Monday, October 31, 2011

Review: Immortal Rider by Larissa Ione

Immortal Rider by Larissa Ione
Series: Lords of Deliverance, Book 2
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance Immortal Rider Cover
Release Date: November 22, 2011
ISBN: 9780446574471
Buy it here: Amazon | B&N
Larissa Ione reading order: here

Born to a succubus mother and an angel father, Limos was raised among her mother’s kind and trained to be the ultimate traitor. But after living in the human realm for thousands of years, Limos is a different kind of person than she was in the demon realm. Now, as the third Horseman of the Apocalypse – the one who will become Famine should her Seal break – Limos fights her destiny. Yet there’s one thing Limos can’t seem to outrun: her past. It’s back to haunt her with a vengeance and it’ll destroy anyone that will try to keep her from harm.

Human warrior Arik Wagner has had plenty of dealings with the paranormal. But nothing could prepare him for Limos. The beautiful immortal tempts Arik like no other woman has and at a party he gives into his desire for her and steals a kiss. Little does he know that Limos has a secret that will damn Arik to the tortures of Hell. It seems that Limos has a fiancé – Satan himself. And the devil doesn’t like anyone touching his bride.

Limos will risk anything to rescue Arik, but with Satan’s minions and her eldest brother working against her, the cost of saving Arik may be higher than she could ever pay. And once Arik finds his way back to the human realm, both he and Limos find that the hellish torture he went through was only the beginning of their problems. The Apocalypse is nigh and Arik’s quest to free Limos of her hellish fiancé could be the very thing that tips the scales in favor of evil.

I didn’t think I could love the Lords of Deliverance series more, but Larissa Ione has proved me wrong! Immortal Rider is even better than its stellar predecessor, Eternal Rider. Who can resist rip-roaring action, forbidden passion, and an imaginative storyline? Not me, that’s for sure.

Arik is a human warrior working for the Aegis, an organization that protects the world from evil. One of Arik’s most attractive qualities is his personal code of honor, which goes all the way down to his core. There is nothing he won’t sacrifice to save others and Ms. Ione manages to make this compelling trait sing rather than be dragged down into the realm of martyrdom. As for Limos…man, do I have a new favorite heroine! I love, love, love the mix of strength and vulnerability in her; the natural blend of hardened, ruthless warrior and romantic girly girl. For all that she’s attracted to lies and deception, Limos is one of the most refreshingly “real” heroines I’ve read in a long time. She’s everything I love in a paranormal romance heroine and I applaud Ms. Ione for making the many different aspects of her character come together flawlessly.

As a couple, Arik and Limos work together. Really work. The sexual tension in Immortal Rider is insanely hot, but it’s the emotional heart of this pair that resonates with me. I hated it every time I had to put Immortal Rider down because I wanted to see Limos and Arik get the happily ever after they so richly deserved.

Even if you took out the romance aspects of the story, Immortal Rider would shine. Ms. Ione has placed her characters in a no-holds-barred fight against evil. And evil isn’t just some guy in a black hat. No, Ms. Ione is definitely not afraid to go dark and twisted and I absolutely love that. Ms. Ione gives the Lords of the Deliverance series such depth with the way she writes good, evil, and everything in between. I could wax poetic about the many shades of gray in her characters, but that would ruin the joy of discovery for readers.

Immortal Rider is the second book in the Lords of Deliverance series and though Ms. Ione provides enough information for readers new to the series to follow along, the book probably loses a touch of its impact if read as a standalone. Readers who have read Eternal Rider already will find their reading of Immortal Rider enriched, but be warned: once you finish Immortal Rider you will probably be dying to read book three, Lethal Rider. Indeed, the only bad part of my Immortal Rider reading experience was when I realized that I now have to wait for Thanatos’s book to be released. Given what happens in Immortal Rider, the wait for Lethal Rider is going to be painfully long for this particular overeager reader.

Immortal Rider is an incredible, engaging book that takes readers on a journey like no other. Fans of paranormal romance should not miss out on reading the Lords of Deliverance series! With her gift for creating captivating characters, developing unique worlds, and bringing the nuances of good and evil to life, Larissa Ione is an author whose work I will be reading and re-reading for years to come.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Thursday in Review

It’s update time again :)

Below are the newest reviews I’ve written here, on Joyfully Reviewed, and on Romance Junkies. The master list and categorical lists on the right-hand side are updated as well.

Reviews for upcoming releases:
- What the Mistress Did by Anya Delvay (available 10/25/11)
- Claimed by Pleasure (Wonderland, Book 2) by Jaymie Holland (available 10/25/11)
- Lord of the Abyss (Royal House of Shadows, Book 4) by Nalini Singh (available 11/15/11)
- Spells & Stitches (Sugar Maple, Book 4) by Barbara Bretton (available 12/6/11)


All other new reviews:
- Eternal Rider (Lords of Deliverance, Book 1) by Larissa Ione
- His Wicked Revenge by Vanessa Kelly
- Retribution (Dark-Hunters, Book 30) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
- Rock ‘N’ Roll is Undead (Veronica Mason, Book 1) by Rose Pressey
- Destined Mate by Katie Reus
- Nuriel’s Cougar (Queens of Merab 2, Book 2) by Violet Summers


Upcoming reviews:
- Hitched (Faerily Imperfect, Book 5) by Mia Watts and Katie Blu
- Kissing Sherlock Holmes by T.D. McKinney and Terry Wylis
- A Novel Seduction by Gwyn Cready
- Definitely Not Mr. Darcy by Karen Doornebos
- Baby It’s Cold Outside (Alaskan Nights, Book 1) by Addison Fox (Coming November 1st)
- Best Man, Worst Man by Stacy Gail
- Prior Sins by DJ Gross
- Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
- Bachelor Number Four by Megan Hart
- Vengeance Paid With Blood (Drone Vampire Chronicles, Book 13) by Stephani Hecht
- Taken by Passion (Wonderland, Book 1) by Jaymie Holland (Coming November 1st)
- Stark Naked by Desiree Holt
- Immortal Rider (Lords of Deliverance, Book 2) by Larissa Ione
- To Wed a Wild Lord (Hellions of Halstead Hall, Book 4) by Sabrina Jeffries (Coming November 1st)
- An Unexpected Gentleman by Alissa Johnson
- Slow Ride (Fast Track, Book 5) by Erin McCarthy
- Blue Moon by Mackenzie McKade
- Far Too Human by Anitra Lynn McLeod
- Wight Mischief by J.L. Merrow
- Bad Boyfriend (Bad in Baltimore, Book 2) by K.A. Mitchell
- Mark of the Rose (Tudor Vampire Chronicles, Book 3) by Kate Pearce
- Raw Desire by Kate Pearce
- No Shoes, No Shirt, No Spells (Mystic Café Series, Book 1) by Rose Pressey
- Hot as Hades by Alisha Rai
- Celebrity in Death (In Death, Book 34) by J.D. Robb
- A Little Wild by Kate St. James
- Primal Law (Alpha Pack, Book 1) by J.D. Tyler
- Scrumptious by Amanda Usen
- The Closer You Get by L.A. Witt

Monday, October 17, 2011

Review: Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione

Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione
Series: Lords of Deliverance, Book 1
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance Eternal Rider Cover
ISBN: 9780446574495
Buy it here: Amazon | B&N
Larissa Ione reading order: here

As the children of a succubus and an angel, Reseph, Ares, Limos, and Thanatos have always walked the line between good and evil. They are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – powerful, immortal, and cursed to bring forth Doomsday should their Seals break. When Reseph’s Seal breaks and he becomes Pestilence, the countdown to the Apocalypse begins.

Cara Thornhart – a human with a gift for healing animals – knows nothing of Horsemen, Seals, or demons. Then a wounded hellhound is dropped on her doorstep and everything changes. Cara is thrown into the path of Ares, a devastatingly handsome warrior who is the key to helping her understand the supernatural madness that taken over her life. Cara’s drawn to Ares, whose need to protect her stems not only from his desire for her, but from the fact that she is the only being in the world who can keep his Seal from breaking. It’s a race against time for Cara and Ares to stop Pestilence and save the world. But the price of staving off Doomsday could be higher than either Cara or Ares are willing to pay.

Get ready for the ride of your life! Larissa Ione starts her Lords of Deliverance series with a bang in the action-packed Eternal Rider. I was captivated by Eternal Rider from the start and did not want to put Ares and Cara’s book down for anything.

Ares – who will become War if his Seal breaks – is the kind of hero I love. He’s a hardened warrior with a scarred heart and a mission to complete. His rough nature is belied by the depth of his ability to care. Ares is incredibly loving and protective, though those who don’t know him extremely well would never see it. Cara, in turn, is a heroine you have to respect. She a human with an interesting ability and she handles the hellish number of things that are thrown at her with a realistic measure of calm. Separately, Ares and Cara are great characters. As a couple, they heat up the page like nobody’s business. I loved Cara and Ares together and Ms. Ione had me eagerly turning the pages to find out how these two could overcome the seemingly insurmountable obstacles that stood in the way of them finding any sort of happiness.

Eternal Rider is the first book in the Lords of Deliverance series, but this series is a spinoff of Ms. Ione’s Demonica series. It’s clear that events in Eternal Rider are brought about by what happened in the last Demonica book, Sin Undone. Yet while the two series appear to be closely connected, having not yet read the Demonica books I can safely assure readers that Eternal Rider can be read as a standalone. However, I was so intrigued by the Demonica characters I met that I will definitely be reading those books.

Eternal Rider has everything I look for in a paranormal romance and more. There’s risk, danger, lust, and, most importantly, love. I absolutely adored Ares and Cara’s story and I cannot wait to read the next Lords of Deliverance book, Immortal Rider.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wednesday in Review

It’s update time again :)

Below are the newest reviews I’ve written here, on Joyfully Reviewed, and on Romance Junkies. The master list and categorical lists on the right-hand side are updated as well.

Reviews for upcoming releases:
- A Most Dangerous Profession (Hurst Amulet, Book 3) by Karen Hawkins (available 10/18/11)
- The Viper (Highland Guard, Book 4) by Monica McCarty (available 10/18/11)
- Beauty Dates the Beast (Midnight Liaisons, Book 1) by Jessica Sims (available 10/25/11)
- Devil’s Kiss (The Hellraisers, Book 1) by Zoë Archer (available 12/6/11)

All other new reviews:
- Alterant (Belador, Book 2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love
- Deep Disclosure (A-Tac, Book 4) by Dee Davis
- Clever John by Elizabeth Hoyt
- Mummy Dearest (The XOXO Files, Book 1) by Josh Lanyon
- Orgasmatron by Brynn Paulin

Upcoming reviews:
- Hitched (Faerily Imperfect, Book 5) by Mia Watts and Katie Blu
- Kissing Sherlock Holmes by T.D. McKinney and Terry Wylis
- Spells & Stitches (Sugar Maple, Book 4) by Barbara Bretton
- A Novel Seduction by Gwyn Cready
- What the Mistress Did by Anya Delvay
- Definitely Not Mr. Darcy by Karen Doornebos
- Baby It’s Cold Outside (Alaskan Nights, Book 1) by Addison Fox (Coming November 1st)
- Best Man, Worst Man by Stacy Gail
- Prior Sins by DJ Gross
- Bachelor Number Four by Megan Hart
- Vengeance Paid With Blood (Drone Vampire Chronicles, Book 13) by Stephani Hecht
- Stark Naked by Desiree Holt
- Eternal Rider (Lords of Deliverance, Book 1) by Larissa Ione
- Immortal Rider (Lords of Deliverance, Book 2) by Larissa Ione
- To Wed a Wild Lord (Hellions of Halstead Hall, Book 4) by Sabrina Jeffries (Coming November 1st)
- An Unexpected Gentleman by Alissa Johnson
- His Wicked Revenge by Vanessa Kelly
- Retribution (Dark Hunters, Book 30) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
- Blue Moon by Mackenzie McKade
- Far Too Human by Anitra Lynn McLeod
- Wight Mischief by J.L. Merrow
- Bad Boyfriend (Bad in Baltimore, Book 2) by K.A. Mitchell
- No Shoes, No Shirt, No Spells (Mystic Café Series, Book 1) by Rose Pressey
- Rock ‘N’ Roll is Undead (Veronica Mason, Book 1) by Rose Pressey
- Hot as Hades by Alisha Rai
- Destined Mate by Katie Reus
- Lord of the Abyss (Royal House of Shadows, Book 4) by Nalini Singh
- A Little Wild by Kate St. James
- Nuriel’s Cougar (Queens of Merab 2, Book 2) by Violet Summers
- Primal Law (Alpha Pack, Book 1) by J.D. Tyler
- Scrumptious by Amanda Usen
- The Closer You Get by L.A. Witt

Master List of Urban Fantasy Reviews

This is a master list of all my urban fantasy reviews. The books here are not technically romance, though there might be romantic elements in them.

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New Reviews

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Anthologies/Multiple Authors (alphabetized by title)

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New Reviews

- Rise of the Gryphon (Belador, Book 4) by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love

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- Alterant (Belador, Book 2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love
- The Curse (Belador, Book 3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love
- Rise of the Gryphon (Belador, Book 4) by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love
- Carniepunk by Rob Thurman, Delilah S. Dawson, Kevin Hearne, Mark Henry, Jaye Wells, Rachel Caine, Allison Pang, Hillary Jacques, Jennifer Estep, Kelly Meding, Nicole Peeler, Jackie Kessler, Kelly Gay, and Seanan McGuire
- Hex Appeal by Ilona Andrews, Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, Carole Nelson Douglas, P.N. Elrod, Simon R. Green, Lori Handeland, Erica Hayes, and Carrie Vaughn


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- Her Ladyship’s Curse (Disenchanted & Co., Book 1, Part 1) by Lynn Viehl
- His Lordship Possessed (Disenchanted & Co., Book 1, Part 2) by Lynn Viehl
- The Clockwork Wolf (Disenchanted & Co., Book 2) by Lynn Viehl

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Review: Deep Disclosure by Dee Davis

Deep Disclosure by Dee Davis
Series: A-Tac, Book 4
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Romantic Suspense Deep Disclosure Cover
ISBN: 9780446582926
Release Date: September 1, 2011
Buy it here: Amazon | B&N

After his release from a Columbian prison, black ops agent Tucker Flynn took to the quiet life. Just when things are about to get boring, an explosion in a local coffee shop leads him to cross paths with Alexis Markham. Years ago, Alexis’s father developed a biochemical weapon and Alexis’s entire family was murdered to keep that formula a secret. Now Tucker must protect her, without disclosing his true identity.

Alexis has been on the run for thirteen years, trying to escape those that want her father’s formula. She’s been taught to trust no one, especially the government. So when Tucker appears and appoints himself her bodyguard, she’s understandably suspicious. Even so, Tucker manages to work his way past her defenses and soon she’s falling for her sexy bodyguard and the safety he promises. But if a killer has his way, Alexis and Tucker’s burgeoning relationship may end before it can truly begin.

I’m a hard sell when it comes to romantic suspense, but I was taken with Deep Disclosure. Dee Davis keeps the action going almost nonstop and adds a few twists for good measure. I enjoyed the suspense part of the book even more than the romance, which is a rarity for me. That’s not to say that Alexis and Tucker are boring; they aren’t in the least. Both of them are survivors, and I respected that. Their relationship was the weaker of the two storylines, but I liked watching them fall for each other nonetheless.

Deep Disclosure is the fourth book in Ms. Davis’s A-Tac series. Having not read, Dark Deceptions, Dangerous Desires, and Desperate Deeds, I can safely say that Deep Disclosure can be read out of order in the series. Still, Ms. Davis definitely made me want to go back and read the first three A-Tac books. In fact, I’ve bought them already. I can’t wait to read more A-Tac books and I am already dying for the sexy A-Tac commander, Avery, to get a story of his own.

Friday, October 7, 2011

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow



18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a weekly feature that begins on Fridays and runs through the weekend, hosted by Crystal from Reading Between the Wines and Kelly at Secrets of a Book Lover.

This is a Friday blog hop with the objective to find and visit other book blogs that share the same interest as you, namely books geared towards the 18 & over crowd, and make new friends!

Question of the Week: What book were you reading when you read your first sex scene?

There were some sex scenes in the YA books I read when I was like 10ish, but since I can't remember the names of the books, I'll have to go with my first romance. I was reading The Calhoun Women by Nora Roberts. I'm pretty sure there was no sex scene in Courting Catherine, so A Man For Amanda is the first sex scene I read in an adult book.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Review: Clever John by Elizabeth Hoyt

Clever John by Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Part of Scandalous Desires, Book 3
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Fantasy/Fairytale Clever John Cover
Release Date: October 1, 2011
Buy it here: Amazon | B&N
Reading Order: here

Anyone who has read Elizabeth Hoyt’s work knows that she includes a fairytale in each of her books. The fairytales are told bit by bit at the beginning of each chapter and they complement or mirror what is going on in the book. Clever John is the fairytale Ms. Hoyt has written for her spectacular third Maiden Lane book, Scandalous Desires.

Even if you’re reading Clever John as a standalone fairytale, it’s a delightful read. Ms. Hoyt makes every word count in her stories, and though short, Clever John is wonderfully satisfying. As with many of Ms. Hoyt’s full-length books, Clever John is a story I’ll be reading over and over again.

The release of Clever John also makes me desperately hope that Ms. Hoyt’s publisher will make her other fairytales available. As much as I enjoy reading them in the books, it would be wonderful to be able to read the fairytales straight through.

Waiting on Wednesday: Scrumptious by Amanda Usen


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which spotlights eagerly anticipated upcoming releases!

I'm addicted to Food Network, so I'm ready for an adorable foodie romance and this one sounds like it fits the bill :)

Scrumptious Cover Title: Scrumptious
Author: Amanda Usen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: January 1, 2012

Book Description (from Amazon.com):

Sparks between love 'em and leave 'em pastry chef and poker sharp Marlene Bennet and traveling chef-for-hire Joe Rafferty when the two culinary perfectionists are forced to share a kitchen. But several suspicious accidents at the restaurant convince Marlene and Joe to work together to uncover the saboteur. Maybe a little intrigue and high-stakes poker will be the perfect ingredients for these commitment-phobic foodies to whip up a happily ever after.