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5 stars for Loaded for Bear (Shifter Hardball #2) by Cheyenne Meadows #MM #Shifter #Paranormal @Dreamspinners

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Title: Loaded for Bear (Shifter Hardball #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Cheyenne Meadows (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 11, 2016 — 192 Pages

Synopsis

Polar bear shifter Graham Tundra can’t believe his bad luck. Not only is he traded to another baseball team midseason, but he’s also teamed up with Trigger Mallow: widely considered the best player in the game—but with the worst attitude.

Trigger is on the fence about Graham. As a grizzly bear shifter, he’s relieved to have another ursine on the team, even if they are different species. The problem is Trigger is in the middle of his natural mating season, and Graham looks too damn good to pass up.

What begins as friends with benefits shows potential to grow into a deeper connection. If only they can put aside their differences, learn to trust, listen to their feelings, and realize it’s more than just a bear thing.

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FiveStars

I enjoyed book one in this series because it was light hearted and funny to boot but I liked this one better because it was not given that these two men would come together and there were things that they had to work out.

Trigger could not have a more perfect name that is for sure because his personality has a short trigger and can go from not saying anything at all to biting someone’s head off in an instance. But regardless deep down Trigger has a soft side and when he lets that soft side out, watch out because he is going to blow you away. I think that a lot of Trigger’s problem is, he is lonely and has not connected without anyone on a personal level. He has friends and teammates but as far as someone he lets in his everyday life, he has not had that. I believe that Trigger was the perfect person and bear for Graham.

Graham is the exact opposite personality wise then Trigger. He is laid back, likes to be around others and he is a people pleaser. The thing is, if you get on his bad side he can be scary. But that is a rare thing. I don’t think Graham is comfortable with telling others his sexual preferences because his old team tormented him and left him not being so confident about being gay and out in baseball. But Trigger is able to break his tight lippedness about being gay and these two men connected on many different levels.

The old saying opposites attract is definitely the case in story because they are definitely opposite personality wise but they bring out the best in each other and they build the other up and their personal insecurities start to heal because of the other. They make each other stronger and give each other the confidence in different situations that they may have been secure in before meeting each other.

This was an amazing read and cannot wait for the next book in the series to come out and see what this team gets up to next.

~Tosha

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NEW RELEASE: Druid’s Lodge by Kelly Clemmons #MM #Paranormal @Dreamspinners

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Title: Druid’s Lodge
Author Name & Publisher: Kelly Clemmons (Dreamspinner Pres)
Publication Date & Length: May 2, 2016 — 214 Pages

Synopsis

What lurks in Dartmoor?

After his father’s death, Finn Darcy returns to his ancestral home to become chief of his werecat clan. The mysterious Druids Lodge lies nestled in the shadows of Dartmoor National Park, where the legendary Beast of Dartmoor, a large panther, roams the woods and moors.

Finn cannot take his place as the head of the clan before he claims his mate, Luke Devlin, the one he marked while when they were children. Feeling he was deceived at the start of their relationship, Luke refuses to accept his fate. He bides his time, determined to escape when the opportunity presents itself, before Finn’s jealous and possessive dual nature destroys everything they have left.

But then werecats and their mates start disappearing, and Finn is adamant his mate must be protected at all costs. Events take a grim turn when Finn is abducted and forced to fight for his life. Luke must choose between his chance at freedom or saving Finn.

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ONE 5 star and TWO 4 star reviews for Necromantia by Sheri Lewis Wohl @sherilewiswohl #FF #Paranormal #lesfic #Mystery #Thriller

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Title: Necromantia
Author Name & Publisher: Sheri Lewis Wohl (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: April 12, 2016 — 264 Pages

Synopsis

When seeing dead people is more than a movie tagline.

Circe Latham’s secret has always set her apart from everyone, but
these days she uses it to bring home those whose lives are stolen too
soon. Alongside her search dog, Zelda, she is able to make a
difference, and the chance to work a case with Deputy Sheriff Diana
Erni is an exciting challenge. Until the case takes a deadly turn and
her own life hangs in the balance. In order to save herself, Circe
must do the one thing she swore never to do again: share her secret.
Will her trust in Diana be strong enough to save her life or will she
too fall victim to a killer?

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FourStars

There were several things I liked about this book. Wohl really got me with the suspense, right from the beginning. The first time the doorbell rang and she cut to someone else, I was sure the killer was coming for Circe. Obviously not, but the fact that Wohl made me think that so early in the book was indicative of the suspense she wove throughout the book. And she also got me with some of the twists she threw in about the killer. She had me wondering for quite some time, although I did have an inkling before the big reveal. I really loved Zelda, and the team she and Circe made. I even loved the paranormal aspects that were included. We obviously know about Circe’s ability, but there’s a hint that Diana has some abilities as well, and I wonder if that’s why the two of them connect so deeply so quickly. This brings me to a couple of things I didn’t like as much. I don’t like how quickly the two relationships moved, not only Circe and Diane, but also Paul and Lisa. I believe that type of instant connection can happen, but I’m not convinced that it would be moved on so fast. It almost seems like it was rushed simply to move the plot along. The other thing I didn’t care for as much is that Circe’s ability seemed a bit passive. Intrusive, yes. But passive, in that there wasn’t much she could do to help either the dead spirits she was seeing, nor the investigation into what happened, other than finding their bodies. I would have liked to see that be more interactive, so to speak.

All in all, this was a good read, with some interesting twists, and I really enjoyed it.

~AmyP

FourStars

This was a really good paranormal mystery with some really touching romance thrown in. Circe sees dead people but has kept it a secret from everyone but her best friend for fear of being committed. She works as a Body Recovery specialist along with her K9 partner but she is always the one to discover the site of burials first. The dead come to her and tell her where they are. When she finds three bodies on one site a case is opened up that will have enormous consequences for her and for the people around her. Diana and Paul are the cops assigned to the case and their personal lives become entangled with the case too.
I thought the serial killer mystery was well thought out and very surprising. The tension gets more and more intense as the story develops until it reaches an amazing climax. It was extremely exciting and kept me hooked. Circe’s special talent is vital to the solving of the case but the involvement of Diana and Paul made it much more interesting. The developing relationship between Circe and Diana was wonderfully done, with so much passion and love. Their connection was special and very sexually charged. Paul’s story was brilliant too and his character was sympathetic and kind but also tortured. I enjoyed that the story had many facets that all came together.
Kitty Kat
FiveStars
This is one of the most exciting, sensational and thrilling book I have read in a long time. From the stirring opening scenes to the dramatic and exhilarating conclusion this novel keeps the reader completely engrossed.
The complex plot is completely fascinating and quite unique. The character’s are well written and totally believable, even Circe with her intriguing power. This impressive storyline was enriched by the inclusion of the K9 Search and Rescue team and the enlightening explanation of its workings. This team working in conjunction with the police added to the realism and veracity of this scintillating novel.
Ms Wohl not only brings her characters, both good and evil to life, but her enriching narrative makes the entire book appear vividly and distinctly before and into the readers mind and imagination.
After reading this book I will certainly be looking for more of this outstanding authors works.
~Chris

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5 stars for Some Assembly Required by Lex Chase @lex_chase & Bru Baker @bru_baker #MM #Paranormal @Dreamspinners

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Title: Some Assembly Required
Author Name & Publisher: Lex Chase & Bru Baker (Dreamspinner)
Publication Date & Length: February 8th, 2016 — 210 Pages

Synopsis

Everyone wishes they were dead when wandering the purgatory of a home furnishings store, but these guys actually are.

Benji Goss is the quintessential good guy. When his boyfriend dumps him and moves out, Benji obligingly keeps the cat—even though he’s allergic—because his ex’s new place doesn’t accept pets. He’s always joked the cat would be the death of him, but not in a way he expects when a feline mishap crushes him under a DEL TORO bookcase.

Snarky loner Patrick Bryant is in such a rut he barely remembers the life he used to lead. The last thing he recalls is being decapitated by a DEL TORO bookcase in a freak accident. As a spiritual CASA resident, he haunts the aisles of affordable Italian furniture, assisting fellow spirits in moving on to their final destinations.

When Benji appears in the CASA café, Patrick considers the naïve spirit just the man to cure his boredom. Benji’s relentless optimism chips away at Patrick’s sarcasm, making him question if there’s something beyond what he can see. But the heart is like CASA furniture—there’s always some assembly required.

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FiveStars

I have to say to start of this review that I 100% loved the authors premise of this story! Being a huge paranormal fan and both MC’s in this story both being Ghosts..

I really loved both of the characters in this story! Benji and Patrick both having been killed by Casa furniture now must reside there in their afterlife. Benji was such a sweet character while Patrick was sarcastic, but he does eventually grow on you. I really just loved both of these characters together and thought this story was so sweet!

I loved the way both authors wrote this story and these characters! From the moment I started this book I could not put it down. It was such a different concept then I have really ever read before.

~Kara

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5 stars for The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland by Joe Cosentino #MM #Fantasy #ParanormalRomance

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Title: THe Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland
Author Name & Publisher: Joe Cosentino (Dreampsinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 27, 2016 — 86 Pages

Synopsis

Cinder, a poor and beautiful young man who designs clothing, makeup, and hair for his stepmother and stepsisters, offers his clothing and slippers to a naked stranger in the woods who turns out to be none other than Prince Charming. Follow Cinder and Prince Charming in this twist on the classic “Cinderella” tale, as they discover their inner strengths and find their very own happily ever after. Enjoy “The Naked Prince” and three other reimagined Tales from Fairyland, each with a unique spin on stories we all know and love, including “The Golden Rule,” where eighteen-year-old Gideon Golden, after being thrown out of his home in Fairyland by his homophobic parents, breaks into the cottage of three burly men on Bear Mountain, “Whatever Happened To…?,” in which friction ensues between a celebrity with a growing appendage and the reporter who has a thing for giants, and “Ice Cold,” where young Gaelen must save his love Kieran after a handsome but evil prince freezes Kieran’s heart and bewitches him into being the prince’s slave.

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FiveStars

 I thought the stories in this book were so cute!

There was humor in this book along with some sweet parts too! I loved this authors twist on the old fairy tales and the way he wrote the characters in these stories.

But lets not forget the steam either which was very hot! Each story in this book was so good and will take you into a different tale that will either have you laughing so much there will be tears in your eyes or will give you some very steamy scenes!

I am really trying not to give away any spoilers because this book was just so funny and good you really need to read this for yourself, so I will leave this review with I 100% loved this book!
I would recommend this book!

~Kara

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5 star and TWO 4.5 Star Reviews for Deathscape by Adrian J. Smith @AdrianAJSmith @LT3Press #Paranormalromance #erotica #FF

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Title: Deathcsape
Author Name & Publisher: Adrian J. Smith (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 6, 2016 — 12,000 words

Synopsis

Standing in the center of a storm, waiting for lightning to strike has always been one of CL’s favorite moments: the anticipation, the buildup for the moment for when the downpour begins.

This time is different. In the midst of a storm, a mysterious woman keeps appearing at her cottage, watching CL before disappearing. At first, the woman seems like lonely imaginings, but as the storm and CL’s interest in her strengthen, CL realizes that’s far too easy an explanation.

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FourandHalfStars

This was an excellent story. I totally didn’t see some of the twists coming, which made them really effective for me. I liked the connection and entanglement with the storm, which made the setting a bit eerie. I liked the chemistry the two women had together. They seemed really hot together. Two reasons this wasn’t quite a 5 star for me. One, in some ways the story is too short. It’s hard to write a short story that doesn’t leave the reader wanting more. It’s a balance, one that Smith seems to get mostly right. That is, the story is complete, but there’s still that desire for a bit more. Two, this author frustrates me with her short stories by leaving me with unanswered, and unanswerable, questions at the end. Not sure I can list those questions here without giving away spoilers, but suffice it to say, I have questions about some of the whys, and some of the what nexts, and possibly even some of the but ifs.

In all, definitely an entertaining read. I liked the sizzle, but also the setting and the mystery.

~AmyP

FourandHalfStars

CL keeps seeing a beautiful woman with amazing green eyes. She appears when there is a storm then disappears just as quickly. They kiss and go together to another place, the in-between, where they both feel an strong attraction and need to be together. They seem to be entwined somehow but CL cannot work out why. The story of how both came to be in this place and their growing feeling for each other is the basis for this lovely short tale. I loved all of the imagery, the wonderfully descriptive language. The two women needed each other and their need grew ever stronger , culminating in a beautifully written love scene. At times heart-wrenching but beautifully romantic.

~Kitty Kat

FiveStars

A short novel with an ethereal quality. Original, spicy and full of eloquent and colourful narrative and descriptions.
A very eerie essence from the opening sequence, that begins with noise and confusion and quickly transcends into peace and calm, with the storm being the equalizing factor.
I found the way the author described not only the sounds and the surrounding colours,  but  also the smells, gave the whole novel an almost intangible feel to it.
The only thing that appeared to be actual was the two women’s awareness and affection for each other.
A great and interesting read that successfully incorporated the ghostly with an erotic undertone. A concise novel but one definitely not to be missed.
~Chris

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NEW RELEASE: An Erie Garden Party (Lake Erie Shifters #3) by V. L. Locey @VLLocey #shifter #MM #Romance #paranormalromance

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Title: An Erie Garden Party (Lake Erie Shifters #3)
Author Name & Publisher: V. L. Locey (Torquere Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 13th, 2016 — 114 pages

Synopsis

Spring has finally arrived along the shores of Lake Erie and no one is happier than skunk shifter, Templeton Reed. Now that the snows have melted, he can frolic and play on the grounds of Lupei Manor, the formidable home that he shares with his life partner, Mikel Lupei, the alpha of the Lake Erie pack. What a pity that his joy is short lived.

Not only does a stranger appear to shake things up in the manor, bodies begin showing up on the grounds as well! Could the newcomer to the pack be the one viciously killing innocent humans and shifters? Or is there a more nefarious force at work lurking just outside the boundaries of the ancient manse Templeton, Mikel, and their LGBT friends call home?

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“Son of a human,” Mikel snarled.  He stripped and shifted. I stood with his clothes over my arms, watching the wolf work the scent. He padded to the lake, snuffled the shore intently, and then slowly made his way back to the corpse. I turned my head to stare at Erie when he shoved his head under the bloody sheet to smell the body. The water seemed almost tranquil today. How I wished we were planning our spring fete instead of standing here beside a dead man. Mikel tapping my arm brought my attention from the Great Lake back to him. I handed him his pants.

“So, what can you tell us about this poor man’s fate?”

“He’s human.” Mikel zipped his trousers vehemently. “And he was killed by a large animal, either wolf or bruin. Whoever did this dragged him through the lake to mask the scent. I’ll have to gather the pack to scour the woods. Damnation.”

“Oh dear me,” I sighed. “I suppose the call must be made then.”

Mikel threw his head back and stared at the soft white clouds ambling past. “Yes. We have to notify the Elder counsel. That is standard operating procedure when a human is involved in mystical matters. Damnation!”

I reached out to pat his thick bicep. I wasn’t sure he wanted consolation but I offered it anyway. He placed his hand over mine.

“Let me know when they plan to arrive. I’ll take a long stroll through the woods.”

Mikel’s lip rolled as he turned to look down at me. “I hate that as well. You should be at my side. This mansion is as much your home as it is mine.”

“Yes, well, the times they aren’t a changing as rapidly as needed,” I smiled then snuggled into his wide chest. His arms cinched around me tightly, his smoky shirt smashed between us. My ear rested over his strong heart. “If one of the Elders saw me here it would raise questions. I know we have a lie all in place, but I for one do not wish to put that lie to the test. Better I enjoy the forest for an hour or so while they attend to this mess.”

“I love you beyond words, Templeton,” Mikel said into my black hair. “Someday, I swear, we shall not have to hide our love for each other.”

“From your mouth to the Elders’ ears,” I whispered, then tipped my head up for a kiss. We both needed one. Pity it couldn’t be a longer one, but it was tender.

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4 stars for Psychic Says (Revelations #2) by J.J. Black #MM #Romance #Paranormal

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Title: Psychic Says (Revelations #2)
Author Name & Publisher: J. J. Black (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: March 8th, 2016 — 207 pages

Synopsis

Book 2 in the Revelations series

A spirit is a terrible thing to waste.

Stephen Jurgens has always gone his own way, both professionally and personally. Disowned as a child by parents who did not approve of his gifts, Stephen struck out on his own and, along the way, became a highly sought-after psychic. Between his own private clients and the consulting work he does for Revelations, business has never been better. If only his love life was meeting with as much success. Despite his efforts to reach out and enjoy the dating scene, his heart remains drawn to only one man—Maddox Blackwood.

Alpha of the Pontiac wolf pack, Maddox Blackwood is the only man Stephen has ever met who has the power to destroy him. Their initial meeting led to a rejection of epic proportions that left Stephen wary of any kind of romantic entanglement. Now, eight years later, Maddox is back and ready to claim Stephen as his own, as he should have done all those years ago. The only question is, can Stephen find it in himself to forgive the past and accept the future Maddox is offering?

All thoughts of mating are put on the back burner when Revelations receives a call for help from a local cougar pride. People are dying, but are their deaths as mundane as they appear or is something more nefarious plaguing the Pride lands? With their investigation underway, Stephen and his team soon discover that things aren’t always what they seem, and just because you don’t see something, doesn’t mean it isn’t hunting you.

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FourStars

This is Book 2 of JJ Black’s Revelations series and I liked it better than the first one.
Here we have Stephen, who was mentioned in book 1, the man who helped train the Oracle and helped him out a lot. Anyways, Stephen can talk to dead people and is more powerful than he actually thought. He’s a Shaman.
Maddox is an alpha for a wolf pack and is Stephen’s mate. They’ve both been circling each other for years until Maddox made the first move. Poor Stephen didn’t want to believe that they were mates cause someone fooled him before, but who can resist Maddox? Seriously, the man is red hot. lol.
I liked the story build up and the bad guy was actually interesting. I wish there were more scenes with just Maddox and Stephen so I’m hoping this won’t be the last book about them. They’re a really interesting couple. I liked that Stephen wasn’t some hunk in his twenties. He was actually an older man while Maddox was the younger one.
I’m looking forward to book 3 🙂
~Cookie

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4 Star and 3 Star Review for Endless Winter (Guardians of The Light #1) by J.A. Armitage #FF #Fantasy

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Title: Endless Winter (Guardians of The Light #1)
Author Name: J.A. Armitage
Publication Date & Length: January 18, 2014 – 314 pgs

Synopsis

Imagine falling in love for the first time, the adrenaline, the flutters. Now imagine being told you had to have a baby with somebody else…
Trapped in an unfamiliar room with no way out, Anais has no idea just how much her life is about to change. A locked door stands between her and freedom but as she is just about to find out, the door is the least of her problems.
Anais had never believed in demons and vampires so when she is transported into a dark world that she doesn’t understand she is forced to realise that humans can be the most terrifying monsters of all. Yet in the shade of her new life she finds light in the most unexpected place of all. In this occult paranormal romance, follow Anais into the realm of The Guardians of The Light and into a mystery saga filled with temptation, loss, fear and above all love.

Review

FourStars

Reading this book could be likened to riding a roller coaster. It starts of full of excitement, which gets the reader hooked, then builds up the excitement and as it almost nears a peak it slows down. The opening chapter really was fascinating but then I began to feel as if things were getting just a little unbelievable. However, obviously J A Armitage is a very talented author because just as you begin to loose belief then a totally believable explanation is offered and so the exciting ride continues.
  All the charters are all very different and fascinating and the way they are described and the settings give this book a real ephemeral feel
A very gentle love story between the two young female adults begins to emerge and is handled in a very delicate way. Personally I felt more of this relationship would have been justified and it would have given more depth to the emotional side of the novel
Although the ending was a little predictable it did not take away from the reader the anticipation of wanting to read a further book in what is becoming a fascinating series.
Chris
ThreeStar

While I enjoyed the plot idea and overall concept of this book, it was very hard to get into. The first several chapters proved to be an overload of telling over showing and that trend didn’t lighten over the rest of the book. There were several sections I believe could have used some form of dialog to break up the long stretches of tell, tell, tell. While the characters weren’t totally flat they could have used a bit more development and I would have liked to see a little more buildup of the eventual romantic interactions between the two main female characters.

 

There were a handful of areas in the second half of the book which I believe were wasted opportunities at conflict which could have added some tension and even hilarity to the book. Without giving too much in the area of spoilers, the situation between the MC and her love interests brother could have been utilized much better I think. The writing wasn’t bad though I do believe that if the author were to make some adjustments and hire a beta reader and an editor to run through it at least once it would tighten it up and make an okay book completely amazing. The concept is strong and interesting and with some work this book could become a favorite.

~Rhayne

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4.5 stars for The Necromancer’s Dance (The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #1) by SJ Himes #MM #Dark @WriterSJHimes

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Title: The Necromancer’s Dance (The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #1)
Author Name: SJ Himes
Publication Date & Length: February 25, 2016 – 212 pgs

Synopsis

In a world where magic is real and evil walks amongst humanity, a young sorcerer is beset upon by enemies, both old and new. Angelus Salvatore is the only necromancer in all of Boston, and his name is whispered warily by the undead and fellow sorcerers alike. He and his brother Isaac are the lone survivors of an attack by an army of the undead, in which Angel used a spell so powerful it forever marked his place in history. Now, years later, Angel struggles to balance his career as a teacher of the higher magical arts, his role as big brother, and a tenuous relationship with an Elder vampire from the local clan. When his brother’s boyfriend is used as a pawn in a mysterious plot to draw Angel out, Angel is once again drawn back into the old hostilities that fueled the Blood Wars and led to his family’s death.

Leaning on others for help is something Angel cannot do, and while he searches for clues into who may be targeting him and his brother, Angel finds his heart steadily growing occupied with Simeon, Elder and vampire. Dealing with death magic and vampires on a daily basis may leave Angel jaded when it comes to life and staying that way, but the more time he spends fending off the ancient vampire’s attention and affections, the more he realizes he wants to give in.

Can Angel find out who wants him dead, and keep his heart safe in the process? How can he fall for a vampire, when his whole family was torn apart by an army of the undead?

Death stalks the streets of Boston’s historic Beacon Hill….and there is no one more suited to battle against death than a necromancer.

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FourandHalfStars

This is my first book by SJ Himes, and I’ll be back for more. This is a highly entertaining story with interesting characters and great world development.

I love the way the magic use is described in this story. The magical fight scenes are very vivid and exciting. Angel’s character is well-developed and easy to love. And the romance between Angel and Simeon is sweet and sexy.

The ending is well done. There is a good balance of tying up this story while leaving enough teasers to keep readers wanting to see what will happen next.

Overall, I really enjoyed this, and I’ll be back to read the next one. I highly recommend this to readers who are fans of urban fantasies and vampires and are looking for a romance that has a strong genre plot.

~Amanda

Excerpt

He must have passed out, too damn tired from a long day at work, interrupted sleep, and a semi-major working that consumed a huge portion of his reserves. It took power to use power, and even though Angel fueled the spell with ambient magic, he still had to control and shape the working. It was a bitch, doing magic cold like that, and he would have been better off if he hadn’t gone into it stressed out and tired. Not to mention he couldn’t remember the last time he ate anything more substantial than tea and a muffin. Isaac moving out meant Angel forgot to eat more often than not.

Angel woke wrapped up in his favorite blanket, his bed warm and welcoming. Something was tickling his face, and he worked a hand free from under the blanket to swipe at his cheek. Feeling cool skin and soft lips, Angel opened his eyes.

He was in Simeon’s arms, laying half on his clothed chest, their faces so close together the vampire’s deep green eyes were all he could see.

Angel’s hand was caught up in Simeon’s, their fingers intertwining. Angel’s eyes drifted shut as Simeon closed the tiny distance between them, his soft and cool lips ghosting over Angel’s. He pulled in a deep breath of Simeon-flavored air, the vampire’s scent filling his mouth and nose.

The scent of fresh blood was in there too—Simeon must have fed before taking Angel home, the potent tang of hot metal impossible to miss. The sensation of Simeon’s lips barely touching Angel’s did unrepeatable things to his nervous system, setting him on fire with a cool flame.

His body jerked, just a little, freezing and alternately relaxing as Simeon’s lips settled over his in a full kiss, with a hint of tongue and the nip of sharp teeth.

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