It's time for another installment of the Write On Review-a-thon. YAY!
A little about the Review-a-thon:
Brought to you by Reading the Paranormal and the #boutofbooks-ers facebook group. This monthly review-a-thon is a chance to get caught up on outstanding reviews. Bring your to-be-reviewed list, block out some time, write reviews. It's that simple.
This month's review-a-thon will run from Friday, April 26th to Sunday, April 28th.
Scientist Ever Haynes was shocked when she was abducted by alien slavers...but the last thing she expected was to find herself pregnant with a cyborg's baby.
Ever has been fighting for her life since her abduction, and the only good thing to happen to her was one heated night with a mysterious prisoner--a connection, a flash of light in the darkness. But then he was rescued and she was left behind. Now, weeks later, she's been saved by the House of Galen gladiators...and by the man she shared the hottest night of her life with. But cool, emotionless cyborg Magnus Rone has no memory of their night together and finding out that she's expecting his baby is a shock to everyone.
Created in a military program, Magnus is genetically and cybernetically enhanced--emotionless, ruthless, focused. He vows to protect Ever and the baby she carries, and despite his lack of memory, everything about tough, levelheaded Ever draws him in. All his life, his emotional dampeners and training have limited his ability to feel emotions...but one small Earth woman cuts through all that and leaves him feeling.
As they work together to hunt down the deadly desert arena of Zaabha and the final human woman trapped there, Ever and Magnus find a stunning passion neither can resist or ignore. But in the dangerous desert sands of Carthago, with the House of Galen gladiators by their sides, deadly enemies are closing in. Ever and Magnus will be dragged back into the darkness, and Magnus will do anything and sacrifice everything to keep her safe.
Note to readers: This sci fi romance contains a lot of action (think wild gladiatorial fights and daring rescues), tough gladiators (the warriors of the House of Galen and the House of Rone) and a steamy romance (between a sexy, emotionless cyborg and a resilient survivor from Earth). So if you like it fast, and gritty, and sexy, this is for you!
Thoughts on Cyborg: Yes! We're back on the mean streets of Carthago with the gladiators who can't resist the wiles of those human women. This time around it's the seemingly emotionless cyborg up to bat. His emotional dampening is sort of useless, though, because Magnus is all tangled up by the human carrying his baby. Partially because he doesn't remember the time he spent with her and partially because Ever overloads his circuits every time she's near.
Which is FANTASTIC because cyborgs need love too!
While Magnus is brooding over his feelings (which sounds mocking, but THAT'S WHAT HE'S DOING!), Ever is dealing with the aftermath of her captivity. By which I mean both the baby on board AND the hunky cyborg who doesn't remember their explosive time together. Plus, she's wracked by guilt that the last of the human women they're trying to rescue stayed behind on Zaabha to make sure the gladiators had the chance to get Ever out.
Guilt, man. It's a killer.
(Don't worry, guys. Things work out. Gladiators, whether they're part machine or not, don't back down and they're determined to fight for honor and sexy times and all that. YAY, GLADIATORS!)
The next book looks like it's going to be a killer. Not literally or anything because I'm mostly certain even the scary leader of the scariest house deserves a happily ever after of his own. Bring it!
Rescued from alien slavers, former cop Dayna wakes to discover she’s host to a powerful alien symbiont, and the only man who can help her is the mysterious and dangerous casino owner, Rillian.
Dayna Caplan has dedicated her life to protecting others…and now that she’s no longer a captive at the desert arena of Zaabha, she desperately wants to help find the last of the other human women who were abducted by the Thraxians. But now she has to deal with the intense hunger and powerful new abilities the alien living inside grants her…and the person forcing her to confront her new reality is the cool, enigmatic, and far-too-attractive Rillian.
Rillian has wheeled and dealed his way to the top of the food chain on the lawless desert world of Carthago. He lets no one close and keeps iron-clad control on his life…which vital to keeping the lethal power within him in check. But one human woman—tough, stubborn, and fascinating Dayna—works her way under his skin, and he finds himself obsessed with protecting her. But as dead bodies start appearing in his casino as a deadly warning, dangers are closing in on them.
With their allies, the gladiators from the House of Galen, Rillian and Dayna find themselves fighting for survival on every front. On the hunt to find Zaabha and the lost humans, they will face murderers, slavers, and the deadliest of all challenges…the aliens living within them.
Note to readers: This sci fi romance contains a lot of action (think wild gladiatorial fights and terrible murders), tough gladiators (the warriors of the House of Galen) and a steamy romance (between a sexy, mysterious casino owner and a tough, stubborn cop from Earth). So if you like it fast, and gritty, and sexy, this is for you!
Thoughts on Guardian: Hee! The ex-cop and the powerful owner of half of Carthago. I like Rillian. But, then, I like characters who seem cold and ruthless on the surface only to reveal their mushy center when someone gets close. Heck, that pretty much describes all the men we've met in this series. Which works for me, man. It works for me.
But let's talk about Rillian. He's sexy. He's powerful. He's filthy rich. Oh, and he has a powerful symbiont living inside him. Which works for Dayna, because she needs his knowledge on how to coexist with her symbiont if she hopes to ever having a chance at having a normal life. Or, you know, as normal a life as a person can have when they've been abducted to a planet halfway across the galaxy.
Anyway. Dayna and Rillian. She's fighting her new reality, he's trying to get her to see that eventually she'll have to figure out how to live in harmony with what's inside her. They have some sparks. They fight those. The sparks end up being too strong and they give in. AS ONE DOES.
I've enjoyed this series from the first and I'm loving where things are going. Unless there's another cache of humans somewhere on Carthago, the gladiators and their allies have almost rescued them all. Which actually makes me a little sad because I like these guys and the crazy situations they find themselves in.
Abducted by alien slavers and taken to a lawless desert world, the last thing she expects is to be claimed by a handsome alien rogue. Rogue contains two action-packed novellas in the Galactic Gladiators series.
Information Rogue: arrogant information merchant Zhim doesn’t know what hits him when he collides with feisty human hacker Ryan.
Rescued by the humans and gladiators from the House of Galen, Ryan Nagano is working hard to piece her life back together. Her priorities are conquering her anxiety, recovering from her captivity, and using her exceptional computer skills to help the House of Galen decrypt alien data that could reveal the location of other abducted humans. That’s all she’s focused on. But when she needs help, she finds herself having to work with arrogant genius Zhim…and discovers that the two of them redefine the word explosive.
Zhim thrives on the need to uncover information and ensure his wealthy, carefully constructed life is exactly as he wants it. Then one infuriating menace of a woman blasts into his life. Ryan matches him skill for skill, drives him crazy, and worms her way under his skin. But forced to take her deep into Kor Magma’s shadowy hacker underworld, Zhim soon learns exactly what he’s willing to risk to keep Ryan safe.
Desert Rogue: prickly, independent human Neve doesn’t want or need any help…but a certain cocky desert rogue isn’t taking no for an answer.
Neve Haynes survived her abduction through grit and determination. She’s always made her own way through life, depends on no one, and is determined to achieve her own personal mission. So as she sneaks out of the House of Galen, the last thing she needs is help in the form of a tawny-haired, lean-hipped caravan master with more confidence and swagger than any man she’s met before.
Corsair is a man of the desert and leader of the Corsair Caravan. He listens to his gut and something about Neve draws him in. He can’t let her go off and get herself killed, but she’s the most skittish, strongest woman he’s ever met. As they trek deep into the desert on a dangerous mission to find a map to an infamous desert arena, they will fight side by side and be forced to depend only on each other to survive. And in Carthago’s desert sands, they will uncover a desire that burns hotter than the desert sun
Thoughts on Rogue: I'm LOVING where this series has gone and how these characters (ALL of them) have had to fight to save the things that matter to them. Looooooove!
Information Rogue - Zhim! I like that guy. He thrives on being juuuuust on this side of irritating, but he's got a heart of gold under all that arrogance. And Ryan DOES IT for him. I mean, she can keep up with his intellect and she can crack his security and he's down with that.
Plus, she's pretty fearless when she's put on the spot. Given the type of people Zhim sometimes has to deal with, this is important. I mean, when a person agrees to go into the lair of a notorious, shadowy being, they need to have someone like Ryan at their back.
Desert Rogue - Neve and Corsair! She's got a reason for pushing as hard as she does and she's completely unwilling to back down. Because family is everything and Neve's not going to sit idly by while her sister is still out there.
Which puts Corsair in a bit of a bind. Because as wily and smart at Neve is, she doesn't know the desert like he does. So he steps in to make sure she makes it where she needs to get to. And if they happen to act on that chemistry while they're out in the dangerous desert, so it goes.
But seriously, Corsair and Neve work together. And their journey nets them another of the stolen human slaves, so not only did they end up in a serious relationship, they also saved one of the good guys. *thumbs up*
Go big or go gnome. The New York Times bestselling authors of Kill the Farm Boy return to the world of Pell, the irreverent fantasy universe that recalls Monty Python and Terry Pratchett.
The Skyr is a rich, verdant land claimed by both halflings and gnomes. For centuries, the halflings have worked to undermine gnomish power structures and seize total control--through legal means, certainly, but more insidiously through their extensive organized crime network. Now, threatened with being pushed out entirely, the gnomes are desperate and ready to fight back. Gustave the Goat King faces his first test as a leader: Can he bring peace to a fraught region or will a civil war consume the entire kingdom?
Thoughts on No Country for Old Gnomes: I...don't know how to admit this so I'm just going to say it: I might have unconsciously started speaking in umlauts after reading this book. RESPECT THE UMLAUT!
But seriously. No, I'm kidding about seriousness. This book is a quagmire of word play and in-jokes and it is GLORIOUS. Goats who become kings and egregious feuds nobody remembers the beginning of and witches and ghosts and dentally-minded vampires. Plus, you know, gnomes and halflings.
A little death. A little destruction of property. A mildly larcenous half-goat. Familiar faces. Jerky, pompous despots. You know what? There's a little bit of everything in this book. And a few things you'll never expect.
Respect the umlaut, my friends. That's what it comes down to.
Raised by a family of survivalists, FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick can take on any challenge—even the hostile reception to her homecoming. But she’s not the only one causing chaos in the rural community of Eagle’s Nest, Oregon. At first believed to be teenage pranks, a series of fires takes a deadly turn with the murder of two sheriff’s deputies. Now, along with Police Chief Truman Daly, Mercy is on the hunt for an arsonist turned killer.
Still shunned by her family and members of the community, Mercy must keep her ear close to the ground to pick up any leads. And it’s not long before she hears rumors of the area’s growing antigovernment militia movement. If the arsonist is among their ranks, Mercy is determined to smoke the culprit out. But when her investigation uncovers a shocking secret, will this hunt for a madman turn into her own trial by fire?
Thoughts on A Merciful Truth: Mercy's moved closer to her hometown (and her new honey, Truman) and she's...struggling a bit. In part because the newest case she's been assigned hits close to home and in part because she's still dealing with the death of her brother. And, you know, raising her teenage niece.
And suppressing all the messy emotions she's had to batter down since she was cast out of her family at eighteen.
Which makes trying to reconnect with them rough, by the way. Plus, the gender inequality with the prepper faction throws Mercy's sex PLUS her choice of career as another roadblock. There's a whole lot going on there.
But Mercy holds her own against most everyone, for the most part. Truman's wormed his way under her skin, but she has problems connecting with him on an emotional level after being abandoned by her family. She's an emotionally stunted mess, but she's REALLY good at her job.
Honestly, the dynamic duo of Mercy and Truman (although they aren't *technically* partners) makes a lot of connections they might not have made if they didn't share insights with one another. I kind of like that about them. Mercy's prickly and can be hard, but she and Truman are weirdly sweet together.
I have book 3 queued up. I'm ready to see what happens next.
An uptight lawyer. A carefree palm-reader. A haunted antiques shop. And a very mortal villain...
Welcome to Wicks Hollow: a cozy town near Lake Michigan filled with quaint houses, eccentric residents, and more than its share of ghosts, murders, and sexy romance.
When Fiona Murphy inherits a small antiques shop from an old man she met only once, she’s filled with surprise, confusion and delight—and a little bit of terror at having a new responsibility in a life she prefers to be free and easy.
As she takes over ownership of the quaint shop, odd things begin to happen. Lights come on and off by themselves, even when they are unplugged…and there is a chilly breeze accompanied by the scent of roses even when the windows are closed.
H. Gideon Nath, III, is the stuffy and oh-so-proper attorney who helps settle Fiona’s inheritance, and against his better judgment, he finds himself attracted to her, despite her fascination with all things New Age.
After she finds an unpleasant surprise in one of the shop’s closets, scares off an intruder in the store, and uses her skill at palmistry to read Gideon’s future—of which she seems to be a part—Fiona begins to realize that her free and easy life is about to change…whether she wants it to or not.
A ghost story romance set in a small town, featuring a cozy mystery about a ghost that just won’t rest until justice is served. The perfect blend of romance, suspense, and ghosts.
Thoughts on Sinister Shadows: Okay, Fiona's a hoot. Her determination to figure out what that H stood for in H. Gideon Nath, III's name gave me a giggle. Poor Gideon was thrown all out of sorts by her. Which, as it turns out, was another thing that gave me a giggle.
There's something about a tightly wound man learning to loosen up a bit that makes be happy. Gideon was REALLY wound up when he first met Fiona. Frankly, she was his exact opposite on every level. She can read palms and believes in the supernatural. She's bright and vivacious and he's not. At least not on the surface.
It takes a lot for him to mentally reach a place where he was ready to commit himself to Fiona and her exuberant ways. Naturally, a big, nasty speed bump gets thrown up once he does reach that place. And I'm not even talking about the ghost or the other things having to do with Fiona's new shop.
I like Wicks Hollow. It's got a little quirk, a dash of sass, and a WHOLE lot of supernatural shenanigans.
Second in command of the most fearsome legion of fallen angels in Hell, Rook only cares about one thing—seizing control of the First Battalion and moving one step closer to the Devil. But a dark angel of Heaven keeps seeking him out, insisting a witch needs his help, and one glance at an image of the ethereal silver-haired beauty stirs powerful emotions long forgotten and rouses a deep need he cannot deny or understand—one that commands him to risk everything and save her.
Isadora has been a fool. Millennia alone, enduring an eternal life created by the bond she shares with the angel she lost, has taken its toll on her. Desperate to see a familiar face, she followed rumours to Paris and placed her trust in a group of witches, only to be betrayed once again. Now, they want the spell that has made her immortal and she’s close to breaking… until a formidable warrior with crimson wings comes to her rescue, awakening old feelings never forgotten in her shattered heart.
With the mounting threat of witches and an enemy of old in danger of tearing them apart, can Rook untangle the truth about the past he can’t remember and can Isadora convince her demonic angel the forever he desires is the one he promised her?
Thoughts on Bound Angel: Okay. It's been a while since I dipped my toes in this world of angels and demons and love that last lifetimes. I must say, I still like these possessive angels and their special lady friends. There's something about snarly, brooding men (fallen or otherwise) that make me smile.
So. Rook and Isadora. Due to the devil being a total jerkface, they've spent the last several lifetimes believing the other is dead. Or just flat out not having memories of Isadora, in Rook's case. They've both suffered because of this. Rook because he feels like something is missing and Isadora because she believes the angel she loved with all her heart is lost to her.
Imagine their surprise when Rook shows up to rescue her (through some subterfuge and misdirection on Apollyon's part) and they start to feel things. You know, FEEEEEEL things.
Throw in a dangerous, murderous sect of witches who do VERY bad things to other witches and a misfired spell that steals even more memories than what they've already lost and you have yourself a pretty epic love story.
I'm still liking these couples and their rocky path to love. SO MUCH BROODING. Excellent.
I wasn't prepared for what came after I got arrested and sent to prison. Finding my sister in that hellhole should've been easy.
I wasn't prepared to survive an alien planet straight out of a prehistoric nightmare. Facing my fears to withstand the creatures that wanted to eat me, and the four alien men that watched me like a morsel they wanted to sink their teeth into...
I wasn't prepared for any of it.
But I sure as hell wouldn't let it break me.
This story contains a reverse harem (m/m/f/m/m) of fish-man, element wielding, alien heroes, mature content, violence, and probably too much language!
Thoughts on Tempest: Sisterly love, man. It's a big one. I mean, sure, Charlie got a little distracted from her mission to recover her sister when she got caught up in the underwater city and had four beautiful men focused on her, but she was also sort of trapped in the city until the fish migration was over. Did you see the part about four men? Four dudes entirely dedicated to making sure she's cared for and *ahem* taken care of. Can you blame her for getting distracted?
As for me, I liked Charlie's men. They were flirty and intense and a little growly when the situation called for it, but their complete dedication to all things Charlie made me grin. Honestly, no matter what superpowers a person gained from all the experimentation going on aboard the prison ship, Sonhadra is a kind of terrifying place and having a group of people actively working to keep their special someone safe is sort of needed.
Charlie and her men and Preta and her men have their work cut out for them between the natural dangers of the planet and the sudden influx of babies they're going to find themselves under. I'm guessing they'll do just fine, though. Each woman has four men apiece and that's a lot of willing hands to help out.
Have I mentioned I like these reverse harem books lately? Because I do.