Dearest Ivie (Black Dagger Brotherhood #15.5) by J. R. Ward

Author’s Synopsis

The last place Ivie expects to be approached by a devastatingly handsome male is in a crowded, smoky cigar bar rarely frequented by vampires-yet here he stands. Silas is flirtatious, gallant, and, above all, mysterious. Ivie is anything but. A nurse at the healer’s clinic and the daughter of a biker, Ivie is accustomed to speaking her mind. So she does. Since aristocrats rarely pick up females of her class, Ivie asks Silas just what kind of game he thinks he’s playing.

Despite her guarded exterior, Ivie surrenders to the fierce desire she feels for Silas. And yet, just as their courtship is heating up, he reveals that it cannot last, for he is bound to return to the Old Country. Their bond only deepens as they make the most of their precious time together. But when she learns the truth, Ivie must find a saving grace-before all is lost. . .

My Views

Before settling down to read this book grab a box of tissues because you will cry, there is no escape. Ward is renowned for creating super-sexy characters and steamy hot bedroom scenes but don’t underestimate her ability to pull on your heartstrings.

Ivie is a strong female lead, and this is a common feature in Ward’s novels but if you are familiar with the Black Dagger series, you will love hearing from the other side. Ivie is a regular vamp without a title and designer wardrobe. Silas is your typical glymera hottie but with a vulnerable side that just makes the reader melt.

I’m hoping to see more additions like this to the Black Dagger world because I can’t get enough of it.

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Crash (Westside Wolf Pack #1) by Zoe Perdita

Author’s Synopsis

The sexy tattooed wolf threw away his chances of ever becoming pack alpha at seventeen, and Ben, the pack’s omega, has no idea why. Ben Singer has been in love with Axel from the time they were teenagers. Ben thought they were mates, but Axel tore Ben’s heart into pieces and stomped that dream into the mud.

When Axel’s uncle kicks Ben out of their Pittsburgh pack, it’s the chance the omega has been waiting for. Then Axel demands to accompany the smaller wolf. He’s determined to go with Ben, even if the omega doesn’t want him around. While desire stirs between Axel and Ben, years of heartache haunt them. Can the alpha and omega let go of their past in order to find a bright new future together?

 

My Views

This book captivated me immediately. Ben’s character is warm and eternally hopeful and as the story progresses we see just how strong he is. Axel’s hardship is heartbreaking but the tough character wears it like a badge of honour as any knight in shining armour would. Perdita unfolds pieces of backstory along the way and it flows smoothly against the current time plot, creating a highly emotive and un-put-downable novel.

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Bear Faced Lies: A shifter Romance Novella by Merryn Dexter

Harriet’s bad luck just doesn’t seem to let up so when a handsome stranger helps her out at the cattle market she doesn’t get her hopes up. When he offers her help on the ranch, she’s reluctant after everything she’s been through but his calm manner and easy way with animals are too good to let go. It doesn’t take long before her work-based interest and her lonely heart intertwine but they both have baggage. Will Harriet end her spell of bad luck and will Tobias divulge his secret?

This is a cute shifter romance with an edge. It was an easy read with likeable characters although Tobias’ use of the word ‘sweetheart’ was a little too frequent for my liking. I did, however, really enjoy the addition of Clyde who gave the ranch a proper old cowboy feeling.

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The Accidental Sire (Half-Moon Hollow #6) by Molly Harper

Who plays ultimate Frisbee with weights, anyway?

When a vampire game turns into a tragedy at a human-vampire mixer, Megan finds herself turning to the vamp side. That near death experience is the beginning of a run of bad luck for Megan and anyone who gets close to her. Between Jane’s expert guidance and her newfound skills, not to mention a new on-off boyfriend, can Megan get to the bottom of the mystery that she has become?

This is another great example of Harper’s work. A mixture of sweet, sexy, and funny with an extra dose of Southern humour and you’ve got a great read. I’m even getting used to the freaky child vampire with the psychotic tendencies. The only thing I will say about this author is that she doesn’t write quick enough, I’m ready for the next instalment.

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Fight (Caged Trilogy #2) by H. G. Lynch

Having been caught and made prisoner once again, Tilly is helpless. The fact that Dominic is incarcerated with her makes everything worse. She doesn’t dare resist the witches request because Dominic will pay for it in pain and the witches know just how to cause pain.

The first book in the series brought up plenty of questions and many of them are answered in this story. Tilly’s whole life has been one long sentence of misery and servitude but that doesn’t stop her falling in love. Her strength and endurance shine through even when others around her turn their backs.

Frank’s orders cause major conflict and Tilly is still pulled between the two male wolves like an eternal triangle. This is not just a love story. Lynch is particularly adept at pulling readers into the action and creating an addictive story.

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The Blackwater Legacy (Bloodlines Legacy #2) by Apryl Baker

When Saidie starts college, she meets a group of people who she becomes firm friends with. They all seem to have a supernatural element to them and she doesn’t mind being the only normal human amongst them. The trouble is she isn’t a regular human, but it takes the not so fresh, recently buried, animated corpse of her dead dog to tell her that something is amiss.

When Alex’s uncle sends Saidie away to learn how to use her newly awakened gift of necromancy, she hopes to be able to control her unpredictable gift but something terrible is going on in the colonial plantation and she is trapped.

Saidie’s gift makes for an interesting character and I was hooked on the story from the start. Full zombie action is interwoven with love interest and although they seem an unlikely mix they work. This book was even better than the first in the series and I can’t wait to read the next. Baker has an addictive style of writing that leaves you hungry for more.

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Run (Caged Trilogy #1) by H. G. Lynch

Tilly finally escapes her captors and runs for freedom. The forest, usually her friend, seems alien and full of dark surprises but just as she thinks she’ll succumb to the darkness she is rescued. Three handsome brothers are among her saviours and it doesn’t take her long to lose her heart but with a past that is hell-bent on catching up with her can she afford to stay and risk her friends’ lives?

This paranormal story is a little different, and it offers a new perspective on the young adult and paranormal genres. Lynch unwinds the story at a fairly fast pace but allows us to indulge in a little romance in between. The imagery is full and expansive without going into long description and the scenes are vibrant.

I’ve read books by this author before and she has a very fresh and lively character development skill. Tilly, Spencer, and Dominick are easy to relate to and very likable and I’m looking forward to seeing Tilly get her man in the next instalment.

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