Wicked Enchantment (A dark magick novel: book 1) by Anya Bast

This is a very different take on fae legend. The fae have been rounded up and relocated to (what I can only compare to as) a reservation called Piefferburg. It’s a small scrap of land where they are trapped and allowed to live their lives behind a thick and magical wall. As with most fae stories there is the Seelie court, who live in the rose tower, and an Unseelie court, who live in the black tower.

The mysterious half incubus Gabriel from the black tower comes to petition the Summer Queen for residency in the white tower. The queen orders Aislinn to act as his guide while she contemplates his request.

It turns out that Gabriel has been ordered by the Shadow King to lure Aislinn to defect to the black tower. Gabriel, being an incubus, is known for his magical ability to cause women to become addicted to him, and his goal is to seduce Aislinn from the start. Unfortunately Aislinn has just had her heart broken and is wallowing in her own bitterness and anger toward the male species. As a result Aislinn seems immune to Gabriel’s advances.

The banter between the two characters was entertaining, and their relation progressed at a good pace. I enjoyed reading this book and will continue the series.

The only problem I had was the long-hard-to-pronounce names, for examble: Gabriel Cionaodh Marcus Mac Braire. I understand saying the characters full name once or twice for effect but sometimes it became a little much and I just skipped over everything after the first portion of the name.


Demon Possession by Kiersten Fay

A wonderful start to a new series by paranormal romance author Kiersten Fay. Demon Possession starts off with a rush of adrenaline. Analia’s (aka Anya’s) escape had me glued to my e-reader. As she escapes, the author alludes to a past of sorrow and pain, while revealing a mysterious gift that we learn more about later. Analia is one of my favorite female characters of recent, she’s tough, on the cusp of being badass, yet she’s venerable.

Sebastian, a smoldering hot demon, is the captain of the ship that Analia sneaks onto. He’s a great combination of broody, dark, and honorable. Not your typical mythical creature. Kiersten creates a world away from Earth, where much of our mythology exists in an alien form, not too different from humans but with the capability of deep space travel. Kiersten’s mixture of sci-fi and paranormal romance worked for me.

I loved how Analia and Sebastian’s relationship grew, mostly against Sebastian’s will—typical, demons never want to commit—a hurtful past event has him guarding his heart, but Analia unwittingly finds her way in. I actually really liked the sex scenes, they added an emotional level to the story without being cheesy. They were explicit, but not vulgar.

This book had some really funny characters, which I would have loved to have more background on, or a side story, but I’m sure they’ll get their own books.

Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione

In the world of Demonica, there are demons, vampires, shapeshifters, and some mixed in between. Like any other race or culture, there are some demons who are good, and some who aren’t. I like this concept. Too often demons get a bad rap, mostly because of mythology and religious beliefs. I like when authors throw societal expectations out the window and start fresh.

Larissa did just that. Her series is not only about demons, but demons who are doctors and created a hospital for all lore-kind called…wait for it…UGH (Underworld General Hospital). I wonder if that was a preconceived play on words or if it was just a happy accident.

Eidolon, an incubus—aka sex demon—with the power to heal with a touch, is chief of staff, and loves his job. Tayla is a slayer, they kill everything that is not human. Slayers are programed to believe everything but themselves is evil and must die. Tayla is very good at her job…until she meets Eidolon.

She haphazardly finds her way into UGH, where Eidolon is treating her for injuries incurred during a fight. When she wakes up, something about the incubus treading her makes her crazed for him, and they do a pretty good job of messing up the room. Not a bad way to start off a relationship.

The sex scenes are definitely not phoned in, and, in a world where romance can get repetitive, like you’re reading the same story over and over again, this story is unique.


Enslave me sweetly by Gena Showalter

Gena’s Alien huntress series is a futuristic story where aliens have come to earth and are considered second class-citizens, which always makes people act crazy, whether they are the oppressed or the oppressors.

Enslave me sweetly follows Eden Black, a trained assassin, and a Raka alien who was raised by a human after her parents were killed when she was young. Raka’s are a race of aliens, coveted and nearly driven to extinction for their golden skin and hair. After sitting on the sidelines for some time Eden is given a new mission that comes with an unwanted partner, Lucius. Eden works alone, and Lucius, though handsome, is in her way. His opinion of her is that she is spoiled and uses her beauty to get what she wants. There’s a fun struggle through the story as Eden and Lucius learn to work together.

Their mission, is to uncover and eliminate a slaving operation, so, of course, the best course of action is for Eden to get herself captured by the slavers. Well, how else do you find them?

Throughout the book, the dynamic between Lucius and Eden gets pretty steamy and I liked it. Eden is a strong independent female and Lucius is a badass.


Lover Revealed – BDB 4 by J. R. Ward

Butch was always comedy relief, and I was eager for his book to find out how he and Marissa would finally come together. However, the story didn’t live up to my expectations. I expected Butch to be more persistent, and fight for his woman, but he had some major self-esteem issues that were a bit of a turnoff. Marissa’s self-esteem wasn’t much better. By the end, both of them were borderline pathetic. I just kept thinking how can these two be a good couple with all the combined self-doubt.

There were a few hot love scenes, one was voyeuristic involving Butch’s best friend V. Interesting twist there, we find that Marissa may have some competition. The constant pushing away, and coming back together with the main couple got pretty old quick, and sadly I got a little board with the dialogue. I just wanted these two to show a little confidence.

The sexual innuendo between Butch and V is brought to light in this book and adds another dimension to the story. Is V in love with Butch, or is Butch his Frodo to V’s Sam. Either way we get some inside to the dynamic of their relationship.

In the end Marissa finally found her grove and had herself a you-go-girl moment, regarding her peers, that redeemed her for me. Butch also goes through something (I won’t mention what, and spoil it) so he can be the man Marissa needs.

Dreams of a Dark Warrior – Kresley Cole

I don’t think Kresley Cole knows how to write a bad book. I dare her to try. No, don’t. Just keep pumping out these magnificent stories.

As I read my way through the Immortals After Dark series, Regin was the one that made me laugh more than any other character. I figured Regin would forever be comic relief, same with Nucking Futs Nix. So I was surprised that Kresley’s next book would be about Regin the Radiant.

To be honest I was nervous. I knew Regin as immature, raunchy, and basically good times all around. I couldn’t imagine her in a serious relationship, unless it was a relationship based on pranks and penis jokes. But after the prologue I was eager to finish the story right then and there.

Regin’s story is tragic one. She leaves Valhalla to save her sister Lucia, along the way she comes across the mighty Aidan, leader of the group of berserkers. At hearing Regin’s voice Aidan immediately recognizes her as his mate, even though she’s only twelve at the time. Don’t worry, Aidan is honorable—at least in this first lifetime—and he vows to protect Regin, and to wed her when she is older. Years later, on the day they finally make love, Aidan is murdered right in front of Regin, thus begins the curse. With his dying breath Aidan vows to return for Regin, and he does, by reincarnating. In each lifetime he dies just after he and Regin make love for the first time.

This time Aidan has reincarnated as Chase, Magistrate of the Order, and in charge of the facility that has captured, tortured, studied, and killed countless immortals. He captures and imprisons Regin. Through some steamy Arabian-Nights-like encounters, Regin tries to get Chase to remember who she is as she tells him of all his previous lives, but Aidan’s hatred runs deep, and he is more resistant than any other incarnation before.

Unfortunately, Chase never gets redeemed in my mind. I don’t feel he ever deserves forgiveness after what he did to Regin and all the other innocent immortals. Though I loved the story, this was Kresley’s only book where I didn’t soften toward the male lead. But I forgive you Kresley, as long as your next hero is a little more lovable.


Sin Undone (A Demonica Novel Book 5) by Larissa Ione

We first meet Sin in book four, where she has a sexy liaison with the wicked and emotionless half-vampire half-werewolf Conall. Their coupling was fierce but brief. Afterward, Sin learns that she was part of a bet to see if Conall could get into her pants. However, Sin’s heart is hardened, and she has grown accustomed to being used, and using in return. For her, the act of having sex is merely a survival technique. Seminus demons need sex to live.

Sin lives with the burden of being one of kind, and is utterly alone because of it. Before her, Seminus demons have always been born Male. She is the only female in existence. In Sin Undone we learn of Sin’s past, and the turmoil she went through while going through her change into a demoness.

Eventually her unstable need for sex leads her down a dangerous path of homelessness and dark alleys. After years of slavery, and as an assassin, she rises up to the head of a group of assassins who only follow her because she wears a master ring that controls them, and she is constantly under attack by those who would take it from her. Her power—as each Seminus’s power is different—is the ability to kill through disease, but she must touch her victim to use her gift.

In the previous book Sin unwittingly unleashes a terrible disease that spreads through the werewolf community. In Sin Undone she must work with the brothers she despises, and the hated but sexy Conall to develop a cure.

Conall despises Sin for what she has done to his people but is forced to protect her in hopes of finding a cure. The fact that she needs sex every-so-often is just a bonus of the job. Or is it more than that? Conall’s cold demeanor slowly softens toward Sin as he learns she’s not the cold heartless bitch she tries to portray.

After being separated from her brothers and fending off multiple assassination attempts by everyone but the kitchen sink, while repeatedly having mind-blowing sex with Conall, Sin struggles with her guilt, her past, and her unwanted feelings for Conall—the whole while trying to protect her heart from more damage.

I enjoyed this story from the start. Sin’s need to close off her emotions only to have them forced out of her by Conall was both heart wrenching and endearing. I didn’t like Conall at first, because he was a jerk to Sin, then again Sin was a Jerk to everyone, but I quickly changed my mind about him when he started realizing his feelings for Sin.

There is a part where Sin gets a little freaky with a snowball that I sort of blocked out though. O_o

Dream Hunter by Sherrilyn Kenyon

I’m sorry but I couldn’t finish this book, so this will be half of a review. The story was boring, the sexual “dreams” were boring. And I could never get past the main characters name. Geary, is supposed to be a girl, but every time I read the name I though it was a guy. And, again I’m sorry, but I’m not into guy on guy.

Sherrilyn seemed to be running out of steam with this book, because it’s hard not to keep my interest. Even with the cheesiest, cliché romance novels. I am usually able to finish the book at least.

All I can tell you is that Geary, the girl, is looking for Atlantis and Arik is a dream hunter that jumps into her dreams and makes love to her, then she meets him for real and is confused by her dreams. Together they go off to find Atlantis and I couldn’t tell you if they found it or not.

If you chose to read this I wish you all the luck that you can finish it.

Witch Heart (Elemental Witches, Book 3) by Anya Bast

Anya Bast creates one of my favorite characters in Which Heart. I love it when the females in a story are stronger than the males. Yet, even though Claire is more powerful than other witches she is venerable in a way no other witch is.

Claire has lived most of her life in a demon realm where her somewhat-caring master performs experiments on her magic, altering it in such a way that she is able to draw on all four elements at once. But the power threatens to consume her if she uses too much.

When her master is attacked by rebel demons seeking the Elium (a powerful demon weapon) Claire’s master embeds it within her magic core, and thrusts her through a portal into the earth realm. She is instantly lost, and only knows that she must find her own kind, witches. But she knows nothing of Earth and no one on Earth seems to know anything about witches or demons. There is a period of bumbling around and looking like a crazy bag lady, which was humorous.

Adam has been ordered by the witch council to keep Claire safe from the demons who followed her to Earth. Adam is somewhat of a playboy, and is not looking for a relationship, but something about Claire captivates him and he can’t seem to stay away from her.

Through the book we watch Claire and Adam’s relationship blossom, while Claire learns to control her powers that have been enhanced by the Elium inside her.

I consider this the best book of the series and if you like stories with magic, action, and sex then try this one out.


Wicked Deeds on a Winters Night by Kresley Cole

I really enjoyed the main characters love hate relationship. Mariketa is a witch of great power, only she’s a bit of a klutzy witch and often ends up blowing stuff up by accident. So why not join a deadly immortal race?

Bowen lost his mate in a tragic accident long ago and has been slowly withering as the years pass, until he hears about the Talisman’s Hie; an immoral race where the prize is a key that can take you back through time to right a wrong. Well, what do you think Bowen wants that for?

He is determined to win the race, but from the start is attention is drawn to Mariketa. Bowen despises witches due to past history that I will not go into. Just know that he hates them a lot. So when he finds himself in a sexy embrace with the little witch, he instantly accuses her of enchanting him. At first Mariketa thinks she might have enchanted him by accident, because she’s so clumsy with her magic.

Bowen winds up locking her inside a dangerous cavern where a clan of trapped incubi attack her and the others that are trapped with her. The group fights for their lives for three weeks, while Bowen loses the race. If you read the previous book then that wasn’t a surprise.

Later, when Bowen learns that Mariketa has not made the transition into immortality he races off to save her, finding himself more worried than he should. Gee, I wonder why. =^_^=

And that’s when the fun really begins. If you don’t know about Kresley Cole and her immortals after dark series, then you have been living under a rock. Read it, you won’t be disappointed.