Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Friday Night Bites: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel

Author:  Chloe Neill                             

Genre:  Paranormal/Vampire/Romance  

Type:  Both Print and Ebook                  

Purchase:  Amazon                              

From the Publisher:  Ten months after vampires revealed their existence to the mortals of Chicago, they're enjoying a celebrity status usually reserved for the Hollywood elite. But should people learn about the Raves-mass feeding parties where vampires round up humans like cattle-the citizens will start sharpening their stakes.

So now it's up to the new vampire Merit to reconnect with her upper class family and act as liaison between humans and bloodsuckers, and keep the more unsavory aspects of the vampire lifestyle out of the media. But someone doesn't want peace between them-someone with an ancient grudge...           
My Review:  This is a tremendous sequel to Ms. Neill's first vampire book, Some Girls Bite.  I truely enjoyed this book.  The character developement for the primary characters of Merit and Ethan Sullivan continued to flow.  The secondary characters picked up some steam in this sequel and we were more fully immersed in the folk lore of vampires and introduced to Shifters in more depth.  The attraction between the two main characters and the two main secondary characters continued to develope.   Mallory, the main secondary female character, continued to develope and we were more fully introduced to her burgeoning abilities as a sorceress.  We are also introduced to leading alpha shifter, Gabriel Keene, who will be a primary force in the 3rd installment of this series, Twice Bitten, which will be released on July 6, 2010.
I personally can't wait for the sequel to see how Ms. Neill continues to develope her take on this genre.
Rating:   5 of 5 Crowns    Highly Recommended


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Some Girls Bite: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel

Author:  Chloe Neill                          

Genre:  Paranormal/ Vampire/ Mystery

Type:  Print and Ebook                      

Purchase:  Amazon                                        

From the Publisher:  Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but it was Merit’s. She was doing fine until a rogue vampire attacked her. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker—and this one decided the best way to save her life was to make her the walking undead.  Turns out her savior was the master vampire of Cadogan House. Now she’s traded sweating over her thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan “Lord o’ the Manor” Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed, four-hundred- year-old vampire, he has centuries’ worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects her gratitude— and servitude. But an inconvenient sunlight allergy and Ethan’s attitude are the least of her concerns. Someone’s still out to get her. Her initiation into Chicago’s nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war—and there will be blood.

My Review:  This author was new to me and I couldn't put the book down.  The character development was fantastic and the story was a very smooth read.  I really enjoyed this book.  The main character Merit, was sassy and sarcastic but really fun.  The male lead, Ethan, was very good and extreemly sexy.  One could understand wanting a relationship with this vampire, although you can tell that it would be work because he needs to be taught about the modern woman.  Merit is definitely the woman to do that.  The secondary characters were equally well written and very good support for the main characters.  Really looking forward to the sequel "Friday Night Bites"

Rating: 5 of 5 Crowns   Highly Recommended


Monday, November 9, 2009

Tameka's Smile

Author:  Zena Wynn

Genre:    Werewolf/Erotica/Interracial
Type:      E-Book

From the Publisher: A True Mates novel.

Deputy Chadleigh Wilson, former lone wolf and new to the Raven pack, was raised among humans in foster care. He doesn't know anything about true mates, but one smile from Tameka Jones and he knows he has to have her. He'll do anything to claim her. Once she's his, he'll do whatever it takes to keep her safe.

Tameka Jones is baffled by her response to the handsome deputy. She came to Refuge to simplify her life. Instead, she finds herself surrounded by people who think they're werewolves, of all things, and now her dead grandmother is talking to her.

But Chad's not the only person interested in Tameka. Someone wants her land and is willing to do anything -- even kill -- to get it.

My Review:

I have read all of the True Mates series by Ms. Wynn and this is a very well done addition to the series, this is the fourth book in the series.  It follows the proceeding stories in timeline and location.  It was highly enjoyable.  I love the character development and her world building.  The romance is hot,hot, hot!   

Rating:  5 of 5 Crowns   

Monday, October 26, 2009

Leaf Letters

Author: Christina Lynn Ashley

Genre: Romantic/Erotica

Type: E-Book

Purchase : Purchase from Sugar & Spice Publications

Ellen Howlett has been Martin Smythe’s neighbor for only a few months, but already she lusts for him. Unfortunately, the handsome banker thinks she’s an unemployed, crazy cat lady with a penchant for dumping leaves in his yard. Ellen can’t keep her mind off Martin, but there’s little hope for romance when Bastard Kitty, her furry child, keeps prancing all over the man’s new BMW and leaving scratches! The two have nothing in common but arguments over the damn cat.Still, Grandmother Wagner’s spirit, who resides in the house with Ellen, won’t rest until the two are hitched—or so says her friend Sam, who sees dead people. What’s a girl to do?

My Review:

This was the first e-book that I have read from this author. The character development was strong. I really liked the main female character, Ellen Howlett. I had issues with the male character, Martin, as I didn't feel his character was as well developed and that it impacted the story somewhat. I also thought that the story was rushed at the end and would have liked a longer ending with more in depth development.
 Overall I liked the story.

Rating:   3 of 5 Crowns