Book Review: “The Hollow” by Nora Roberts

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“The Hollow” by Nora Roberts

5 stars

SUMMARY

For Fox, Caleb, Gage, and the other residents of Hawkins Hollow, the number seven portends doom – ever since, as boys, they freed a demon trapped for centuries when their blood spilled upon the Pagan Stone.

Their innocent bonding ritual led to seven days of madness, every seven years. And now, as the dreaded seventh month looms before them, the men can feel the storm brewing. Already they are plagued by visions of death and destruction. But this year they are better prepared, joined in their battle by three women who have come to the Hollow. Layla, Quinn, and Cybil are somehow connected to the demon, just as the men are connected to the force that trapped it.

Since that fateful day at the Pagan Stone, town lawyer Fox has been able to see into others’ minds, a talent he shares with Layla. He must earn her trust, because their link will help fight the darkness that threatens to engulf the town. But Layla is having trouble coming to terms with her newfound ability – and with this intimate connection to Fox. She knows that once she opens her mind, she’ll have no defense against the desire that threatens to consume them both..

REVIEW

The second book in this trilogy is as good as the first one! I couldn’t stop reading it! The author managed to create just the perfect spooky atmosphere that this book needed!

“The Hollow” continues the story of the six main characters and their fight against evil in a small town. This time, the main couple is Fox and Layla. I liked both of them!

Fox is a very nice man and the definition of the contradiction! Why? Because, he’s the son of two kind-of-hippies and a lawyer. He’s sexy and smart but not smug. I loved the way he is with everyone else and his addiction with coca-cola. Also, the fact that he would do anything for his best friends is definitely a plus for me!

Layla is a very nice woman also! Although, she’s not a badass, she has a different kind of strength. She’s the kind of woman who wants to think first before she acts because she knows that not everything is easy to be done. It’s good that she realized that Fox is the perfect man for her and  then it’s easier to make her decisions.

I absolutely loved the spooky feelings of this book and I can’t wait to read the next of the trilogy! I totally recommend it!!

Book Review: “Blood Brothers” by Nora Roberts

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“Blood Brothers” by Nora Roberts

5 stars

SUMMARY

Every seven years, there comes a week in July when the locals do unspeakable things – and then don’t seem to remember them. The collective madness has made itself known beyond the town borders and has given Hawkins Hollow the reputation of a village possessed.

This modern-day legend draws reporter and author Quinn Black to Hawkins Hollow with the hope of making the eerie happening the subject of her new book. It is only February, but Caleb Hawkins, descendent of the town founders, has already seen and felt the stirrings of evil. Though he can never forget the beginning of the terror in the woods twenty-one years ago, the signs have never been this strong before. Cal will need the help of his best friends, Fox and Gage, but surprisingly he must rely on Quinn as well. She, too, can see the evil that the locals cannot, somehow connecting her to the town – and to Cal. As winter turns to spring, Cal and Quinn will shed their inhibitions, surrendering to a growing desire. They will form the cornerstone of a group of men and women bound by fate, passion, and the fight against what is to come from out of the darkness…

REVIEW

WOW!! I knew that Nora Roberts was good but this book is beyond words! I absolutely loved it! Every single page was perfect! It has exactly what I like in a book of this genre to has: great main characters, amazing plot, very well-written descriptions of the places, the ideal atmosphere, humor and romance! Just the perfect read!

This is the story of three men that when they were ten years old, they unleashed, unwillingly, a great evil. So, every seven years for seven days the whole town goes crazy and people kill, beat or rape each other and afterwards the survivors don’t remember anything. Now, bad things happen sooner than when they were expecting them and they know it’s time to solve this problem once and for all. In their quest, they have three allies. There are three women that for a mysterious reason feel a connection with this town.

Although, the main characters are six: Cal, Fox, Cage, Quinn, Layla and Cybil, this book is more focused in the romance between Cal and Quinn.

Cal is a great guy and very down-to-earth. He feels responsible for what happened and he’s determined to find a solution. It’s easy to see that he’s a worthy man from the way he treats other people. He’s kind and funny and I’m glad he found someone who can trust and love.

Quinn is absolutely fantastic! I liked her very much because she’s a force of nature! She’s smart, funny and bossy (in a good way!). Although she knows that the situation is far from normal, she thinks clearly and helps their group a lot!

I really like all the main characters and I can’t wait to read the next books!!! I totally recommend it to all the fans of this genre!

Book Review: “Dark Skye” by Kresley Cole

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“Dark Skye” by Kresley Cole

4 stars

SUMMARY

ETERNAL OBSESSION

As a boy, Thronos, prince of Skye Hall, loved Lanthe, a mischievous Sorceri girl who made him question everything about his Vrekener clan. But when the two got caught in the middle of their families’ war, tragedy struck, leaving Thronos and Lanthe bitter enemies. Though centuries have passed, nothing can cool his seething need for the beautiful enchantress who scarred his body—and left an even deeper impression on his soul.

ENDLESS YEARNING

Lanthe, a once-formidable sorceress struggling to reclaim her gifts, searches for love and acceptance with all the wrong immortal suitors. But she’s never forgotten Thronos, the magnificent silver-eyed boy who protected her until she was ripped from the shelter of his arms. One harrowing night changed everything between them. Now he’s a notorious warlord with a blood vendetta against Lanthe, hunting her relentlessly.

CAN THE HEAT OF DESIRE BURN BRIGHTER THAN VENGEANCE?

With their families locked in conflict and battles raging all around them, will Thronos and Lanthe succumb to the brutal chaos that threatens everything they cherish? Or will the fragile bond they formed so long ago spark a passion strong enough to withstand even the darkest doubts?

REVIEW

Although, I have to admit that I had a problem remembering all the details about the world-building and the main characters, I enjoyed the book very much! Kresley Cole really knows how to write a great paranormal romance! This book kept my interest from the beginning until the end!

This is the story of Thronos and Lanthe. They have a history that no one else knows. They were best friends when they were children and, then, they became enemies. But what they really were? Fated to be mated. Yeah, that’s right. Nothing easy with these two.

Lanthe is Sorceri and the Queen of Persuasion and all her life is trying to survive the attacks from the Vrekeners. She’s smart and witty and the kind of woman who will use humor in a time of danger. It’s obvious that she needs someone to love her for what she is because so far he lovers just used her for their own purposes.

Thronos is Prince of Vrekeners. We can’t say that he’s charming because… well, he’s not! When we meet him, he’s rude and his anger more than obvious. Is he wrong? OK, not so much. There were too much bad history between them and he was hurt too many times to count. At first, his behavior was very bad but the good thing with him is that when he’s wrong he admits it. So, when he realized a couple of things, he became a different person and I really liked him!

This book is a journey for both of in order not only to know each other but to know themselves and accept their bond.

As you can see this was a very nice story that I enjoyed very much! But I have one question for the author? When we will have Nix’s book???? I want it now!

Novella Review: “Show me, Baby: 1001 Dark Nights” by Cherise Sinclair

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“Show me, Baby: 1001 Dark Nights” by Cherise Sinclair

4 stars

SUMMARY

After his last lover chose her career over him, Jake knows he wants a woman who will put him at the top of her priorities—as he would with her. One of the trainees, Rainie, has caught his attention. Lush body, a gift for living life to the fullest, always laughing or smiling. Yeah. She trips all his switches. But she’s never given him a second look and that’s damned annoying.

Rainie has been burned enough times that she’s not going to get serious about any man. Sure, the BDSM club trainees are supposed to be looking for a permanent Dom, but no harm, no foul—they don’t need to know she lied. Trainees get to be involved in everything—and with everyone. But there’s one she avoids. Master Jake is always frowning at her. No matter how gorgeous he is, she doesn’t need any disapproving Dom up in her business.

Unfortunately, her best friends are having a double wedding. Little hearts are floating in the air. Every breath is filled with romance. Rainie is doomed.

REVIEW

It’s not a big secret that I love all the books by Cherise Sinclair! She really knows how to write a great BDSM story and with very interesting characters. Masters of the Shadowlands series is by far my favorite erotic series. So, it’s not a big surprise that I loved this book also!

This is the story of Rainie and Jake. Rainie is a submissive in training and she had a very difficult life. Jake is a Master and very interested in her.

I liked Rainie because she’s a survivor. Of course, I didn’t like that she was thinking so bad for herself but I understand why she was doing it. Her life was hard but she did everything she could in order to be a nice person and that’s something I admire.

Jake is a great guy! He comes from a rich but not snob family and he knows what’s important in life. I have to admit that he wasn’t like the previous Masters. Sure he’s a very good one but it’s easy to see that he’s not the good kind of scary like the others. Nevertheless, I liked him a lot because not only he wasn’t judgmental but he’s the kind of man who you can count on.

This series is definitely a recommendation from me if you are a fan of this genre!

Book Review: “Face the Fire” by Nora Roberts

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“Face the Fire” by Nora Roberts

4 stars

SUMMARY

The conclusion of the Three Sisters Island trilogy. The new owner of the island’s only hotel, Sam has returned to Three Sisters with hopes of winning back Mia’s affections. But Mia needs his help to face her greatest challenge, and the deadline for breaking a centuries-old curse draws near.

REVIEW

The last book in this trilogy by Nora Roberts is as good as the first two! The author has a unique talent and describes the Three Sisters Island in a way that I wanted to be there also! This book has it all.. magic, love, friends, forgiveness…

This is the story of Mia and Sam. They were lovers when they were young but when Sam left her she didn’t want to love again. Now, Sam is back and determined to be with her… And something evil wants her also…

I liked Mia since I read the first book. She’s spirited and a woman who won’t let anyone hurt her loved ones. She seems like a badass woman but deep down she just want to be loved and have a family.

Sam was great! I can’t say that I liked him from the beginning because of what he did all these years ago, but I understand why he did it. He’s trying hard to win Mia back. He’s definitely a man who can count on. He is the perfect man from Mia because he will always protect her.

I recommend to all the fans of this genre this trilogy by Nora Roberts because I really enjoyed reading it!

Book Review: “Heaven & Earth” by Nora Roberts

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“Heaven & Earth” by Nora Roberts

4 stars

SUMMARY

This second installment of Roberts’s bewitching Three Sisters Island trilogy that began with “Dance Upon the Air” continues the story of modern-day witches Nell Channing, Ripley Todd, and Mia Devlin.

REVIEW

A very nice read and a decent second book in this trilogy by Nora Roberts. Modern-day witches, magic, romance and great atmosphere… what more do you need? I have to say that, although, I like all the characters and the story, my favorite part in this trilogy is the descriptions of the island. It feels like I am there!

In this book, it’s time for Ripley to accept who she is. For many years she denied the truth and she didn’t want anything that her power gave her, but that is smoothing that has to change. When Mac comes to town to investigate the magic she knows that he’s going to be a trouble… for her heart!

I like Ripley although sometimes I wanted to punch her. She wants to act like a badass but there are times that she’s very afraid. She is very protective with her loved ones and it’s easy to see that she needs someone to love her. But what she needs most is to accept herself.

Mac is a total geek and I loved him for that! But he’s not only that. He’s sexy and with humor but most of all he’s willing to help Ripley and love her. He has a different kind of strength and the ability to see Ripley as she truly is. He’s not scared of her and he doesn’t believe her lies when she’s trying to avoid the truth. Yeah, they are the perfect couple!

It’s a book that I enjoyed reading it very much and if you are fan of modern-day witches I recommend it to you!

 

Book Review: “Dance Upon the Air” by Nora Roberts

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“Dance Upon the Air” by Nora Roberts

4 stars

SUMMARY

When Nell Channing arrives on charming Three Sisters Island, she believes that she’s finally found refuge from her abusive husband—and from the terrifying life she fled so desperately eight months ago… But even in this quiet, peaceful place, Nell never feels entirely at ease. Careful to conceal her true identity, she takes a job as a cook at the local bookstore café—and begins to explore her feelings for the island sheriff, Zack Todd. But there is a part of herself she can never reveal to him—for she must continue to guard her secrets if she wants to keep the past at bay. One careless word, one misplaced confidence, and the new life she’s created so carefully could shatter completely. Just as Nell starts to wonder if she’ll ever be able to break free of her fear, she realizes that the island suffers under a terrible curse—one that can only be broken by the descendants of the Three Sisters, the witches who settled the island back in 1692. And now, with the help of two other strong, gifted women—and with the nightmares of the past haunting her every step—she must find the power to save her home, her love…and herself…

REVIEW

That was a very nice story! And, really, what’s not to love? It has romance, witches and a beautiful scenery! I enjoyed every page of this book! Nora Roberts is a very talented author. I have to admit that while I was reading this book I had the feeling that I was a part of the town because of the amazing writing style!

This is the story of Nell. She run away from her abusive husband and she’s trying to live her life in secret in an island that is more mysterious than what it looks like. There she meets the handsome policeman Zack and for the first time she understands what love is. There are also two women and with them she has a different connection, more… magical!

I liked Nell a lot because she’s a survivor. She did everything in her power to leave her husband and make a new life of her own. Also, she embraced the new part of herself pretty quickly and with success.

Zack is a very nice guy. Although, I didn’t agree with his actions when he learned the truth about Nell, I forgave him because at the end he did everything he could. He’s not the larger-than-life kind of guy but he’s the one who you can count one in times of need!

So, as you can see I enjoyed this story very much and I recommend it to all the fans of this genre!

Book Review: “Salvation in Death” by J.D. Robb

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“Salvation in Death” by J.D. Robb

5 stars

SUMMARY

Seconds after partaking of wine during a Catholic funeral mass, Father Miguel Flores is dead on the altar. Detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas confirms that the consecrated wine contained enough potassium cyanide to kill a rhino. And though the East Harlem neighborhood is a long way from the stone mansion she shares with her billionaire husband Roarke, it’s the holiness flying around St. Christobal’s that makes her uneasy.

The autopsy reveals faint scars of knife wounds, a removed tattoo—and evidence of plastic surgery suggesting “Father Flores” may not be the man his parishioners thought. Now, as Eve pieces together clues that suggest identity theft, gang connections, and a deeply personal act of revenge, she hopes to track down whoever committed this unholy act. Until a second murder—in front of an even larger crowd of worshippers—knocks the whole investigation sideways…

REVIEW

I’m trying to understand how is possible for an author to keep writing so many great books in a series! It’s true. J.D. Robb aka Nora Roberts, wrote one more amazing book. I couldn’t put it down! From the very first page it had my attention and I devoured it!

In this story, Eve tries to solve the murder of a priest. But things became quickly complicated because this priest had too many secrets.

I don’t have to tell again how badass Eve is. Or how much I admire her. I have to admit that every time she’s thinking about her traumatic childhood, it’s very difficult to read because I can’t help crying. She’s not only a survivor but a woman who knows the difference between right and wrong no matter how sometimes she doesn’t want to admit it.

Roarke is by her side again. No surprise here because he loves her deeply. I love their little moments, when with love and humor they show their love for each other!

Also, Peabody is definitely a favorite of mine because every time she’s having a conversation with Eve, she makes me laugh!

Like the previous books, I loved this one and I recommend it to all the fans of this genre!

Book Review: “Dust to Dust” by Karina Halle

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“Dust to Dust” by Karina Halle

4 stars

SUMMARY

Perry Palomino and Dex Foray.

On their own, they’re uniquely brilliant. Together, they’re an unstoppable team.

Until now.

Because after everything the duo has encountered, they haven’t come across an evil quite like this. An evil that has been years in the making, an evil that will stop at nothing until they, and everyone they care for, are destroyed.

Dex and Perry’s love has survived a multitude of sins.

But can it survive the end?

REVIEW

I can’t believe that this series came to an end! It’s definitely one of my favorite series because of the unique characters and the very good-writing style. Although, I found this book kind of hurried, because everything happened too quickly, I liked it very much.

The story is darker and too many things are happening. This time Dex and Perry have to fight more because their lives are in danger. Scarier than the previous books, this one kept me awake and I enjoyed every minute of reading it.

What more can I say about Perry and Dex? I loved both of them because they were two of the most realistic characters I’ve ever read. They make mistakes but they don’t stop trying to live the way they want. They’ve been through a lot and they’ve changed. In this story we can see how deep their love is and how they need each other.

I am very sad that this was the end of the series. It’s not easy to find books that you love to read again and again such as these. I recommend the whole series for all the fans of this genre!

Book Review: “Magic Breaks” by Ilona Andrews

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“Magic Breaks” by Ilona Andrews

5 stars

SUMMARY

As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate’s connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe—especially those closest to Kate.

As Roland’s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend the Conclave, a gathering of the leaders from the various supernatural factions in Atlanta. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered there, apparently at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given only twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ll find herself embroiled in a war which could destroy everything she holds dear…

REVIEW

That was great! I love it when a book is unpredictable and that is definitely the case with this one! Kate Daniels series is one of the most interesting urban fantasy series because of the complicated world-building and the very interesting characters and with this story we can see it clearly.

In this book we can see, finally, Kate’s dad, the infamous Roland. Now it’s time for her and Curran to make some very difficult decisions. Kate is in a critical point in her life. She was raised for this moment but what she wants and what must be done is two different things. Thankfully, she has Curran with her and that’s all that matter the most.

For one more time, Kate shows us that she’s not only a kickass warrior but a very smart one also. She made all the right decisions under very difficult situations.

Curran is not only an alpha male all the way but smart also. He knows what is important and what’s not and he does everything in his power to help Kate. But it’s not only that. He’s the kind of man who gives and takes. Really, there is nothing better than that.

I absolutely loved their relationship because it’s so important for them to have someone to love. They trust each other and they know that when everything else goes wrong, they will be ok.

I loved this story very much and I have to admit that the ending was unexpected and amazing! If you haven’t read this series, you have to do it soon!

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