Monthly Archives: August 2010

Hunting Season (The Gathering, #1) by Shelly Laurenston

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Stubborn, lethal, and from Jersey…what more could a Viking warrior want from his woman?

Neecy Lawrence, winged warrior for a Viking goddess and second-in-command of the fierce Crows, doesn’t know what to do with a nice guy. As it is, making up for a past she’d sooner forget leaves her barely polite most days. But Raven leader and loyal Odin warrior, Will Yager, isn’t just nice. He’s gorgeous, hot, and a distraction she simply can’t afford.

Yager has wanted Neecy in his life—and in his bed—for a long time. Not just for a night, but forever. And, like any self-respecting Viking, he’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants. So what if she’s the most difficult, complex, never-gives-him-a-break woman he’s ever known? She’s more than worth the effort. In fact, she’s worth everything. (from Goodreads)

I love Shelly Laurenston’s books.  It doesn’t matter if they are under this name or G. A. Aiken, they are hysterically funny.  Hunting Season is the first in a new series and I can already see story lines developing.  I have a small familiarity with Norse mythology, but I have not heard of the Ravens and Crows.  I don’t know if they were created for the book or actually based on mythology.  I guess it is a compliment to the author that she made me care enough to want to find out.

Although I did not like this book as much as some of her earlier ones (I adore her bears and wild dogs), I cannot wait for the sequel.  Of course, I never want to wait for a new book by this author!

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A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James

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Miss Kate Daltry doesn’t believe in fairy tales . . . or happily ever after.

Forced by her stepmother to attend a ball, Kate meets a prince . . . and decides he’s anything but charming. A clash of wits and wills ensues, but they both know their irresistible attraction will lead nowhere. For Gabriel is promised to another woman—a princess whose hand in marriage will fulfill his ruthless ambitions. (from Goodreads)

I purchased this book because of Eloisa James’ Facebook posts about it.  I like fairy tale stories and this one promised to be funny.  I believe it is the first book I have read by this author and although I enjoyed it, I doubt I will read many more.  There is a novella promised about the prince’s brother that I really want to read however.  I felt Wick was the most likable character in the book.

This book did not grab me enough to make me want to add this author to my read list.  I already follow more authors than I can keep up with, so I am going to let her go except for the promised novella I mentioned.

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Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, #4) by Ilona Andrews

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Kate Daniels works for the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle—especially if they involve Atlanta’s shapeshifting community.

When she’s called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar midway between the territories of the shapeshifters and the necromancers, Kate quickly discovers there’s a new player in town. One who’s been around for thousands of years—and rode to war at the side of Kate’s father. (from Goodreads)

I have fallen behind in my reviews yet again and realized it is because I have started writing for an audience instead of myself.  My original plan for this blog was to keep track of the books I had read for myself, so I am going back to that.

I loved this book.  This series has actually become a favorite of mine and I contacted the author to find out about the release of book five, Magic Slays. It will be at least late Summer, 2011.

I love the relationship between Kate and Curran, even when I want to know their heads together.  I can’t wait to see how things work out with the pack.

I really like the fact that although their is a continual storyline each book still has a solid ending.  I am really tired of books with cliffhanger endings.

I feel certain that when book five is released, I will want to re-read the entire series.  Hopefully, it will be in the summertime.

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Magic Mourns (Kate Daniels, #3.5) by Ilona Andrews in Must Love Hellhounds anthology

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Find out why the giant three-headed dog that guards the gates of Hades has left the underworld for the real world-and whose scent he’s following . . .

This novella is actually one of four in the book Must Love Hellhounds. I am saving the others for later.

As I said in the last review, the relationship between Raphael and Andrea is heating up.  This is their book.  Something has stolen Raphael’s stepfather’s body and Cerebrus is preventing him from getting it back.

Although Andrea has been avoiding Raphael for six months, she is the only one available to help him.  Above all else, she is loyal to the Order and will not let her personal feelings interfere with her job.

Kate has a minor role in this book, but it is still part of the storyline.  References are made to the third book and the story continues from this novella into the fourth book, Magic Bleeds.

I am a firm believer in reading a series in order and this one is no exception.  The character development alone makes it necessary.

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