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Heart of Atlantis (Warriors of Poseidon, #8) by Alyssa Day

Heart of Atlantis (Warriors of Poseidon, #8)Heart of Atlantis by Alyssa Day
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: Heart of Atlantis*
Author: Alyssa Day
Series: Warriors of Poseidon
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Berkley
Format: E-book & Paperback
Date/Year: December 4, 2012
Reviewed by: ElaineReads

*This book was provided to the reviewer by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Summary from the publisher:

As a war wages between the immortals of Atlantis and those of the vampire realm, a Poseidon warrior fights to save his world—and the woman he loves. And no risk is too great.

The desires of a high priest.

Alaric, Poseidon’s High Priest, has made a vow to Quinn, the woman he loves and the leader of the Resistance: to save her friend Jack before his last bit of humanity has been drained. Should Alaric succeed, there’s one intimate danger: he may lose Quinn to the love of the man whose life he saved. But damn Atlantis to the nine hells, he’s willing to put Quinn’s wishes first, regardless of the consequences.

The warning of a threat reborn.

The final jewel of Poseidon’s trident has turned up in the hands of mysterious Ptolemy Reborn, who claims to be descended from Atlantean royalty. He’s about to reveal to the world that Atlantis is real, positioning himself as king. But this magical terrorist is bent on chaos. The only warrior who can stop him is following his own path, driven by the even more powerful force of love. Atlantean powers over the sea could prove just as cataclysmic—for Quinn’s love, Alaric might drown the entire world.

My Musings:

I have been reading the Warriors of Poseidon series since the first book, Atlantis Rising, was published in 2007. There are now eight books as well as two novellas available in anthologies. I did not know, however, that this book was the final book in the series until I was close to the end. And I am not happy about that. Each time I re-read this series, I fall in love with it again. I hate the idea that there will be no more warriors and the women who keep them in line.

Alaric is the very scary high priest of Poseidon. His responsibilities have caused him to pull away from his friends and his life is extremely strict and lonely. Did I mention that an integral part of being the high priest is a vow of celibacy . . . that has lasted for hundreds of years? When I say Alaric is lonely, I really mean lonely! Of course, that is before he meets Quinn, the human rebel leader against all the monsters that are trying to enslave humanity, who also happens to be the sister of the wife of the High Prince of Atlantis.

Confused yet?

Quinn has been fighting the monsters since she was a teenager and is certainly not interested in becoming involved with a control freak like Alaric. Fate, however, has other plans for them.

Throw in a tiger shapeshifter that refuses to shift to human, a half demon-half Atlantean usurper to the throne, and a surfer dude portal and things really get interesting.

I loved the story between Quinn and Alaric. Both of them have been emotionally damaged by the things they have had to do in their pasts and neither of them feel worthy of being loved. Watching them find their way to each other was wonderful, although I thought Quinn needed to kick Alaric’s posterior a time or two . . . or three. He was so determined to stick with his role as high priest.

My only problem with the book is that I felt it tried to tie up too many plotlines at one time. There was so much going on that it was hard to keep track of who was doing what. I also thought the sex scenes were excessive. Sure, Alaric has been celibate for hundreds of years, but after a point they interfered with the story.

This is not a book that should be read as a stand alone. You really, really need to read the entire series including the novellas to appreciate everyone’s story. You will not regret it. As I said, I have read the series more than once and loved it every time. I will miss the warriors, but you know, Prince Aiden will need his book one day.

Read the series. You’ll understand.

Ratings:

Overall: 4 stars
Sensuality level: 3

ORIGINALLY REVIEWED ON SEDUCTIVE MUSINGS

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Come Fill Me (The Prophecy, #1) by Tina Donahue

Come Fill Me (The Prophecy, #1)Come Fill Me by Tina Donahue
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Title: * Come Fill Me
Author: Tina Donahue
Series: Prophecy, #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Samhain
Format: ebook
Date/Year: December 18, 2012
Reviewed by: ElaineReads

*This book was provided to me by the publisher for review.

Summary from the publisher:

Years ago, with the healing abilities afforded by her blend of Aztec and extraterrestrial blood, Liz was free to do as she wished. Now she is trapped in a blood feud, forced to heal one of her clan’s most dangerous rivals so they can exploit his gift of prophecy.

As she drapes her nude body over his, the rush of his returning strength overwhelms her, and his stunningly sensual caress pushes her to her sexual limit.

Zeke Neekoma never expected to hunger for a woman he’s supposed to hate, but now that he’s tasted her, he has no intention of denying himself the pleasure of her body—or of kidnapping his enemy’s most cherished plaything.

Brought to Zeke’s stronghold to heal his brother, Jacob, Liz surrenders her body’s most traitorous needs to the unrestrained desires of two powerful men. And the brothers fill the lonely void she has too long endured.

But her clan doesn’t intend to let her go without a fight…and the ecstasy that binds Liz to her lovers could be the thing that breaks them.

My Musings:

The characters in this book are descendents of two different alien races that visited Earth sometime in the distant past. The aliens bred with Native American women and gifted some of the children with powers. Those from Zeke’s people have the gift of prophecy while Liz’s people have healing powers. The powers are rare and Zeke and Liz are some of the strongest of their respective people.

Carreon, the leader of Liz’s people, has captured Zeke and he is near death. Carreon kidnaps Liz and forces her to heal Zeke because he wants to use Zeke’s ability for himself. This healing requires Zeke to have sex with Liz, so that he can be healed completely.

I am not sure why I did not like this book. The premise had real possibilities and some of the sex scenes were handled very well. However, the emotional responses of all the characters seemed forced and unbelievable.

Liz has suffered abuse and humiliation at Carreon’s hands, but she still desires him. Within minutes of healing Zeke, she is falling in love with him. Jacob, a grown man, only wants her because she belongs to Zeke. The only likable person in the story is Zeke and even with him things happen unbelievably fast.

The scenes involving sexual foreplay were explicit and arousing. However, the scenes involving actual sex were rushed, particularly the ones dealing with anal sex. I got the impression the author was not comfortable describing those.

Finally, I felt the book just stopped. Yes, it is the first book in a series, but there was not any indication of what was to come. Normally, I always finish any series I start. I can’t help myself. I doubt I’ll bother with this one though.

Ratings

Overall: 3 – It probably really deserves a two, but the plot has real possibilities and some of the sex scenes were very well done.

Sensuality level: 4 – I almost gave this a five because there is discussion of Liz being submissive and being whipped. However, it is nothing like a true BDSM book. The pain is simply mentioned, not described.

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This Perfect Kiss (Bliss Harbor, #0.5) by Blake Sheridan

This Perfect Kiss (Bliss Harbor, #0.5)This Perfect Kiss by Blake Sheridan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from the publisher:

She’s out to catch a man—if only her feet will cooperate.

Terminally shy, sometimes clumsy Frannie Colleti has spent most of her life focused on her business, content to stay in the social background. But the return of her former high school crush jolts her out of her routine, and she realizes she’s never going to get what she wants out of life if she doesn’t reach out and take it (before she trips over it). Her two best friends come up with a plan to help Frannie catch a man’s attention, but soon it’s clear that the men of Bliss Harbor—and any breakable items—had better watch out.

My Musings:

Frannie has made a success of her business, but realizes she has let life pass her by. When her high school crush returns to town, she decides to pursue him and make her dreams come true. Unfortunately, some dreams are not what they are cracked up to be.

Frannie is wonderful with her customers, but except for her two best friends, she does not relate well to people. Her pursuit of her high school crush who is now a famous screenwriter seems doomed to fail. Yes, he was always nice to her in school, but will he even remember her now?

This is a short (76 pages), sweet book and that is the only reason I gave it four stars rather than five. I wanted to learn more about Frannie and the love of her life.

Frannie is a wonderful character and I can completely empathize with her clumsiness, especially when she is nervous. The predicaments she finds herself in when trying to attract Nick’s attention are hysterical.

Nick seems to be a nice guy, but he really doesn’t know what to make of Frannie. He’s not completely sure she’s not dangerous.

Frannie’s antics do attract the attention of Sean though, who has recently returned to Bliss Harbor. Although he has reason to know that Frannie can be dangerous, he is interested anyway.

I truly enjoyed this book. My only complaint is that it was so short there wasn’t time to develop the personalities of Nick or Sean. I did learn enough about Frannie to feel I know her, but there was more character development of her two best friends than there was of the guys.

According to the author, this novella is actually a prequel to the series. The first book, More Than This, is due out soon and I will definitely be buying it. Oddly enough, it does not focus on Frannie’s best friends but on two new characters. Hopefully, it will have more of Frannie because I really loved her.

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