Review: Demon Creed (Demon Outlaw, Book 3) by Paula Altenburg

demon creedReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.

Creed is on a Demon mission and that mission takes him to the ranch where Nieve is working. This is a world that has prejudices against those that are different – they are different through no fault of their own. It reminds me of our own history where slaves were considered expendable. There’s also hate for what people don’t understand and that includes the lack of compassion.

Willow has revenge on her mind as well as something more sinister. Nieve may be a woman who doesn’t appear to have much on the outside but on the inside she is very strong. And seeing this world she lives in, she needs to be. There is a point where the light goes on for Nieve – too bad more people couldn’t be that enlightened.

There are some scenes where the descriptions are a little gross in the details. It’s not too bad but it is enough that you don’t want to be eating at the time. This is a book that comes with some lessons if you’re willing to listen and Paula makes it a great way to get those lessons across to the reader. She takes a paranormal story and makes it so much more. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it made me realize that I need to go back and read the first two books. I wasn’t lost by not having read them, and I don’t think you had to read them in order to enjoy this one, but just for the pleasure of reading the complete series is why I want to make sure to read The Demon’s Daughter and Black Widow Demon.

Rating: ★★★★½

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Review: Forsaken (World of Nightwalkers, Book 3) by Jacquelyn Frank

forsakenReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

In case you are wondering, this book has a Glossary of Terms.

Leo Alvarez has a first scene that’s quite violent but don’t let that stop you from reading this book. You just may not want to be eating anything at the time. Marissa Anderson is still trying to get used to her blending. Her husband, Jackson, is good friends with Leo. Faith is there to help them fix a problem that involves Jackson.

The first chapter shows the reader that this is part of a series that must be read in order. In order to understand the world of the Nightwalkers it is best to not think that this is a stand-alone book. It shows that in order to survive in this world, violence exists. It also had me wondering how hard it must have been for the author to write some of the scenes.

In book two, the reader meets a character that has Down’s syndrome. But for this story, our author has created a character that’s a man in a woman’s body. How interesting – a woman writing as a man who happens to be in a woman’s body. This shows you how creative this author is.


One thing I was glad to see, no matter how short, was that SingSing was back. And she’s still a scene-stealer. Knowing that there is going to be book coming out in April, I’ll have to watch to see if she makes another appearance. Jacquelyn also knows how to take a serious moment and then adds in something that will have you laughing.

The author has written a story that shows to what lengths a friend will go through for someone he cares about even though he is more than human. And even though Leo’s around with those that have some special abilities he does pretty well about keeping up – not bad for a human. And just because we have a couple of characters that are polar opposites doesn’t mean that the reader doesn’t get some really hot sex either.

Leo appears to be the “hero” of this tale but that doesn’t mean that he’s also not an ass – especially where Faith is concerned. Jacquelyn shows her readers that in any world prejudice can exist. It makes you wonder if we will ever get it right. But she also shows that sometimes even stubborn people can change their minds.

I hope you enjoyed this book as much as I did. It mixes just the right amount of suspense, action, and romance into a tale that will keep you hooked from beginning to end. There’s a quick book trailer of Forsaken if you wish to check it out:

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Review: Forever (World of Nightwalkers, Book 2) by Jacquelyn Frank

forever jacquelyn frankReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

The prologue is set in the distant past but sets you up for the rest of the book (if not the series).

Dr. Marissa Anderson works for the police. If you read Forbidden, you will remember her. If you didn’t read that book, I would suggest you go back and read it because so much more will make sense in this book if you do. And she has an interesting sister that will have you laughing.

Officer Jackson Waverly is an officer whose partner is a dog. But Jackson isn’t just an ordinary cop. Again, if you don’t read the first book some of this may not be clear. And let the cover be your inspiration on what he may look like.

This was a book that was hard to put down especially when our two main characters have to work a case together. Jackson also has no problem showing Marissa how she affects him. Our author shows how hard it is to blend two people into one. It may even have you question what would you do if you were put in that position.

If you’ve never read Jacquelyn’s work before such as her Shadowdwellers and Nightwalkers series, and you decide that this is the book you want to start with, you may be a little confused about what is going on. But why not stop over to her web site, http://www.jacquelynfrank.com/main.html, and check out all of what she has to offer. And if you have read her other series, this book may give you some incentive to go back and read them all over again.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Review: Forbidden (World of Nightwalkers, Book 1) by Jacquelyn Frank

forbidden jacquelyn frankReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Docia Waverly has what appears to be a loving, and joking, relationship with her brother Jackson. Hers was an interesting introduction to the reader – Jacquelyn certainly grabbed my attention. In that intro, she has an otherworldly experience. In this New Year, our author has me wondering what would we do if we were in Docia’s situation.

Rami’s first meet and greet with Docia is interesting and not to be missed. Their interaction will have you smiling. Docia won’t put up with anyone giving her any shit, which is great to see. I always love when a couple doesn’t immediately love each other and where one has to warm up to the other.

Make sure to read this book first if you want to stay true to the series. Even though this is Docia’s story, you see the beginnings of Jackson’s story as well. I happened to read Forever first, and so much more makes sense now that I’ve read book one.

One thing that’s a little different with this book is that Jacquelyn has created a special needs character. You will need to decide if he is good or bad. This is not something that we see too often but I applaud her for being so imaginative to think to even do that with one of her characters. And besides that, she adds in a Djynn character, SingSing – folks, she steals every scene she is in. She’ll just make you laugh and I’m hoping she’ll continue to make appearances.

I’ve been following this author’s work since her Shadowdwellers series. She’s an author that will not disappoint. You will find this Nightwalkers series is another must read series especially if you love paranormals.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Review: A Spy to Die For (Assassins Guild, Book 2) by Kris DeLake

A Spy to Die ForReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Skylight Jones is a woman like no other. I find that she loves double cheeseburgers at a restaurant on Krell – and she likes her bacon wiggly (sounds appetizing, yum). Jack Hunter also likes the same establishment. But he likes his burger with extra bacon (this is starting to make me hungry). Too bad it doesn’t come with smell-a-vision (and hopefully you’re not a vegetarian).

Skye is a woman who’s not shy – she certainly speaks her mind. But with her type of job, relationships are not something that usually works out. But in this case, her heart’s not listening. As you read Sky’s story, you might just wish you could be in her place (for me, minus the cheeseburger).

Our author has created a story that seems to talk about trust. She also makes Jack unusual for this world – he’s tall. This left me wanting to see illustrations and thinking I might just fit in (since I’m so short). You have to love how Kris seems to have made Jack a little shy and that Skye’s the one with the bold personality.

Even though I haven’t read the first book, I think this series would transfer well to the small screen. I’ve been happy to see that more movies, or series, are coming from some of the authors I’m currently reading – someone’s finally getting smart. It would be interesting to see how Kris’ world would look.

On August 4 while in the process of reading this book, I happened to be watching CBS Sunday Morning and they were interviewing Star Trek’s George Takei. While watching the interview, I was reading a scene between Skye and Jack and immediately thought “Would James T. Kirk do that?” It also has me asking the question, and I’m sorry but I just have to get it out there, “What happens to a penis in zero gravity when the man is naked?” I’m sorry but Kris put that question in my head and I don’t think anyone at NASA will answer that one for me.

Our author also makes me wish that I would live to see when space travel is the norm and you don’t have to be a millionaire to go into space. Couldn’t find any indication if there’s going to be a third book in the series so we will just have to wait and see. If this will be your first book in the series, you may want to go back and read Assassins In Love.

Rating: ★★★★½

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Review: Hunter by Jacquelyn Frank

hunterReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Tatyana Petrova is having trouble with her car. She’s stuck on a mountain road on New Year’s Eve. Annali Templeton seems to be writing in a notebook and Ryce Champion is trying to drag her attention away when Hunter Finn arrives.

Hunter finds out that a friend has seriously been hurt. And then they meet for the first time. After they meet, the action begins. It’s a story of warlocks and witches – one is good and one is evil. It’s also about family and Jacquelyn has you feeling as if you are a part of that family. We also get to see the building of heat between Tatyana and Hunter.

As I read Jacquelyn’s descriptions of her characters, the story plays in my mind as if I’m in the theater watching a movie. To me, this is one thing that makes a great book. As I read, I have music playing and I see the scenes and characters starting to materialize. One of the female characters I can picture being played by Kat Von D – the minute you’re introduced to her you just might feel the same. One of the male characters I can picture being played by David Navarro – again, I’m sure you’ll feel the same.

Jacquelyn is also good at teasing her readers. You can just about see the sparks flying between Hunter and Tatyana and then Jacquelyn pulls them back. She does this several times but this is what keeps you riveted. I had a very hard time putting this book down – I got this book finished in just over a day (the witches had me bewitched). I had to know if I was just going to feel the heat or was I going to see what we all want to see. Plus who wins the fight – good or bad.

I was disappointed to find that I finished the book – no, there has to be more! Then I was disappointed even more when I couldn’t tell that there is going to be a sequel or that there wasn’t a book one. She will have a new book coming out in September (writing as Jax) but I don’t see that it has anything to do with the Willow Coven. The only thing I can suggest is keep an eye on her web site, http://www.jacquelynfrank.com, to see if she posts anything.

Rating: ★★★★½

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Review: Fortune’s Hero (Soldiers of Fortune, Book 1) by Jenna Bennett

Fortune's HeroReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Quinn Conlan is attached to a very creepy machine. You can see right away that he is a soldier. Automatically, I thought of Han Solo of “Star Wars” fame. Elsa Brandeis works for the enemy but is she as bad-ass as Quinn thinks she is? Elsa does not remind me of any “Star Wars” character but she is an interesting choice for Quinn.

I grew up in the age of the original “Star Trek” series and the first “Star Wars” series. Just a few paragraphs in, and I was reliving the shows/movies that I loved growing up. Then I had to think that this would fit in perfectly and I could see this as a movie. I would pay to watch this or at the very least see it on the Sci Fi Channel.

This book was listed on Amazon as romantic suspense. I get the suspense part – especially at the end – but I don’t think romance was a major part of Jenna’s story. I found it more of a science fiction action adventure. The action, not the romance, is what held my attention throughout as each chapter went by – and that is not a bad thing.

Jenna shows her readers that sometimes we may not like one another but that if something needs to be accomplished it is going to take team work. When it comes to survival, egos and attitudes have no place in this type of situation – it’s a waste of energy.

For those of you looking for the romance, you will get your sex fix – just relax and enjoy the adventure. Jenna gives you the sex but at just the right time. A good author will not rush it but puts it in just the right spot. She also reminds you how people change when confined for any length of time.

I have two words for the ending – What? No!! I was not expecting it but what a great way to have the reader wanting to read book 2. The next title in this series is titled Fortune’s Honor. But if you go to Jenna’s web site, http://jennabennett.com/Home_Page.html, she doesn’t give you any hints as to what she has in store next for readers. I can’t even tell you when it will be coming out. In the meantime, you can’t go wrong in adding this book to your shelf.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Review: The Darkest Day (Immortal Heat, Book 1) by Britt Bury

DarkestDayHero: Kelvin Kerr is a 1000 year battle chief and a razorback Pookah. He plans to avenge his father’s death at the hands of the Fionns by wiping out all those with Campbell blood, but especially the heir and leader known as the McCall. What sucks is that he knows Izel is the One. If he sleeps with her on the night of the solstice they will be mated forever, if he does it before then he dooms himself to an eternal life without love.

Heroine: Izel Campbell is not the immortal she has believed herself to be all her life. She is in fact human… the last one alive on the earth to be precise. This sucks the big one, especially when a Kerr captures her as she turns mortal. They are enemies and he shouldn’t be trusted, but he offers to take her to safety and help her find information on her grandfather. If only she wasn’t so darn attracted to him, a terrible thing for a girl who just regain feelings she never thought she had.

World:  Everyone is immortal to some extent, pure humans no longer exist. In fact there isn’t a single one… well, until Izel. The Court of Contention occurs every 400 years, undoing the boundaries of the four realms. Chaos and war are sure to follow. Order must be kept in check.

Review:  What really worked for me was the curse placed by one clan on their worst foe in the other clan, backfires, in a big way. I also really liked the banter between the hero and heroine. They gelled. It worked. I also liked how the hero had to wait or risk losing all chance at love. It could have used more “who the hell am I if I don’t know anything about who I really am?” from Izel. She did just have a total appearance change and status change and develop a whole new range of emotions. Good book! Check it out if you like PNR.

Rating: 4 Stars

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