Friday, December 19, 2014

Review: Dragon Her Back by Susannah Scott

Dragon Her Back
Release Date: December 15, 2014
Publisher: Entangled: Covet
ISBN:   1633751570
ISBN13: 9781633751576
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: Author and Publisher

How To Claim Your Dragon...

As the head of security of Vegas's Crown Jewel casino―and its hidden dragonshifter sanctuary―ice dragon Darius Dachien commands respect. Unfortunately, that respect isn't always reciprocated. In fact, when it comes to the stunning Mei Chen, hostility might be a better word. Which makes things even harder for Darius, since Mei is his dragon mate. Without her, his dragon form is fading fast...and once lost, will be gone forever.
Mei can't deny the fierce chemistry that simmers between them. If Darius were ever to discover who―or rather, what―she really is, she wouldn't just lose him, but her place with the dragonshifters. The moment Mei's past comes crashing into her present, she realizes her time for secrets has ended. Now she must reveal her true self...and risk both her life and her heart with the one man who could destroy her.

We FINALLY get Mei and Darius's story in DRAGON HER BACK. It was nice to finally understand why Mei was pushing Darius away and get to know them both better.

Mei was never my favorite secondary character. She comes off pretty hard and cold and I really didn't like how she was pushing Darius away even though his dragon was fading. I was relieved when I realized that she didn't KNOW that his dragon was fading and she in fact cared a lot about that fact. I am not sure if I just assumed before or if that is a spoiler so I apologize now if no one else knew that either. I didn't really have an opinion of Darius before DRAGON HER BACK. I felt sorry for him for having a mate that didn't seem to want him, but that was about all. I was really surprised at how vulnerable Mei was throughout most of the book. She ended up confiding in Darius pretty quickly and didn't drag it out until it was too late, which was nice. It was great to watch them finally come together as a team (although it wasn't always smooth).

There were a few things I didn't understand and they're bugging the heck out of me. Why did the woman in the casino smell like Darius? Doesn't something like that only happen if they have sex? If so, wtf? Don't get it. Also Lana. She was awful and refused to help Mei when she was was obviously in trouble. Why wasn't this brought up again? Both situations really left a bad taste in my mouth and it would have been nice if we got more answers and closure from them.

One of the things I have enjoyed about all of the books in this series is that they are all shorter, fast paced, and still manage to convey a complete story. Whose love story will be next? Could it be Jane?

I gave it 4/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Interview: No Angel by Pippa Jay

UFI welcomes Pippa Jay. Thanks for Joining us!!

What can you tell my readers about yourself that they might not know from looking on your bio or reading in another interview? 

My nickname as a teen was Dormouse for my habit of curling up in a nest of blankets when sleeping.

What do you enjoy doing on your down time?

I love to watch and read scifi, do some sewing (mostly cosplay outfits), draw a bit, make graphics and mock up covers for my books, sing, do freestyle street dance for fitness, spend time with my family, and I have a pet leopard gecko and five bantam chickens to look after.

What is your favorite part of writing? 

Creating new worlds. Honestly, who wouldn’t enjoy that?!

Do you have any certain routines you must follow as you write? 

Not really. I’m a pantser, and my writing method is chaotic and non-linear, so it’s a case of take my new shiny idea and get stuck in.

What are some of your Favorite books or Authors in the Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Genres? 

I just read Scorched by Erica Hayes (Superhero/UF), which I really enjoyed. Also loved the Embers series by Lauri Owen, and the Hunted series by Elle Hill.

How would you pitch No Angel to someone who has not heard of it before? 

Think Bladerunner but with angels and demons instead of replicants.

Can you tell us a little bit about the world that No Angel is set in? 

It’s about a hundred years in the future, and humanity is able to travel the stars. Mortal kind aren’t aware angels and demons are still around, but they are and have embraced technology along with humans, although perhaps a little slower. This story is set in City Above, while my main character Lucien is a denizen of City Below, perhaps better known as Hell. The setting is somewhat gloomy, with bits of future technology popping up throughout.

Do you have a favorite scene in No Angel

Several, but the one that tickles me the most is when Lucien is face to face with His Infernal Highness, being given orders to hunt an angel. I had this weird idea of who I wanted to play Satan, so I had fun writing it and seeing some of the responses from my beta readers.

Which character was your favorite to write about? What about the hardest to write about? 

I loved writing Lucien, the main character. I’d never really written a character who not only embraced his sexuality but reveled in it. The hardest was Miranda, because she’d been quite a shadowy figure in my mind, and I didn’t want her coming across as too cold and remote just because she’s an angel.

What Other Projects can we look forward to reading from you? 

I have a YA dystopian romance releasing in April 2015, plus the re-release of my debut scifi romance novel and its sequel.
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After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include YA and adult stories crossing a multitude of subgenres from scifi to the paranormal, often with romance, and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).

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No Angel
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 How far would you fall for love? 

Centuries ago, guardian angel Lucien committed a terrible sin. He gave in to his own desires and revealed himself to the mortal woman he'd been charged to protect. By kissing her, he condemned himself. Torn of his wings and his angelic powers, thrown down into the City Below, Lucien now serves Satan as an incubus who claims souls for his master from the City Above, and who feeds on the energy stolen from his mortal lovers. Dark, sexy, and charming, he's been top of his league for decades uncounted. 

Until His Infernal Highness decides to send Lucien looking for a lost angel. Lucien has no idea what he did to deserve such a punishment, since the touch of an angel could destroy him. Yet the challenge and the potential kudos of seducing one of his former heavenly kin leads him on. 

But when he finds the angel, he learns he still has more to lose than his already forsaken soul.
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Excerpt:

A couple of centuries ago, Lucien mused, he would've been forced to use the treacherous spiraling staircase that led down to Hell. Stone stairs that were covered in slime, cracked and shifting underfoot, with no handrail for safety, and no chance to withdraw. No light other than the lurid red glow from beneath. For those poor mortals travelling that way, the redness would have increased in step with the temperature as they descended, to the point where both would become unbearable, leaving them desperate to retreat. But then most would tumble headlong down the stairs long before being able to turn back, to lie broken and bleeding at the bottom. That would merely be the first taste of all the torments to come.

Instead, Lucien rode in the luxury of an elevator into the bowels of Hades, Hell, Purgatory—whatever mortals chose to name it. As one of its denizens, he had little to fear from such a trip Down Below. At least, normally he wouldn't. Tonight was different. He'd been summoned.

Lucien hunched deeper into his leather jacket, hands thrust into his pockets and the collar turned up around his neck, though not from cold. In all his years as an incubus, the big boss had never asked to see him before. He couldn't think of anything he'd done lately to warrant such attention. Or anything he hadn't done. There were plenty of lewd and despicable acts he'd committed. Things even the darkest of human minds couldn't possibly conceive, and several times over. That was his job after all. What else did anyone expect of a demon, for Hell's sake?
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Review: Christmas with a Bite by Patricia A. Wolf

Christmas with a Bite
Release Date: December 15, 2014
Publisher: Entangled: Covet
ISBN:  1633751589
ISBN13: 9781633751583
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: Publisher
Sometimes the holidays totally bite...

This Christmas, Mara Livingston is determined to start over. But as she's driving to her "new" home, a freak winter storm forces her off the road. Now she's stranded in the middle of nowhere. Then he shows up. And there's something strangely familiar about him...

Connor Reece never expected to see Mara again. Nor is he prepared for the onslaught of emotions―including an unimaginable rush of desire―she stirs within him. Now he has a chance to claim the woman he's always wanted. Except, there are a couple of small details that Mara doesn't know. The first is that Connor is a vampire. And the second is that if his family finds out about Mara, she will most certainly be killed...

Mara is ready for a new start after she finalizes her divorce from her cheating husband. She becomes stranded during a snow storm and finds her way to a remote cabin. The man that lies there looks familiar, but she can't place him and she is thankful for his help. Connor is hiding away after the suicide death of his girlfriend. Mara, the woman he hasn't forgotten from one dance at his best friends brothers wedding many years ago, is the very last person he expects to show up on his doorstep. He still wants her, but has no choice but to keep her at arms length. That plan doesn't work as well as he wants it to.

The whole story is about how Mara and Connor are fated to be together. They went their separate ways, but found there way back to each other anyways. I enjoyed all the characters in this book. When it first started I thought it might be only Mara and Connor stuck in a cabin, falling in love and I am glad to say it was so much more than that. We get to meet friends and family and they are all involved in the overall storyline.  Mara has a really hard time trusting men after her ex husband and Connor has a secret he can't share with her, so its obvious that there was going to be a problem at some point. I really enjoyed how Mara found out about Connor being a vampire. For one, it wasn't expected and two, I think she handled it how I would have handled it if I was in her position. The romance and relationship developed nicely and it was easy to become invested in it's outcome.

I don't see anything that suggests CHRISTMAS WITH A BITE will be part of a series and that is totally OK because I was happy at the end and don't really have a huge pull to read more about Mara and Connor. Their story ended well and I am fine with it being kept that way. This was a nice fast paced, easy romance for those looking for one.

I gave it 4/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Interview: Revelations by Pam Daniell

UFI welcomes  Pam Daniell. Thanks for Joining us!!

What can you tell my readers about yourself that they might not know from looking on your bio or reading in another interview?
 
That I’m a huge fan of the TV show Supernatural. I’ve been watching since season one, episode one and I’ve never missed an episode.
 
What do you enjoy doing on your down time?
 
If and when I do manage to get some downtime I enjoy reading.
 
What is your favorite part of writing? 
 
My favorite part of writing is being able to escape the real world for a little while and create a world all my own.
 
Do you have any certain routines you must follow as you write? 
 
I don’t really have a routine, but my best ideas seem to come at night.
 
What are some of your favorite books or Authors in the Urban/Fantasy/Paranormal Genres? 
 
Right now I’m reading Surrender, the third book in the Haunting Emma Series by Lee Nichols. I also enjoyed The Guardian of Bastat by Jaqueline M. Battisti and The Shadow Sport Series by Ethan Cobb.

How would you pitch Revelations to someone who has not heard of it before?

Jenna’s mother always told her the truth… except about who she really is?
 
Can you tell us a little about the world Revelations is set in? 
 
Revelations is set in real time.
 
Do you have a favorite scene on Revelations? 
 
I would have to say my favorite scene was when Jenna and Dylan are roasting marshmallows.
 
Which character was your favorite to write about? What was the hardest to write about?=
 
My favorite and hardest was Jenna herself, because I had to show her coming to terms with her true heritage while struggling with being a teenager and having to create her own unique path in life.
 
What other projects can we look forward to reading from you?

I am currently working on Defiance, book two in the Revelations Series.
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Pamela Daniell was born and raised in Little Falls, New York. After graduation she moved to Long Island with her high school sweetheart and they were married shortly after. They soon added three biological children and adopted two through the foster care system to complete their family

As a child Pamela loved books, and with the urging of her grade school teacher to Keep on writing, has been writing ever since. Even with her crazy work and family schedule she finds the time to bring her stories to life so others can enjoy them.

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Revelations
 Jenna Morgan is just like any normal teenager. That is until she turns seventeen. In a matter of a week Jenna is kidnapped, meets a mysterious young man named Alex and learns the shocking truth about her true heritage, which is the reason both demons and the angels are hunting her. 

Just when she comes to accept her new identity the unthinkable happens leaving Jenna devastated. She soon meets Dylan, a small town homeboy who quickly heals her heart. But when his life is threatened by the same monsters who had already torn her world apart will Jenna be able to save him…or will she die trying?
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Review: Blood Moon by Lisa Kessler

Blood Moon
Author: Lisa Kessler
Release Date: December 15, 2014
Publisher: Entangled: Select Otherworld
Moon Book #3
ASIN:  B00Q1YU3NS
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: Publisher
One bite can change you.
And one kiss can change your destiny...


Nadya Dalca has been handed a death sentence. She's been bitten by the last living genetically enhanced werewolf―part of the Nero Organization's disastrous Moonlight project. With the poisonous blood now coursing through her system and pushing her to the limits, it is only a matter of time before Nadya's fate is sealed...

Gareth Takoda told himself he couldn't get involved. Caught up in a maelstrom of grief and bitterness, he has been isolating himself from his Pack. But when he is charged with watching over Nadya's first transformation―or bear witness should it go horribly wrong―Gareth is torn further by unwanted desire and the need to protect what is his.

One kiss changes everything. One shattering, all-consuming kiss. And with it, Nadya and Gareth face either salvation...or death.

We know of both Nadya and Gareth from the previous two books in the Moon series, but BLOOD MOON brings their story to the front as they find out they're mates and fight to find a way to save Nadya from the death sentence that the bite in book two cursed her with.

I ended up liking Nadya quite a bit. The strength that she shows while going through what she is going through was absolutely inspiring. Her determination and stubbornness shines through in pretty much every chapter of BLOOD MOON. Gareth is still in a lot of pain over the loss of his twin brother. He has isolated himself from his pack and is ready for a fresh start. As soon as he touches Nadya he knows that she is his mate, but he can't stand the thought of losing one more person in his life. I really enjoyed how Nadya and Gareth fit together. They both end up healing each other and growing stronger together, but there is a lot of struggle to get there. 

I was able to read BLOOD MOON pretty quickly. It didn't seem to involve as much as the previous books in the series did, but it was still enjoyable and i felt like I knew the characters pretty well by the end. I liked the addition of Gareth's ancestral stories and they way that they played into the book. I would have liked to see there story fill a few more pages, but I was happy to get what I got. I'm excited to see who's story is next and to hopefully see them make a dent in Nero and the troubles they are causing the pack.

I gave it 4/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Guest Blog & Giveaway: Stolen Fate by Linsey Hall



Stolen Fate
 The Mythean Arcana #4
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 Fiona Blackwood is losing her mind
Fiona is an Acquirer, an immortal who uses magic to hunt for ancient artifacts. Ever since she failed to live up to her fate and find the Book of Worlds, she’s been shunned by those around her. Worse, she’s slowly losing her mind as her subconscious keeps trying to accomplish her fated task. When she’s presented with one last chance to find the Book of Worlds and thus save her sanity, she’ll stop at nothing to accomplish her goal.

Ian MacKenzie has been in hell
For more than one hundred years, Ian has been locked in a nightmarish prison. An accomplished thief, he was thrown into hell for failing to maintain the secrecy of his magical race. When Fiona presents him with an opportunity for escape, he’ll do anything it takes to ensure that it’s permanent, even if it means betraying the woman he’s grown to care for.

A dark force could tear them apart
As Fiona and Ian get closer to finding the book, they learn that there’s more at stake than they ever imagined – like the fate of the world. When their task threatens to tear them apart, they’ll have to make the ultimate decision: life, or love?
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Linsey Hall is the author of the Mythean Arcana, a sexy paranormal romance series. Before becoming a romance novelist, Linsey was an underwater archaeologist who studied shipwrecks in all kinds of water, from the tropics to muddy rivers (and she has a distinct preference for one over the other). Her books draw upon her love of history, travel, and the paranormal elements that she can't help but include.

Several of her books may or may not feature her cats.


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Review: Strayed by Amber Lynn Natusch

Strayed
Release Date: December 16, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Caged Book #6
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Author
Reunited at last, Ruby and Scarlet have tried to mend their fractured relationship. But Scarlet's unwillingness to share what she did during her three week expedition has Ruby frustrated and Sean seething. When Ruby starts to remember events she never witnessed, it becomes clear that Scarlet's days of secrecy were far more nefarious than she let on.

As though that weren't enough, an enigmatic note and key entangle Ruby in an off-the-book murder investigation. Detective Alan Beauchamp will stop at nothing to uncover the truth surrounding the death of his mentor. But when he and Ruby attempt to retrieve the evidence necessary to solve the case, they soon find themselves in the killer's sights.

With unknown assailants after her and Scarlet's dark deeds surfacing, can Ruby survive long enough to find a way out of death's path, or will events already set in motion lead to her ultimate demise?

As the author mentions, it's a really good idea to re-read both FRACTURED AND TARNISHED. I usually don't read novellas, but I would have been totally lost for a lot of STRAYED without the back story on Sean that TARNISHED provides. If you have not read any of the other books in this series please start from book 1. You will be lost, and you won't enjoy STRAYED like you should. If you are someone that doesn't read things from self-published authors, make an exception, you won't be sorry you did.

There is just something about the characters in this series. I feel like I know them personally and my life would be lacking without them in it. Weird I know, but it's so true. I didn't cry AS MUCH as I have with other books in the Caged series, but I still had a few moments where the tears were leaking out my eyes and I had to hurry and wipe them away before my husband noticed.

As usual, Ruby has a plate full in STRAYED. The UK boys have joined her pack and are in her space while her upstairs studio is converted into new bedrooms for them. We get a surprise from Cooper's past and I rather liked this surprise and see great things coming in the future. Scarlet's memories are starting to bleed through to Ruby and she is as determined as ever to find out what happened when she was missing. Lots happens with her relationship with Sean, but you will have to read to find out what.

This book felt REALLY long. So much happens in the many pages. There are lots of answers given to pretty much every question you have ever asked yourself in the previous books and I honestly can't tell you about any of them. OK I CAN, I just won't. Trust me, you will thank me later. The last pages make it clear that the crap is about to hit the fan once again. I hope that Amber doesn't take too long to write book 7 because I want to know what will happen next.

I gave it 5/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.