Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Accidentally Demonic (An Accidental Series)

Author:           Dakota Cassidy

Genre:             Paranormal Romance

Format:          Print and E-book

Purchase:      Amazon

From the Publisher: 

When mild-mannered Casey Schwartz wakes up in jail, she has no memory of how she got there. But after her sister, Wanda, bails her out, Casey has more to deal with than a foggy memory-like abrupt mood swings and fireballs shooting from her fingertips. But things really head south when a vampire shows up on her doorstep...

Vampire Clayton Gunnersson is seriously hot. And seriously taken-by a demon. In a ritual gone wrong, Clayton tried to get rid of his unwanted bond, but spilled some demonic blood on Casey, getting her possessed in the process. Now, Casey has to share her body and manage to keep her growing attraction to Clayton in check, because falling for her demon's boyfriend just might get Casey killed-from the inside out.

My Review: 

This is the 4th book in the "Accidental" series and I have enjoyed each book.  The heroine of this book is Casey Schwartz, the half sister of Wanda Schwartz, who was the hero of book 3 titled "The Accidental Human".    The book begins with a phone call from Casey to Wanda that is very funny.  You find out that Casey is in jail for having assaulted an off duty police officer and she is basically begging Wanda to come and bail her out of jail.  You discover that they don't have a very close relationship, which is mostly Casey's fault as she took a job that has gone wrong in many ways.  Casey is a young shy woman who hasn't had time for any relationships, she hasn't had time for her family or even for men in her life.   Of course Wanda was not alone when she answered Casey's call, she is accompanied by both Marty, the heroine of book 1 "The Accidental Werewolf" and by Nina, the heroine of book 2 "Accidentally Dead".  Both of these ladies are as funny and endearing as ever.

Turns out that while in a bar taking care of her "charges", Casey accidentally bumped into Clayton Gunnerson, a vampire, who was carrying a vial of special blood.  Turns out it was a special demon's blood that he needed for his own reasons, which he is not sharing, at least not at first.  Clayton is described as a hottie and Casey soon finds herself very attracted to Clayton.  She also finds herself doing all sorts of things that she wasn't expecting, like levitating and growing tiny horns.  When she gets angry, which happens quite alot, she can also shoot fireworks out of her fingertips and in fact starts several things on fire, one being Nina's hair.  Both Clayton and Wanda decide that Casey needs their help in adjusting to her new paranormal lifestyle and the challenges that it brings, so they temporarily move in with Casey to oversee her :"adjustment". 

As often happens in paranormal romance, the path is never straight nor easy.  Turns out that Clay has an "arranged marriage" that has kept him alive (in Ms. Cassidy's Vampire world, when a vampire reaches the age of 500 he must take a mate or turn to dust).  This is the unholy bond that he was procuring the demon blood for.  The rest of the book deals with Casey learning to deal with her new paranormal existence and also with working out a real relationship with Clayton.  We also find out who supplied the special demon blood and Casey gets a few new tricks that help her in the end. 

There is a happy ending for the book and amazingly no one dies but all of the issues are resolved.  Part of what I like about this series is the fantastic dialogue that Ms. Cassidy gives to her characters.  They hold nothing back.  They are snarky and sarcastic, but a barrel of fun.  The language is defintely adult though, not for small children.  I definitely recommend this to anyone who likes smart, snazzy dialogue with their paranormal romance.  It's a hoot!

My Rating:  5 out of 5 Crowns

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Mad About Meg

Author:      Mari Carr

Genre:        Romance/Erotic

Format:     Ebook

Purchase:  All Romance Ebooks

From the Publisher: 

She'd never been lucky in love...'til she met him.

If it weren't for bad luck, Meg Williams wouldn't have any luck at all. As if traveling to a tropical island on Valentine's weekend in a nasty storm isn't bad enough, she's doing it alone after finding her boyfriend in bed with another woman. Enduring the trip from hell, she arrives on Eden Isle only to discover that her hotel reservation has been lost and there are no vacancies anywhere.

Rob Madison is used to being pursued by women for his fortune. When he meets Meg in the bar and realizes she doesn't know who he is, he decides to spend the evening as a regular guy. Discovering she doesn’t have a place to stay, he offers to share his penthouse with her.

As the night progresses, Meg wonders if her luck has turned, while Rob wonders if one weekend in each other's arms will be enough…

My Review:  This book is part of the 28 Days of Heart Campaign done by All Romance Ebooks to raise funds for and awareness of heart disease.  I really enjoyed reading this story.

The character of Meg is a generous and caring woman.  She is a teacher of special education children and is devoted to her students.  She finds her boyfriend cheating on her and decides to take the trip that she had bought as a surprise gift for him by herself.  From the moment that she arrived at the airport to when she finally arrives at her destination, it is the trip from hell.  She still manages to try to make the best of things. 

Rob Madison is the owner of the hotel that Meg has a reservation at.  He is one of the most eligible batchelors on the planet being rich, well educated and very handsome.  He also doesn't really know who his friends are.  An over booking of the hotel leaves Meg with no room to stay in and he offers to put her up at "his company's room" in the hotel.  He doesn't tell her his real name and uses the name Rob Mason.  He is attracted to her and wants to get to know Meg as if he was a regular joe.  They end up sharing the suite.

One thing leads to another and they end up lovers.  Both are highly attracted to each other and they find out that they just genuinely like each other.  They end up spending the entire weekend together.  Rob plans to tell Meg who he really is but just can't ever bring himself to do so.  Unfortunately he has some unexpected "friends" arrive who force him to reveal to Meg who he really is. 

I won't spoil the ending but will say that there is a happy ending. 

I bought the book because I liked the premise and also liked that all of the funds from the sale of the book go towards a good cause.  It  is a short story in length of about 70 pages.

My Rating:  5 out of 5 Crowns

Monday, February 15, 2010

Blood Magic (World of the Lupi Book 6)

Author :      Eileen Wilks

Genre:         Paranormal Romance       

Format:      Print and Ebook

From the Author:

Lily Yu’s world changed when she met Rule Turner, known to the human world as “that werewolf prince.” It’s been eight months since everyone else’s world changed, too—when the Turning hit. That shifting of the realms has magic seeping back into the world in quantities unseen since the hot news story concerned a pair of human babes raised by wolves who went on to found a new city: Rome.

Lily is a homicide cop turned FBI agent. She works for a special Unit within the MCD—that’s the Bureau’s Magical Crimes Division. Lily became a cop to stop the monsters , though it was human monsters she had in mind at the time. These days, the perps she tracks may be a lot more—or a lot less--than human.

In Blood Magic, Lily and Rule are faced with their most dangerous opponent yet, one the law can’t touch. One who can’t be killed. One whose like hasn’t been seen in our world since long before those wolves fostered Romulus and Remus.

Oh, one more thing about Blood Magic: Grandmother is back.

My Review: 

This is the 6th full book in the Lupi World and I have loved every book.  The characters of Lily Yu and Rule Turner are both expanded upon in this book and again their relationship to each other and to members of their family take center stage.  We also again meet many of the supporting characters that I have come to love such as Cullen Seaborn and his wife, Cynna Weaver.  We again meet Toby Turner, Rule's son and also get a little more of an insight into Benedict, Rule's brother, who I personally find an interesting character.  We also get to spend quit a bit more time with Madam Yu, Lily's grandmother, and with the dragon known as Sam. 

We also meet some new characters in this book, we meet police officer Cody Beck, who used to date Lily and we find out why they stopped dating.  We get to meet Lily's sister Beth in slightly more detail and we meet several more werewolves.  We also get to meet an evil sorcerer going by the name of Johnny Deng who is the "lover" of the person causing all of the problems that take place in the book, the Chemei, who is an enemy of both her grandmother and of the dragon Sam and is out for revenge for something that happened in the past.

We find out quite a bit more about Madame Yu's background and her early life and how her legacy affects Lily and her immediate family.  There is also a scene where Lily begins to appreciate her mother and what her mother does for her.

My Rating:  5 out of 5 Crowns       


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Legend of the White Wolf

Author:          Terry Spear

Genre:             Paranormal Romance

Format:          Print and Ebook

Purchase:      Legend of the White Wolf  

From the Publisher:  

In this fourth in Spear's series, Private Eye Cameron MacPherson and Faith O'Mallery are both on quests that lead them into the world of magical wolves...

Cameron arrives in the Canadian Arctic to search for his partners in his P.I. business who are late returning from a hunting trip. Faith is there to discover what her father had seen in the same area years earlier that had made him lose touch with reality—man-wolves, he called them.

The two tumble into an icy world of enemies bent on destroying the lupus garou kind. As they turn into lupus garou themselves, and bond with the pack that only they can rescue from destruction, Cameron and Faith find their soul mates in each other.

My Review:  I really enjoyed reading this book.  I've read all of the other books in this series and can honestly state that each book is better than the last. 

The main character of Faith O'Mallery is a complicated woman.  She's a talented Forsensic Scientist who has a professor for a father.  He has just finished a research paper that he was planning on publishing and taking public when it was stolen by the man that Faith had been dating.  Being who she is,  Faith decides to go after the man and take the research back for her father.  So Faith heads to Maine to a hunting lodge because she has discovered that is where her ex-boyfriend has gone.  Faith has no idea what the research was about, she just knows that she has to get the hard drive and flash drive back for her dad.  From the beginning of her trip, Faith has felt that she is being followed.  Faith meets Cameron at one of the hotel that they are both staying in. 

Cameron is in Maine searching for 2 of his friends, who also happen to be partners in his detective business and have not returned from their hunting vacation.  Cameron has the feeling that something has taken place, but he doesn't know what.  We find out that Cameron is an ex-cop who enjoys his work but seems to have problems in relationships with women.  He is a really good guy who seems to always pick the wrong woman.  He is definitely very attracted to Faith from their first meeting and is hoping that she is the kind of woman he realy needs but can't seem to have a relationship with.  He is also impressed that she is in the forensic field. 

Faith and Cameron end up staying in the same cabin and they merge their investigations, although Faith holds back some information as to why she is really there.  She claims to be trying to re-create the same vacation that her dad had taken in this region.  During their stay Cameron gets bitten by a white arctic wolf.  The white wolf is in reality, Kintail, the pack leader of the Loup-Garou in the region.  Cameron is now infected with the Loup-Garou strain and doesn't realize it. 

Without giving too much away, one thing leads to another and Faith also ends up becoming infected with the Loup- Garou strain.  Both Cameron and Faith end up getting drawn into the mystery of who is killing the Loup-Garou in the area and now have a vested interest in solving that puzzle. 

We also once again meet a recurring character in Leidolf, a red Loup-Garou who is in fact a royal. 

Overall I really enjoyed this book and would recommend reading all of the books in the order written as there are recurring issues and characters.  I am looking forward to the next installment in this series.

My Rating:  4 out of 5 Crowns