Paranormal

Vampires Are Forever

Posted on June 22, 2008. Filed under: Paranormal, Romance | Tags: , |

Vampires Are Forever (Argeneau Vampires, Book 8) by Lynsay Sands

From Back of Book:

Vampires Don’t Exist…Do They?

Inez Urso is beginning to have her doubts. Her business associate Thomas Argeneau has some interesting traits, like an allergic reaction to the sun, excellent night vision, and not mush of an appetite for food. And to top it all off, he just tried to bite her neck…happy to experience more, despite her determination not to mix business with pleasure.

He’s Been Waiting Forever For A Woman Like Her…

Well, if not forever, at least two hundred years. Inez is the most beautiful woman he’s seen in centuries. Those luscious lips, seductive curves, and her elegant neck…he just couldn’t resist the temptation of one little bite. Now Thomas will do anything to convince her that only an immortal like him can satisfy her all night long…

This is the 8th book in the Argeneau series. This is probably my least favorite book of the series. Thomas was in several of the other books as a secondary character and I loved him. I was excited to see how he would find his lifemate and to find out what he really was like. While these things were explained the book didn’t go too in depth with Thomas’ life. I felt that the author didn’t give Thomas a chance to expand from a secondary character (even though he is the main focus of this book). Inez is also a pretty flat character. Her past isn’t really discussed and her immediate acceptance of what Thomas is was unrealistic. The book is more about finding Marguerite. Also, it seemed that the book was mainly a bunch of running around from country to country. The story just didn’t seem to go anywhere. I hope that book nine, Vampire, Interrupted, is much better.

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One Foot in the Grave

Posted on June 17, 2008. Filed under: Paranormal | Tags: , , |

One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 2) by Jeaniene Frost

From Amazon:

You can run from the grave, but you can’t hide . . .

Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She’s still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.

Being around him awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline kick of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head—wanted: dead or half-alive—means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard she tries to keep things professional between them, she’ll find that desire lasts forever . . . and that Bones won’t let her get away again.

First I just have to say I LOVE Bones! He is my favorite vampire. This book definitely lived up to the first one. I was a little worried since the first book was so great. I wasn’t let down.  I did find it interesting that there was a four year gap between book #1 and #2. That is something you don’t see a lot in series. The character Cat has grown up a lot in between the books. She has learned to be her own person and deal with what she has been given in life. I especially liked seeing the bonds she had forged with the other agents she worked with. Bones is still the same. Even when not the focus in Cat’s life anymore, he is still with her in many ways. When they get back together the sparks really fly. I thought that this was a great follow-up to book #1. I can’t wait for more Cat and Bones. Book #3, At Grave’s End, is scheduled for December 30th, 2008.

OH – I forgot. There is one scene in the book that will knock your socks off. It is hot, hot, hot!!!

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The Darkest Night

Posted on June 12, 2008. Filed under: Paranormal | Tags: , , |

The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld, Book 1) by Gena Showalter

From Gena Showalter’s website:

An immortal warrior cursed to die every night, only to awaken the next morning knowing he has to die again.  A mortal woman with a power beyond imagining…

All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she’ll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member – a man trapped in a hell of his own.

Neither can resist the instant hunger that calms their torments. . .and ignites an irresistible passion.  But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction—and a soul-shattering test of love…

This is the first book in a great new series. There is a prequel available through eharlequin.com, but it isn’t necessary to the series. I really liked this book. Maddox is such a tortured character that I think it is impossible to not feel for him. His curse, of having to be murdered every night, is hard to comprehend. Ashlyn is a very vulnerable character. First I didn’t believe that she was truly having the feelings that she thought she was. It was so out of place for a seemingly normal girl to find her way to the castle and demand that a fearsome man take care of her. Then we learn about her own curse (the voices) and how this is something she feels that she must do to become whole. The one thing in this book that I had trouble with was the time it takes place in. The language of the warriors, who are from the ancient past, kept taking me back in time. Every time something modern (like Tylenol) was written about it kind of shocked me into remembering that the story takes place in the present. In my opinion this is a great new series. I already have book #2, The Darkest Kiss, and can’t wait to get #3 in July.

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Staked

Posted on June 8, 2008. Filed under: Paranormal | Tags: , , |

Staked by J. F. Lewis

From Amazon:

UNREPENTANT. UNIMPRESSED.AND TOTALLY UNDEAD

Eric’s got issues. He has short-term and long-term memory problems; he can’t remember who he ate for dinner yesterday, much less how he became a vampire in the first place. His best friend, Roger, is souring on the strip club he and Eric own together. And his girlfriend, Tabitha, keeps pressuring him to turn her so she can join him in undeath. It’s almost enough to put a Vlad off his appetite. Almost.

Eric tries to solve one problem, only to create another: he turns Tabitha into a vampire, but finds that once he does, his desire for her fades — and her younger sister, Rachel, sure is cute. And when he kills a werewolf in self-defense, things really get out of hand. Now a pack of born-again lycanthropes is out for holy retribution, while Tabitha and Rachel have their own agendas — which may or may not include helping Eric stay in one piece.

All Eric wants to do is run his s.trip club, drink a little blood, and be left alone. Instead, he must survive car crashes, enchanted bullets, sunlight, sex magic, and werewolves on ice — not to mention his own nasty temper and forgetfulness.

Because being undead isn’t easy, but it sure beats the alternative.

I love Eric. He is so messed up, but lovable. This book moved very fast. I really liked how the point of view varied from Eric to Tabitha, Eric’s girlfriend. The changing p.o.v really kept the pace up. The vampires in this book have their own hierarchy. Eric is a Vlad, the highest tier of the hierarchy. Tabitha becomes a Master with is the level under a Vlad. Usually in vampire books there is a “master vampire” and then the other vampires. I was really intrigued by the whole concept of the levels. I can’t wait for the next book in the series, which I read is to be published sometime in 2009. And, I definitely need to find my own “Welcome To The Void” shirt.

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The Brass Bed

Posted on June 5, 2008. Filed under: Paranormal | Tags: , , |

The Brass Bed by Jennifer Stevenson

From Amazon:

THE CURSE: Satisfy one hundred women or be trapped in a brass bed forever
Lord Randall was a lousy lover in 1811, so his magician-mistress turned him into a sex demon. Lucky for him, his bed fell into Clay’s hands.

THE CON: Sex therapy for women on an antique brass “treatment bed”
Clay has the perfect scam going, until that pesky, foxy fraud investigator Jewel comes sniffing around. Lucky for him, she has a soft spot for hunky con men.

THE CHOICE: Sex demon or sex fraudster?
Jewel is Randy’s hundredth woman. Now he says he’s her personal sex slave, and her case against the con artist is dissolving in a hail of hormones. Lucky for her, she’s a tough cop with a lusty libido.

This is the first book in a new series by Jennifer Stevenson. Set in the Chicago, Jewell Heiss (love the name) is not your average woman. I had trouble in the beginning connecting to the character. She is kinky with a capital K. She treats men like dogs and wants to be left alone. But by the end of the book I felt like I understood her a little better and cannot wait to see what happens to her next. I loved Clay and tolerated Randy. I think that reading the other books will flesh these characters out a lot more now that all the ground work is done.

Here is a book trailer for the book I found on Youtube!

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From Dead To Worse

Posted on May 28, 2008. Filed under: Paranormal | Tags: , |

From Dead to Worse (Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 8) by Charlaine Harris

A lot has happened to Sookie Stackhouse. She has survived explosions, were attacks, and betrayal by a loved one. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina there is a shift in the supernatural community of Louisiana. Sookie will have to face more super politics and fighting, while praying that she makes it through alive.

I loved this book. A lot happens to Sookie and we see her mature a little more. In this story she must come to terms with how she feels about some of the men in her life (Quinn, Bill, and Eric). That is all I am going to say…I really don’t want to give any of the good stuff away. Anyone who has read the Sookie books will love this one too. The only thing that is bad about it is the wait for the next one. (And of course, True Blood on HBO this fall.)

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Romancing The Dead

Posted on May 28, 2008. Filed under: Paranormal | Tags: , |

Romancing the Dead (Garnet Lacey, Book 3) by Tate Hallaway

Garnett Lacey is on top of the world. She has a job she loves, the feds and Vatican are no longer following her, and she just got engaged. But things quickly take a turn for the worse. Her fiance, Sebastian, is missing and was last seen in the company of a gorgeous blond. Her soon-to-be stepson, who hates her, is now the only one that can help her find the missing man. Throw in the Goddess Lilith who is making appearances at the wrong time and a crazy shape-shifter and maybe things aren’t looking good for Garnett after all.

This is the third book in the Garnett Lacey series. I enjoyed it, but not as much as the first two books. This book was not as lighthearted and funny as the other two. Also, Garnett was a little wishy-washy, where in the first two books I always thought of her as strong. I think this can be linked to what was happening in the story though. I can’t wait for book 4.

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Confessions of a Werewolf Supermodel

Posted on May 21, 2008. Filed under: Paranormal, Romance | Tags: , |

Confessions of a Werewolf Supermodel by Ronda Thompson

Supermodel Lou Kinipski has a very big secret. She is a werewolf. Between photo shoots she must make sure that there isn’t an unsightly hair, anywhere. She is searching for the reason behind her being a werewolf and for the parents that gave her up at birth.

Now, someone is killing women that look like her and sexy detective Terry Shay is on the case. Keeping her secret from him (and the other men in her life) isn’t easy, but Lou knows that she has to know the truth about her past before she can focus on the future.

This book wasn’t what I thought it would be at all. I thought it was going to be a fun, easy read and it is really a story with many different twists and turns. I was very saddened to learn that the author of this book, Ronda Thompson, died last year. This would have been a wonderful series and it would have been great to learn what happened to Lou and her friends.

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The Accidental Vampire (An Argeneau Novel)

Posted on May 15, 2008. Filed under: Paranormal, Romance | Tags: , |

The Accidental Vampire (Argeneau Vampires, Book 7) by Lynsay Sands

Victor Argeneau has been around for a long while, over 2000 years. He is rich, powerful, and very good-looking!

Elvi has been a vampire for 5 years, but no one told her the “rules” of being a vampire. She thinks she has to sleep in a coffin, only consume blood, and never go outside.

After Elvi’s friends place a personal ad in the local paper in search of a male vampire Victor goes to Elvi’s home town to see if she is for real. But someone else is interested in Elvi too, interested enough to try an kill her.

This was a great addition to the Argeneau series. Victor is very steady and calm. The perfect man to help Elvi see the way her life as a vampire can be. The chemistry between Victor and Elvi is great, but I had trouble connecting to Elvi. She “speaks” with the voice of an older woman. It made her character extremely interesting, since it poses the question of what would you do if you were a 62 year old in a 25 year old’s body? This book was no where near as funny as Single White Vampire, but still had the Lynsay Sands humor that has been evident in all of the books.

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Wicked Game

Posted on May 15, 2008. Filed under: Paranormal | Tags: , , |

Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready

From Jeri Smith-Ready’s website:

Late-night radio you can sink your teeth into

Recovering con artist Ciara Griffin is trying to live the straight life, even if it means finding a (shudder!) real job. She takes an internship at a local radio station, whose late-night time-warp format features 1940s blues, 60s psychedelia, 80s Goth, and more, all with an uncannily authentic flair. Ciara soon discovers how the DJs maintain their cred: they’re vampires, stuck forever in the eras in which they were turned.

Ciara’s first instinct, as always, is to cut and run. But communications giant Skywave wants to buy WMMP and turn it into just another hit-playing clone. Without the station—and the link it provides to their original Life Times—the vampires would “fade,” becoming little more than mindless ghosts of the past. Suddenly a routine corporate takeover becomes a matter of life and un-death.

To boost ratings and save the lives of her strange new friends, Ciara re-brands the station as “WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock ’n’ Roll.” In the ultimate con, she hides the DJs’ vampire nature in plain sight, disguising the bloody truth as a marketing gimmick. WVMP becomes the hottest thing around—next to Ciara’s complicated affair with grunge vamp Shane McAllister. But the “gimmick” enrages a posse of ancient and powerful vampires who aren’t so eager to be brought into the light. Soon the stakes are higher-and the perils graver-than any con game Ciara’s ever played…

This book is great. It has an incredibly unique take on the vampire genre. With the killer soundtrack (the play list is at the front of the book) and hot vampires, this book sizzles.

WVMP radio has it’s own site now!! Visit for DJ bios, music lists, and other stuff related to WVMP and Wicked Game!!

Check out more about Wicked Game at these blogs!

Jeri Smith-Ready

Ann Aguirre

Fangs, Fur, and Fey

Whatever

Jackie Kessler – Cat and Muse
– I loved this one. Jackie Kessler’s Jezebel interviews Ciara Griffin!

You should also check out the WVMP swag store!

Tomorrow there will be a Wicked Game contest!!

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Contest Friday!!!

Posted on May 9, 2008. Filed under: contest, Paranormal | Tags: , , |

In honor of Michele Bardsley’s book launch party tonight. I am giving away a copy of her new book, Because Your Vampire Said So. To enter leave a comment with your favorite vampire themed book or movie (If you don’t have one just list your favorite book or movie)

Because Your Vampire Said So Launch Party
May 9th 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
(Southroads Shopping Center)
5231 East 41st Street
Tulsa, OK 74135
918.665.4580

The contest will run until midnight on Saturday (5/10).

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50 Ways To Hex Your Lover

Posted on May 9, 2008. Filed under: Paranormal | Tags: , |

50 Ways to Hex Your Lover by Linda Wisdom

To say theirs is a love/hate relationship is an understatement. Jazz Tremaine is a witch who has been around for a long time. Nick Gregory is a vampire that has been around longer. These two have been on-again, off-again for over 300 years.

Vampires are missing and Nick is searching for the reason. He knows that the only one with enough power to help him is Jazz.

I will admit that this book left me a little confused at first. I needed more of the background story to understand the relationship between Nick and Jazz. The story in this book is great. I loved all of the characters. I especially loved, Fluff and Puff, a pair of rabid bunny slippers. The chemistry between Nick and Jazz is electric and the way they worked together to solve the crime was realistic. (realistic if there were witches and vampires who worked together.) I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I hope that I can come to understand the complex relationship between Nick and Jazz better.

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House of Night series

Posted on April 30, 2008. Filed under: Paranormal | Tags: , , |

Marked (House of Night, Book 1), Betrayed (House of Night, Book 2), Chosen (House of Night, Book 3) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Zoey Redbird is a fledgling vampyre. She has moved into the House of Night, a finishing school for vampyres, where she can learn about what she is becoming. But things aren’t going to be easy for Zoey. Friends, boyfriends, and teachers are as important now as when she was human, but she also has to deal with the Dark Daughters, Full Moon Ceremonies, and family members who don’t like what she is becoming.

I am really having a hard time with the synopsis, not wanting to give to much away. I read all three books in two days and cannot wait for the fourth book. I loved the series. I am from Broken Arrow so all of the sights and sounds of Zoey’s world were familiar. The changes made to our world were perfectly done. The details that make the two worlds work together were so real, that I couldn’t put the books down.

Zoey’s life changes so dramatically from book one to book three that you can’t help but feel what she is going through. The vampyre race that the Cast’s have created is very interesting. It is unlike any other I have read. The vampyre’s seem to be more Wiccan than the traditional vampyre.

The House of Night Series Website has all sorts of interesting activities, plot synopsis, character bios, and more!!

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Succubus in the City

Posted on April 28, 2008. Filed under: Paranormal | Tags: , , , |

Succubus in the City by Nina Harper

Lily is a succubus working for Satan and as an accessory editor for a high-fashion magazine. Living in New York City gives her everything a demon could want. There are fabulous restaurants, great fashion, and the three best friends a girl can have, but she feels like she is missing something. When a sexy PI, Nathan Coleman, knocks on her door, Lily can’t help but wonder what is would be like to fall in love for real.

Nathan finds Lily in the process of locating a missing person. Immediately he is drawn to her and sets out to get to know her.

This book is interesting. There is a plot, but it goes no where. The end of the book leads directly into the sequel without tying up any of the loose ends. Also, there is an overwhelming amount of detail about clothes, food, and where she goes. If you are into fashion then you will probably find this interesting. I would suggest waiting until the sequel is out and read them at the same time, and hopefully the story will have an ending.

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