mercoledì 30 dicembre 2015

Dark Alpha's Claim by Donna Grant - Reaper #1

Dark Alpha's Claim is the first in an exclusive new series from New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant!

There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I am coming for you...

My whole existence is based on taking what Death wants. Born to eliminate Fae guilty of unforgivable crimes, my reckless, wild nature makes me the perfect assassin to carry out Death's bidding. I've seen more sinister and violent dealings than anyone could ever imagine. But it was the sight of her face that stopped me cold. I've never wanted a woman-never mind a human-so badly; never felt my heart, hardened by death, burn brighter and hotter until it burst into flames. She is everything I desire. The kind of woman that compels you to stake your claim on her, to let the world know that she's yours. A Reaper saving her life will only attract danger, but I vow to protect her at all costs from the Fae that hunt her, and keep safe the woman who has claimed me, body and soul.

Good start for this new series of Donna Grant.
I love her writing and her characters. I would call it more a spin-off derived from her Dark Kings series.
In this series the protagonists are the Reapers, a select group of Fae, either Dark and Light, who are real killers, their tasks is about  completing the sentences from Death, against other Fae guilty of  terrible crimes.
The Reapers are chosen by Death herself - yes she is a woman and a beautiful one - and they must follow a strict set of rules to be part of the group, if they fails they're condemned to death.
An enemy despite the absolute secrecy surrounding the identity of Reapers and Death decided to enact his revenge against them, involving them in a real war.
The story is fascinating and well written as always, with characters sometimes somewhat mysterious, compelling and you want only to know more about their past.
In this story the mani character is Baylon, and because of the deep attraction he feels for a female half human and half Fae who must protect, Jordyn, he goes against one of the strict rules of Death, but the bond they feel between each other is too strong to deny it.
A story  very hot, full of action, twists and magic.
To appreciate it fully, I think readers should know and have read the Dark Kings, because somehow they are sides of the same coin.
Thanks Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the book.


lunedì 28 dicembre 2015

Bound by Sin by Jacquelyn Frank -Immortal Brothers #3

From New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank comes a blazing-hot novel in her thrilling new series featuring four immortal warrior brothers whose fate lies with themselves as much as with their stars.
After being chained to a star to burn endlessly as punishment for stealing immortality from the gods, Jaykun has been unshackled to wage war alongside his brothers, in the name of a goddess. But his freedom comes with a price: Each night Jaykun must still suffer—his body burning from the inside out. One early morning, recovering from his torment, he encounters a beautiful stranger on the beach. Naked from her midnight-black hair down to her sandy toes, she approaches him with starry-eyed innocence and the unmistakable full body of a woman.
Soon Jaykun is swept up with the force of a comet, his desire for her hotter than any sun. His brothers fear he is blinded by her radiant beauty, that she has been sent by their enemies to seduce and destroy him. Jileana is indeed from another world—one Jaykun cannot begin to imagine. But will their passion burn brightly enough to light their way through the darkness that threatens to consume all in its path?

Bound by Sin is the third and penultimate book in the series Immortal Brothers by Jacquelyn Frank, which tells the story related to four brothers who dare the wrath of the gods by drinking the water of a fountain that made them immortal. They must face a terrible punishment: each of them is condemned for eternity to a different kind of torture from sunset to sunrise.
The protagonist of this story is Jaykun, the youngest of the brothers. He has no wish to further infuriate the goddess Weysa, who holds in her hands the fate of his brothers, and he agrees to take the command of the army led by the brothers.
Their mission is to conquer new cities, where they could build temples in honour of the goddess of the conflict to keep alive her cult.
This is perhaps the book I liked a little less than the other.
The setting is charming and particular, between mythology and fairy tale , since the female protagonist Jileana is a sea creature, a selkie.
I loved her character for her spontaneity, her adventurous spirit, which causes it to cross a portal between her world and the humans' one. She wants to try to experience the freedom that is denied by her family. She is a creature very open and artless in a way, but at the same time stubborn.
She is fascinated by Jaykun and having witnessed his greatest secret, seeing him as he turns into a human torch, she becomes one of the few people capable of giving him comfort with her company.
Jaykun devoted himself body and soul to his task as a fighter, and for once he decides to let go and live this adventure "with borrowed time" along with Jileana, before returning to his mission of conqueror.
Initially, the story is pretty focused on their physical attraction and the enthusiasm of Jileana to find out all she can about the world of humans. Subsequently is Jaykun to venture into the world of Jileana, to try peacefully to convince the Empress of the selkie Island to build temples in honour of Weysa.
I cannot say  I didn't like absolutely the book, at the beginning I really enjoyed getting to know Jileana and see her reactions quite unusual, while living her adventure, but then I found the story a bit too repetitive and monotonous and I went on more slowly with the reading of the book.
I wasn't impressed very much with Jaykun as character, I preferred his brothers in the previous books.
I adored the first book in the series, the second quite so, this is a "ní".
I am however curious to read the final book, about the last of the four Immortals Brothers  to discover his story and his destiny and above all, see what the gods have in store for them all.

Thanks to Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group for the book.


domenica 27 dicembre 2015

Ruin & Rule by Pepper Winters - Pure Corruption #1

"We met in a nightmare. The in-between world where time had no power over reason. We fell in love. We fell hard. But then we woke up. And it was over . . ."


She is a woman divided. Her past, present, and future are as twisted as the lies she's lived for the past eight years. Desperate to get the truth, she must turn to the one man who may also be her greatest enemy . . . 

He is the president of Pure Corruption MC. A heartless biker and retribution-deliverer. He accepts no rules, obeys no one, and lives only to reap revenge on those who wronged him. And now he has stolen her, body and soul.

Can a woman plagued by mystery fall in love with the man who refuses to face the truth? And can a man drenched in darkness forgo his quest for vengeance-and finally find redemption?

Amazing story that captured me and didn't give me respite until I finished reading it, although I didn't appreciate the cliffhanger at THE end of it.
It's an intense story, a great love story that has transformed the lives of the two protagonists in a real hell when fate gave them a terrible surprise.
In the eyes of Kill, Cleo, the girl he was deeply in love with was killed and his life since that day has known only one purpose: to get his revenge.
Arthur/Kill the dear and sweet boy who loved Cleo became the President of motoclub, unscrupulous, violent, a man filled with rage. The pain did change him and when he findinni self in front of a stranger woman without memory, but who reminds him of the girl he loved, he loses control of himself and the suffering almost didn't give him peace, his pain for Cleo's loss is untenable.
He's lead by anger, while he feels inexorably attracted to this woman, and he  is overwhelmed by guilt because he feels to be unfaithful to his beloved.
A story that, despite its tough, violent and explicit content in sex scenes, it remains for me a bittersweet story, full of romance.
It's a book with two faces.
The past of Kill and Cleo and the present, and who they have become because of what they have been through.
Because yes, the girl with no memory is Cleo.
A veil of mystery shrouding their entire story because there are terrible secrets that Kill conceals and does not have the courage to tell Cleo for fear of losing her again and this time forever, but theirs is also a fight against time and against their enemy who in the past attempted to divide them.
I say it's a romantic story because seeing the connection that binds them despite the weather, things happened and the love and heartbreak that feel and how deeply Kill is tormented is very moving.
I loved the beginning of each chapter with Kill's POV, on what he's experiencing and feeling, a sort of small diary that reveals what happens when Sara/Cleo comes to disrupt his life.
A book written in a unusual way, with many flashbacks and many mysteries to be discovered, but certainly nice and exciting to read.
A must read ASAP THE next book!
Thanks to Netgalley and Forever for the book.

RATING: 4 stars

domenica 6 dicembre 2015

Claimed by the Mate, Vol.1 by Kate Douglas and A.C. Arthur

FERAL PASSIONS (A Feral Passions Novel) by Kate Douglas
Welcome to Feral Passions, a luxurious private resort nestled in a preserve and staffed by dangerously sexy men, making it a haven for women who want to get away from it all. But Feral Passions is a front for a deeper, sexier secret-it's a hunting ground for these men. Men focused on meeting each woman's every need. Men who are also the beautiful wolves running wild...and who are looking for mates.

Chereza Dubios is more comfortable solving math equations than she is with her voluptuous body and meeting men. But when her younger sister and best friend trick her into vacationing at Feral Passions, Cherry finds herself attracted and torn between two men who find her curvy body and intelligent mind irresistible. Two men who share a secret-they want to share her.

But that takes trust-can Cherry open herself to love with two sensual and powerful werewolves?

THE ALPHA'S WOMAN (A Wolf Mates Novel) by A.C. Arthur
Kira Radney is all delicious curves and strong will and has no desire to be a subservient mate. When a member of her father's pack attempts to make her his mate by force, Kira has no choice but to flee. The last thing she wants is to submit to any male and their pack. But when her escape attempt leads her straight into the arms of an alpha wolf-a sexy, dangerous, protective alpha-Kira must fight against her need to be free, and her secret desire to be controlled...

Anthology which contains stories about werewolves written by two different authors.

It's a Nice story and very very hot. Werewolves thought a unique way to promote the meeting with their possible mates: they created an exclusive resort that accepts as clients only six women at a time. The activity is managed only by werewolves males dealing with guests' needs and meanwhile they try to discover whether any of them has affinities with the wilderness of the land of the Pack and especially to study their reactions compared with the wolves.
In this case, the heroine is a beautiful young woman, Cherry, who is courted by two werewolves who discover in her the mate they always dream about, a true ménage.
On this holiday Cherry decides for once to indulge with their passion, without fears and complexes for her body full of forms, but she allows to   be seduced by the two men who seem to have eyes only for her.
It's a nice story, sensual, full of eroticism but also very sweet. An enjoyable fast read.

RATING: 3.5 stars

This story intrigued me more than the previous.
Kira is an alpha female who decides to escape the fate held in store for her by her father, who wants to force a mating between Kira and one of his betas, for pure interest. Sick of being considered merely as a pawn, without anyone showing for her the slightest consideration, Kira escapes, only to find herself trapped by another Pack of werewolves.
It's a story full of mystery, tied mostly to the past of Blaez, this pack's alpha, which is part of an enemy faction of Kira's father.

Between him and Kira there's a strong pull toward esch other, but for this the girl wants to run away even more, while the rest of Blaez's Pack believe she's a spy, sent to kill their alpha.
A real battle of wills between two alpha, Kira and Blaez,  which involves them in a very hot story with a pinch of BDSM.
Mythology and tales about werewolves come together to form a fascinating short-novel, as Blaez, the compelling and broody alpha of this pack.
I would have liked a longer story for this novel.
 Rating: 4 stars

Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the book

martedì 1 dicembre 2015

Beware of Me by Cynthia Eden

Criminal. Killer. Monster. Ethan Barclay has been called many things in life, and he usually doesn't care what people say about him. He's tough, hard, and brutal when he needs to be. But even the most dangerous of men can have a weakness. Ethan's weakness has—and always will be--Carly Shay.

Their pasts are tied together—twisted and melded by blood and death. Walking away from Carly was the hardest thing that Ethan ever did, but it was also his one good deed. He knew Carly deserved far better than him, and he wanted her to have a perfect life, a life that didn't involve paying for Ethan's sins.

Only now the secrets from their past have been revealed, and Carly's life is on the line. Ethan's enemies, Carly's enemies—the predators are closing in on them. But Ethan isn't going to let Carly be threatened. He will move heaven and hell to protect her. He won't lose Carly, not again, and for those foolish enough to try and take her from him...they are about to see just how deadly Ethan truly can be.

Author's Note: BEWARE OF ME is a complete, stand-alone story. All of the books in the Dark Obsession series are stand-alone titles.

"Beware of Me" is a really good book. 
The story is well written, full of mystery and suspense, passion and two wonderful protagonists, Ethan and Carly, who are joined by a unique and intense bond.
They grew up together on the streets, they faced the worse that could happen since  they were so young, but they survived it, overcoming the things in different ways, carrying scars for it, but they survived.
Ethan left Carly, trying to protect her, he's no prince charming or a knight in shining armor , his world is dangerous, violent, dark, a reality in which people who love each other can become pawns and victims of the enemy and Ethan has a lot of them.
Carly tried to erase the horrors of the past, but the memories still affect her life and when she finds herself in front of Ethan she is afraid to have struggled in vain.
Ethan is a dangerous man, cunning and ruthless , he wouldn't hesitate to do anything to protect Carly from a mysterious enemy that has them targeted. Yet I loved him for this, for how he wants to protect her at all costs, and how he manages to make her feel safe.
Their bond is unique and special and although initially Carly  tries to dismiss and deny Ethan, then she cannot resist him.
The plot of the story is really good, full of twists and until the last pages it's hard to see what will happen.
I loved even the secondary characters, who were able to leave their mark in the story, enriching it and in the case of the FBI agent by creating a great counterpart to Ethan.
I didn't read the previous books in the series, but I found no problem at all in reading the book, which could also be considered as stand alone, except that I liked it so much that I want to read the other books.
Thanks to Netgalley and Hocus Pocus Publishing for the book.


TITLE: Beware of Me
AUTHOR: Cynthia Eden
SERIES: Dark Obsession #4
PUBLISHER: Hocus Pocus Publishing

lunedì 16 novembre 2015

Bacio Immortale di Aurora R. Corsini

"Lui era immortale, bellissimo e in passato era stato venerato come un dio. Ma il suo tocco uccideva ogni ragazza che tentasse di amare. Lei, invece, era fragile, indifesa e non pensava di avere più alcun motivo per vivere. Finché non incontrò lui..." Gli Dei greci hanno abbandonato le vette dorate dell'Olimpo e vivono tra di noi. Dopo millenni di oblio e rimpianti, vagano infatti per il mondo rassegnati ad un destino da assassini, a cui è stata tolta persino la possibilità di amare. Basta il loro semplice tocco, infatti, per uccidere qualsiasi umano. E mentre qualcuno trama nell'oscurità, cominciando a sterminare gli ultimi Dei rimasti sulla Terra, Atena e Apollo incontreranno Penny, una ragazza fragile e indifesa che pensa di non avere più alcuna ragione per vivere. Ma il sentimento tra Penny e Apollo rivoluzionerà tutte le regole e, mentre mortali e umani non sono più al sicuro, una storia d'amore forte e passionale sconvolgerà le vite dei protagonisti. Un urban fantasy dalle tinte dolci e oscure allo stesso tempo.

"Bacio Immortale" è il primo libro della trilogia omonima di Aurora R. Corsini.
Protagonisti della saga sono gli dei dell'Antica Grecia, sempre immortali, ma le cui vite nel tempo sono cambiate in modo radicale, sono lontani i tempi in cui erano delle divinità dai poteri sconfinati, che venivano adorate dai mortali.
Ora per sopravvivere sono costretti a nutrirsi delle essenze delle anime dei mortali, privandoli delle loro energie vitali e causandone la morte, per scongiurare la loro stessa scomparsa.
Nonostante il profondo cambiamento avvenuto nelle loro vite, la maggior parte degli immortali hanno mantenuto la loro freddezza e distacco nei confronti degli esseri umani, vivono vite solitarie, cacciando le loro prede e mantenendo pochi contatti con gli altri componenti di quella che dovrebbe essere la loro famiglia.
Dico dovrebbe perché il legame che unisce tra loro i figli di Zeus è ben lontano dal mostrare sentimenti fraterni o d'amore, per non parlare di Hera, loro madre, che è spietata e glaciale.
Gli unici a distinguersi in questo senso sono Atena e Apollo, che al giorno d'oggi ama farsi chiamare Valo.
Loro sono diversi, lo sono sempre stati, sono legati da un affetto profondo, si tengono compagnia, il loro rapporto è quasi simbiotico, sono diversi ma hanno bisogno l'uno dell'altra.

“Non se sarebbe andata senza avvertirlo, mentre erano ancora arrabbiati l’uno con l’altra. Anche Valo lo sapeva, altrimenti non le avrebbe permesso di uscire da sola. Avrebbe sbarrato le porte.”

Il contrasto più forte tra loro è il modo differente in cui affrontano la loro nuova veste di predatori di umani.
Atena è perseguitata dai sensi di colpa e cerca nutrimento nelle vittime più "sacrificabili", Valo vive il suo ruolo con apparente noncuranza, adattandosi alle sue esigenze vitali, senza troppi rimorsi.
All'inizio Valo mi aveva tratto veramente in inganno, lo trovavo anche un po' irritante, altre volte divertente, ma poi a un tratto mi si sono aperti gli occhi su di lui e alla fine è quello che ho amato di più.

“Si baciavano da pochi minuti, quando la mano della donna scivolò dalla presa delicata di Valo e giacque inerme sulla sua gamba. Osservò la serenità di quel viso, prima di baciarle gli occhi socchiusi e appoggiarsi la sua testa al petto. Iniziò a cullarla, accarezzandole la schiena e affondando il viso tra i suoi capelli. Sentì la vita abbandonare quel giovane corpo, scorrendo con il fruscio di una cascata di sabbia verso di lui. Sorrise degli ultimi frammenti che ricevette, gioie e piccoli dolori, qualche amore fugace e delle amicizie sincere.
La abbracciò a lungo, saziandosi della sua breve ma intensa esistenza fino all’ultima briciola. Infine, posò un lieve bacio sulla sua testa, ringraziandola per il dono che gli aveva concesso.”

La loro capacità di provare sentimenti per Atena e Valo è una maledizione vera e propria, in perenne contrasto con il loro attuale rapporto cibo-vittima con gli umani, soprattutto per Atena che ne soffre enormemente.
Quello che mi è piaciuto di più in questo libro è stato poter leggere i vari punti di vista di tutti i protagonisti, ma soprattutto la cura e l'attenzione con cui sono stati creati i personaggi.
Quelli da cui mi sono sentita più attratta sono Atena, Valo e Penny, la ragazza umana che entrerà nelle loro vite, cambiandole per sempre.
Le situazioni che affrontano, i loro conflitti interiori e i loro sentimenti mi hanno fatta sentire totalmente coinvolta nella loro storia, è descritto tutto in modo così realistico che è impossibile rimanere distaccati o impassibili di fronte al loro tormento.
L'incontro tra Atena, Valo e Penny è quello che da una vera e propria svolta alle loro vite e al racconto. È un nuovo punto di partenza per Penny, che grazie a loro torna a provare emozioni diverse dal senso di colpa, che la stava divorando a causa di una tragedia di cui si sente responsabile, ma è anche vero che questa ragazza così fragile trasforma le vite dei due immortali, portando quella gioia e luce che pensavano di non poter più assaporare nelle loro esistenze.
Da tempo però qualcosa minaccia i figli di Zeus e la loro sopravvivenza, un nuovo intrigo che sembra coinvolgerli e ben presto mette a rischio la nuova vita di Valo, Penny e Atena.
La trama del libro molto originale e affascinante per le persone che come me amano la mitologia, ma è anche scritta e raccontata bene, in modo coinvolgente, l'unico neo è forse l'inizio del racconto, che ha un ritmo  un po' più lento rispetto al resto della storia, ma dover introdurre questa nuova realtà ha sicuramente influito.
Non amo fare spoiler, però una cosa ancora la devo dire: sono rimasta colpita da Valo e Penny e dalla loro "prima volta", nata in una occasione molto particolare.
Doveva essere per molti motivi una "avventura occasionale", ma ne sono rimasta colpita in modo profondo. È un momento ricco di sensualità, così intenso a livello emotivo che si è trasformata per me in una delle scene più romantiche che abbia mai letto, non era sesso, ma la vera essenza di quello che si intende con il termine "fare l'amore" o quello in cui uno spererebbe.
Basta mi fermo qui. Aggiungo solo che il finale rimane un po' in sospeso, ma la cosa positiva è che la trilogia è completa, quindi non ci sono attese spasmodiche per scoprire cosa potrà succedere a Penny e ai suoi dei del cuore.

VOTO: 4 stelle.

TITOLO: Bacio Immortale
AUTORE: Aurora R. Corsini
SERIE: Bacio Immortale #1
EDITORE: La Corte Editore

Trilogia "Bacio Immortale":

- Bacio Immortale #1
- La danza degli dei #2
- Le fiamme dell'Olimpo #3

martedì 10 novembre 2015

Review Wicked Edge" by Rebecca zanetti - Realm Enforcers #2

La recensione in lingua italiana la potete trovare pubblicata su Romanticamente Fantasy Sito:

“Zanetti gives paranormal a sexy MC twist!”—New York Times bestselling author Joanna Wylde

If you love the Dark Protectors, these wicked hot Realm Enforcers are for you!
Daire Dunne is more than ready to take a quick break from his duties as a Coven Nine Enforcer. When he spots a sexy blonde across a Titan’s of Fire party, it’s not long before she’s on the back of his Harley on the fast track to his apartment. Unfortunately, one overheated kiss in, the woman drugs Daire and steals valuable files that can’t fall into enemy hands. The second he comes to, the hunt is on...

Now that Cee Cee has the information to take down an enemy that destroyed her family, she can implement her perfect plan for revenge. Nothing will stop her, not even a shockingly sexy enforcer barging into her life. Not even the spectacular, fire-branding sex engulfing them. But if Daire ever figures out who her family really is, all bets are off...

Praise for Wicked Ride

“Non-stop action and a hero to die for!”—Alexandra Ivy

“Fast-paced romance . . . very compelling. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal

Tip: begin the book only when you have time to enjoy Daire, because his story with Cee Cee is a.m.a.z.i.n.g! Then do what you have to do, like throw everyone out of your home or escape, and take your time to enjoy their story.

"Wicked Edge" is the second book in the series «Realm Enforcers" a spin-off from the paranormal romance series the Dark Protectors. Protagonists are the Enforcers of Nine Coven, the Supreme Council that governs Wichtes, one of the Realm immortal race.Their magic and their powers are the result of the manipulation through quantum mathematics and they are deadly creatures, with immense powers, and their Enforcers even more. They are an elite group, lead by the Dunnes brothers, and their reputation precedes them everywhere. Relentless and merciless when it comes to carry out their task and I add sexy and irresistible with their bikes and their Irish accent who occasionally run out more than usual.

The Dunnes are working undercover in a motoclub in Seattle to collect information about a drug that was created to destroy their race, a vital mission.
I,liked very much the first book about Kellach Dunne, I love this author, and for me in the paranormal romance has nothing to envy to Lara Adrian or J.R. Ward. Their books are similar but different in some choices that make unique their characters. The obvious difference in this case is the presence of Immortals of various kinds in the world created by Ms Zanetti: vampires, demons, shapeshifters and witches.
Daire is a lot, but a lot of "stuff", trust me, and I knew in the bottom of my heart that for him, this author had in store something special. And that's it.
 Cee Cee the harmless sexy blonde, Daire picked up at a party for a one-night stand, in fact, is a time bomb that blows up in Daire's hands. 
Appearances deceived him this time, but no one can risk using him as a pawn in their games, without facing his retaliation and Cee Cee knew the risk she was going to meet by challenging him.
I don't want to reveal any spoiler of their story, you have to discover things a little at a time,  and read the Daire's reactions in front of everything. What is certain is that Cee Cee has a lot of baggage on her shoulders, her past was not easy, her family is her strength but also her weakness. She is a woman who has extraordinary spirit and a unique intelligence, as you find out in the lucidity and determination which have guided her choices, while she was preparing her revenge against the enemy. A perfect plan, aiming to bring her to face the man she hates in a fight to the death.  And here's all Daire's hopes to mate with a peaceful woman die.
What I loved the most in the book is that everything starts from the very beginning, since the first pages the story is compelling, thanks to a well written plot, full of action, continuous changes of scenery and twists, and then the mystery about the Cee Cee 's identity, which once revealed, makes it even more intriguing the story between her and Daire.
They are a beautiful couple, the chemistry between them is extraordinary, and their banter sometimes are amusing, ironic and sometimes are breathtaking for the passion and eroticism that rages between them and this is one of the gifts of this author.
 In her books family and secondary characters always have a very important role in the story, they can highlight different aspects of her protagonists, who in this way can be appreciated more fully and not just as "I-man-you-woman". There may be also moments full of tension, irony, tenderness.
My only regret is that this author and her books have not arrived in Italy at the time of vampires boom.

I loved this story, I literally devoured the pages, but I think to appreciate it fully, it is better to have read the Dark Protectors, since many of the characters that we find, just present come from that world.
If you love paranormal romance and don't know Rebecca Zanetti you must read her books, I'm sure you won't regret it!
Thanks to Netgalley and Kensington Books for the kind preview.