Review: Must Love Hellhounds by Various

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Must Love Hellhounds
Authors: Various
Published: 2009
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy Anthology
Series: Southern Vampire Mysteries #9, Guild Hunter #.5, Kate Daniels #3.5, & The Guardians #5.5
Rating: B


The Brittingens Go to Hell by Charlaine Harris

Rating: N/A
Didn’t read this installment in the book. I’ve tried to read Harris in the past but could never really get into her. So I decided to skip this one.


Angels’ Judgment by Nalini Singh

Rating: A-
This is a short prequel story to Singh’s Guild Hunter series. It features Sara Haziz right before she decides to accept the Guild Hunter director job. Its basically a “how they met” story about how Sara and her husband, Deacon, got together. I loved this story.

Sara and Deacon are assigned the job of finding out who is behind a spurt of vampire slayings in the area. Signs point to it being a hunter who has gone rogue. However, things begin to get complicated when one of the archangels decides to test the potential new guild director.

Like most of the things I’ve read from Singh, this was pretty fabulous. However, places felt a little rushed. Singh had several good plot threads going that could’ve easily carried a longer story. Great installment for fans of the series. Continue reading

Review: Wild Invitation by Nalini Singh

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Wild Invitation
Author: Nalini Singh
Published: 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Psy-Chinging Series #0.5, 3.5, 9.5, 10.5
Rating: A


Wild Invitation is a collection of 4 stories set in Singh’s Psy-Changling world. The first two had been previously published in An Enchanted Season and The Magical Christmas Catbut the last two were new for this collection.

Beat of Temptation is set before the first book in the series, Slave to Sensation. DarkRiver’s pack healer, Tamsyn has been waiting years for her mate, Nathan, to fully claim her. Unfortunately, he seems intent on making her wait indefinitely. I love this short story. It hits all the right angst levels for me and I enjoyed seeing younger versions of some of the characters from the main books. Continue reading

Review: Tangling with the Tiger by Vivi Andrews

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Tangling with the Tiger
Author: Vivi Andrews
Published: 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Lone Pine Pride #5
Rating: B+


Tangling with the Tiger is the fifth book in Vivi Andrews Lone Pine Pride series.

Lieutenant Grace Calaveras has the misfortune of being assigned to crazy tiger shifter, Dominec Giroux. Dominec is ticking time bomb and it’s her responsibility to make sure no one in their Pride gets caught in the explosion. After being held captive and tortured, Dominec’s only concern is exacting revenge…no matter the cost. Continue reading

Figure of Speech

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Figure of Speech
Author: Dana Marie Bell
Publish Date: March 3rd 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Halle Shifters #4
Rating: C


Figure of Speech is the 4th book in Dana Marie Bell’s Halle Shifter’s series.

Fox shifter, Chloe, has been pining after Jim Woods for four years. After nothing but constant rejection, Jim is finally ready to admit to the bond he shares with Chloe. There’s nothing standing in their way now, except a barrage of hunters and mercenaries targeting Chloe.

Dana Marie Bell is great at getting you invested in the side characters who populate her stories. So, after seeing all of Jim and Chloe’s angst in the previous books, I was pretty excited about reading their story. Unfortunately, I was a little let down by the direction their book took. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Werewolf/Shifter Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is a Freebie week!

In the battle of Vampire vs. Werewolve stories, I choose werewolves every time. So, I decided to use this freebie week to feature my current top 10 favorite books featuring werewolves/shifters. This list includes a wide range of stories featuring werewolves/shifters anywhere from gritty Urban Fantasy to fluffy Paranormal Romance.

*Any descriptions in italics are from the back covers.


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Bitten by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld #1)
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Elena Michaels finds herself drawn back into the Pack she left behind when rogue werewolves begin hunting its members. Despite the past betrayals, Elena can’t turn away from her surrogate family and is forced to confront things she much rather have left buried.

I adore this book. It’s filled with action, grit, and some interesting werewolf mythology. I loved that there are real consequences to being a werewolf. I would highly recommend this to people looking for an awesome werewolf read.


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Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews (Edge #2)
Genre: Urban Fantasy

The world has been fractured in half. On one side magic runs rampant, on the other lies a world where magic cannot exist. The Edge lies between these two worlds and is an odd mix of the two. It’s a place where people like wolf shifter, William, go to hide. William unwittingly finds himself drawn into a political battle and must team-up with Cherise Marr if he hopes to stop a killer from cutting a bloody path through the territory.

This is one of my favorite Ilona Andrews books and that’s saying something because I love just about everything they write. If you love deep south settings and a bit of political intrigue, in your Urban Fantasy, then this is for you.


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How to Run with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper (Naked Werewolf #3)
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Anna Moder has just witnessed a shooting, seen her car pulverized, and rescued a wounded stranger only to discover he’s really a werewolf. And by her recent standards, things are actually looking up. Lycanthropes don’t faze Anna. Doctoring a wolf pack outside Grundy, Alaska, is the closest thing to home life she’s known in years. But hitching a ride to Anchorage with long-absent pack member Caleb Graham that’s a risk.

Love road trip books? Looking for a light and funny werewolf book? Then this is for you. There’s no need to have read any of the previous books in the series to follow along with this one.

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Lord’s Fall

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Lord’s Fall
Author: Thea Harrison
Published: 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Elder Races #5
Rating: C –


Lord’s Fall is book 5 in Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series. Having read this book, I am officially all caught-up with this series. Originally, I had no intention of reading Lord’s Fall, but after enjoying Pia Saves the Day, I decided to give it a shot.

Newly mated couple, Pia and Dragos must divide and conquer if they hope to make amends with the elves and find two replacement sentinels for the Wyr demesne. Since Dragos is the reason for the elves hostility, it’s Pia who takes on the peace mission. Issues arise when someone gets their hands on a god machine and goes on an elf murdering/possessing spree.

Honestly, this was boring. Harrison is at her best when she concentrates primarily on relationship conflicts between people. When she focuses too much on political conflict, or tries to build-up to a war, it doesn’t work for me. Things always seem too easy for the protagonists when she goes for the political/war plot. This was the case here since the minute Dragos reconnects with Pia , I knew how the rest of the story was going to play out. There were no real surprises and the characters barely had any struggles.

What kept me reading were the brief flashes of conflict between the characters. I liked seeing Pia and Dragos struggle for balance in their relationship and Pia shakily begin to trust her guards. However, it wasn’t enough to make me interested in reading about the couple any further than this.

Unless you really adored Pia and Dragos in Dragon Bound, I wouldn’t recommend Lord’s Fall.

Pia Saves the Day

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Pia Saves the Day
Author: Thea Harrison
Published: 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Elder Races #6.6
Rating: B


Pia Saves the Day is a novella in Thea Harrison’s Elder Races, series, which takes place between Kinked and Night’s Honor. It features Pia and Dragos from Dragon Bound as they deal with the effects of an accident.

Essentially, this is your basic amnesia plot. Dragos is left without his memories after a construction site collapses on him. Without any knowledge of who he is, Dragos is dangerous and highly volatile. So, Pia takes it upon herself to help her husband regain his memories (or at least come down from the mountain where he’s taken refuge).

Harrison has featured Pia and Dragos a lot in the series, with several novellas and 2 full length novels dedicated to them. They’re not my favorite Elder Races couple, but I enjoyed them here. Pia has enough angst around the situation to keep the story interesting and I liked that the resolution wasn’t entirely cut and dry.

All in all, This would be a good read for fans of the series looking for a quick fix. However, I wouldn’t recommend it as a standalone novella. It’s very short (clocking in around 100-ish pages) and a lot of the emotional impact relied on references/knowledge of past events in the series. However, if you read and enjoyed Dragon Bound you’ll probably find something to like here.

Read in November

Number of Books Read: 13

Below are the books I read in November but didn’t have time to review this month.


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Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Hidden Legacy #1

Rating: A

A brand new series from the Andrews’ writing team. Nevada Baylor is hired to bring a dangerous fire-starter in to his family before he causes more damage to the city. This is a wonderful start to the Hidden Legacy series. I loved that Nevada’s powers were more defensive, which is different from Andrews’ other heroines who typically have more offensive powers. I look forward to the next book in the series which is slotted to come out sometime next year.


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Tiger Magic by Jennifer Ashley

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Shifters Unbound #5

Rating: C

Carly Randal gets pulled into the world of Shiftertown after accepting help from the cat shifter, Tiger. Not the greatest installment in the series, but not bad either. Everything was just too easy for Carly and Tiger, which made reading the book a little boring.


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The Winter King by C.L. Wilson

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Weathermages of Mystral #1

Rating: C –

After conquering the summerlands in the name of vengeance Wynter takes one of the Summer King’s daughters as his bride. This is one of those books where the heroine spends almost the entire story being neglected and abused by everyone around her. Everyone hated her because of where she came from and they made their opinions really clear, even Wynter. I hate martyr story-lines and this was definitely that. Despite this, CL Wilson’s writing style is engaging and I might eventually pick-up the next book in the series just for that.


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Tethered by Meljean Brook

Genre: Steampunk Romance

Series: Iron Seas #2.5

Rating: A

Yasmeen and Archimedes are blackmailed into helping a friend find a missing relative.  I absolutely loved this short story featuring the main characters from Heart of Steel. They are both dealing with their emotional hang-ups while trying to take care of one another as they head into a dangerous job. I would love to see more of this pair together and I’m hoping that Brook will eventually decide to give them another book to themselves.


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Tarnished Knight by Bec McMaster

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Steampunk Romance

Series: London Steampunk #1.5

Rating: B

Esme is devastated when she finds out that vampire John Doolan has no plans to make her his thrall. The two spend the length of this short story circling each other. I read this to see if I’d be interested in starting the series.  The world here wasn’t anything especially new, but the writing was interesting enough that I’ll give one of the full length books a shot.


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Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Kate Daniels #6

Rating: A

Kate Daniels and crew venture overseas in a bid to get medicine to stop shifters from going loup. I loved this book to pieces. The setting outside of Atlanta was a breath of fresh air for this addition to the series. I loved how vulnerable Kate is with everything that is going on with Curren and the pack. It was also great to see a ramp-up in tension centered around Roland. It feels like the stakes are finally raising in the series and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.


RIVETED, A Novel of the Iron Seas

Riveted by Meljean Brook

Genre: Steampunk Romance

Series: Iron Seas #3

Rating: B+

Annika is from a hidden village in Iceland and has spent the past four years searching for her sister when she runs into David. David is bent on fulfilling a promise to his mother that threatens to expose Annika’s people. While set in the same world as the rest of the Iron Seas series, this book can stand firmly on its own. There are no connections between the other books in the series so this would be a good introduction to the series if you’re not wanting to start with The Iron Duke.

Night Shift

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Night Shift

Authors: Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, and Milla Vane

Publish Date: 2014

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Series: Psy/Changeling 12.1, Kate Daniels 6.5, SPI Files .5

Rating: B+


Night Shift is one of the best anthologies I’ve read in a while with contributions from three powerhouse writers in their respective genres.

It says something when the “worst” story in a collection is from Nalini Singh. Secrets at Midnight is her contribution and it’s pretty boring. Leopard shifter, Bastien Smith, has scented his mate but quickly finds out that not all is well with her. Singh can write some compelling short stories, so I was surprised at how she seemed to have sleepwalked through this one. The conflict is non-existent and it’s painfully obvious what is going on with his mate from the minute Bastien starts talking about her. If I had to rate this one on an individual basis it would be a C –.

Magic Steals by Ilona Andrews was the reason I had been so anxious to get my hands on the anthology. The story takes place in the Kate Daniels world and follows the characters Jim and Dali who were featured in Magic Dreams, which I had adored. This story completely lived up to my high expectations. Dali is approached to look into the case of a missing person and Jim tags along for the ride. It was great to see Dali take the lead and I loved getting a little more of these two working together. I’m still holding out hope that we’ll eventually get a full-length novel featuring Jim and Dali, as they’re just fantastic. A+

Lucky Charms by Lisa Shearin was the only author in the collection who was new to me. Makenna Frazier is a seer who gets pulled into a high profile case involving leprechauns on her very first day of work. I’m guessing this is a prequel to Shearin’s Urban Fantasy series starring Makenna because the story works to set-up a much more involved plot. All in all, this was a good contribution and I was intrigued enough by the characters to potentially read the first book in the series. B+

The Beast of Blackmoor by Milla Vane (aka Meljean Brook) was my second favorite contribution in the anthology. Mala is on a quest for her goddess to tame the beast of Blackmoor in a corrupt kingdom dominated by a tyrant. I really loved how different interpretations of words and personal perceptions influenced this short story. I’m not a huge fan of medieval settings but this one worked for me. I’ll be looking forward to the first full length book set in the world. A-

All in all a great anthology that is well worth the money.

Bayou Moon

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Bayou Moon

Author: Ilona Andrews

Publish Date: 2010

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Edge, book 2

Rating: A


After being disappointed by the first book in Ilona Andrew’s Edge series (On the Edge), I went into Bayou Moon with some hesitation. Luckily, the things that annoyed me in On the Edge (mostly the overbearing and overly powerful male protagonist) were not present here. In fact, it seems like the Andrews’ writing team have found their footing with this installment. Bayou Moon is rich in world building, includes some intriguing new characters, and has quickly become one of my favorite books.

Cherise Mar’s parents have gone missing, leaving her in charge of an extended family group and their estate. In a race to get back home with some much needed paperwork, Cherise runs into William, a wolf shifter. William has been hired to discover what a notorious killer is searching for and turn it over to an elite intelligence agency calling itself the Mirror. As luck would have it, what the killer is seeking has something to do with the Mar family. So, William and Cherise must work together to stop the killer from cutting a bloody path through the family to get what he wants.

I really loved the atmosphere of Bayou Moon. Andrews’ dedicated a lot of time to building the world of the Edge and the part we see throughout this story is reminiscent of hardcore Cajun country. It’s a very swampy, remote, and muddy setting that the characters are working with, which is one of the favorite types of atmospheres.  The downside to this is that at times it slowed down the pacing of the story down at times as there were a lot of details that needed to be covered about the general set-up of the world and understanding the Mar family dynamics. At the center of all the action is William and Cherise who are trying to deal with holding off a killer and settling some bloody family feuds.

One reason why I always love to pick-up an Andrews book is because I know the heroine will be well-rounded and dynamic character. Cherise was not a disappointment on this front. She handles all the chaos thrown at her with as much sanity as she can but still has justifiable worries, mistakes, and breakdowns throughout the story to make her human. One of the things thrown in her path is William who is a wolf shifter. In this universe shifters are looked at as unstable and often prosecuted just for existing. So, William tries his best to hide what he is from those around him in fear of being hunted down. The way Andrews writes William is one of the highlights of the story for me. There’s something slightly off about his mannerisms and how he just can’t seem to completely grasp all the nuances of normal social interactions that makes him fascinating.

All in all, a really fantastic read and I can’t wait to pick-up Fate’s Edge, the next installment in the series.