Review: Blood Deep (Blackthorn, Book 4) by Lindsay J. Pryor

blood deepReviewed by Sharon S.

Blurb: Blood Deep (Blackthorn #4) by Lindsay J. Pryor

Bad can feel good, Jessie. Bad can feel as good as it can get.

The tattoos covering Eden Reece’s arm tell the tale of a con with an appetite for danger. Even so, arriving at The Circus – the criminal heart of Blackthorn – and demanding an audience with the notorious Pummel, is the sign of a death wish.

Jessie knows that Eden is trouble. Serious trouble. Held captive by Pummel, despite her powers, she also knows how dangerous a game Eden is playing. Yet she can’t ignore a connection far deeper than the physical spark between them – because Jessie has seen Eden before…

Jessie is the only one who can help Eden save those he loves. But as he uncovers her secrets one by one, he can’t ignore the emotions she stirs in him – feelings neither of them dare face. He risks death. If she trusts him, she risks a fate far worse.

As Pummel’s twisted plans become clear, there’s no doubt all hell risks breaking out in Blackthorn. With time running out, together Jessie and Eden might be the only ones that can stop it.

In a thrillingly sensual novel, the stakes in the dark world of Blackthorn just got higher.

I picked this series up at book #3 and was surprised by the emotional intensity and sexual tension, along with some fabulous world building set in a dark world. I was expecting the same type of read with book four Blood Deep. I was disappointed to find the first ¾ of the book was only about the romance between Jessie and Eden. I like a good PNR with a sexy alpha, but it went a little overboard with the back and forth internal lamenting about how they shouldn’t get involved. The last ¼ of the book was exactly what I was looking for, with all the world building and series story arc progress. I was glued to this part.

This book would have been a 4 star read for me if the series story arc had been evenly distributed throughout the whole book instead of crammed into the end. The romance would have been more tolerable for me if it was diluted out a bit. I liked Jessie’s character and the fact her species of “other” was unknown to the reader and hero until near the end. Her presence adds a whole new twist to the world Pryor has created.

I’m torn about how to rate this book because my problem with it was distribution of the story elements. If you are following this series then you will want to read this book for the great story twists. If you love heavy romance in your urban fantasy then you will also enjoy this. I’m going to give this a solid 3 because the ending was strong.

[Rating:3]

Buy: Blood Deep (Blackthorn Book 4)

The Politics of Being Shifter

shifterwars4 cover digital compressedGuest blog by AE Jones, author of Shifter Wars

Thank you for having me today on Love Romance Passion. I write paranormal romances and urban fantasy. The series I am writing now has all kinds of paranormal characters playing a part. Vampires, demons, angels and shifters living harmoniously or not so harmoniously with each other. I just released the first two books in my Mind Sweeper Series. The series centers on Kyle, a woman with the ability to erase memories, and her paranormal teammates who work at stopping humans from finding out the truth about the supernatural.

I was asked to share today about the shifters in my world since my third book, Shifter Wars is releasing November 17th and it centers on their interesting and somewhat secluded world.

Shifters in my Mind Sweeper series can change into different animals. They are not limited to wolves. And they are not always ‘scary’ or ‘powerful’ animals either. So a rabbit, or collie are just a few examples of what a shifter can turn into. I decided to do this because even within the shifter culture there should be differences that make their relationships challenging. How do these animal characteristics play into the dynamics and ultimately shifter politics?

And trust me when I say that politics play a large role in the world of shifters. Shifters are pack animals and their political system is what I like to call a ‘business monarchy’. One leader (given the role by birth) oversees the other pack leaders. And all of the packs work toward protecting their members and providing for them through business. And this is where I give a little ‘shout out’ to my love for historical romance. Because Griffin, the enigmatic leader of the shifters, is in certain respects a paranormal version of a British lord. He has a responsibility to the people under his rule and he takes his job seriously, but sometimes he just wishes he could leave it all behind and be his own person without the pomp and circumstance.

Since my book is titled Shifter Wars, it probably clues you into the fact that there is a little bit of tension going on in the shifter universe. Shifters are private and don’t trust outsiders. And they do not share what their animal side is since it is sacred to them. This isolated thinking causes all kinds of issues in the packs when Griffin decides to include humans in their businesses. And of course, there is all the alpha posturing that happens between strong shifter males. Each thinking they can do a better job leading the pack. You can imagine that pandemonium ensues. Enter Kyle and her team to help with the pending brouhaha.

Not to worry though because along the way there is romance. Did you think I wasn’t going to talk about the good stuff? In my opinion, you always need romance to balance the scales. Interestingly enough, romance can be fraught with its own politics. Is there an agenda behind the relationship? Can a cat shifter fall in love with a dog shifter? Is there room in their reclusive world for a shifter to fall in love with a human? All fun things to explore and tangle into the story.

So in many ways, shifter politics (and romance) are similar to what we humans face every day. And that’s what makes them relatable to the reader and fun to write for the author!

SHIFTER WARS

Why did the demon cross the road? Apparently to escape from Kyle McKinley. Which is more than fine with her.

The last thing she wants is to be dragged into another supernatural crisis, but the Fates have something more interesting in store for her. Since the tricky wenches love to mess with people, Kyle isn’t really surprised. And once she learns Trina, the young shifter girl whose memory she erased, is being stalked again, Kyle will do whatever it takes to protect her.

Normally a secretive group, the shifters reluctantly agree to allow Kyle and her vampire and demon teammates to investigate. Are the poachers who kidnapped Trina back for revenge? But when other shifters are also targeted, Kyle becomes convinced there is more to the attacks than vengeance. And when the violence escalates and Griffin, the enigmatic leader of the shifters, ends up in the crosshairs, the team braces for a bloodbath.

Scrambling to identify the mysterious group bent on destroying the shifters, and why, Kyle is also haunted by dreams and painful flashes from the prophesied Key of Knowledge which has taken up residence in her brain. In typical Kyle fashion, she decides to ignore it, but the more she ignores it, the more it digs its claws into her consciousness. If she can’t learn to embrace the Key and ask for help from those closest to her, she could lose her sanity before she’s able to prevent a shifter civil war.

Buy: Shifter Wars (Mind Sweeper Series Book 3)

ae jones pic 180 x 270AE Jones

Growing up a TV junkie, award winning author AE Jones oftentimes rewrote endings of episodes in her head when she didn’t like the outcome. She immersed herself in sci-fi and soap operas. But when Buffy hit the little screen she knew her true love was paranormal. Now she spends her nights weaving stories about all variation of supernatural—their angst and their humor. After all life is about both…whether you sport fangs or not.

AE lives in Ohio with her eclectic family and friends who in no way resembles any characters in her books. Honest. Now her two cats are another story altogether.

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Buy: Shifter Wars (Mind Sweeper Series Book 3)

Review: A Highland Wolf Christmas (Heart of the Wolf, Book 15) by Terry Spear

a highland wolf christmasHeroine: Calla Stewart is not walking but running away from the aisle. She has no interest in reconnecting with her ex-fiance and leader of the pack, Baird. She has a holiday party to plan at her friends the McNeils and Grants and is looking forward to getting away. Until Baird chases her from her car to their property.

Hero: Guthrie MacNeill, is there to protect Calla with other members of his pack. The two have a little history, but peripherally because of their commitments to previous partners. Guthrie is the financial advisor for his clan and werewolf pack, and doesn’t see the point of spending money frivolously. He remembers a time when the clan was near the brink of starvation and doesn’t want to see them there again.

Review: Terry Spear juggles a lot of names and wolf clans in this book. The major players were easy enough but the plethora of side characters and cameos from previous books left me a little confused. I think some of the motivation would have been clearer to a reader who’d read previous books in the series than it was to me. Some of the wolf-logic was lost on me. They were immortal wolves? Wolves only had sex with other wolves when mating? I’m just glad that her ex was all bark and no bite.

[Rating:2]

Buy: A Highland Wolf Christmas (Heart of the Wolf Book 15)

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:4.5]

Buy: Blood Torn (Blackthorn)

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:4.5]

Buy: Dark Cravings