Monthly Archives: May 2013

Justin (Tales of the Shareem, #6) by Allyson James

Justin (Tales of the Shareem, #6)Justin by Allyson James

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have been a longtime fan of the Shareem books and I don’t know how this one slipped by me. I really need to re-read the series.

Like many of them, this book was funny and heartbreaking. I really enjoyed meeting many of the couples/triples from previous books.

The only thing I didn’t care for is when they switched dom/sub roles.  I’m not comfortable with the male as the sub.

I will definitely keep a closer watch on this series to make sure I don’t fall behind again.

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Written in Red (The Others, #1) by Anne Bishop

Written in Red (The Others, #1)Written in Red by Anne Bishop
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! This is the first Anne Bishop title I have read, but it won’t be the last.

Simon is a shapeshifter and Meg is a blood prophet. In this world, “the Others” control everything and humans are just meat. Meg is human, but doesn’t smell like prey.

That is the basic premise for the book. There are a variety of shifters, including the standards such as wolf, coyote and bear. There are also birds. I think my favorite of them all are the crows. Even in human form, they love shiny things.

The important thing to remember is the shifters take human form. They are not humans that shift into animals. They are just the opposite.

There are also vampires, although they are not the ones we are the most familiar with.

And that is the best thing about this book. It introduces an entirely new world with rules that I have not seen in any other books.

I cannot wait for the sequel. Murder of Crows is expected to be published in March of 2014.

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Angels’ Blood (Guild Hunter, #1) by Nalini Singh

Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1)Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t know why I waited so long to read this book. I knew I would probably love them since I am so crazy about Singh’s Psy-Changling series and I was right.

This is a totally different world from Psy-Changling, but there are some similarities between the ArchAngels and the Psy. The angels have lived so long they have forgotten their humanity. Of course, they were never really human to start with.

I loved Elena. She is a born hunter and definitely a strong heroine. She had a tragic childhood, but has overcome it for the most part. She has some wonderful friends who are closer than most families. I can’t wait to hear more of their story.

Raphael was very hard to warm up to. It wasn’t until the very end that I decided I could like him. It will be interesting to see how he is in the next book. He came a long way towards developing a sense of humanity in this one due to Elena.

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The Rancher’s Homecoming by Cathy McDavid

The Rancher's HomecomingThe Rancher’s Homecoming by Cathy McDavid

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A Time To Rebuild It’s gone—everything Annie Hennessey, and two generations of Hennesseys before her, had worked so hard to build. The devastating forest fire didn’t just claim her family’s Sweetheart Inn—it also burned half a town whose livelihood is wedding tourism. Now the struggle to rebuild is just beginning, and Sam Wyler’s sudden reappearance isn’t going to make things any easier on Annie.

Nine years ago, Annie and Sam were deeply in love. When he left to seek his fortune, Annie couldn’t forgive him. Now Sam, widowed with a young daughter, is back and eager to help the town recover. But Annie needs more than bricks and builders to heal her proud and wounded heart. Could the love they once shared hold the key?

I can’t say that I enjoyed this book. It was well written, but there were no light moments. Everything was deathly serious. I like humor in the books I read. It doesn’t have to be one laugh after another, but there has to be some relief from all the seriousness.

Both of the characters had done things that made me dislike them. I couldn’t get past Sam getting another woman pregnant and marrying her right after he broke up with Annie. I didn’t like the fact that Annie pretty much caused the break up by refusing to even visit Sam in California. She was so tied to the family business, she was unwilling to leave it for even a short while.

I “seriously” doubt I’ll read anything else by this author.

(This book was offered for review from NetGalley.)

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