Monthly Archives: November 2014

Light My Fire (Dragon Kin, #7) by G. A. Aiken

Light My Fire (Dragon Kin, #7)Light My Fire by G.A. Aiken
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: Dragon Kin, #7
Publisher: Zebra
Date: November 25th, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Comedy
Pages: 496

Book was obtained from NetGalley for an honest review.

The trouble with humans is that they’re far too sensitive. Forget you put a woman in the local jail for a few months – and she takes it so personally! And yet she is the one trying to assassinate the queen. And now I’m trapped with Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight…gods! That endless name!

But what am I to do? I am Celyn the Charming with direct orders from my queen to protect this unforgiving female.

Even more shocking, this unforgiving female is completely unimpressed by me. How is that even possible? But I know what I want and, for the moment, I want her. And I’m sure that she, like all females, will learn to adore me. How could she not when I am just so damn charming?
I adore this series. The dragons are all just so full of themselves. Humans are, for the most part, cattle. But then there are certain humans that scare even the dragons.

Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight Mountains of Despair in the Far Reaches of the Steppes of the Outer Plains is such a human. And yes, that really is her name. You do have to sympathize with Celyn the Charming on this one.

Elina has been sent by her tribal leader to kill the dragon queen Rhiannon the White, but her heart’s not really in it. She is easily captured and imprisoned and that is where the trouble starts. Celyn forgets about her. He leaves her to rot in a human jail . . . for months.

For some reason, she resents that and is not properly grateful when he does have her released.

There are so many plots and subplots in this book. It’s also a reunion of characters from most if not all of the previous Dragon Kin books. I loved catching up with everyone and seeing how their lives have developed.

On that note, I do recommend you keep the author’s Dragon Kin Glossary at hand.
http://gaaiken.com/reading-order/glos…

It really does help in keeping everyone straight.

Anyway, a religious cult is sweeping the lands and Rhiannon wants to make an alliance with the Tribes of the Steppes. Everything in the book spins from this need for an alliance.

As in all of Ms. Aiken’s (aka Shelly Laurenston) books, the humor is what makes them so wonderful. There is humor in the personalities of the characters. There is humor in the situations they find themselves in . . . and there is even humor in the architecture.

No, really! Wait until you read about the cult’s temples.

I highly recommend this entire series. It’s hard for me to say this book can be read on its own because it brings back so many of the characters from previous books. I think to truly enjoy it, you should read the entire series . . . back to back. I know I am going to with the release of the next book.

Now when is that going to be? I want it now!

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Jason (Anita Blake, #23) by Laurell K. Hamilton

Jason (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #23)Jason by Laurell K. Hamilton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Jove
Format: ebook
Date/Year: December 2, 2014
Series: Anita Blake, #23

This book was provided to me through NetGalley for an honest review.

“Enjoying pain with your pleasure is something you either get, or you don’t. If you get it, then you don’t really need it explained, because you know how good it feels, and if you don’t get it then no amount of talking is going to convince you it makes sense.”

But sometimes you have to explain the unexplainable, especially if the love of your life needs to understand, or she’ll leave you. Jason Schuyler is one of Anita Blake’s best friends and favorite werewolves, with benefits. J.J. is his lady love, an old flame from childhood who dances at one of the top ballet companies in New York. She’s accomplished, beautiful, and she’s crazy about him, too. Neither of them wants to be monogamous, so what could go wrong?

J.J. is enthusiastically bisexual, with an emphasis on the female side of things. She plans to keep sleeping with women, because Jason can’t meet that need, just like she can’t meet Jason’s need for rough sex and bondage. J.J. doesn’t understand why Jason isn’t content to go elsewhere for a need she can’t fulfil, so Jason asks Anita to help him explain.

Anita is having her own relationship growing pains with her only female lover ever, Jade. Jason suggests that J.J. might be able to help Anita with her girl problem, while she helps him with his kinky explanations. With some encouragement from a few other lovers in Anita’s life she reluctantly agrees, and J. J. makes plans to fly into town for an experience that none of them will ever forget.

I love the Anita Blake books. Some of them more than others, just like any other series, but I love them. I know a lot of reviewers have issues with the extended sex scenes, but I enjoy them.

This book, however, starts out as being about just the sexual relationships. It has too much dialogue with nothing else happening. There is no plot besides the relationships. There is not a bad guy/vampire/demon/etc. for Anita to fight. It is all about the people.

And you know what? It worked.

I especially liked the fact that Anita is forced into recognizing she can’t be the emotional support for everyone she is linked to. She has said that before, but in this book I believe she really accepts it and realizes she has to take a stand with some of her partners.

My main criticism of the book is that neither Jean Claude nor Micah make an appearance. I love both of these characters and I want my fix!

However, beautiful, beautiful Nathaniel does have a large part, so I guess I can’t complain too much.

Yes, this book is all about the relationships, especially the sexual relationships, but it really does add a lot to Anita’s emotional growth. I can’t wait to see how that is manifested in the next book: Dead Ice. The release date is June 5th, 2015.

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Rocky Mountain Miracle by Christine Feehan

Rocky Mountain MiracleRocky Mountain Miracle by Christine Feehan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Pocket Star
Format: ebook
Date/Year: November 17, 2014 (originally published in 2004)

This book was provided to me through NetGalley for an honest review.

When Cole Steele, a womanizer rumored to have killed his father, meets Maia Armstrong, a veterinarian rumored to practice magic, the sizzling romance could melt all the snow on his Wyoming ranch. And when an injured horse brings them together, Cole can’t help but believe that Maia casts spells on animals—and men. What else could explain the burning passion he feels for her and the thawing of his heart just in time for Christmas?

I have been a fan of Christine Feehan since I discovered her Carpathian series years ago. I love the Drake Sisters series and her Ghostwalker series as well. All of these are heavy on the paranormal or parapsychic so I was not sure what to expect with a straight, contemporary romance . . . but it’s not.

Maia is a traveling veterinarian. She has the ability to see images from the animals around her which makes her job so much easier. However, humans don’t understand her ability and so she can never stay long in one place. And she longs for a permanent home and family.

Cole doesn’t know what home and family mean. He and his much younger brother were both emotionally and physically abused by their father. After he was killed, the brothers inherit his ranch and all his millions.

But, who murdered their father? Was it either of them? If so, it was certainly justified.

Feehan does an excellent job of showing the damage done to both men through the use of flashbacks and their reactions to things other people treat as normal.

Regardless of the title, Maia’s healing influence is not shown as a miracle, but as result of developing love.

My heart broke for both brothers and it was wonderful to see how Feehan, with Maia’s help, brought their lives around.

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