“Blood Shadows” by Lindsay J. Pryor
For vengeance – would you trust a vampire?
For justice – could you betray your family?
For love – are you ready to question everything you believe in?
Gifted with the ability to read the shadows of ‘third species’ beings, Caitlin Parish is the Vampire Control Unit’s most powerful agent. Despite that, her mission to hunt down Kane Malloy – a master vampire – comes with a death wish. Many have tried, but few have survived.
For Caitlin, tracking Kane is about more than just professional reputation. With her parents both mysteriously killed 7 years apart to the day, Caitlin knows that without Kane’s help she is next.
She has four days to make a deal with the wicked, the irresistible, the treacherous Kane Malloy. The vampire who despises everything she stands for.
A very nice start for a paranormal romance series! I am so glad that I decided to read this book! It was darker than what I thought it would be and that’s why I liked it even more! Attention: This is not a love story. This is a story of revenge, hard truths and of lust. Love doesn’t come and play until the very end and even then it’s not the easy kind of love.
Caitlin is an agent of Vampire Control Unit and she can read the mind of vampires. She’s trying to catch a very dangerous vampire because she wants to learn the truth for the deaths of her parents. Kane is not only dangerous but he has an agenda of his own. And he wants Caitlin to catch him but for very different reasons.
I liked Caitlin a lot. She’s been through a lot in her life but she’s a fighter and she does not quit easily. She lives a lonely life and it’s easy to see that it’s hard for her to let anyone near her heart. She does the right thing even if that is going to break her heart. I was sad for her too many times in this story. The answers to her questions aren’t what she want them to be and she has to accept a new and painful reality. And she does it with dignity and for that I respect her.
Kane is a mysterious, hot and dangerous vampire with his mind on revenge. I can’t blame him at all, but even he, can make mistakes. He’s very smart and he made plans about everything but he forgot that sometimes the heart has other plans.
There is no love at first sight here. Passion, yes. Lust, yes. But no love. Truth to be told, neither Caitlin nor Kane wanted to love each other. But it happened and they have to deal with that. And in order to make this work they have to put their past behind. It’s nothing easy when this past is full of death and ugliness. What I liked most in this book is that the author doesn’t end this story with roses and rainbows but with a promise to fight.
With great plot full of twists and very well-written characters, this book is a very nice read that I recommend to all the fans of this genre!
“Captive Prince: Volume Two” by S.U. Pacat
“This was Vere’s most powerful lords unfurling their banners for war.”
With their countries on the brink of war, Damen and his new master Prince Laurent must exchange the intrigues of the palace for the sweeping might of the battlefield as they travel to the border to avert a lethal plot.
Forced to hide his identity, Damen finds himself drawn to the dangerous, charismatic Laurent. But as the fledgeling trust between the two men deepens, the truth of secrets from both their pasts is poised to deal them the crowning death blow…
That was amazing! Even better than the first book and I couldn’t believe that this would be possible! I thought that the author couldn’t surprise me more but I was wrong. I am so glad that I decided to read these books. Not only there is an amazing world-building but this series has some of the most interesting and complicated characters.
The story continues and we can see how deep the corruption is both at Akelios and at Veres. But it’s also time to see that Laurent is smarter and more determined than what the others believe and Damen is changing also.
This book not only kept my interest and I couldn’t put it down but it made me experience too many feelings. I absolutely love both men, although, they made many mistakes.
Damen is a kind man who found himself in a very difficult situation and he’s trying to do his best not only to survive but to take his revenge also. He didn’t believe that it’s possible to have feelings for Laurent but the truth is that he has. And the fact that he hides his true identity is terrible. When Laurent learns the truth he will be devastated.
Laurent is a silent force. He isn’t a man of many words because he prefers to act. But he was afraid to show his feelings. That’s why I am afraid that when he’ll learn the truth, he will feel lost. He proved the he can be a great leader with some help.
The sexual tension between them was amazing in this book! It was so well written that when, finally, the action came was simply beyond words. To be honest, I don’t approve that Damen didn’t tell him the truth but I can’t blame him either.
I can’t wait to read the next book! Definitely a must-read for all the fan of this genre!
“Captive Prince: Volume One” by S.U Pacat
“This was Vere, voluptous and decadent, country of honeyed poison.”
Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.
Beautiful, manipulative and deadly, his new master Prince Laurent epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Verethian court, nothing is at it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.
For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reasons to hate him than anyone else…
This book came highly recommend it to me from a Goodreads friend and I have to say that it was better than what I was expecting! I was hooked from the first page and soon I found myself lost (in a very good way) to the unique world-building and the too many intrigues.
It’s not an easy read. There is violence, slavery and abuse. Sadistic games are part of this world, so the intense scenes are many. Also, there is much anticipation and that was the best part of this book. It was so well written that there were times that I couldn’t stand the anticipation and I was feeling frustrated.
Because of a deep betrayal, Damen, Prince of Akielos finds himself a slave to a rivaling country. There, no one knows who he is and soon he becomes a slave for Prince Laurent who hates everyone from Akielos. The tension, the hatred and the interest between the two men are palpable and they form an unusual relationship.
Damen is a strong and a smart man. He knows how to act, what to say and how long has to wait before doing something that he wants. He’s the kind of man who can “read” people and that’s why he seems to know what really is happening around him. It’s obvious that he feels awkward witnessing the role of the slaves in Vere because he thinks that they are uncivilized.
Laurent is a more mysterious character. He wants people to see something entirely different from what he truly is. He’s smart, observant and just. But he’s also vengeful. He’s trying hard to prove that he’s not a man who will succumb to his passions. It’s easy to see that he’s very interesting in Damen, although he doesn’t trust him at all.
Both of them have trust issues but I believe that deep down they admire each other. What I liked most was the way the author describes the building relationship. Around them everything is raw, primal and intense. And these two men, are doing circles like two predators. I can’t wait to read the next book!!!
“White Witch, Black Curse” by Kim Harrison
Some wounds take time to heal…and some scars never fade.
Rachel Morgan, kick-ass witch and bounty hunter, has taken her fair share of hits, and has broken lines she swore she would never cross. But when her lover was murdered, it left a deeper wound than Rachel ever imagined, and now she won’t rest until his death is solved…and avenged. Whatever the cost.
Yet the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and when a new predator moves to the apex of the Inderland food chain, Rachel’s past comes back to haunt her.
It’s not easy to write a review for a book that is a part of a series that I absolutely love. I don’t know from where to start! This urban fantasy series by Kim Harrison is one of the best in this genre. The world-building, the not-at-all-black-or-white-but-totally-grey characters, the plot and twists and some of the best lines ever, make the whole series a pleasure to read!
Nothing is easy for Rachel for one more time. Some of her decisions aren’t acceptable from the society so she finds herself unwanted by most of the people. But it doesn’t matter to her because if she had the choice she would have done exactly the same. This is not her only problem. She has also to deal with the loss of a beloved person and the fact that she can’t remember what happened. Last but not least, something changes with her family and she’s far from happy. Yeah, as you can see, she has a lot on her plate right now!
I liked Rachel because she’s not a perfect character and she knows it very well. She doesn’t live an easy life and danger follows her everywhere. Nevertheless, she doesn’t quit easy and she always trying to help. Sometimes, her behavior toward Ivy seems unfair but I know that she feels bad about it. She worries all the time that her problems will affect everyone she loves and it’s easy to see that, although, many people care about her, she feels lonely.
Jenks is the best character in the whole series! I absolutely love him! He’s smart, funny, witty and one of the bravest characters ever. I was very sad while reading this book because he had some difficult time. He knows that his wife has a little time because pixies doesn’t live long and at the same time I found him adorable while he was trying to help Rachel with everything! The fact that he was repeating that he’s very small, told me that he doesn’t like to feel helpless and he wants to be an even better partner.
Ivy is a very complicated character and she’s very lonely. I believe that she’s one of the main characters that suffers the most because she has not fully accept her nature. She’s afraid of what she’ll become when she’ll be undead and she’s afraid of her feelings.
The only thing that I miss a lot in this book was Trent. I wanted more of him because his unusual relationship with Rachel is very interesting and I want to see more of him in the future!
So, this was another amazing read in this series! If you haven’t start reading this series you have to do it immediately!
“Control” by C.D. Reiss
What you’re breaking isn’t some little, meaningless coupling. We aren’t some casual fuck, and we never were. Not from the first night. Not from the first time I laid eyes on you. You were built for me. I denied it as long as I could, but we were meant to be together. You are the sea under my sky. We’re bound at the horizon.
The story of Monica and Jonathan continues and this book is, probably, the most erotic in the series. Also, this novella has two POV’s. Monica’s and Jonathan’s.
Monica enjoys her submissiveness but she’s afraid at the same time. I can’t say that my feelings for her changed in this novella. I’m still finding her a little selfish and she does too many mistakes for her own good!
Jonathan… He definitely wants to act like a dominant man. Don’t get me wrong. He is all the way dominant but with not so much experience so he does a couple of mistakes also. Nevertheless, it’s easy to see that he’s better now than the beginning and he likes his way of controlling things.
So, although, sometimes I don’t agree with Monica’s decisions, I want to learn what her future will bring. And something that surprised me: She called Jonathan her king! I really think that this is too stupid to comment!
It was an ok read, but I am curious about the development of their relationship so , probably, I will read the next one!
“The Wise Man’s Fear” by Patrick Rothfuss
For nearly four years, fantasy and science fiction enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting this second volume to Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles. The first volume, The Name of the Wind, won the prestigious Quill Award and was recently voted as the third-best SFF novel of the decade on Tor.com. In this linchpin book of the trilogy, Kvothe continues his perilous search for answers about the Chandrian even as he grapples with more pressing dangers.
Another amazing book by Patrick Rothfuss! The story continues and we learn how Kvothe became a legend step by step. With a very well-structured world-building and some of the most interesting characters I’ve ever read in a fantasy book, this story was definitely a pleasure to read!
In this book, the story takes us outside the walls of the University and in places where Kvothe found knowledge and power. After the second half of the book, we can see that Kvothe is changing. Not only he becomes more mature, but he learns to understand what is hidden behind every line or every action. He’s not the typical hero that someone would expect from him to be. Actually, now that he’s saying his story sometimes he tries to belittle his own actions and other times he acts like he’s just a real innkeeper.
This story has some of the most heart-breaking scenes I’ve ever read and the captivating writing style of the author made these scenes even better! For one more time, I will tell you that Kvothe’s story isn’t an easy one and it’s a proof that you can’t believe everything you hear because, usually, the truth lies elsewhere.
There are many secondary characters that I love such as Kvothe’s friends from the University but I still don’t like Denna. At all. I believe that she doesn’t make good choices and she has a secret agenda toward Kvothe. We will see.
With amazing plot and characters, this book is a unique read that I definitely recommend to all the fans of this genre!
Hello to all of you!
A new month is here and it’s the first month of spring! It’s carnival time for my country and my hometown has one of the best carnivals! So, I thought that it’s good time to post some photos!
Some photos from the night parade….
And what do you think of this tie??????
And after the parade, it was time for some dessert…
As you can see, I had an amazing time yesterday!!!
Wait for my next post with a review soon! Until then, I wish to all of you great time and don’t forget to keep reading! Bye!
“Crash Into Me” by Tracy Wolff
Jamison Matthews has lusted after Ryder Montgomery since she was a preteen. But now that Ryder and her brother’s band, Shaken Dirty, has made it huge, she’s just one of many pining for the brooding lead singer. Too bad Ryder still sees her as a little sister. Not that it matters. Her brother would never allow it, and the last thing Jamison wants is to be another notch on a rock star’s bed post. Even if it’s Ryder’s.
Ryder doesn’t deserve happiness. After his fame destroyed his last girlfriend, he swore he’d never fall in love again. So when Jamison, the girl he’s been in danger of loving for years, joins the band on the road, he’ll do anything to deny the sparks between them–even after one hot night together. But Jamison is determined to show Ryder that he’s worthy of love–her love–and that she’s all grown up and ready to play.
It’s official! Tracy Wolf is from now one on my top 5 list of my favorite contemporary romance authors! I enjoyed this book very much. Well, it has sexy rock stars and fucked up situations, what’s not to like?
Jamison has many problems in her life right now and the fact that her brother’s band is in town doesn’t make problems go away. Just the opposite, because that means that Ryder, her crash for the last decade is her also. And now, after so many years their relationship is going to change. And at the same time other things in the band are changing and not in a good way.
I liked Jamison, although, she doesn’t have much self-esteem. She’s smart, funny, kind-hearted and she cares deeply for her brother and his friends. I loved her independence and the way she wants to take care everyone. She can’t understand how much the guys adore her and it’s kind of cute!
Ryder has his own demons to fight and it was obvious that he was punishing himself for way too long. He wants Jamison from the very beginning but he doesn’t believe that he deserves her. He’s trying not to let his feelings control him but, fortunately, at the end he fails! He needs Jamison, because he needs a kind person like her in his life. He is worthy of true love even if he doesn’t believe it.
The plot was very good! And the characterization even better! Now, I want to learn more about the rest of the guys ( except Micah!). I have to say that I am very curious about Wyatt!
As you can see, I recommend this series to all the fans of this genre!
“Night Spell” by Lucinda Betts
Take a walk on the wildest side of all with these tales of nocturnal adventure. A beautiful captive is persuaded to share her secret, submissive desires… By day, Iole is chaste and obedient but by night, her dream lover brings her wickedly sensual pleasure… To steal a jewel, Larkspur must outwit a man who demands pure surrender…
This is a book with three short erotic stories. Well, to be honest, I can’t say much about this book. It’s not that the stories weren’t good. It’s just that none of the stories kept my interest for a long time, except the first one.
The three stories are very different but they have something in common. All of them have female main characters that explore their boundaries of ultimate ecstasy. It’s about forbidden pleasures and women who come to know how much pleasure they can take.
I can’t say that it was a bad book, but I can say that it was kind of boring. I think that it would be better if the stories were longer because I had the feeling that I was missing important parts of the stories.
“The Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss
This is the riveting first-person narrative of Kvothe, a young man who grows to be one of the most notorious magicians his world has ever seen. From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that transports readers into the body and mind of a wizard.
When you read a book and you like it, you will rate it as a good one, great or amazing. Well, this book is beyond amazing! It’s a masterpiece! And you know why? Because you read the first page and you say “that’s interesting”, then you read some more and you say “very interesting but I’m kind of confused” and after a while you realize that you have read the first half of the book and you couldn’t put this book down!
I am not going to say that this is an easy story to tell. Besides, no story worth-telling is easy to tell. This book is a journey. It’s a proof that behind every legend there is a man. And this hero is not perfect and he doesn’t make the right choice always. But that’s the only way to become a legend: make mistakes and learn from them.
Kvothe isn’t what I was expecting. He’s even better. We learn step by step his life and everything that happened to him and make him a legend. We understand that he needs to tell his story, although he won’t admit it. He’s clever and he’s restless. He knows that he’s good but he wants to be even better. This first book, tells us only the beginning of the his story until he was a fifteen years old young man and so far, he managed to be a part of many stories that people keep telling after so many years. I liked him more because, as I said, he’s not perfect and there were many times that he acted foolish. Also, he was acting bravely without even knowing it!
There are many secondary characters in this story. I liked some of them, I hated some others. I won’t say all the names now. I only want to speak about Denna. Well, I didn’t like her. I understand why she was acting this way, but I didn’t like her. Kvothe saw her as a beautiful and mysterious woman, but I found her, simply, an opportunist. I believe that she has a past with many secrets and I am not sure that we know the whole truth behind her fascination with Kvothe. I hope that I am wrong!
The world-building is very interesting in this book and the writing style amazing! Although, it’s a huge book, I couldn’t put it down! It’s the kind of book that you want to be a part of its story. I loved every minute of reading it and I recommend it to all the fans of this genre!