Review: Blood Torn (Blackthorn, Book 3) by Lindsay J. Pryor

blood tornReviewed by Sharon S.

‘Vampires might bite, honey, but lycans tear.’

Jask Tao, lycan leader, rules his pack with absolute dedication and demands the same loyalty in return. In the world of Blackthorn, where respect is a rare commodity, Jask has earned his – few dare to cross him, and fewer survive to tell the tale.

When he captures Sophia, a rare serryn witch – whose blood is lethal to vampires – Jask knows just how valuable she can be. Despite her fiery nature, he also can’t shake the feelings that she rouses in him – feelings that he thought died along with Ellen, his mate.

Sophia knows she has to escape from Jask’s lycan compound – and fast. Inheriting her sister’s serryn powers can only mean one thing – that her family is at risk. She’ll have to get past the dangerously attractive Jask first but, scarred by memories of her mother’s murder, Sophia won’t ever give up.

Sparks fly between Jask and Sophia but, as both her family and the pack come under threat, they might just need each other if they, and their loved ones, are going to stay alive…

In this thrillingly sensual novel, Lindsay J. Pryor returns to the shadowy dystopian world of Blackthorn, where tensions are rising, the risks are high, and the most powerful loves are formed in the face of great danger.

This is the third book in the sexy action filled series Blackthorn. I am surprised I hadn’t heard of it since it has every thing I love. It is one of those fun series that blends the world building and grittiness of urban fantasy with the sexy love story found in paranormal romances. Even though this is book three I was able to understand and enjoy Jask and Sophia’s love story, but I felt a little lost with the series arc. Only because there were so many other characters involved from the first two books. I will be checking out the other books so I can find out what happened with those couples.

I am pretty hard to impress in the paranormal romance department. I need some meat to my story (heehee, that kind too) and strong over bearing personalities. Blood Torn contained my two favorite romance tropes, forbidden love and enemy to lovers. Jask is a tortured werewolf alpha in the best possible way (swoon). The mythos Pryor created for the werewolves in her world is full of danger and heartbreak. Turning isn’t something they want to do and this fact is being used against them. Sophia is a witch, but still human, and has a destiny forced on her that she didn’t know about. They are both alphas and broken on the inside. I loved watching them one up each other even cutting off their noses to spite their faces. Even though I couldn’t get enough of them, the author went over the top occasionally.

It is the dark world Pryor created that really draws me to the series as a whole. You could even call it a dystopian. Vampires decided to make their presence known to humans 80 years prior and they brought the werewolves with them against their will. The “others” have been segregated into an inner city by a scared human race. How close to the inner city a human lives in dependent on their money and social status. The elite living gated off in the suburbs.

Definitely a series I will be following and one urban fantasy fans and paranormal fans can enjoy.

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: Blood Torn (Blackthorn)

Why Do Vampires Make Great Heroes?

Vampires_HungerGuest blog by Cynthia Garner, author of Vampire’s Hunger

Prior to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, vampires were dead things that crawled out of their graves each night to feed on the living, usually their family members and friends. They were the evil (and icky) undead. Nothing remotely romantic about ’em. Then Mr. Stoker came along with his tall, dark and handsome Transylvanian count and all that changed. Oh, the vampire was still deadly. Just not as dirty.

This transformation opened up the way for the vampire to become the hero as well as the love interest of an intrepid heroine who was brave enough to take him on. When she looked at him, that monster cloaked in humanity, what exactly did she see?

Well, if she’s like me, she sees someone who’s sexy, powerful, and ruthless when he needs to be. He is fiercely protective of her and will use his strength—a preternatural strength that he could use to kill—to guard her from harm, from others and from himself if need be. And he’ll do it even while he’s fighting what he feels for her. He is usually emotionally (and sometimes physically) scarred. He’s big, tough, and ready to rumble. He might be a little (or a lot) rough around the edges, or he might be the quintessential metro sexual. But never doubt that he’s an alpha male who plays by his own rules. An apex predator.

One of the biggest draws to this dark hero, this dominant man, is that he can and probably will be brought to his knees by his love for the heroine, the one woman for whom he’s been waiting centuries and who finally makes him feel complete. Whole. Healed.

And because of this, the heroine can feel safe in his presence even though she’s the lamb to his lion. Because, let’s face it, vampires are predators and humans are their prey. But for all of us who love paranormal romance, love always triumphs over instinct.

What draws you to a fanged hero?

Blurb:

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, civilization no longer exists, and only the strongest survive. The few remaining humans must band together with supernatural beings to battle unspeakable evil-or all hope will be lost.

Kimber Treat is an ordinary woman with an extraordinary gift: she can raise the dead. As a necromancer who works with the police, she communicates with murder victims to bring their killers to justice. But after a normal session goes horribly wrong, Kimber realizes she’s summoned something dark and sinister. She’s unwittingly unleashed the apocalypse, and everyone blames her . . . except Duncan MacDonnough, the devastatingly handsome vampire she can’t stop fantasizing about.

As society shuts down and flesh-eating hordes close in, Duncan vows to protect Kimber. He can keep her safe from others-but not from the insatiable carnal hunger he feels for her. Now racing to reverse the chaos she’s unleashed, Kimber can’t afford any distractions. But even as she succumbs to Duncan’s seduction, she fears that he has a hidden agenda. And with the line between life and death starting to blur, his secrets might kill her-or worse . . .

Buy: Vampire’s Hunger (The Awakening Series)

Review: Dark Cravings (Dark Series, Book 1) by Madeline Pryce

dark cavingsReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

This story is told in the first person.

Micah McGregor and Ella Grey are Shadow Hunters and they have issues about working together. At our first introduction, they seem more like bickering teenagers than badass vampire hunters. And isn’t that what we love, when our couple don’t seem to like each other.

Madeline is a very wicked author. She has included a character that our couple has identified as a succubus. And this is the point where the story gets interesting. Our author uses words that can be graphic at times so it’s not hard to picture in your mind what’s going on. You can feel the craving and can do nothing but read to see where it takes you.

When our couple comes together, it’s one hot and erotic ride. The author shows the reader how bad an addiction can be. It might be really good at the time but you feel worse and worse as time goes by until you get your next fix. It also shows the reader how the personality of the addict can change.


You can tell how creative an author is when they can take a serious situation and put in a conversation that will have the reader laughing. And the reader gets plenty of action. But make sure you pay attention because there’s a lot of twists and turns.

Madeline may not like me saying this but this is not a beach or vacation book. It’s a great book though if you’re stuck inside. You will find that this book sucks you in and everything around you just disappears. A great way to relieve some stress is to get comfortable, put on your favorite music, have a nice tall drink of something and maybe something to nibble on as you sit back and enjoy this book.

Prepare for the forbidden where our couple is concerned – it takes the hot level up a notch. This is an erotic addiction that I hope has no cure. Just like in music, the story builds into a crescendo and just a word of warning that if you have a weak stomach you might get a little queasy – one word, blood.

As you get toward the end of this story, you may pose the question “what would I do in the same circumstance?” It’s also not a book to read when you have to go to work – it could make you late. The good news is that there is another book out now titled Dark Innocence. Once you finish that book you will be ready for this summer when Dark Secrets comes out.

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: Dark Cravings

Review: Desire in Tartan: 2 (Highland Vampires) by Suz deMello

desire in tartanReviewed by Sandra Scholes

Synopsis: Her first novel in the Highland Vampires series, Temptation in Tartan: 1, concentrated on one part of the Kilburn clan, Lydia Swann-Williston and Keiran the Laird of Kilburn. This time readers are treated to a new possible romance between Dugald Kilburn and Alice Derwent. They both ache for each other, but he can never give her children as he is a vampire. He also wants to spare her the cruelty of being wed to a vampire, but as she is dying, she feels she wants him all the more.

Review: This novel is part of the Ellora’s Cave Legend series and as it mixes historical with the paranormal, it piqued my interest almost immediately. As she has lost her father, and has been thrown out of her father’s house by his friends, Alice has no choice but to take Dugald’s offer to work for him, but she has to adjust to the Scotsman’s brash manner before she falls for him. Dugald in turn is fascinated by her direct speech, and quiet manner. He finds her intriguing as she is beautiful, but not boastful, and conversational when pressed, but not brash. It is her intelligence that amazes him more, but when he knows her father made sure she was taught properly, he realizes he shouldn’t be. Dugald is well aware of what he looks like, and has an awful thought that he will go mad watching those he loves die while he still lives. This is his price for being one of the undead, and it is something he doesn’t appreciate.

Good bits:

  • Dugald’s use of his Scottish accent when the story is shown from his point of view.
  • Dugald has an appreciation of women as well as men, so he isn’t a chauvinist – hurrah!
  • The two for the price of one approach doesn’t make Alice think any better of Dugald, yet that’s what he has in mind – a governess and a wife.

Bad bits:

  • Alice riding for the first time – no, she’s not ready for it.

Final Thoughts: At first Alice is destined to have nothing and be thrown out of her home, when the Kilburn clan change all that and invite her to be their governess. Dugald makes sure she is well provided for even though she is scared to be around the family when she is invited into their home. He hopes she will warm to him, and to be honest, I wasn’t surprised she took to him as they are both opposites. He is rough and ready; she is shy and demure but hides her true self. You would think they would be a match made in heaven, but to be honest it isn’t as easy as that. There are many obstacles the two of them must get over before they can love each other.

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: Desire in Tartan: 2 (Highland Vampires)

Review: To Love and Serve (Vampire Reborn, Book 2) by Caridad Pineiro

ToLoveAndServeReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

The paranormal action starts right from the first paragraph. In my opinion, this is one of those series that you will want to read in order. You could try reading this one first but a lot of things make more sense if you read For Love or Vengeance first. Although Caridad does state that this can be read as a standalone.

Diana Reyes is an agent for the FBI who also happens to like vampires. She has a vampire lover named Ryder Latimer. There is a mystery that is unfolding that may involve slayer, vampire, and human to get it solved. As you read, you will see that Ryder has more faith in Diana then she does in herself.

This is a genre that you have to respect what the author does in order to develop their stories. I’m sure that some research was involved since our author is also creating her story during what appears to be current times. But she must have a really great imagination since a lot of what she creates doesn’t actually exist.

While I was reading this book, I happened to be listening to Queen’s song “We Are the Champions” and it just seemed so apropos for what seems to be going down. Listening to Freddie Mercury and his group just seemed so perfect for this latest book in the Vampire Reborn Series. I could picture them playing in the bar that the vampires like to frequent. It also makes me wonder if Caridad listens to any music as she writes. And if she does, does it influence her characters behavior.

Our author also had me thinking that this would be a great paranormal CSI or Criminal Minds TV show. I’d be one of those viewers that would watch it religiously. The only thing I couldn’t think of was what actors would play what parts. And then we could have a Queen theme song – instead of The Who.

You will find that Caridad has the suspense and mystery continue almost to the very end of the book. When the ending comes, you’ll be left with a smile on your face. And you will be left wanting to know what she has in store for her readers next. While I was doing some search of the Internet, I got some images that popped up. Some of the images were when they took a baby doll and added fangs to it. Maybe it was because they looked so fake but I can’t picture any vampire babies with fangs – hmm, maybe that’s what our author has in store for us. In the meantime, this is a must read. And the good news is there’s another book coming out next month.

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: To Love and Serve (The Vampire Reborn Series) (Entangled Ignite)

Review: Romancing the Dead by Tate Halloway

romancing the deadReviewed by Sandra Scholes

Synopsis: Garnet is planning a wedding with a vampire, but when he goes missing, she is left with Sebastian’s half-vampire / all attitude son, Matyas giving her grief and having to explain what happened.

Review: Garnet can’t believe she was going to marry Sebastian Von Traum – yet she’s going to have all she desires even if she has her reservations as she suspects he has a roving eye for other ghouls, I mean girls, and his apparent attraction to Blythe causes her to think that he might not be taking their marriage seriously enough. It’s not easy running her own shop, Mercury Crossing, and covers where Sebastian helps her out – even though none of them gel with him being an undead blood-sucker.

Good bits:

  • Her friend, William’s reference to the 80’s movie Highlander, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore – ’nuff said.
  • Marge lying to Garnet about the Anubis pendant around her neck – bad idea.

Bad bits:

  • None

Summary: I would say this one would be on my keeper shelf as it’s got several good characters in it, it’s funny and I do like reading comedy vampire novels, stories etc. What gripped me about this one was the other characters reaction to Sebastian’s being a vampire, the one-liners and jokes that came out of the dialogue kept me in hysterics. I would like to read a lot more from this writer as I enjoyed this one.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Buy: Romancing the Dead (Garnet Lacey)

Review: For Love or Vengeance (Reborn Vampire, Book 1) by Caridad Pineiro

For Love or VengeanceReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Helene Alexander works for the FBI and she has a secret that she keeps from her fellow agents. Miguel Sanchez is a fellow agent that has transferred from one of the other offices. I wasn’t that far into the story when I new I was in love. There isn’t one book that Caridad has written that I haven’t loved.

Caridad includes a bad guy and shows her readers his personality and why he’s a good choice for this book. Our author also gives her readers their paranormal fix – like reading a Sci Fi Criminal Minds. She was also smart in that we get to see some of Helene’s parents. She could have let them overtake the story – since it lends itself to the mythology of the story. But this is more than just about Helene so we get just enough to know what they’re like.

Helene and Miguel are a very hot and sexy couple – the sex will burn the sheets. And you want to be careful that your e-reader doesn’t burn out. But remember that there are other things going on so sit back, put your feet up, and enjoy the story. Now that Fall’s just around the corner, this book will keep you warm on those cool nights.

As I’m reading, I look down and couldn’t believe the page number – then I realize the story is nearing its conclusion. And I don’t want it to be over. The story is a whodunit that’s keeping me on the edge of my seat almost to the very end. The bad thing about reading on your lunch hour – instead of saying “one more bite”, you’ll be saying “one more page”. Then in the blink of an eye, the author puts in a scene that will really grab your attention and it leaves you with no choice but to read carefully so you don’t miss anything.

Caridad shows her readers that love can overcome a lot of obstacles if you are willing to make some sacrifices. Isn’t your happiness worth it? What would you give up to find total happiness? The good news is that this is part of a series so the second book, titled To Love or Serve, comes out on October 28.

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: For Love or Vengeance (The Reborn Vampire Series) (Entangled Ignite)

Cover Reveal: The Demon Mistress by Jordan K. Rose

The Demon MistressWhat’s a girl to do when she discovers her husband, who happens to be the Master Vampire for the New England Region, has been lying to her for, oh, say a hundred and eighty years?

Well, it all depends. If she’s accidentally released forty demons from some creepy old book, unintentionally announced the existence of vampires on The Internet, kidnapped a werewolf, enraged a lovesick vampire by stealing his approved mate, and attracted the attention of The High Commander for The Vampire Federation, not to mention gotten stoned and mastered the forbidden art of demon calling, she might be willing to call it even.

Or, she might plead her case at an Inquisition and hope like all hell, she isn’t staked before sunrise. Eh, a slightly busier night than usual, but nothing Eva Prim can’t handle.

Buy: The Demon Mistress (An Eva Prim Novel)

JordanKRoseAuthor bio: Jordan loves vampires. But if you know anything about Jordan, you already knew that detail. What you didn’t know was it wasn’t long ago that she began writing about them.

A few years back Jordan received a copy of Twilight from her husband as part of her anniversary gift. By the end of that week she’d read the entire series and moved onto Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Eight weeks and eighteen vampire books later the idea for her first book, Perpetual Light came to her followed very quickly by Eva Prim.

In October of 2013 The Demon Mistress, the first Eva Prim Novel is available along with four short stories. For continual updates on Eva please join the Snack Of The Week Club at www.evaprim.com.

Coming November 2013 Black Magic Rose, Book One of The Alliance Series. Join Jordan’s newsletter for updates.

Jordan is a member of the national Romance Writers of America organization and several chapters.

When she’s not writing about one vampire or another Jordan enjoys spending time with her husband, Ken and their lovable Labrador, Dino on the beautiful beaches of New England.

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