Saturday, 26 May 2012

Lethal Rider: Reviewed

Own purchase
By Larissa Ione

They're here.

They ride.The Four Horsemen of the ApocalypseBorn of a match between good and evil, four siblings stand between hell's minions and everything they want to destroy. They are the Lords of Deliverance, and they have the power to ward off Doomsday . . . or let it ride . . . 
Thanatos, the most deadly Horseman of the Apocalypse, has endured thousands of years of celibacy to prevent the end of days. But just one night with the wickedly sexy Aegis Guardian, ReganCooper, shatters centuries of resolve. Yet their passion comes with a price. And Thanatos must face a truth more terrifying than an apocalypse-he's about to become a father.
Demon-slayer Regan Cooper never imagined herself the maternal type, but with the fate of the world hanging in the balance she had no choice but to seduce Thanatos and bear his child. Now, as the final battle draws closer and his rage at being betrayed is overshadowed by an undeniable passion for the mother of his child, Thanatos has a life-shattering realization: To save the world, he must sacrifice the only thing he's ever wanted-a family.

Can we have a big fangirly squeee? YES! SQUEEEEEEE! If you think I enjoyed this book then you would be absolutely correct, I did, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sitting in the sun reading it has been the highlight of me week, it even made me forget I had cramps and at one point I was so excited I had to put the book down and clap excitedly before continuing on reading. I know.... I am weird, but adorable right! *insert wink here* The worst bit is, I've had the book for over a week, it has been staring at me but I have been so busy I couldn't start to read it, so I had a plan, Saturday, me, the book, a sofa and some pepsi! The plan changed slighly to me, the book, the deck and diet pepsi, but is even better!  I am rambling in the first paragraph.... stay with me!

OK the book, I have been looking forward to it all week and I was a little nervous, I always am when I look forward to a book, I have really enjoyed all the demonica and horsemen books so far and I do believe they keep getting better. 

Thanatos, oh how I wanted to hug him throughout this book. That for me was one of the real joys when reading it, fully fleshed out characters, I could almost feel his pain, we were inside his head, we understood things from his perspective. Not only that but we sympathised with Regan too, like Thanatos we felt her anguish and her pain, we understood her point of view and when Regan and Thanatos clashed we sat and watched the fireworks, totally invested in the drama and wondering where it will all go. Or at least that is how I found it. Addictive and compelling. In places spell-binding in its intensity. 

There are some great lines in the book too, one of my favourites is when Than is talking to himself and you get things like ' Bitter much, Than-boy?' Gem's like that kept me smiling throughout as the relationships twisted and developed and became desperate and sensual. All the usual gang are there and appear at various points in the novel, the back story of the horsemen is further developed and new twists and turns are introduced; some of which will just blow your mind. There is death, deception and deliverance!

But the stars of this show are Than and Regan and the baby. 

Read it, it is well worth it. I am not certain I can wait for the next one, there is a short extract at the back of the book and I devoured it! Rogue Rider looks like it is going to be another white-knuckle ride!

To sum up, Lethal Rider is an addictive read which will have you hanging off every page. The best so far! A great read, add it to your summer TBR pile if you haven't all ready. A well deserved 5 frillies out of 5!

Sunday, 20 May 2012

The Slayer: Reviewed

own purchase
By Theresa Meyers

Brothers Winchester, Remington, and Colt know the legends—they were trained from childhood to destroy demon predators, wielding the latest steam-powered gadgetry. It’s a devil of a job. But sometimes your fate chooses you…
Chasing Trouble
Winn Jackson isn’t interested in hunting nightmares across the Wild West—even if it’s the family business. Unlike his rakehell brothers, Winn believes in rules. As sheriff of Bodie, California, he only shoots actual law breakers. That’s what he’s doing when he rescues the Contessa Drossenburg, Alexandra Porter, a lady with all the elegance of the Old World—grace, beauty and class. And then he sees her fangs.
Alexandra isn’t just some bloodsucking damsel in distress, though. She’s on a mission to save her people—and she’s dead certain that Winn’s family legacy is the only way. Luckily, aside from grace and class, she also has a stubborn streak a mile wide. So like it or not, Winn is going to come back with her to the mountains of Transylvania, and while he’s at it, change his opinions about vampires, demon-hunting, and who exactly deserves shooting. And if she has her way, he’s going to do his darnedest to save the world…

I read the first book 'The Hunter' a few months ago after getting a copy when I was at AAD in Philadelphia last year. (review here) As I really enjoyed it when book 2 of the series came out I invested and bought myself a copy (kindle- gotta love it) did I like book 2? Yes, I did.

It had been a while since I read the first book and as there is some overlap I did have to think, what happened again, but it was nice to meet Colt and Lily again and I having to remember is not a bad thing, it exercises my Minxy mind! I know, now you are thinking 'does that mean I have to read book 1 first?' No, it would help, but there is enough in this story for it to stand alone or to make you read it and want to look at the first book.

So... what's it all about Minxy... I hear you shout, it's about Winchester Jackson, eldest of the Jackson brothers and one of 'the Chosen', only problem is that he doesn't believe in he chosen and has turned his back on hunting. However when has this ever mattered to evil? So when Archdemon Rathe decides he will open the gates of Nix and rule earth the brothers are forced into action, and that includes Winn.

He is a really interesting protagonist, in some-ways the stereotypical old west law man, but in many ways a genuine man trying to find his niche in the world and coping with the life he had been served... and yes he has a moustache. Moustaches don't bother me, I grew up with moustaches in the family, they are like an old furry friend, when I was little Minxy's daddy rocked the Mexican bandit look. Ok, I am wandering again.

As a hunter Winn is dubious about entering into a deal with Darkin, but Alexa intrigues him and you can almost taste their attraction from the beginning. What will he do? Give into the attraction or follow everything his pa taught him? Well, I'm not going to tell you but it is an emotional journey which takes him from the wild west to Paris and all points in between.

For me there were some really nice steampunk touches, as usual the inventor Marley Turlock doesn't disappoint and we find out a few secrets about him, we have air travel on a dirigible, Alexa is also an amateur inventor making her much more than a pretty face, something else which intrigues Winn.

I really liked Alexa, I was interested in her back story and what she would do, how she would fulfil her part in the ancient prophecy of the chosen. She is witty, intelligent and fierce in a fight, what's not to like. It did take me a while to get into the book, but that was my fault, I was distracted by work but once I got a few chapters in I was hooked and read the rest like a demon.

Add it to your summer reads, it is a good story with likeable and interesting characters. I give The Slayer 4 frillies out of 5. Definite summer fun with a bustle and a corset.


Sunday, 13 May 2012

Sunday's Sing-a-long

Something really mellow for this week, grab those microphones and join in.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Inspired by The Book Vixen, who participates in Teaser Tuesday hosted by MizB at Should be Reading I think it is a FAB idea... she said to

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others.
  • Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Here we go.... from The Slayer by Theresa Meyers 

I'm reading it on the kindle so this is from 34%

"Alexa's skin warmed at the simple courtesy. Perhaps he was not as barbaric as he attempted to appear."

Teasing you for sure, just as Alexa and Winn are teasing each other.... it's getting good!

Monday, 7 May 2012

Kindling the Moon: The Review

Complimentary copy from ADD
By Jenn Bennett

Meet Arcadia Bell: bartender, renegade magician, fugitive from the law. . . . 
Being the spawn of two infamous occultists (and alleged murderers) isn’t easy, but freewheeling magician Arcadia “Cady” Bell knows how to make the best of a crummy situation. After hiding out for seven years, she’s carved an incognito niche for herself slinging drinks at the demon-friendly Tambuku Tiki Lounge.
But she receives an ultimatum when unexpected surveillance footage of her notorious parents surfaces: either prove their innocence or surrender herself. Unfortunately, the only witness to the crimes was an elusive Æthyric demon, and Cady has no idea how to find it. She teams up with Lon Butler, an enigmatic demonologist with a special talent for sexual spells and an arcane library of priceless stolen grimoires. Their research soon escalates into a storm of conflict involving missing police evidence, the decadent Hellfire Club, a ruthless bounty hunter, and a powerful occult society that operates way outside the law. If Cady can’t clear her family name soon, she’ll be forced to sacrifice her own life . . . and no amount of running will save her this time.

Another complimentary book from AAD and I am SO pleased I got a copy of this as I thought it was great. I know there have been a few reviews lately where I have said, this is a great new series and please read it, I think you will like it. This is the same, it is a great new series, and if you are wanting urban paranormal fantasy with magic, mayhem, mystery, murder and sex. Then go for it. I enjoyed it and I am sure you will too.

So what did I enjoy, Cady, she is a really interesting protagonist, one whom you start to care about and invest it. She has such an interesting life, one which hides many secrets and has a shrouded past, but she has managed to make the most of her lot and carve a niche out into a life which allows her freedom. However, you all know how life is, it's all plodding along quite happily and then..... dun dun duuuuun.... CHAOS! Yeah, suddenly seeing your parents on the TV news after they faked their death when accused of murder will do that to you.

That starts Cady on a new path, a path to save her and her parents, a path to find out the truth; and it is a path full of twists and turns and surprises. A path with leads her to the door of Lon and the Hellfire Club and a few more things I won't discuss here as I don't want to spoil it for people.

Lon is broody and sexy and mysterious but also open, I know, he is complex and did I mention sexy? There is much more to Lon than meets the eye and I think we will find out more about him in the next book. I liked him as a character, he was funny and in many ways seemed real, like someone who you could sit down with and have a chat over a glass of wine... and then when the sun went down.... yeah, you can see where my train of thought is going. Their relationship builds as the story does and suffered the same pitfalls that many people face, the whole 'men are from Mars and women are from Venus' and don't necessarily speak the same language.

There is a big twist towards the end of the story, one that you suspect when you get near the end, and then think, no, can't, then OMG, no, really, wow, omg. I like a book which keeps me guessing and thinking and this did just that. If you haven't read it, do, add it to your summer reads. If you have read it, add it to your new series of the year list, I know I will!

A great series! I give Kindling the Moon 4.5 frillies out of 5. In fact I enjoyed it so much I have bought the second novel. Just waiting for it to get here!!

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Sunday Sing-a-long

Time for my Sunday Sing-along so grab your makeshift microphones and sing along!

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