Lover Unbound – BDB 5 by J. R. Ward

The first hundred pages are boring as hell. Besides a huge revelation about V’s origins not much happens. The book jumps from character to character, where you read about stuff you already know, and I’m just thinking when is something going to happen. Phury is still in love with Bella, and there’s more about what’s happening with John, but all I really want is V’s story because I know the other two will eventually have a whole book unto themselves. I’m afraid much skipping is happening here.

I was a little put off by V’s homosexual feelings for Butch. Not that I’m against that sort of thing, I’m just not into it when it comes to my romance books. That being said, I love the dynamic between V and Jane. Jane is a tough chick, and relief after the previous books low self-esteemed heroine. The BDSM I could have done without, but at least it was only one scene.

V and Jane fall for each other fast, which I liked because there were less false assumptions and self-doubt as there was with the other books. Of course they had to fall fast because much of the book was dedicated to other characters. The sex was hot, and much more intense than previous books. Same goes for the breakup, most emotionally real parting of the characters yet.

I’m sorry for then end though. Although V and Jane get to be together, it’s not the happily-ever-after that satisfies me. Though this issue doesn’t get addressed in the book V can never live off Jane’s blood, so he will need to take the vein of another female forever, and he and Jane can never have children together. It was just not the right kind of ending.

Eternity Embraced by Larissa Ione

Be aware that this is not a full-length novel. This is a very shortened story that coincides between the third and fourth books in the Demonica series. I did enjoy the dynamic between these two main characters and believe that the story would have made for a really great full-length novel. I was a little sad that there was so little to the story, but as I understand, it was part of The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 2.

Short stories aren’t my cup of tea. There is usually no room for strong character development, and a believable connection between the main characters. But Ione is able to bypass this problem by creating two characters who are already in love and now have the challenge of getting past the fat that one of them has been turned into their worst enemy.

I really enjoyed this story, and could only wish for more of it.

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.

Dark Lover (BDB Book 1) by J R Ward

You may be a vampire and not even know it. In Ward’s world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, a vampire is born as any other human, goes through life without any special cravings, and doesn’t change into a vampire until around age 25. It’s an interesting concept and has the potential for appealing story lines.

The black dagger brother hood is a special group of warrior vampires who defend the vampire community against—ahem—undead humans. There’s a twist. Humans who despise vampires trade their souls to join the lessers, and who’s only goal is to kill vampires.

There were a few things I couldn’t stand that I should mention now. The horrible names for one! I don’t know if I’ve said this before but I hate ridiculous descriptive names like Rhage, Vishous, or Phury, and this series has them all. So if you can get past that, here’s the second thing I had trouble with; the bad ghetto talk. Every time the ghetto talk starts up all I can picture is an outrageously dressed pimp with a feather in his cap, instead of the leather bound vampire warriors they are supposed to be. Those two things aside, I enjoyed the book.

Beth is the illegitimate daughter of Darius, a member of the black dagger brotherhood and good friend of Wrath, the rightful kind of the vampires. Beth doesn’t know she’s a vampire or the daughter of one. She’s lived as a human all her life. Just before his death Darius makes Wrath promise to help his daughter through the change, meaning she must feed from a strong male vampire as she makes the transition.

Before Beth meets her dark warrior, she has a particularly nasty encounter with a human who later becomes a lesser and Wrath fines he need to help Beth through more than just her transmission.

The romance was good, Wraith was, of course, resistant, and Beth was the typical damsel in distress with backbone.

Called by blood by Evie Byrne

Vampires and humans, blood and sex. It’s the ultimate urban fantasy when done right. My fellow romance addicts will agree that vampire stories will never get old. But there is a fine line between sexy and vulgar, and this book walks the line.

It starts off in a way that personally irritates me, but other readers may love it when there is that instant mystical love connection that takes no time to develop. Helena, opens her door to a stranger and winds up making out with him within seconds, practically stripping him right there on the porch. I know, I know, Alex is a vampire and all, but I like my romance with a little less helpless-to-resist and a little more, well, resisting. Not that I didn’t enjoy the book, I did. I’m just pointing out that the beginning started wrong for me.

The middle was better, once I got over the He’s a stranger that you believe is a psycho stalker, and you’re sleeping with him issue. The sex was hot, and sometimes out of my comfort zone. There’s a scene where the two share a dream on a train. They’re doing some serious heavy petting while a man watches with his pants around his ankles. Strangely hot, but weird at the same time.

The conflict between the characters was well done, and the character development was not bad either. Alex was a bit of a quirky vampire, young too, not your typical ancient vamp. I think he was twenty-seven, so his bride was actual older than him, which is unusual in vamp stories. It was refreshing because there was an excitement in Alex that was almost childlike.

The ending was way too abrupt. I kept flipping pages, wondering if my kindle was broken. Of course, the book ended with love, but there was a lot left unsaid. Like, throughout the entire book Helena affirms that she could never become a vamp, and never be able to see the sun again. This issue is never resolved for the reader. Are we to assume that she is suddenly okay with it? Also, there is a bonding process where blood is shared between the vamp and his mate but that never happens either, at least on Helena’s side. I just felt like I needed something more.

That said, I will be reading the rest of the series =^_^=


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

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.


A Hunger Like No Other

This is the first book in the series Immortals After Dark. For me this book sparked an obsession with paranormal romance. Kresley Cole is, in my opinion, one of the most innovative and creative romance writers known to humankind. She writes compelling plots, never boring charters, and is always thinking ahead. Many of the books in this series intertwine in such a way that you would benefit from reading them all in order but you don’t necessarily need to.

The book starts with Lachlain (king of the Lykae) escaping his 150 years of imprisonment and torture at the hand of the vampire hoard. As a result he harbors a deep hatred for vampires, not that he hadn’t hated them before his torture.

When he finds is fated female, Emmaline Troy (a half vampire half valkyrie) Lachlain goes ballistic, thinking fate had given him a lowly vampire for a mate. Assuming he has gone insane from his long torture he decides to keep her with him to wait and see if his mind has made a terrible mistake and hopes that she is not truly his mate. As he holds her prisoner he wars with himself over wanting to treat her like the vile creature she is and wanting to love her.

Emmaline is, for a vampire/valkyrie, extremely timid and fragile. Her aunts have kept her vampire state hidden from the rest of the world, fearing the vampires would want to claim her for their own. She has been sheltered and coddled by her loving aunts. But as she grows older she becomes restless and wants to find out who her vampire father was, or is. So she takes herself to France to start her search. There she finds out living on her own is much harder then she tough and is loathe to crawl back to her aunts and admit defeat. But before she can make a decision to go home or not she is captured by a powerful and frightening male. His treatment of her is erratic and she never knows what he will do next. Will he kill her or let her go?

Throuought the book we witness Emmaline gain courage and self esteme when it comes to dealing with Lachlain, and we see Lachlain soften and eventually grow to love his wee valkyrie with her wee fangs that drive him wild with lust when she drinks from him.


Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, Book 1)

This is not really a romance book per-say, but is is a good read with an interesting twist on vampires, and there is a sexual tension between Merit and Ethan was compelling enough to make the grade.

Merit is a collage student who was attacked at night by a rough vampire and left for dead, Ethan, leader of the Cadogan House of vampires in Chicago, came upon her dying body and decided to “change” her in order to save her life. This was unorthodox because since vampires “came out” vampire recruitment has turned into the equivalent of a job application.

That being said I thought the female character was extremely immature and ungrateful for the second chance at life. Ethan is a bit old fashioned and stuffy, being an ancient vampire, and doesn’t know how to deal with Merit’s rebellious nature, though he seems to respect her challenges, and from the start is extremely attracted to her.

If you not looking for steamy erotica but still want that supernatural fix then I recommend this book.