Review: Immortally Ever After (Monster M*A*S*H, Book 3) by Angie Fox

Immortally Ever AfterReviewed by Sharon S.

In The Heat Of Battle

The hard-won cease-fire between the battling immortals doesn’t last long. In the blink of an eye, human surgeon Dr. Petra Robichaud is back on the frontlines, and starring in yet another of the oracle’s prophesies. As the only healer who can talk to the dead, Petra doesn’t have much choice about her role—even when her breathtaking ex-lover shows up at exactly the wrong time…

Two Hearts Fight To Survive

Petra may have moved on when Commander Galen left her, but she never forgot him—and the passionate moments they shared. Seeing him again is a distraction she really doesn’t need with both armies honing new weapons, and wounded all over her M*A*S*H unit. But how can she resist him? It’s now or never for the demi-god Galen to become Petra’s mate…but with the fate of humanity at stake, will their desire be worth the cost?

I have been waiting for this last installment of Angie Fox’s paranormal romance trilogy Monster M.A.S.H. The beauty of a trilogy is it is like one very long story, but usually you can’t read them out of order or you risk spoiling important reveals. I suggest you start this series with Immortally Yours (book #1). I promise you won’t regret it.

Angie Fox is known for the humorous light tone you find in her PNR series Demon Slayer. Monster M.A.S.H. has a darker tone to it. It is about a war between the mythological old gods and the new, and Angie doesn’t shy away from the horrors of working in a M.A.S.H. unit. But it is tempered with some of the silly and witty writing she is known for. You can call it a dramedy.

I can’t give away too many details about the plot because this is the final installment. I can tell you it was the most action packed of the three. At first I was worried because it started out focusing on Petra’s love life instead of the story like in the first two books. It got a little too PNR for me. It did eventually change the focus back to the Petra’s role in the war and it was page turning action from then on. I really liked learning about the dragon shifters. After years of being enslaved by the old gods and used as weapons, they are ready for some payback. The female dragon shifter Leta was my favorite secondary character in this book. I was able to feel her helplessness and then empowerment as she grew strong and unleashed her furry. Gave me goosebumps!

There are so many fabulous characters in the series. Medusa (yes, that one) and Jeffe (a sphinx) add a lot of humor. Galen is our hero and he is the swoon worthy demi god you would expect him to be. The story is told in the first person POV of Petra. In the beginning of the series she already jaded by the war and has serious trust issues. Over the course of the three books she slowly and hesitantly starts to let her heart open to those around her.

If you are looking for a great balance of urban fantasy and paranormal romance with humor, mythology and unique world building, give this one a try.

Immortally Ever After Rating: ★★★★☆
Monster M.A.S.H. series: Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: Immortally Ever After (Monster MASH)

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Review: Iced by Karen Marie Moning

Iced by Karen Marie MoningReviewed by Sharon S.

I was a little apprehensive about reading this story. I loved (in an unnatural way) the Fever series, but I never really cared for the character Dani and the thought of a trilogy about her wasn’t appealing. I knew I would read it because I love Moning’s emotional first person POV writing style and the Fever world and all its characters. You don’t have to read the Fever series to enjoy this book. Moning does a good job of giving the reader any extra information needed, but you are totally missing out on one of the best series out there if you don’t.

I love that we experience things through many different characters POVs. Dani’s POV got on my nerves in the beginning. In part, because Moning was very repetitive with Dani’s thoughts. I don’t know if this was on purpose since Dani is such a chaotic character or if Moning just went overboard. By the end of the book I found Dani to be tolerable. Her growth over the trilogy is a what this story is about so I think I will eventually I will like her. Most of the book is from her POV and we learn some interesting information about her past. She is only 14 at this point and she would act mature beyond her years one moment and then like a teenager the next. It was interesting to watch her and the other characters struggle with this.

Mac and Barrons are mentioned though out the book, but we never have any interaction with them until the very end. Based on the ending of ICED we will see more of them in book two. There are three possible love interests for Dani at this point! I know, right?

Dancer is Dani’s post-apocolyptic buddy. He is a human and a genius. He obviously has feelings for Dani, but she is just too focused on herself to notice. He is just a little too perfect though. Like all the characters, he isn’t all that he seems and I can’t wait to find out.

Ryodan is one of Barrons’ men and he has been watching Dani since she was 9 when he found out about what she calls her “superpowers”. They are very much like Ryodans. He is sort of “the law” in Dublin now that the walls have fallen. He is like Barrons, but he wants to have power and is willing to do anything to achieve it. We don’t know why yet, or how Dani figures into his plans, but he sees something in her and is waiting for it. You really can’t tell his interest is romantic or just power driven yet. Moning is definitely setting up a love hate relationship between them.

Then there is Christian. I think he is the most complex and interesting character. You have to read the Fever series to understand what happened to him, but he is turning into the fourth Unseelie Prince. It is heart breaking to watch him struggle to hold onto his human side. Moning is creating a lot of sympathy for him even though his Unseelie side is very dark and twisted. He also sees something in Dani he calls a “light” and he is in love with her and plans to make her his Unseelie princess.

There are many character threads and they are all just starting to be woven together. I am very excited to find out what Moning has in store for us. I don’t know how she will get us there, but it will be on hell of an emotional rollercoaster ride!

Rating: ★★★★★

Buy: Iced: A Dani O’Malley Novel (Fever Series)

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Review: Siren’s Call by Devyn Quinn

by Susan S., guest reviewer

A mystical tale of magick-wielding Mers, a lost civilization, and an evil queen hell-bent on destruction; escapism at its finest!

Siren’s Call is the first installment from Ms. Quinn’s Dark Tides Series.

Off the coast of Maine on Little Mer Island, there’s a mermaid named Tessa Lonike, heroine. Tessa has learned to guard her heart from all men. Humans are not to be trusted! Take Jake Massey for example, he cheated on her the night before their marriage. Yes, humans, especially the male kind can’t be taken at their word.

One night, during an awful storm Tessa spots someone in the distance. As a search and rescue diver she saves his life, hero Kenneth Randall. Now almost a year’s gone by, and Tessa’s about to experience a storm of her own. Kenneth’s back seeking answers. Like, who is the siren haunting his dreams, and who really rescued him that dreadful day at sea? Kenneth isn’t the only one who’s back. Her rat bastard, ex-fiancé has also returned; claiming he has clues to her Mer heritage. Jake believes he can find a lost civilization buried deep in the Mediterranean Sea, the city of Ishaldi.

One man will betray her. Another will risk everything to have her. And when they find Ishaldi, they’ll soon realize-some secrets are best left…at the bottom of the ocean!

Recommendations:

Take a dive if you normally scout the bookstore searching for: paranormals, romances, urban fantasy, books with magick, lore, mermaids, or strong heroines, and the men who love them.

Please keep swimming if you’re searching for a sugary-sweet, singing mermaid.

What/who I loved: I loved hating Jake. Really! There’s just so much to despise. He’s arrogant, self-serving, and downright ruthless. And I enjoyed every minute of him!

Favorite scenes:

There are two actually. First, there’s the apricot brandy scene. Let me say this, the way Kenneth drinks it will turn a woman’s legs to Jell-O. Hawt! Then, there’s the part where Tessa unleashes her power in one wrathful moment…wicked!

If you haven’t read Devyn Quinn before, let me say this, “Her descriptions are vivid.” You’ll also enjoy the malevolent characters as much as her likeable ones. I certainly do!

I was so entertained with the sisterly bickering, that I would’ve been content just reading about Tessa, Gwen, and Addison bickering for 300 plus pages.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Buy: Siren’s Call: A Dark Tides Novel

Signet Eclipse, Paranormal Romance, Aug. 3, 2010, Mass Market Paperback, Print Pages 375,
ISBN# 978-0-451-23093-5, ISBN-10# 0-451-23093-0.

PS If after reading Siren’s Call you’re still thirsting for more, book two Siren’s Surrender is set to release in Feb. 2011. Promising more seductive Mers, and one hunky special FBI agent named Blake Whittaker. The second installment will bring us Gwen Lonike’s story, the middle of the three Mer sisters. Will you surrender to the sirens?

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Top Ten Heroes: Karen

Today’s Top Ten List comes from LRP reader Karen.

I love paranormal romance and urban fantasy, more urban fantasy than the paranormal romance. I have a tendency to like the bad boys in the series. The ones with a darker side that the fight to control or fight to suppress. These heroes are the ones that usually always stick out in my mind and stay with me even after I’m done reading the book. They are usually the ones that make you stop and say “Wow! He’s hot!”

  1. Jean-Claude – Anita Blake by Laurell K. Hamilton.
  2. Dante Baptiste – The Maker’s Song by Adrian Phoenix
  3. Cal Leandros – Cal and Niko Leandros by Rob Thurman
  4. Mario – Otherworld Series by Yasmine Galenorn
  5. Mircea – Cassandra Palmer by Karen Chance
  6. Curran – Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews
  7. Johnny – Persephone Alcmedi by Linda Robertson
  8. Erik – Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris
  9. Clayton Danvers – Otherworld Tales by Kelley Armstrong
  10. Adam – Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs

Review: A Tale of Two Goblins by H.P. Mallory

by Sharon S., guest reviewer

A Tale of Two Goblins is book #2 in the Dulcie O’Neil series.

H.P. Mallory has struck Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance Gold!

She has combined mystery, romance, supernatural creatures, thrown in a heaping spoonful of humor and *3 big hunks of burning alpha male <G>. Put this all in a book and shake…you get a story that sings to me!

Let’s get the formalities out of the way…The story is told in the first person POV. Dulcie is a fun smart-mouth heroine and I don’t think I will ever get tired of being inside her head. All the secondary characters are quirky and well developed. The mystery and action are fast paced and clever. Mallory has done an excellent job of slowly revealing the main characters flaws and secrets. All the while, introducing us to a new and exciting world.

Now, onto the important things. We all read PNR (paranormal romance) for one reason, smexy men (okay, maybe I am generalizing, but let’s be honest ladies. ;)) Dulcie has not one, not two, but three incredibly sexy alpha males who care (i.e. want to get in her pants, as she puts it) for her.

  • The front runner is Knight. He is a loki (a type of shapeshifter), neither Dulcie or the reader really know what he is and what his powers are. He is a self-assured ass most of the time, but in a very mysterious and endearing way.
  • Bram is a very old and powerful vampire that walks that line between good and bad. He is also a self-assured ass that seems to have a weak spot for Dulcie.
  • Then there is Quillian. Her old boss and guess what? He is also a self-assured ass that has a soft spot for Dulcie (are you feeling sorry for poor Dulcie yet <G>). Quillian, for reasons we don’t know, is involved in illegal activities.

You don’t need to read the first in this series (To Kill A Warlock) to appreciate this book, but you would be missing a whole lot of goodness if you did.

Rating: ★★★★★

Buy: A Tale of Two Goblins, A Paranormal Romance/ Urban Fantasy (Book 2 of the Dulcie O’Neil Series)

Review: Blood Knot by Tracy Cooper-Posey

by Susan S., guest reviewer

Summary: Nathanial (Nial) shows up in Montana hoping Winter Manon Kennedy, heroine, will help him find Sebastian. Bastian was a no-show at a meeting, and now Nial’s worried. (Well, that’s his story anyway. And Nial’s sticking to it). It’s in Winter’s best interest to help Nial since she needs Bastian’s blood anyway. An unintentional symbiotic pairing has left her in need of his blood and Bastian in need of…let’s just say, her close proximity. (Sorry. No spoilers).

Together Nial and Winter will stop at nothing-until Sebastian is found. Forced to travel in close proximity, Nial begins to realize there’s more to Ms. Kennedy than meets the eye. She’s not exactly human. Winter has a gift for manipulating others’ biologies through touch. As well as heal herself and others. Kennedy too makes some observations of her own. That Nathanial is a vampire. And anyone with eyes can see he’s a fine male specimen. Even though he is…technically undead. For a man that’s 1,451 years old give or take a year, he’s hot-as-hell.

Someone plans on exposing all vampires to the world, thrusting Kennedy back into her old life of thievery. Can they stop the exposure and survive? Or will one woman’s love be the end of Nial, Bastian, and the whole vampire race?

Review: I’ve read erotic sex-based (MMF) short stories before. As well as a love triangle romance which left me disappointed in the heroine’s final choice. The latter was a tear-jerker; it left me crying for the man she rejected-while I nursed a pounding headache. And just why am I mentioning stories by other authors…here?! Because I’m hoping to clarify that Blood Knot is: headache-free, no tissues were harmed in the reading process, it’s not all sex-based and empty plotted. There are beautiful intertwined love stories and emotions at play. The ending made for a very happy arrangement for all.

There was only one con; the heavy-dialogued beginning made for a slow start. I should add my opinion though. Said dialogue was necessary in order for Nial and Winter to get to know each other.

As a reader I’m big on believability. C’mon. Can 3 people really love each other? Yes. In Blood Knot, anyway. Nial and Winter are attracted to each other, but also share a commonality. They share abusive painful pasts; albeit different circumstances. What about Nial and Sebastian? They already shared a life together once, romantically, and understood each other’s vampirism. O.k., so now, what about Winter and Bastian? They used to work together (partners in crime). And had feelings for each other which always bubbled under the surface, yet for one reason or another they never revealed their true desires. Told you. It works!

Favorite Scenes: The honeyed-carrots kissing scene, of course! Grab a 32 oz. soda. That scene is hot! What’s my second favorite scene? Nial and Winter’s induction into the (MHC) Mile High Club. Yow-zah!

Recommendations: Blood Knot will appeal to adult readers who favor: erotic romance, contemporary romance, paranormal vampire romances, urban fantasy, and love triangle tropes. Also for movie lovers who enjoyed Ocean’s Eleven and Ocean’s Twelve. Mile High Club members may like it. If they want to reminisce, or maybe read the story after…

Rating: 4 Stars

Buy: Blood Knot

Publisher: Stories Rule Publications, Copyright 2011, Erotic MMF Urban Fantasy Romance, eBook, 171 Pages.
Available Formats:
ISBN# for Kindle: 978 098 690 6404
ISBN# for Smashwords: 978-0-986-90642-8
ISBN# for Print edition: 978-0-986 9064-1-1

Review: Lucifer’s Daughter by Eve Langlais

by Susan S., guest reviewer

Summary: It’s not easy being…

Auric: He was thrown out of heaven for questioning their ways, and going against the grain. He’s a fallen angel with a Mega trilemma on his hands. In order to return to heaven’s good graces he’ll have to do a good deed. Like slay Lucifer’s daughter. Problem #1- if he takes Muriel’s life, he’ll lose her love. Here’s where the dilemma begins, problem #2-if Auric doesn’t rob her life, he’ll never regain his angel wings. And finally, problem #3, turning this into a trilemma, if he disobeys Lucifer and doesn’t stay away from Muriel he’ll have hell to pay. Literally! And really, who wants to anger Big D on purpose?

Satana (Muriel) Baphomet: Ever heard the saying the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree? Well, this apple didn’t just fall far from it; it landed in an entirely different forest, on a completely different world. She’s the perfect daughter. Always earned straight As, and an unwed virgin waiting for love. Is that so wrong? Yes. It is! Her father is he with many names: Big D, Lucifer, Satan, Hades, Beelzebub, etc., etc. Sin is a requirement, not an option!

When a sexy dark-haired stranger walks into Muriel’s bar, will it signal her descent into sin? Or Auric’s eternal damnation.

Review: Lucifer’s Daughter is a smokin’ hot novella. And not just because it came from the fiery depths of hell. Bwah-ha-ha! I love double–entendres in romances! This story’s got `em. It’s also funny-as-hell, pun intended. There were two scenes I really enjoyed. The first is when three hot guys order a beer at Muriel’s bar, Nexus. Three different guys, three different requests. Funny stuff. The second was when Satana tries to contact her dad on the phone and she hears a pre-recorded message. Loved the recording.

There were unanswered questions that left me wanting answers. Who is Muriel’s mom? Who’s the unidentified antagonist who seeks to overthrow hell? Why couldn’t the antagonist gain access to her memories? Maybe book two holds the answers I seek. There’s a possibility I may have inferred my second question, but don’t really know for certain.

Recommendations: Recommended for readers who enjoy stories about opposites attracting. Also for anyone who reads erotica, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and angels and demon stories.

To Be Continued: Book two, titled Snowballs In Hell, is currently available for your reading pleasure. It promises 3x the fun. Translation: Sexual content includes threesomes.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Buy: Lucifer’s Daughter

Liquid Silver Books, imprint of Atlantic Bridge Publishing, Copyright 2010, eBook, Novella, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Demons Romance, Pages 78. ISBN# 978-1-59578-740-8.

What is Urban Fantasy Romance?

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I had to educate myself on this. For instance, until I read Katiebabs’ WTF post on Laurell K. Hamilton (among other things) I would have cleanly classified Anita Blake as contemporary paranormal romance. If Anita Blake is urban fantasy then so to by deduction must be Keri Arthur’s Riley Jenson Series and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Which begs the question, when did vampires and werewolves leave their home in Paranormal Land and cross into the Fantasy World? Isn’t fantasy populated with witches, magic, dragons, and princes? As Orson Scott Card said (and I’m paraphrasing) if you think trees the story is a fantasy; if you think metal it’s a science fiction… or in this case not-fantasy. I think of vampires and werewolves as claws and teeth, which is probably why I’m so confused. :P Are you? Let’s figure it out together.

Urban Fantasy Romance Is:

  • Fantasy elements (also including paranormal here don’t ask me why) in a people populated setting be it city or town.
  • Sure to deal with mystery, suspense, and/or crime.
  • Reliant heavily on world-building to make it work. How did these creature rise from obscurity and into the everyday? How do normal humans deal with them?
  • A romance, but it doesn’t overwhelm the driving plot.
  • Usually a series so world-building and romance arcs are sprinkled throughout many books.
  • Usually contemporary or modern, but can be set in historical or futuristic settings too.
  • Populated with tough kick-ass heroines.
  • Never fluffy. It’s gritty, dark, and thrilling.

Urban Fantasy vs Paranormal Romance:

What’s the difference between an urban fantasy and a paranormal written in an urban setting? Please explain! Here’s what I got so far…

  • Paranormal romance is usually hero-centric whereas urban fantasy tends to be heroine-centric.
  • Paranormal romance is about the hero and heroine’s relationship first and foremost with a HEA (happily ever after). Urban Fantasy romance is about saving the world and finding love while you do it.
  • Avon executive editor Erika Tsang explains: “In paranormal romance the relationship between the couple is the focus of the main plot. In urban fantasy, the world that the couple exists in is the focus.” Publisher’s Weekly

This is why everyone says the two get confused and are used interchangeably. It really is a difference of degrees I feel.

Do you prefer Urban Fantasy or Paranormal Romance? I am clearly a fan of both even though before I wrote this post I thought I never read an urban fantasy. Give me Edward Cullen and Buffy Summers!

What are some of the other Urban Fantasy Romance series that you enjoy?