. It is one of the absolute best series I have read in this genre. You can thank me tomorrow for the recommendation :-)

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Emma Ravelings Urban Fantasy Series Ondine Quartet is a MUST-READ

Hey All,

I am super excited that tomorrow, Emma Raveling will be stopping by! The final installment of one of my favorite urban fantasy/PNR series, Ondine Quartet, is being released on August 31st and I cannot wait.

If you haven't heard about this amazing series... let me tell you all about it :)

Here is all about book 1 of the Ondine Quartet Series: Billow.



Title: Whirl
Series: Ondine Quartet, Book 1
Author: Emma Raveling






Official Synopsis
Seventeen-year-old Kendra Irisavie is an ondine, a water elemental caught in the middle of an ancient war. The Aquidae are immortal dark demons who will stop at nothing to destroy the fragile balance of the Elemental world.

Fierce and independent, Kendra has always played by her own rules. Gifted with the powerful magic of Virtue and trained to be a deadly fighter, she has spent her life breaking hearts and getting into trouble.

When her life explodes one violent night in a northern California city, a dark stranger appears, promising answers to her mysterious past.

Alone and with no one to trust, she must now navigate through a dangerous new world, face the temptations of a forbidden romance, and remain true to her duty and destiny.

All while the Aquidae continue to hunt her down, in the hopes of eliminating her forever...


My Review
This book in one sentence: A sensational thriller filled with suspense, danger, romance and mystery with a bad-ass heroine, some seriously romantic possibilities, a bunch of friends that I want to adopt and non-stop action from beginning til end. That is one long sentence but I had to get all of that in there..lol. What I am trying to say is that this book is an absolute MUST READ!!

Kendra is an Ondine (a water elemental) raised in the human world but after the untimely death of her mother and the surge in her powers, she must go to an Ondine school to learn how to control her powers. With her mysterious, dangerous and absolutely delicious Guard/Prince by her side, she joins her people and struggles to learn how to use her powers while fighting for her independence in this new world of hers. What she learns is that she will play an important role in the future of her people and their livelihood rests on her shoulders. A fight between the Ondine and the Aquidae (immortal demons) is nearing and the only one who can stop the Shadow is Kendra. If that wasn't stressful enough, she is falling in love with the one man she cannot have and the only one that she wants. A romance with him would mean the end to her existence as she knows it.

What would you do if the world as you knew it was turned upside down and you suddenly found yourself at the brink of war with the lives of your entire race and the fate of the world on your shoulders? Would you embrace the role you were predestined to have or would you fight for the independent life you once had?

This book is a never ending ride of action, adventure, mystery, danger and romance. You never know what is lurking around the corner.

Kendra is everything I love in a heroine: Strong, Independent and a Fighter! She is also hard-headed a quality that I know well :-). She is not perfect (who is?) and underneath her tough exterior is girl that is vulnerable and unsure of her role in the grand scheme of things. I instantly connected with her and can't wait for more adventures with Kendra.

The heroes are Julian, Tristian and Ryder. They are all so different and I love each and every one of them! Julian is the tall, dark, handsome and mysterious hero who is all about honor and duty. He will appeal to nearly every female with a pulse. Tristian is the sarcastic lover boy that you love to hate and can't help wanting. You don't know what his motives are but we have fun peeling back the layers and finding what is underneath all that swagger. Ryder is the all American boy next door that you wish you could love, but can sometimes cross over into friend category. Girls and their bad boy fetish *shrugs*.

Along the way Kendra makes friends with a group that is full of an array of personalities. Chloe, Aubrey, Cam, and Alex all have one thing in common - you will instantly fall in love with them and definitely want to sit at their table during lunch.

With Whirl, you are in for a number of shockers, tear-jerkers and heart-melting moments that will leave you counting down the days for the next installment. VA fans, make this your next read - you will not be disappointed!!

Whirl is 5 fangs of Paromantasy greatness!
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Trailer Fun
Here is the trailer for Whirl!! Enjoy :-)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Cover Reveal: THE TEMPERING by Adrianne James

A new author is on the scene and her name is Adrienne James. Her new book, THE TEMPERING, is coming out in September and I cannot wait to read it. It may have something to do with the fact that I love the cover....can I have her eyes please?


THE TEMPERING by Adrianne James

September 13, 2013

The Mythology department at prestigious Harvard University is tiny—and Mackenzie Duncan has just been selected as one of the lucky few. Her love for myths and legends is strong, but she never thought any of it could be real.
After being attacked by a large wolf while walking home alone, Mackenzie realizes something is not right. She heals quickly, is suddenly super strong, and is experiencing mood swings that can't possibly be normal. The myths she's studying aren't myths at all. Werewolves are real and she's one of them. Fear of what she is, and who she might hurt sends Mackenzie running from the life she’s worked hard to build–and straight into the arms of a handsome Were named Geoff and into the home of his pack. Living with her new pack takes the edge off her confusion and self-loathing, but the arrival of new  members changes the dynamic, and tests Geoff and Mackenzie’s growing relationship.


The hardest part of being a werewolf is having no control and no memory of her time as a blood thirsty beast. When a moon cycle passes and she actually remembers bits and pieces of the night, she starts to ask questions, and the more questions she asks, the more she realizes she doesn’t like the answers. Can she set aside her own sense of morals to belong to a pack that is like a family or will she leave everything behind yet again in search of a life she can be proud of?

Goodreads link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17931673-the-tempering
Cover Designer: Gonet Design -  https://www.facebook.com/GonetDesign



Author Bio:

Growing up, Adrianne couldn't get her hands on enough books to satisfy her need for the make believe. If she finished a novel and didn't have a new one ready and waiting for her, she began to create her own tales of magic and wonder. Now, as an adult, books still make up majority of her free time, and now her tales get written down to be shared with the world.

During the day, Adrianne uses her camera to capture life's stories for clients of all ages and at night, after her two children are tucked in bed; she devotes herself to her written work. Adrianne is living the life she always wanted, surrounded by art and beauty, the written word and a loving family.

As a young adult and new adult author, Adrianne James has plans to bring stories of growing characters, a little romance, and perhaps a little magic and mythology down the line for her readers to enjoy.


Where to find Adrianne on the web:

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Website: www.AdrianneJames.com


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Walking Dead is my new favorite show



I know - I am a late comer to The Walking Dead bandwagon, but better late than never. After hearing so many great things about TWD, I decided to check it out and I am now hooked. I still have 3 episodes left to watch but unfortunately I have to work today - hey, how else am I going to pay for the cable/internet to watch more episodes :-)

So here is what I have learned from The Walking Dead so far:

  • I Love Daryl! Yes, definitely Team Daryl all the way and this officially solidifies my love for bad boys/underdogs that I am constantly talking about. He is bad, he is a tortured soul, and yet he has a soft side that I want to bring out of him. Plus he is amazing with a crossbow and who doesn't find that sexy! I feel a blog dedicated to his awesomeness coming in the very near future
  • I can be a mean b*tch. When a certain little someone died in season 2, I didn't care. I know - I am the worse. I actually didn't mind cause all that kept going through my head is that the women on the show suck at pretty much everything. Lori and Carol as both a wife and mother. Andrea sucks at life. The saving grace came in the form of Maggie and Michone. Now I know the ladies have fans so...sorry, but for me, they sucked. What does that have to do with the kids? Well, maybe losing one would help get their asses into shape. Too bad it just didn't happen, but the addition of Maggie and Michone has helped revive my support of the female population. Carol on the other hand still bores me to tears. Hopefully a better love interest will come along for my Daryl. I am free to play the part AMC :-)
  • Carl needs some kid time before he turns into a psycho. This poor kid hasn't cracked a smile in 2 seasons!
  • Zombies are disgusting. yeah, that sums it up

Everyone was right about The Walking Dead. It is so addicting and I cannot wait to finish Season 3 tonight. I'm just sad that I will have to wait until Fall for Season 4.

Who is your favorite AMC The Walking Dead Character?

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Movie Release: THE PURGE Quiz and Giveaway!


THE PURGE is hitting movie theaters on Friday and I cannot wait! For all my fellow thriller movie fans, this flick is most certainly on your must-see list!

In case you have been in hiding, here is a bit about the story of The Purge:
If, on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do?

In an America wracked with crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity--including murder--becomes legal. The police can't be called. Hospitals suspend help. It's twelve hours when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this particular night in 2022, plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking. 

When an intruder breaks into James Sandin’s (Ethan Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear his family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide.
      

This movie sounds awesome! Now my question to you is: Would you #survivethenight? Take the Quiz above to find out!



Giveaway time!
To make the release that much better, we are hosting a giveaway! One lucky reader will win a Purge Pack which includes a t-shirt and mask...the perfect way to survive the night! 
 
 
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Vampire Romance - Heart of Darkness, by Felicity Heaton – Just $0.99 until April 28th, Plus Excerpt!



I am a huge fan of Felicity Heaton, and now one of my favorite books by this tremendous author, Heart of Darkness, is on sale for $0.99!

Heart of Darkness is a must-read, action-packed, romance-filled book that will have your heart melting, your adrenaline pumping and have you both laughing and crying throughout the book. You can read my review here ! This vampire romance will not disappoint!!

Heart of Darkness was an Epic Ebook Awards 2013 finalist in the Paranormal Romance category.
Read on for the blurb and links to where you can grab this discounted novel.

Synopsis
A vampire prince on a four hundred year old mission to avenge his murdered sister...

Aleksandr Nemov won’t stop until the last of the vampire hunter’s progeny is wiped from the Earth. Each kill has stolen a piece of his humanity, pushing him towards the black abyss all vampires hold within their hearts. Now he is teetering on the edge, close to devolving into a beast, and time is running out as he tracks the last hunter to Prague. There he finds a beautiful woman who could be his one chance for salvation, but is it already too late for him?

A vampire guard who will do whatever it takes to protect those she loves...

Elise is dedicated to her duty. It’s the only thing she has left. All that changes when she meets Aleksandr in Prague and her master grants him permission to stay at her bloodline’s mansion. She knows all about Aleksandr but none of it prepares her for how she feels when the legendary prince’s hunt becomes one for her heart. Elise battles him with all of her strength but can she stop herself from falling for the handsome hunter? When he reveals the depth of the corruption in his soul, will she have the strength to face the pain in her past and do whatever it takes to save him?


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Excerpt
It had been an easy kill.

Aleksandr Nemov stood over the body of the vampire hunter, their blood splattered across his black shirt and saturating the leather and metal vambraces that protected his forearms. It coated his fingers and the curved dagger they gripped, and the sweet scent of it heavily tainted the crisp night air. Strong moonlight caressed his back, throwing his shadow out long in front of him, across the hunter’s corpse.

A female.

She hadn’t been strong enough to fight his kind. Too young and inexperienced to best him. It had been foolish of her to try.

Aleksandr raised his hand and swallowed at the sight of the blood glistening on his fingers. It tempted him to taste it.

He dragged his eyes away and settled them back on the female laying on the grass of the small public space, her blood warming the frozen earth. He hadn’t fought a woman in a long time and hadn’t expected to find a hunter so soon after arriving in Prague.

The fountain nearby bubbled regardless of the frigid temperature, defiant of the frost that caused the grass around it to glitter.

Aleksandr glanced at his bloodied hands again and then closed his eyes against the temptation. He took no thrill in the hunt. Yet he found no calm in its aftermath. There was only the threat of unending darkness that beat within his chest and encroached upon his soul. It bled into his eyes. He could feel the jagged points of black that speared the red. He had too much blood on his hands but he couldn’t give up now, not when he was so close to attaining his vengeance.

With great effort, Aleksandr sheathed his dagger against his left hip and wiped the blood away.

The smell of it still permeated the air, taunting and filling him with the dark urge to feast on the hunter’s remains. He refused to obey the voice within that commanded him. His kind had fought hard against it and no Nemov had turned to the darkness. They were stronger than that, and he would die before it happened to him.

“You… what are you doing here?” A light female voice shattered the darkness within him.

Aleksandr glanced at her out of the corner of his eye. She stood with the fountain at her back, the cascade of water providing wings that completed the vision of beauty. Moonlight bathed her skin, turning her round eyes dark and her hair as black as the uniform she wore.

An angel.

The red bled from his eyes, returning his irises to grey, and he straightened to his full height, desiring to look his best even when he looked his worst.

She brought her right hand up to reveal the blade clutched tightly in her fingers, held backwards with the blunt edge tucked against her forearm, ready to slash at him if he made a wrong move.

“I won’t ask you twice.” Her strength surprised him.

Such a beautiful creature.

Before Aleksandr could find his voice, she was gone. He turned, blocked her attack with the metal covering his left vambrace around his forearm, and attempted to disarm her. She dodged his counter-attack with ease and came around behind him. He spun and blocked her again, and this time managed to get a hand on her before she leapt backwards, out of his reach, and bared her fangs.

His heart beat harder.

She attacked again, her cry piercing the silent wintry night, and brought her blade down hard. It was difficult to block it. She was strong and skilled for a female. He strafed left and right to avoid her knife, trying to find an opening that he didn’t really want to take. She was fascinating. Beautiful and deadly. Everything a vampire should be, yet there was something more to her. She turned and brought her leg around in a swift kick. The heel of her black knee-high boot smashed into the side of his head, sending him down.

Aleksandr rolled onto his feet and blocked her again. Why couldn’t he bring himself to fight her? He could barely bring himself to defend.

Her red eyes narrowed on him and she growled, exposing her extended canines again. His cheek throbbed where she’d caught him. He would bear a bruise there before the hour had passed. She lunged at him and he barely avoided her blade. If he survived the fight that was. He ducked when she swung at him and swept his leg around to take hers out. She jumped it and rewarded his effort with another hard kick to the head, sending his brain spinning out of control. The darkness threatened to return, goading him into attacking. He didn’t want to. He would not attack another vampire, especially not a female.

Definitely not her.

She huffed as though disappointed. Was it because he wasn’t fighting or wasn’t falling? Aleksandr kept his arms in front of him, blocking her swift attacks with his vambraces, and staring at her face the whole time. Fascination wasn’t the right word for what she did to him.

The warmth he felt, the intense attraction, the abject desire to look into her eyes forever, even when they only promised him a slow death. It was more than fascination.

He wanted her.

“I do not wish to fight you.” Aleksandr leapt backwards, away from her, and raised his hands.

Her grip on her blade tightened and she attacked.

He left himself open to see what she would do. Her clothing was formal—a black military-style jacket that only reached her waist and tight black trousers coupled with polished riding boots. She looked like a guard. If she were, she surely wouldn’t kill him.

If she weren’t, he was making a terrible mistake.

The moment she neared him, she sheathed the blade, threw herself forwards so her hands pressed into the dirt, twisted and launched herself at him feet first. Had he wanted to defend himself, it would have been impossible. The speed at which she locked her knees around his neck, sending him falling backwards with her momentum, and slammed him into the icy earth knocked the breath from him.

Aleksandr stared at her where she perched on his chest, straddling it with his arms trapped in the crook of her knees and her blade against his throat.

He laid beneath her, sprawled out, his back aching and freezing.

Utterly in love.

She leaned forwards. A single strand of her dark hair had fallen out of the tight bun at the back of her head and grazed her cheek. Her soft breath against his face carried the enticing scent of her blood. Her eyes went from darkness to a lighter colour that the moon stole from him. Beautiful.

Aleksandr swallowed, causing the knife to grate his Adam’s apple through his thick beard. He wished that he had cleaned up now before coming to Prague. She wasn’t exactly catching him at his best.

“You will answer for entering my bloodline’s territory.” She pressed the blade harder against his throat. “I’m taking you in.”

“No need to be rough.” Aleksandr smiled slowly. “Unless you like it that way, of course.”

She was off him in an instant, her weapon still held at the ready.

Clearly, she wasn’t into the rough stuff like so many of his kind. With the thrill of hunting denied them, they had to find excitement elsewhere. Dancing with death through sharing blood was the most intoxicating thing a vampire could do without risking their humanity and many of them did it often. He had never been into that sort of thing.

Aleksandr sat up, grazed his fingers over the silvery scars on his wrist, a reminder of why he was tracking and killing vampire hunters, risking his humanity, and then got to his feet.

The female backed off a step, but remained close enough that she could easily attack him if he tried to leave. He didn’t want to, but if he did, she wouldn’t be able to stop him. A woman was no match for him.

First a female hunter and then a female guard. Prague was a modern progressive city, or the world was changing faster than he realised. He had noticed it for a few years now and had been struggling to adjust ever since. He hadn’t expected the change to happen within vampire society too. The males had always been the ones to take care of the females. His gaze settled on her. Now there were females capable of taking care of themselves. It was both disturbing and intriguing.

Aleksandr went to move but she was in front of him before he could take a step.

“Can I at least gather my belongings?” He motioned towards the coat and bag that waited near the fountain.

She looked at them and her gaze tracked back and settled on the corpse. Her pupils narrowed and then she frowned. Had she only just noticed that he had killed someone? She sniffed and then looked at him, her pale eyes falling to his shirt and then his hands, carefully taking all of him in. He liked the assessing edge to her gaze, and the way it lingered on his body a moment before coming up to meet his. She stared into his eyes, long enough that he felt as though she was renewing the spell she had cast on him, and then nodded.

“I desire an audience with your master.” Aleksandr crossed her path and picked up his long heavy black coat. Her gaze remained on him, intent and focused.

He put his coat on, picked up his black bag and slung it over his shoulder. When he turned to face her, she was looking at the dead hunter again. The way she stared at it, studying it closely, made it clear that she hadn’t seen a fresh kill in a long time.

Or she hadn’t seen anything quite like the butchery that had happened tonight.

Aleksandr clenched his fists and reined in the dark hunger that the memory evoked. He was in control now, not his instincts. The hunt would continue until he had avenged her and had rid the world of her murderer’s progeny.

He would not surrender until then.

For four centuries, he had tracked and killed them, his anger still fresh in his heart, the pain of losing her still raw. He would not surrender until he had killed the last of the hunter’s line and protected his people.

The woman stepped forwards and his attention was back with her. The second his gaze locked with hers, the darkness inside him receded, washed away by the light in her eyes and her beauty. He had thought of nothing but the hunt for four hundred years, had closed himself off to society and focused on his duty, but the woman before him stole his attention away from it so easily. It drifted to the back of his mind with the darkness, unknown to him in this moment while her eyes held his. She wasn’t afraid of him. She had fought him without fear, and with strength and skill that he had never expected to find in a female. She enthralled him.

Looking into her eyes, Aleksandr realised something dreadful. He was too close to the edge. The feelings she evoked in him were ones he had long forgotten existed. It was strange to feel warmed inside by happiness to have met her, desire to make her belong to him, and hunger for the feel of her bare body against his. He had not felt such positive emotions in decades.

He was losing himself.

“Follow me,” the woman said and he did, using her as a distraction from his dark thoughts.

She was young. He placed her at barely over two hundred years old, her appearance somewhat of a human in their mid-twenties. She was at least six inches shorter than him, and slender. Her strength had surprised him because of those facts alone. Young females were often weak and needed protection. She had strong blood in her veins.

Aleksandr ran a hand over his matted long dark hair and then rubbed the several months’ worth of beard on his face. What did he look like? He felt like a mess now, both inside and out. She had definitely caught him at his worst. If he had looked as he had back in his days at court, he was sure she would be looking at him differently.

He was sure that she would recognise him for who he was.

She walked swiftly ahead of him, not once looking back to check if he was still there. She had mastered her senses then. He could feel them fixed on him. How strong were they? He had honed his to perfection through years of training and hunting, but he hadn’t sensed her approach. He had been too lost in the darkness.

His gaze slid down to her small backside and the way it moved as she walked mesmerised him.

He hadn’t really wanted to meet her master, but saying that he did seemed like the easiest way of remaining near to her.

Aleksandr lost track of how long they had been walking. He looked up when he sensed the presence of more vampires. Black wrought iron gates punctuated an endless grey stone wall ahead. Beyond them stood the extensive bleak façade of a mansion. Light emanated from many of the rectangular windows marking the three storeys, at least on the left side. On the right, they were mostly dark hollows. Two male guards at the gate saluted the woman and then eyed him with suspicion as he passed through.

Who was his escort? She was strong, spirited, and these men ranked lower. If she weren’t dressed as a guard, Aleksandr would have placed her as a lady of the bloodline. A female guard. He still couldn’t quite comprehend it.

He followed her up the gravel drive to the house, walking on the left side of the wide expanse of frosty grass that stretched into the distance in both directions. It was a habit of his to mask his footfalls. It had saved his life more than once. The long grey stone front of the mansion was imposing and cold even in the moonlight. The size of it told Aleksandr that this bloodline held the power in the city, or they were the only one resident.

They crossed the large parking area in front of the house, passing a fleet of identical black Mercedes-Benz limousines. This bloodline was definitely doing well for itself. Judging by the fact that the woman had been in the city whilst wearing her uniform, it had to be masquerading as a military school of some sort. Many bloodlines bought privacy from the local government by donating large sums of money and setting up such a front. The humans never questioned them. It had been the easiest way to keep their species secret for many centuries. At least some things hadn’t changed since he had left society.

The moment she entered the house, Aleksandr’s attention was back with her. She hurriedly smoothed her warm chestnut hair back into the tight knot, fixing her appearance. In his opinion, she didn’t need to fix it at all. The slight wanton edge her messy hair gave her was alluring to say the least. His gaze drifted to her throat and he frowned when he spotted her bloodline’s mark on the back of her neck. It was an elaborate black ink crest with a stag incorporated into the design.

Černý.

They passed another pair of male guards and Aleksandr glanced at the back of their necks. The mark was visible above the collar of their short black jackets. A strong bloodline.

He had forgotten who ruled Prague. Perhaps they would be able to help him after all and his coming to their master would prove beneficial in more than one way.

His grey eyes slid back to the woman. She looked over her shoulder at him, her aquamarine eyes briefly fixing on his before she turned away again.

Aleksandr quickened his pace and fell into step beside her. She glanced at him again and then looked forwards. His gaze remained on her as they walked along the elegant gallery at the front of the house, heading towards the lit area he had seen on the left of the building. She had soft features—youthful and graceful. Her oval face, pale skin, and rosy lips set his heart racing again, quick enough that it almost matched a human heart rate. A flicker of a frown wrinkled her brow and her eyes darted to him and then away. He steadied his heart, aware that she could hear the effect she had on him. Her heart was beating at a restful pace, a soothing patter in his mind.

She moved ahead, entering a large red drawing room. The vampires relaxing in it were powerful but none of them were stronger than he was. He carried on without glancing in any of their directions, following his temptress. She turned right in the room, heading towards a guarded set of dark wooden doors. When she reached them, she faced him, her expression stern.

“Wait here,” she said and the guards stationed on either side of the doors opened them for her.

Aleksandr lowered his black holdall from his shoulder. The two dark-haired male guards eyed him. He smiled but it didn’t relieve the tension. It only made it worse. The one on his left cast a glance over him and Aleksandr was thankful that his long coat hid his dagger from view. The female’s voice drifted through the open doors to him and he looked at her. She stood in the middle of a dark green room, the back of a gilt-framed green velvet couch in front of her. A male spoke to her in Czech, his voice a lazy drawl.

Tired of waiting, Aleksandr walked into the room, his knee-high boots heavy on the polished wooden floor. The woman’s blade was at his throat again in the space of a breath. Aleksandr halted and looked at the man her body had shielded from view.

He was young to be leading a bloodline, only in his late twenties in terms of appearance, meaning he was little more than four hundred. He would have been born around the time that Aleksandr had begun his hunt.

The man leaned back into the green couch opposite the one near to Aleksandr and the woman and crossed his long black-clad legs. He smiled without any trace of charm or meaning and preened his short sandy hair back.

“This man desires an audience with you, Master,” the woman said and Aleksandr glanced down into her clear blue eyes. She looked away, towards the leader of her bloodline.

“Then allow him to introduce himself so I may know with whom I speak,” the master said in English.

Aleksandr was familiar with both English and Czech. He had understood everything the master had said to the woman. He wasn’t interested in guests and wanted him gone. His opinion would change once he knew who Aleksandr was. It always did.

Aleksandr’s gaze met the guard’s again, holding it for long minutes. Whenever he set eyes on her, he was struck by her beauty as though it was the first time he had witnessed it. He willingly accepted her blade against his throat because it meant she was near him. Soon she would be this close to him without a weapon. He was sure of it. He would ask for sanctuary and the master would grant it. It would give him time to clean up his appearance and then he would start a new hunt. One for this woman.

His gaze slid across to the master and locked with his hazel one, silently showing the younger vampire that he wasn’t the most powerful in the room by a long shot.

“I am Aleksandr Nemov,” he said in a calm measured tone.

The female’s shock rippled through the knife at his throat, which was gone an instant later. She stepped back.

“You will not mind me requesting proof of that claim,” the master said.

Aleksandr smiled behind his beard. It was to be expected. He had been absent from society so long that many probably thought him dead.

With a flourish, he unsheathed and presented his bloodstained dagger. The curved silver blade caught the warm light of the fireplace to the left of the couches. That same light made the gold handle shine brightly. Only a Nemov carried such a weapon, and it had been given to him at birth, inscribed with his name so those who died by it knew who had taken their life. When the man nodded, he sheathed the blade and took hold of his black shirt above his right hip. He pulled it free of his trousers and revealed the mark he bore there on his pale skin.

The mark of royalty.

The woman’s eyes widened, fixed on the crescent moon on the shield of his bloodline.

Aleksandr lowered his shirt and she slowly raised her eyes to his. She blinked, fumbled with her own knife, and then looked away. The shy sparkle in her blue eyes added to her beauty and his desire for her, momentarily stealing his attention away from the other occupant in the room.

“You will stay a while with my bloodline. It would do us great honour.” The master stood and crossed the room to Aleksandr.

The woman stepped to one side, her eyes still downcast.

The master grinned and held his hand out. “I am Ladislav Černý, and I welcome you to my home. I hope you will be able to enjoy our hospitality for a long time.”

Aleksandr shook his hand. Ladislav was young but wise enough to see a way to gain more power when it was standing in front of him. Being favourable to a royal would grant him more leeway with the law and more privileges in court. It was a shame then that Aleksandr had long since surrendered such authority. No matter how many times he reminded society that he was no longer royalty, it still insisted on treating him that way. In this sort of situation, he usually reminded them that he had given up his title, but this time he couldn’t bring himself to mention it. He wanted to remain here and pursue the woman, and for that reason alone, he would tolerate Ladislav’s mistake.

“We will hold a ball tonight to celebrate,” Ladislav said, his English thickly accented.

This man was no fool. He would serve Aleksandr well. His gaze slid back to the woman. Her eyes were on him again but darted away when his met them. How well would she serve him?

“Then I will need to freshen up.” Aleksandr removed his hand from Ladislav’s grip.

“Any room in the guest wing you desire, and I will arrange whatever you need.” Ladislav motioned to the woman. Her expression blackened for a moment, as though escorting a guest was beneath her, and then she saluted.

Aleksandr picked up his bag and smiled at the woman. She answered it with a frown and then walked out of the room. His smile widened and his gaze raked over her.

She was going to be an interesting hunt.

But he would be the victor.
                        

 

Biography

Felicity Heaton writes passionate paranormal romance books as Felicity Heaton and F E Heaton. In her books she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons!

If you're a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, Felicity Heaton’s best selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series she writes as F E Heaton or any of her stand alone vampire romance books she writes as Felicity Heaton. Or if you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try Felicity Heaton’s new Vampire Erotic Theatre series.

In 2011, five of her six paranormal romance books received Top Pick awards from Night Owl Reviews, Forbidden Blood was nominated as Best PNR Vampire Romance 2011 at The Romance Reviews, and many of her releases received five star reviews from numerous websites. In 2012, she received the GraveTells Author of the Year Award and her vampire romance novel, Heart of Darkness, was selected as a 2013 Epic Ebook Awards finalist in the paranormal romance category.

 
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