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Binding the Shadows - Jenn Bennett 4.5 Stars!

There are no words!

Ok actually there are. I found the start of Binding the Shadows really slow but it did pick up eventually and man was it amazing when it did. Binding the Shadows was the best yet and Cady and Lon went through a lot in this book but man the ending, the ending had me glued to my screen even when there was nothing left for me to read I was in total shock yet happy and sad and nervous about how the next book would go.
Happily I was able to email a book-friend who helped me sort out my feelings and what the next book might be about.
So excited and worried for the next book! Hopefully it'll all be worth it in the end.
Any Duchess Will Do - Tessa Dare 3.5 Stars!

I'm really picky about what historical romances I'll read and I've read a few of Tessa Dare's and have greatly enjoyed them, Any Duchess Will Do was no exception it's a really great read. Pauline is a truly brilliant character and had me laughing all through the book while Griffin is a bit of a twit at times but at the end (or over halfway through the book) finally comes through in my opinion and becomes worthy of Pauline instead of her becoming worthy of him which I think was more important.
Leashing the Tempest - Jenn Bennett Amazing short story in the Arcadia Bell world. This time we learn a little more about Jupe and his powers which of course get everyone in trouble again.
This really got me excited for Binding the Shadows! Great read.
Gunmetal Magic - Ilona Andrews After being kicked out of the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea's whole existence is in shambles. She tries to put herself back together by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend. When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano--the male alpha of the Clan Bouda, and Andrea's former lover--die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate. Now she must work with Raphael as her search for the killer leads into the secret underbelly of supernatural Atlanta. And dealing with her feelings for him might have to take a backseat to saving the world.

Finally Andrea and Raphael's story. A little bit late review but I hadn't realised I hadn't reviewed it. D'oh!
What can I say about Gunmetal Magic, well it's amazing, fantastic, brilliant but most of all kick-ass!
I love that we finally get to see Andrea shine on her own. After she was kicked out of the order Andrea really lost her way and disappeared for a while, but when she finally felt ready to face the world and start living again Kate was there to give her a job and still be her best friend {awwwwww!} but Andrea still has to deal with Raphael, are they ready to fix things and move on together or separately?

While the main storyline, find who killed the shapeshifters is really great and there's some great Egyptian mythology and as always it's brilliantly written. I loved how Andrea and Raphael decided to deal with things with each other. You know what I'm talking about, that purple shag carpet!
I really enjoyed how we also got to see much more deeply into these two characters. Before you only scratch the surface of who they are and what made them what they are. Andrea and Raphael are two very different characters with such different backgrounds but they really work well together once they get past their differences {previous books!} they are a great team and couple.

It was great to see other characters that we come to know and love in this series from the previous books, Doolittle, Jim, Kate and Ascanio just to name a few. It helped keep it more centre that even though it was Andrea's book the rest of the world was still spinning and the other characters were needed.

Overall, I really enjoyed Gunmetal Magic, it was great to finally have Andrea's full story and have some closure on her and Raphael's relationship a definite must read if you haven't read it yet.
Wrong Side of Hell - Juliana Stone 3.5 stars!

Amazing novella would defiantly recommend if you enjoy paranormal romance. Can't wait to read the second novella featuring the same characters.
Bound in Sin (Bound, #3) - Cynthia Eden Seriously becoming addicted to these short stories by Cynthia Eden as they are so good! I have yet to read one that I haven't liked or even enjoyed!
I love the mix of Ms Eden's Vampire and Werewolf stories and how she has portrayed them in a different light compared to others.
Ms Eden writes these novellas so well and they are super cheap to read too I can't help but automatically download one to my Kindle as soon as I see a new one has become available!
Human Paige Sloan once loved werewolf Drake Wyler more than life, but then that life was taken away from her. Attacked by vampires, Paige was bitten, and, on a cold, dark night, the life she’d known ended. She was reborn as a vampire—a werewolf’s deadliest enemy.

Paige ran from the vampires who attacked her, and she ran away from her lover. She didn’t want Drake to know what she’d become, and she didn’t want to face the fury of his pack. But a girl can only run for so long until the past catches up with her.
When Paige learns that Drake is being targeted for death, she knows that she can’t hide in the shadows any longer. She has to return to him, and she will do anything—anything—in order to make sure that he keeps living. The vampires might have destroyed her chance to live and love Drake, but they won’t take him. Not over her undead body. She’ll slay them all…and maybe, just maybe…she’ll even have the chance to sin—one more time--with the werewolf who’d marked her as his mate.


Another great installment to the Bound series! Paige and Drake are another couple {like Allison and Cade} who have a complicated relationship, the difference being that there's a bit of a back history between Paige and Drake which slowly becomes revealed through the storyline. I found Bound in Sin to be quite a bit more kickass than the other two novella's in the series so far.

Paige is a great character, after everything she's suffered and believed she still wants to save Drake and make sure he remains unharmed. She's also not defeatist about what happened to her and the choices she's made. She's not at peace with it all but she's accepted her circumstances and understands her situation, as a vampire, as Drake being the Alpha of a pack and of doing what she must to make sure Drake stays alive.

I really enjoyed the small twists Bound in Sin gaves us and if you couldn't tell, I greatly enjoyed Paige as the heroine. Drake is a great character too, but in a very different way, Drake has gone a little mad with Paige no longer in his life, not knowing if she had left him or was dead.

Overall, another great novella and a great addition to the Bound series.
Bound In Darkness (Bound, #2) - Cynthia Eden When it comes to killing vampires, werewolf Cade Thain is the best slayer in the Northwest. So when a witch hires him to take out a pureblood vamp, the assassin thinks it will be just business as usual. One less vicious vamp on the streets... one more undead parasite gone from the earth. Then he meets her.

Allison Gray isn't the prey that Cade expects. Beautiful, innocent, she stirs a dark desire within him. Allison hasn't transformed fully into a vampire, not yet, and it's Cade's job to make sure that she never does. Allison thinks that he's at her side to keep her safe, but Cade is supposed to pick the right moment --and kill her.

Killing Allison is soon the last thing that Cade plans. As she begins the transformation that will turn her into a vampire, her bloodlust and their desire merge in an explosion of need that neither can control. But Allison's enemies are closing in, and the coming battle will take Cade and Allison beyond life, beyond love... and into a deadly darkness that waits to claim them both.

I'm loving Cynthia Eden's Bound series, Bound in Darkness is the second book in this series, I use the term 'series' lightly because while they all have the same theme running through them, you don't often get characters from one novella in the next one. Although they mention Jace and Morgan as the main or first vampire/werewolf bonding that other's through this series mention. These novella's can very much be read as stand-alone and read in an order. Which is great for someone like me who hardly ever reads a series in order!

Cade Thain is a serious bad-ass! He has the tattoo's and scars to prove it! Since he was a child he's hated and been hunting Vampires since they did bad, bad things to him and his pack. So when a Witch hires him to kill a pureblood Cade just thinks it's business as usual. Yet the Pureblood he's been sent to kill is still human and Cade is instantly drawn to her.
Allison, is a poor misguided human about to turn into a vampire thinking there's a cure and Cade is her saviour. Little does she know she's going to get stabbed in the back. More than once!

Allison is a great character, although she gets tricked more than once she never really lets it get her down and is always willing to fight. She'll never take what the witch has planned for her lying down!
Allison and Cade have a really complicated but super interesting relationship and it makes Bound by Darkness a really super read!
Bound By Blood - Cynthia Eden Vampires and werewolves have been blood enemies for centuries, but now a new threat is rising...demons are escaping from hell and those demons are intent on wiping out both the vamps and the werewolves. In order to stop the demons, pureblood vampire princess Morgan LaBeaux agrees to the treaty offered by werewolf alpha Jace Vaughn. She'll mate with him, share her blood with him...and in return, the wolves will aid the vampires in this battle. But Morgan doesn’t realize just how dangerous the wolves can truly be. Jace has been waiting years to claim her. He’s set a trap for his princess, and now that he has her, Jace doesn’t plan to let her go. He’ll send the demons back to hell, and he’ll keep his vampiress—forever.

I read a review of Bound by Blood by The Book Pushers and really liked their review and liked the sound of the short paranormal romance.

Bound by Blood was an amazing short story that just blew me away and made me want more! I really didn’t want to finish Bound by Blood because it was soooo good! I really enjoyed it. After reading Cynthia Eden’s romantic suspense Deadly Fear a few months ago I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but there was no reason to worry because Bound by Blood was just brilliant, especially as it only cost me 70p! Via Amazon kindle.
I loved Jace and Morgan, Jace is a deadly lethal alpha werewolf (le sigh!) who’s been watching Morgan for years, now he finally has a way to get his hands on her. Morgan doesn’t know much about Jace other than he’s a deadly werewolf and the vampires need her to align with him and share her blood with him so he can dispose of the demons coming through to their world. Although Morgan is meant to mate with Jace she isn’t meant to sleep with him but there’s something more between Jace and Morgan than just a business deal. Although Bound by Blood is a werewolf/vampire/demon book it’s mainly a vampire/demon book as there’s more information about the vamps and the demons than the werewolves which is a shame because Ms Eden writes some really interesting werewolves but I’m happy enough to wait for her next book which may be more werewolf orientated, Never Cry Wolf out June 2011.

Favourite Quote's:
"Jace Vaugh tensed when he saw her. He wasn't as drunk as the other wolves, not yet anyway, so he recognised the deceptively delicate woman instantly."

"When you were stuck between death and hell, sometimes, you had to turn to big, bad wolf for help."

Overall, Bound by Blood is a brilliant short story that is a must read for paranormal fans and a great way for romance readers to try a new genre at a cheap price, which I highly recommend!
Fury - Laurann Dohner Great paranormal romance that in some ways reminds me of Lora Leighs Breeds series but happily better in many ways! Also not as erotic as LL's Breeds series which I'm much preferring.

Fury was a really great book with lots of twists and turns! I couldn't help but compare Fury to Lora Leighs Breeds series several times throughout the book but each time I found New Species to be just as good if not better than the Breeds series. Yes there may be some comparison's but New Species is very different and more original. I enjoyed the characters a lot more and never once felt bored with what I was reading.
Fury and Ellie were really great characters and I really enjoyed the humour used within the book among the New Species group and with Ellie and Fury.
I'm happy and excited to read more of this series!
The Sweetest Mercy (Sexy Shifter Shorts #3) - Amanda Bonilla 3.5 stars!
Never Cry Wolf  - Cynthia Eden Lucas Simone is not the kind of guy you mess with. He's big, he's strong, and his eyes hint at a wilder side most women can't handle. Of course, that's because his predatory instincts are no metaphor-he's a genuine Grade-A top-quality werewolf, tough enough to fight his way to dominance over the scariest pack on the West Coast. There's only one chink in his armor. Unlike most alpha dogs, Lucas has a reputation for protecting the weak and innocent. Sarah King is counting on that protective impulse-it's the only thing standing between her and certain death. There are only two problems: one, she's not quite as innocent as she'd like Lucas to believe. And two, if he doesn't stop stoking Sarah's animal lust, it's only a matter of time before her own wild side gets unleashed.

Never Cry Wolf has been described as a dark, gripping paranormal suspense and I really think that sums up Never Cry Wolf brilliantly. I haven’t read one of Cynthia Eden’s paranormal stories before and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but I’m still glad I read it because I was intrigued by the blurb and the excerpt and really Never Cry Wolf never stopped keeping me intrigued. Although Never Cry Wolf is primarily about Lucas and Sarah there are of course several other storylines going on that set up possible future books which I really liked with characters that I liked more than Lucas and Sarah. I’m not quite sure what my problem was exactly but I just couldn’t connect with either characters, even though I liked them both and enjoyed their story I just wasn’t drawn into them as a couple. I found Lucas to be extremely alpha and although I normally like that type of character I felt sometimes it was too much with what else was going on in the storyline. However, I still liked Never Cry Wolf and will possibly be trying out the first book in this series later on and will most defiantly be reading the next book in this series as I really enjoyed the secondary characters in Never Cry Wolf more than the main couple.

Favourite Quotes:
“Lucas wasn’t a stupid man. If a sexy woman wanted to plaster her curves against him, he wasn’t gonna argue. But he was most certainly gonna take.”

But she kissed his ear again. “Everything you’ve done,” she told him, the words a breath in his ear. “Just made you stronger.”

Overall, I enjoyed Never Cry Wolf and can’t wait to read more in this series.
Love Letters of Great Men - I thought this would be more romantic and maybe have a few poems and actual letters instead it's actually more full of sonnets and I found I had most of the older 'classic' ones like John Donne in other poetry books so this wasn't much of a success for me.
Future note to self next time check this out in a shop or the library instead of buying online.
Bound In Death (Bound, #5) - Cynthia Eden For over two hundred years, alpha werewolf Alerac O’Neill has been searching for his mate, Keira McDonough, a woman who was taken from him and imprisoned by a dark vampire master. He’s hunted for her, endlessly, using vampire blood to extend his life. He has become a vicious predator, feared by all the supernaturals. His hold on reality seems to slip more each day because he is consumed by her.
Only…the woman he discovers in a small Miami bar isn’t the Keira that he remembers. In fact, this woman doesn’t remember anything. She calls herself Jane Smith, and she has no memory at all of Alerac—or of her own past.
Now that she’s been found, Alerac knows that his enemies are going to start closing in on her. Jane may try to act human, but she’s not. She’s a pureblood vampire princess, incredibly powerful and incredibly valuable. His enemies want to use her, her enemies want to destroy her, and Alerac—he just wants her.
If he can’t make her remember him, then Alerac has to seduce Jane into loving him once again. Because now that he’s found her, he’ll fight hell—and every sadistic vampire that stalks the night—in order to keep her safe at his side.
Some bonds go deeper than the flesh. Some go beyond life. Beyond death.
Jane will soon learn that a werewolf’s claiming…is forever.


Bound in Death takes obsession to the extreme. Alerac has been searching for Keira for over two hundred years, since he managed to get caught with her and she took his punishment. A seriously awful punishment that get's revealed as the story goes on. Bound in Death is a much more bloodier story than the other's in the Bound series and instead of it just being characters we don't actually see or know that get killed it's characters that you meet and grow interested in or feel sorry for. Alerac has been drinking vampire blood for the 200 years Keira has been missing which makes him more and more unstable on top of the things he suffered after Keira was taken.

When Alerac finally finds Keira she doesn't remember anything about who or what she is or where she came from or what happened to her. She is totally clueless and Alerac scares the hell out of her, her automatic response is to run far, far away from him but Alerac won't lose Keira again no matter what the cost.

Bound in Death is a slightly longer novella coming in at 60,000 words compared to the other novella's in the series.

Overall, Bound in Death is a really interesting story, there's more than one villain, the heroine doesn't have a clue who the hero is and there's a secondary love interest which I really enjoyed the hinting at.
I'm hoping that there will be a follow up story with the secondary characters Ryan {Keira's brother} and Zoe {one of the members of Alerac's pack}.
Water Bound  - Christine Feehan Wow! This was not at all what I was expecting. It wasn't what I imagined it to be like. I was thinking it would go down the same line as the Drake Sister's series but it didn't. It wasn't good but it wasn't bad either, it was different.

For Sid, the last thing he remembered was been on board a yacht that was quickly sinking, the mysterious bodyguard was lost in the swirling currents of the ocean, and sucked deeper into the nothingness of a freezing black eddy. Just as quickly, just as miraculously, he was saved pulled ashore by a beautiful stranger. Her name is Rikki, a sea-urchin diver in Sea Haven. She always felt an affinity for the ocean, and the seductive pull of the tides. And now, for the enigmatic man she rescued. But soon they will be bound by something even stronger each other’s tantalizing secrets which will engulf them both in a whirlpool of dizzying passion and inescapable danger.

Sid, who's real name is Lev Prakensii and is the brother of Ilya Prakensii (Turbulent Sea #6) changes his name to Levy to make himself sound more American when he's hiding from a Russian assassin and trying to keep Rikki safe, was a really interesting character. I found him quite similar to Ilya, a real tough, rough alpha male who was suddenly out of his depth and couldn't remember what job he'd taken and how he'd ended up in the sea. Had his government finally come after him? Had one of his jobs gone bad? The possibilities were endless to him.

I quite liked Rikki once I'd got over her quirky ways of living. At first I found it hard to understand but as the story went on I found a special fondness for her. I'm looking forward to her popping up in other books from the other Sisters.

Waterbound takes off from where Hidden Currents (Drake Sisters #7) ended. It's not necessary to have read the Drake Sisters series before reading Waterbound as Ms Feehan does explain everything with the Drake family and how they fit into Sea Heaven and how Lev fitted into the previous storyline of those books.

Waterbound took me by total surprise, I did really like the book but it wasn't Ms Feehan's usual storyline style. Although Waterbound is a romantic suspense, it read more like a contemporary romance and it wasn't until I was more than halfway through the book that I realised this. I wished I'd known this before reading Waterbound as then I wouldn't have felt like something was missing the majority way through reading it and my have possibly enjoyed it more than I did.

So far Waterbound has enticed me to continue reading the next book in the Sisters of the Heart series as I'm interested in the other characters and how the "Sisters" meet their hero's and how they all bond together.
When You Dare - Lori Foster Professional mercenary Dare Macintosh lives by one hard and fast rule: business should never be personal. If a cause appeals to him and the price is right, he'll take the mission he's offered. But then the lovely Molly Alexander asks him to help her track down the men who'd had her kidnapped, and for the first time, Dare's tempted to combine work with pleasure. Fiercely independent, Molly vows to trust no one until she's uncovered the truth. Could the enemy be her powerful, estranged father? The ex-fiancé who still holds a grudge? Or the not-so-shy fan of her bestselling novels? As the danger heats up around them, the only anchor Molly has is Dare himself. But what she feels for him just might be the most frightening thing of all.

As soon as I saw this book on Netgalley I just had to read Lori Foster’s newest book. I’m a big fan of her romance books. I adore the way she writes her heroes and I generally like her heroines too. So as soon as I saw this I just had to request if I could read it and happily I was accepted.

When You Dare is a mix between a contemporary romance and a romantic suspense, there are several series issues and moments in the book but on the whole When You Dare is quite a light, enjoyful read. I thoroughly loved When You Dare for starters you have a brilliant alpha hero, Dare who comes across as really shady character at the start of the book who’s out to rescue his best friends sister and although I liked him for that I liked him even more by the end of the book as you see so much more to his character! Also Dares heroine Molly, she is such a doll! She is a brilliant great character that I really loved and admired. Even when she was drugged she never gave up her fight to survive and gave Dare a nosebleed thinking he was the bad guy! Molly is truly everything you could want in a heroine, she’s smart, funny, determined and knows her own mind and Dare is such a great hero to start with Molly just adds some extra oomph! The secondary characters are brilliant too, I adored Chris who is Dare’s personal assistant, I was a bit disappointed that Ms Foster is only doing three books in this series because Chris is such a great character that I really want him to get his own HEA, maybe he’ll get his own HEA in the third and final book?! There were two other characters that had a small role in this book Trace and his sister (who Dare went to rescue) Alani, they were both interesting characters but they weren’t given into great detail about who their are as people. Although this is because Trace’s book Trace of Fever is out in May and Alani will be in the third book in June which I think is called Danger Fever.
When You Dare is a classic Lori Foster book and cements all the reasons I fell in love with her books when I was a 17 year old!

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed When You Dare, it’s a great book in an interesting new series and I can’t wait to read the other books!
The Wanderer - Robyn Carr Nestled on the Oregon coast is a small town of rocky beaches and rugged charm. Locals love the land's unspoiled beauty. Developers see it as a potential gold mine. When newcomer Hank Cooper learns he's been left an old friend's entire beachfront property, he finds himself with a community's destiny in his hands.
Cooper has never been a man to settle in one place, and Thunder Point was supposed to be just another quick stop. But Cooper finds himself getting involved with the town. And with Sarah Dupre, a woman as complicated as she is beautiful.
With the whole town watching for his next move, Cooper has to choose between his old life and a place full of new possibilities. A place that just might be home.

This won't be a positive review and that's not because this was a bad book. The Wanderer is a great first book in a new series. It's a very sweet story between Cooper (the wanderer), Sarah and the little town of
Thunder Point.
However, and you had to know this was coming, I feel a little let down and cheated with this new series. First there's been no mention of what's happening with the Virgin River series. Does anyone know? Is it over? Will it be continued? Is it being pushed back? As the new Thunder Point series seems to be taking place on the release dates of the Virgin River series! If you didn't know the Virgin River series holds a really special place in my heart. I reviewed nearly all of them here on this little old blog and they helped me heal after suddenly losing my Dad. I buried my head in the Virgin River books and for them to just have stopped saddens me to no end.
Secondly and this also relates to the Virgin River series, I feel like the Thunder Point series is basically the Virgin River series in a new town because Robyn Carr was possibly running out of new characters for Virgin River and therefore had to create a new town for her new characters because Virgin River was getting a little full up.
That's not to say this new series isn't good or written just as well as her previous novels, it's just that even though it's a brand new town, new shiny people it's really the same idea as Virgin River and well that bums me out. When I heard Robyn Carr was writing a new series I thought 'Oh no! What's going to happen to Virgin River?' but then I was happy for new shiny project because I do enjoy Robyn Carr's writing but it's not new and original it just feels a little like her previous series repackaged and that's not what I was looking forward too.
So I was a little disappointed while reading The Wanderer. It's has a slow start and it takes quite a while for Cooper and Sarah to actually meet each other which frustrated me. I felt that the other characters and the new town and 'situations' within the storyline took up too much page time and the actual main characters Cooper and Sarah didn't get enough time to really get to know each other and that I didn't get to know these characters as well in the first book as I have other characters in other first books (not meaning the Virgin River series here!).
Overall, I have really mixed feeling about this series. I have told myself that I will at least read the next two books out in this series in the next few months and if I don't love them then I won't be continuing with this series, which I think is fair.
As a side note, how many times did I say Virgin River? Shall we count them... or maybe not!

Let me know if you've read The Wanderer and what you think of it. Is it the first Robyn Carr book you've read? Did you enjoy it? Do you think it's better than her Virgin River series? Leave me a comment and let me know!